PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

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SkyeWelse
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PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by SkyeWelse » Tue May 30, 2017 11:56 pm

Hello everyone! What we would like to gather here are three pieces of information so that we can put together a survey of what all is out there hardware-wise within the PC-98 and PC-88 Scene.

1. What PC-88 or PC-98 machines do you own?
2. What is your location in the world?
3. Please post any images you would like to share of your hardware.


I'll start this off.

I own a PC-98 DO and a PC-9821 Ce2
I live in the United States (Georgia)

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Pictured above is an photo of both systems displayed at this years VCFSE 5.0 (Vintage Computer Festival Southeast) showcasing two finished fan-translation projects, Rusty and EVO: The Theory of Evolution.

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cuba200611
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Location: Hulaoguan, SW Florida
PC-98 Hardware User: PC-9821Xb10
Skills: Hardware, IBM PC almost-guru, Linux semi-guru, other retro computers in general, weird crap, General-class amateur radio (ham radio) operator (4-land), English-Spanish bilingual (both native), etc.

Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by cuba200611 » Wed May 31, 2017 12:09 am

I have a PC-9821Xb10, which is currently being shipped to me, and was once owned by Nana. It has a Pentium running at 100 MHz, with an 850 MB hard drive with DOS and a CAD program installed.

I live in the American state of Florida, in the southwest of the state. It's very hot down here.

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No FM sound, though. I would really like a PC-9801-86 board, but they cost like over 10k yen in Yahoo Auctions.
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" - French guy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :mrgreen:

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa (One of my favorite musicians)

myon
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Location: 30 minutes in bike from Akihabara
PC-98 Hardware User: 9821 V12: P5 120MHz, 96MB RAM, PC-9801-86 with Chibi-oto
Skills: C, x86 (dis)asm, DOS TSR, PMD/FMP MML, ARM asm, a bit of verilog, a little bit of Linux kernel hacking

Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by myon » Wed May 31, 2017 7:42 am

Mine is a PC-9821 V12 S5RA. I got it many years ago for free when one of my friend's family was going to throw it away. It seems to be very similar to PC-9821 Xb10. (Although it comes with a very noisy CPU fan instead of a passive cooler)

P5 120MHz (without FPU bug but with F00F bug)
40GB junk IDE HDD clipped to 4.3GB, 160GB SATA HDD, SATA DVD-ROM drive
RAM is upgraded to 96MB, and the cards installed are PC-9801-86 with Chibioto (OPNA and PCM soundcard), Allied Telesis RE1000 Plus (10BASE NIC), and IODATA SA-PCI/2R (SATAx2).

Thanks to the information from the discord PC-98 community, I got a SiI3512 SATA PCI card today. Flashing custom BIOS was very easy and it seems to work on DOS and even SATA optical drives work with mscdex. However Linux 2.4.22 doesn't support them, and Windows 2000 fails after formatting the partition until 99%. I don't have a Windows 98 for PC-98 and I had to use the Windows 2000 installer (5 floppy disks) to partition the drive. I'm going to try FreeBSD but my floppy disks are starting to die

I live in Tokyo. I came from northern Japan and I really don't like the humidity, temperature, mosquitos, cockroaches and stuff. I once used to live in Salt Lake City, Utah for a very short period when I was really small.

V12 is not very ancient or interesting, but here are the pics.
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Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by cuba200611 » Wed May 31, 2017 12:58 pm

What do you have connected to the serial port?
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"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa (One of my favorite musicians)

myon
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Location: 30 minutes in bike from Akihabara
PC-98 Hardware User: 9821 V12: P5 120MHz, 96MB RAM, PC-9801-86 with Chibi-oto
Skills: C, x86 (dis)asm, DOS TSR, PMD/FMP MML, ARM asm, a bit of verilog, a little bit of Linux kernel hacking

Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by myon » Wed May 31, 2017 1:14 pm

It's actually a MIDI cable.
Poor man's serial to MIDI converter :P
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Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by cuba200611 » Wed May 31, 2017 1:41 pm

So something like this, then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3qCIe0TmtQ

(I don't know how to embed links into text here)
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" - French guy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :mrgreen:

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa (One of my favorite musicians)

myon
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Joined: Tue May 30, 2017 10:37 am
Location: 30 minutes in bike from Akihabara
PC-98 Hardware User: 9821 V12: P5 120MHz, 96MB RAM, PC-9801-86 with Chibi-oto
Skills: C, x86 (dis)asm, DOS TSR, PMD/FMP MML, ARM asm, a bit of verilog, a little bit of Linux kernel hacking

Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by myon » Wed May 31, 2017 5:16 pm

Some softwares such as Recomposer (a midi sequencer) supported serial MIDI, and there are software that used the VM86 mode to trap I/O access to emulate Roland MPU on PC-98 like the one in that video. One of them I know is VMD, and MMD98 works perfectly, but it required a non-standard memory manager.

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PC-98 Hardware User: PC-9821 Xa7
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Lower intermediate in Japanese.
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Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by Shorono » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:49 am

I have a PC-98 Xa7, with a PC-9801-86 soundboard, a PC-9801-108 LAN board and HxC Floppy Emulator.
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I live in Skedsmo, Akershus, Norway.

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PC-98 Hardware User: PC-9801 DS/2, PC-9821 S2
Skills: Programming somehow on Sharp x68000, also dealt with some sprite editors.
Wish I could do translation once I continue improving my JP level.

Re: PC-88 / PC-98 Hardware Survey

Post by rockleevk » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:53 pm

Here from Spain.

Proud owner of a NEC PC-9801 DS/2 (5.25" floppy drives) and a NEC PC-9821 S2. Other: NEC PC-9801-86 soundboard installed on my PC-9801 DS/2.

>> images coming soon <<

Wishlist: a PC-9801 DO+ (someday :roll: ) / PC-8801 MC :geek:

-rockleevk

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