This section is to showcase the actual computers that you see me playing DOS/Windows games on on my YouTube Channel, and where a lot of my writing comes from.  Beneath each in italics is a little "blerb" on them and so on.

1985 Tandy 1000A

Quick Specs
  • Revision A Motherboard (DMA!!)
  • NEC V20 @4.77MHz, Intel 8087 Math Co-Processor
  • 640K RAM, 256K on board, 640K on Upgrade Card (original)
  • 360K DSDD 5.25" TEAC Floppy Drives (x2)
  • 100MB Seagate 2.5" 44 pin HDD on Converter into VCF XT-IDE REV1 Card
  • Tandy TGA (Enhanced CGA, PC Jr. Compatible) Video
  • Tandy 3-voice Sound (TI Chipset)
  • RTL8019 Ethernet Adapter, 16-bit ISA, 8-Bit Mode, 10mbps
  • MS-DOS 6.22

I bought this one from Value Village in Everett WA in 2011 for $10, crazy to think Young Sheldon (and no I don't watch that show or Big Bang Theory) drove the prices on these up over the last 10 years to 20x that.  I mostly use this one for old Sierra AGI and early SCI titles (16-color only), as well as XT-class games that run to fast on anything else, and also for doing CGA graphics and surfing Bulletin Board Systems. As of 2022, she's internet connected via mTCP And DOSLynx. With plans to try out MicroWeb later on as a secondary option.

1989 GEM 286/10

Quick Specs
  • Songcheer Full AT Desktop Chassis w/ Magitronic 250 Watt PSU
  • Octek REV 5.1 Motherboard
  • Intel 80286/10 overclocked to 12MHz
  • IIT 802c87 Math Co-Processor
  • 10MB of RAM (2x4MB + 2x1MB 30 pin SIMMS)
  • 1.44MB 3.5" Epson, 1.2MB 5.25" TEAC
  • 328MB 44 pin IDE HDD on AST Multi I/O
  • 52x DVD-ROM Drive (yep, it works!)
  • SoundBlaster CT-1600 Pro 2.0
  • 3Com Etherlink III TP Ethernet, 10mbps
  • MS-DOS 6.22

The longest in my collection at this point as a full system.  I bought this on e-bay from a Del Rio Tx, Airforce base in 2005 for $35.  This is the PC that you saw in the "286 Internet" videos in the 2000's, and the picture is outdated because I did a bit of a rebuild in December 2021-early 2022, so it now has a DVD Drive and a hard disk out of a laptop.

1991 Compaq Deskpro 386s/20

Quick Specs
  • IBM "Blue Lightning" 486 BLX3 25/75 on top of an Intel 386 SX-20
  • 10MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB/1.2MB Slimline Floppy Drives
  • 212MB IDE HDD
  • On-Board VGA
  • SoundBlaster 16 Value
  • Linksys EtherFast 10mbps LAN
  • MS-DOS 6.22

I got this from a guy who was helping me build the new local hospital's IT Infrastructure.  It came to me pre-loaded with Slackware Linux and an obscene amount of RAM for what normally would have been a lower-end Enterprise workstation  386 (10MB), now it's a tri-mode 386/486/SX2/SX4 megabeast.  I really need to thow a bigger HDD in this thing.

1992 BSI (NanTan) FMA3500C
Quick Specs
  • Intel 486 DX 33MHz?
  • 8MB of RAM on 30 pin SIPs
  • 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
  • 212MB IDE Connor HDD
  • Cirrus Logic CL GD-542x 1MB SVGA Video, 640x480 9.4" DTSN LCD
  • The worlds most sickly internal speaker, lol
  • rare Trackball Option, 12V NiCad (THAT WORKS! 30min Batteyr Life on day 1)
  • MS-DOS w/ Stacker and Windows 3.1

Continuing with my recent NanTan (NTC) Madness...I picked up thihs on e-bay for $10 plus ridiculously high shipping (well worth it though, got it in 2 days). I used to have a 3500 (mono, no trackball) back in the 2000's, so I picked this up and TBH I'm rather impressed with it - which just furthers the impact of hilarity that this thing looks like something from the 286/386 era but functions like something way more aggressive and robust. The only issues on day one were a leaky Varta battery (that was done leaking and did no damage thankfully), and the BIOS settings were not the most optimal. The screen could also use some TLC maybe as well - but we'll see.

