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My 386 Computer in Action

Created on January 27, 2020
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A sort of successor to a now nine year old video nobody wanted, featuring another configuration that is probably unfitting for the 386DX.

But hey, it works... at least when it does. With plenty of RAM installed, a 386DX system is by no means a miracle machine, but it is fairly competent with Windows 95. If anything, it's comparable to that 40MHz 486DX system I installed Windows 95 onto in 2012, well before I made extreme upgrades to that system which are showcased in My 486 Computer in Action.

Watch video: My 486 Computer in Action

This version has been reedited from scratch to include a little bit more footage. Looking back at it again, it's shocking to see just how well Windows 95 performs under here. Even though it requires more resources than Windows 3.1, it's able to make far better use of all the resources available in a computer, to a point where you can really do some kind of legitimate multitasking on a 386. It proves that Windows 95 was one of the few offerings from Microsoft that could seriously be considered an all-around beneficial upgrade.

Make no mistake, though, the 386 was much of a dead platform by 1995. For the hell of it, you could watch this video of the same 386 computer playing Quake with the help of a 387 coprocessor. Spoiler alert, the computer was decimated by this game.

Watch video: Bigeye #30: Am386 DX-40!!!

It turned out that some of the unexplainable crashes resulted from me forgetting to set the video card to have one wait state (required for stable operation on a 40MHz bus).


  • Biostar MB-1333/40UCQ-B with Onboard Am386 DX-40
  • IIT 3C87-40 40MHz FPU
  • 16MB 30-pin 60ns Parity RAM
  • Tseng Labs ET4000/W32i with 1MB VRAM
  • Adaptec AHA-1450 SCSI Controller
  • ESS AudioDrive ES1688 (SB Pro Compatible)
  • 128KB Onboard Cache RAM


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