My first 80386 PC

No reviews today. This entry is about my first 80386 PC. I never used it for blogging (although I am sure I could if I wanted to) nor did the word “blog” even exist back then, however I did use it to communicate via BBS nodes (FidoNet) using acoustic modems back in the late 80s and early 90s.

Long story short, my parents are moving house and I am helping them. While digging through all my stuff I still have at their place I am now facing a difficult decision…

To throw away or not to throw away, that is the question…

80386 PC

This is my 80386, featuring TWO huge (physically at least) 21 mega bytes hard disks, a keyboard that weighs 3 kg and a case made of solid metal weighing as much as a tank it seems. And the best part of it? This “beauty” is still fully operational!

See Norton System Info Screen screen here:

80368 Bios Screen

A whooping 0025 MHz CPU speed, Memory 640kb yes that’s it and it was enough to run Windows 3.11, Word and games like the Classic Ultima Series on it and while we are reminiscing… who still remembers GEM/3? Gem what? The Graphical Environment Manager! The desktop application that ran (and still runs) under DOS, who needs Windows anyway!


This ancient, huge and heavy piece of hardware now faces destruction. And as if it were aware of its impending fate, the huge red on/off switch now is begging to be put in position “I” whenever I look at it, the read/write comb of the gigantic hard disks ready as ever to make that distinct and reassuring humming noise when booting up… it is indeed a long trip down memory lane just looking at these pictures…

My first 80386 PC
Final words, anyone? ahem /clear throat

“It is with a heavy heart that we part but it must be. The world keeps on turning and there is just no room for you in it anymore.

Here lies my first 80368 PC, it served me well.”

9 thoughts on “My first 80386 PC

  1. Yeah, I just can’t do it, can I? *evil grin*

    So… you want it Kai? If you pay for the transport you can have it! :p
    And you know what… I just rediscovered my VHS Tape collection … 100s of them… someone please give me a disintegrator gun!


  2. Throw it! haha. I parted with my Apple II GS. My first computer. lol. Just tossed the damn thing. I couldn’t throw away my Atari or Sega Master System though. Still have them sitting collecting dust.


  3. Never had a 386 – but I still have a “Brotkasten C64” together with two joysticks “Competition Pro” with microswitches and a floppy disk 🙂
    The original still is much more fun compared to emulators!
    I think this is due to the almost meditational feeling during the loading process…


  4. Hehe, that’s probably it! Omm… Omm… I sold my C64 a long time ago, it had everything modded into it… even a second sound chip for stereo sound, anything you could mod the C64 with, it was there oh my… I must not think about it! Sold! Argh…

    And sorry we couldn’t meet up this time, mate!


  5. Par de problem, monsieur- we´ll try on the next occasion!
    By the way: My favourite game on the C64 was “Archon”, an Electronic Arts game. My personal record in non-stop-playing only this single game were 16 hours. You can easily guess that after that I had squared-eyes %-)


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