1993 DFI MediaBook 9200D
Quick Specs
  • Intel 486 DX2 66MHz
  • 8MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
  • 80GB ATA-133 HDD
  • SVGA Chipset, 640x480 9.4" STN Monochrome LCD (might try an upgrade to Active Matrix or at least Color)
  • ESS 488 Audio Chipset
  • FreeDOS 2.1

Anyone that remembers my original website "The Creeping Network" might recognize this as I had two of them over a period of time (Prostar 9200M, Duracom 5110D (9200D)). I picked it up because It's one of my favorite non-mainstream brand laptops of the early 1990's, despite the DTSN, but I want to see what my current-day tech skills may allow me to do for this thing? Maybe an Active Matrix LCD? This is another "Ultimate DOS Laptop" computer. Anyway, should be here in the beginning of April. Since I got it I upgraded it to an 80GB HDD and 486 DX2-66 as the initial specs were mostly right except the RAM was 8MB and it had a working 250MB Fujitsu drive.

1995 NanTan Notebook FMAK9200D

  • 486 DX2-66
  • 8MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB Floppy Drive
  • 80GB HDD ATA-133 2.5" PATA
  • Cirrus Logic CL GD5424 1MB SVGA
  • 640x480 Hitachi 10.3" FSTN LCD
  • ESS 488 AudioDrive SoundBlaster Pro compatible Audio with OPL3
  • PCMCIA Cards For Ethernet, WiFi (various) + Other Functions
  • FreeDOS 2.1

Yep, I bought ANOTHER NanTan Notebook FMAK9200, this time the 9200D model (DSTN Color). This is actually my favorite version of this laptop (so far), and is about as close to "perfect" that you can get for a 486 laptop computer to use as a retro workstation or retro gaming machine. This one was SEVERELY rotten with corrosion from the original babtteries, and the hinges were too tight and also hanging by a thread. I also had to fix the internal speaker for the sound card because the factory botched the connector and HOT GLUED it back in. I used bodge wires and solder. When it came to me, the CMOS battery was said to be dead, but after running it a few hours it works just fine. I may be moving this one to Solid State though and putting MS-DOS 7 on it and windows For Workgroups 3.11, since this one is getting the full "custom" shebang.

1994 NEC Versa 40EC

  • Intel 486 DX2 SL 50MHz
  • 20MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB NEC Floppy Drive
  • 80MB ATA-133 w/ OnTrack DDO (CD-ROM BOOT in dock !!!)
  • Western Digital 90C024 1MB SVGA - Local Bus on board
  • 640x480p Active Matrix 9.4" LCD - NL6448AC30-06
  • Internal Speaker Sound
  • PCMCIA Cards For Ethernet & WiFi (various) + Other Functions
  • MS-DOS 7.01, Windows 3.11 for Workgroups

I bought this in 2019 from e-bay so I did not have to be tethered to one room in the house with my retro-PC activities. It had a cracked hinge (bad), bad motherboard, but had it's original software load from Ford Motor Company on it. Crazy to think that this thing may have very well had something to do with my classic truck. Build date is March 1994, and now it's been rather souped up. In 2021, it got coated in Marble-colored PVC because the original plastic top cover looked like hell as I did almost all of my Baking Soda, Supergluee, and J.B. Weld repair experiments on this one. It is very well travelled compared to the others as it's been to Lake Tahoe, Carmel, and at least one trip to Starbucks with me as "90's Guy". I have also had to replace the original screen because the control board burned up (literally), and have had to repair the power control module twice. So I'm pretty well versed in board level repairs on the Versa E-series.

1994 NEC Versa M/75

  • Intel 486 DX4 75MHz
  • 40MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB NEC Floppy Drive
  • 80MB ATA-133 w/ OnTrack DDO (CD-ROM BOOT in dock !!!)
  • C&T 65545 1MB SVGA LCD Graphics Controller w/ standard daughtercard
  • 800x600p 9.4" NEC NL8060AC24-01 LCD Panel w/ Pen/Touch
  • Crystal CS4231KQ WSS Compatible Digital Audio, no OPL
  • PCMCIA Cards For Ethernet & WiFi (various) + Other Functions
  • Windows 95, Windows 3.11 For Workgroups, MS-DOS 7.01

This is probably my favorite Versa model. If it only had OPL with the WSS audio, it'd be the PERFECT MS-DOS Retro-Gaming laptop in my humble opinion. It checks all the marks except that one thing. It's also the most hardy version it seems because the M/75s seem to be able to take massive amounts of experimentation and electronic abuse and they just gawk at it and keep going. This one is literally a frankenstein of 2 machines - a M/75TC, and an M/75CP - the first being the true-color model (which had some problems with the graphics controoler on either the screen or the True-Color daughtercard), and an ex-hospital touch w/ pen model with a Words Plus System 2000 AAC unit velcroed to the bottom, and 2 batteries, obviously used for people with speech disabilities (I have the Words+ still as well). This one gets used a lot, often, and HARD. That's why it's got this big, fancy triple-boot setup on it. It's also the second most taped/glued up of the Versas (the P/75 is the biggest cosmetic wreck).

