A look at the old PC I play DOS games on


Hey, it’s Mickey here As you all probably know I’ve done a lot of videos in this channel in which I look at a lot of, like, old MS-DOS big box PC games And I thought it might be fun to do a video in which I look at the computer I use to run a lot of these games. That’s this computer. So let’s take a look. So this is the computer I use. It’s an IBM PC 330 series From about I think 1996 or 1997 Which I have lovingly nicknamed Captain Falcon because everyone has to name their computers I’ve got a old monitor, which I had from about 10 years ago. back when you could still get roughly 4×3 flat screens Although annoyingly this is one of those 1920 by 1200 5×4 flat screens. So it doesn’t quite Do things great and I honestly would probably consider replacing it Particularly if I could find a good CRT But it works. It’s got a VGA input and it’s what I’ve got So the keyboard I’m using is a, umm IBM model M. It’s a classic clicky keyboard, where if you type on it It makes all sorts of clicky clicky sounds because of the buckling spring mechanism. And these are considered quite desirable keyboards by a lot of people. So I was quite lucky to be able to find one on eBay that was pretty much, like, brand new I think it was like still sealed in a plastic wrapper and everything so that was quite cool The mouse, I’m using an appropriate, roughly the right sort of time IBM Mouse It’s not really anything special but it looks right with the rest of the machine. So that’s good The joystick I’m using connected to this computer is a Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro and this was the joystick that I had as a kid So I just really like it a lot and it’s super good to use and it’s awesome One last thing I’d like to mention before we turn the computer on is that it of course has a 3 1/2 inch floppy drive and a quad speed Creative Labs CD-ROM drive Annoyingly the CD drive’s actually given me a few problems Like it’ll make strange clunky noises and take a long time to read discs So I’m hoping I can maybe source a, umm, era appropriate replacement for it But for the meantime a lot of stuff I’ve been playing on this doesn’t really heavily use it or doesn’t cause any problems. So for now, it’s fine Now, I think we’ve all had quite enough of just looking at this thing So let’s turn on Captain Falcon. That’s a phrase you’d maybe hear in some really bad fanfic but Oh Well So as we boot up you’ll see that it’s taking rather a long time to do the memory check and that’s because this has 64 megs of RAM, which is actually quite a lot for a DOS machine. So that’s good Like I haven’t had any trouble with games running out of memory or anything like that as long as I’m managing all my AUTOEXEC.BAT and EMS and all that nonsense So I’ve installed MS-DOS 6.22 on here which was the… really the final version of MS-DOS before Windows fully took over with like Windows 95 So I haven’t put Windows on this yet I’m thinking I might at some point put on Windows 3.1 because there’s a few… like… Windows 3.1 games which are actually some of the hardest things to emulate these days and it’d be cool to try them out But for now, I just haven’t been bothered to put it on So now that we’ve got this booted up, let’s try running something And by “something”, I mean The Secret of Monkey Island But of course the Secret of Monkey Island, on the original floppy disk DOS version, has copy protection so first, I guess we’ll have to go through that with the code wheel and typing in all the numbers and all that fun stuff But now that’s done we can now listen to a bit of the glorious FM synth soundtrack for Monkey Island So I think now is a good time to take a look at the insides of Captain Falcon That’s another line you’d hear in a bad fanfic. Hurrah! Anyway, so the case just slides off from the front and inside you get a bit of a mess of cables and stuff because it’s a fairly packed case and it’s got a lot of bad 90s cable management and bad modifications I’ve made to it cable management Because I’m just bad at that So I think hiding away in this corner is where the CPU is, I may be wrong And in front of the CPU, we’ve got that 64 megs of RAM Other things we’ve got here is the sound card, which isn’t the sound card it came with And we have another addition I’ve made which is a Compact Flash reader, which is very useful for getting files on and off this So one thing I will point out with the sound card, it’s a… Well, it’s kind of just one of these generic OEM cards that use this Yamaha chip which I got specifically because I wanted to have proper OPL3 support and like reasonable compatibility and, like, support for the, umm… Dream blaster daughterboard that I’ve added to it so I can get wavetable sound as well So originally the card it came with was this Sound Blaster 16 Plug ‘n Play model Which is fine but has two major flaws for me One is that it doesn’t use a genuine Yamaha OPL3 core, it’s using Creative’s clone which doesn’t sound quite as good Another issue is it’s one of the Sound Blaster 16s with the infamous hanging MIDI note bug on the MIDI out So my Dream Blaster doesn’t quite work the way it should So that’s why I’m now using this weird OEM Yamaha card instead So that’s been a very brief look at the computer I use to run my old games And I’d just like to say thank you very much for watching

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