1995 NEC Versa V/50

  • Intel 486 DX2 SL 50MHz
  • 20MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB NEC Floppy Drive
  • 80MB ATA-133 w/ OnTrack DDO (CD-ROM BOOT in dock !!!)
  • Western Digital 90C024 1MB SVGA - Local Bus on board
  • 640x480p Active Matrix 9.4" LCD - NL6448AC30-06
  • Internal Speaker Sound
  • PCMCIA Cards For Ethernet & WiFi (various) + Other Functions
  • FreeDOS 2.1

I bought this on impulse at the start of 2021 for $15 on e-bay, untested. Turns out it was a pretty good little unit. The Versa V's seem to be the most solid and unkillable of the entire series, with the M/75 coming extremely close. However, a failing 540MB HDD with electronic issues took out a fuse in the power supply so I had to do a bodge wire in lieu of the fuse, and since then, the CMOS now whines about the floppy drive for reasons unknown even though it's there and works. This one is the nicest looking unit in theh collection, and the only repair I had to do was to the screen latch, though I see some cracks starting near the hinge on this one so it's a matter of time before I'm layering it in the finest Superglue and Baking Soda on the inside I can find at the local dollar store. This one now acts as the FreeDOS unit.

1995 NEC Versa P/75

  • Intel Pentium 75MHz
  • 40MB of RAM
  • 1.44MB NEC Floppy Drive
  • 80MB ATA-133 w/ OnTrack DDO (CD-ROM BOOT in dock !!!)
  • C&T 65545 1MB SVGA LCD Graphics Controller
  • 800x600p Active Matrix 9.4" LCD - NL8060AC24-01
  • ESS 688 AudioDrive SoundBlaster Pro compatible Audio with OPL3
  • PCMCIA Cards For Ethernet & WiFi (various) + Other Functions
  • Windows 95 OSR 2.5

This one is my mid-90's Mobile Rig. I picked it up off E-bay for $25 in as/is condition. The entire bottom of it is pasted back together with baking soda and superglue ala a 3-hour video on YouTube. As of 2022 I started rebuilding this as a Windows 95 OSR 2.5 rig since it's a Pentium, after I sold my NEC Ready 9522 as I'm not really a big collector of Pentium class hardware (I tend to prefer 80486 and older). That said, it's a good little goer, it would be a little easier on the eyes if I had the bigger 10.5" screen the later Versa P/75HC laptops had (there's one on E-bay right now but they're asking over $100 for it).

1995 486 DX4-100 Desktop

  • SongCheer XT Clone Chassis, N.O.S.
  • J.D.R. MicroDevices 250 Watt XT PSU
  • F.I.C. 486-PVT Socket 3 Motherboard, Award BIOS
  • AMD AM486 DX4-100 SV8T
  • 1.44MB 3.5" Mitsumi, 5.25" Mitsubishi 1.2M
  • RH17 LianLi Mobile Rack w/ PTI-255W Controller Card - 5 caddies w/ various HDD/SSD
  • S3 805 2MB VLB Video
  • SoundBlaster AWE64
  • LinkSys EtherFast
  • Multiple Operating Systems (MS-DOS 6.22/WFW311, Windows 95, FreeDOS, OS/2, Win2K, Win98Se...)

Here it is, the magnum-opus of The Creeping Network - if it looks familiar, technically this - by the case alone - would be the one I've had the longest.  I bought the case in 2004 from e-bay, and it's been both Creeping Net P200MMXT (GEM 386's old Pentium setup went to this first), then it became Creeping Net XT II (basically an actual IBM in a clone case), then in 2012, it became Creeping Net 486, and evolved to be the greatest 486 I ever built.

1995 Moondog 486 DX4-100

  • Antec Tower Chassis
  • Star 230 Watt Baby-AT PSU
  • PC Chips M912 Motherboard, non-fake Cache version, Socket 3, AMI WinBIOS
  • AMD Am486 DX4-100 SV8T
  • 1.44MB 3.5"
  • Cirrus Logic 1MB VLB Graphics
  • SoundBlaster Vibra 16
  • SMC Ether E-Z 8416
  • FreeDOS 1.3 RC4

I got this at the end of 2021 from a guy I was working building a Hospital's I.T. Infrastructure with.  This is sort of my "back-up" of sorts.Actually, it acts part time as an FTP-Server on my network, and the rest of the time as my TV gaming rig.  This thing is surprisingly strong for being made out of what are likely the cheapest PC parts of the early-mid 1990's - the PC Chips M912 motherboard is one of the ones that has a REAL Cache on it, the Cirrus VLB video is so swift this thing runs Quake and is almost at the Pentium II level of just "shrugging" at it.  A perfect match to the Creeping Net 486 for LAN gaming.