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Compaq Deskpro 8086 - Benchmarks and Software by RedFalcon696 Compaq Deskpro 8086 - Benchmarks and Software :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 0 Compaq Deskpro 8086 (1984) by RedFalcon696 Compaq Deskpro 8086 (1984) :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 Bookshelf of DOOM - Updated for 2017! by RedFalcon696 Bookshelf of DOOM - Updated for 2017! :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 0 Dive On 2016 - X68000 - Expert-HD by RedFalcon696 Dive On 2016 - X68000 - Expert-HD :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 X68000 - NetBSD - Display by RedFalcon696 X68000 - NetBSD - Display :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 X68000 PRO - Internal SCSI (SASI) Cabling by RedFalcon696 X68000 PRO - Internal SCSI (SASI) Cabling :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 The Guardian Legend - NES - Beaten! by RedFalcon696 The Guardian Legend - NES - Beaten! :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 2 Bookshelf of DOOM! by RedFalcon696 Bookshelf of DOOM! :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 4 X68000 - New Setup - Nov. 2016 by RedFalcon696 X68000 - New Setup - Nov. 2016 :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 9 X68000 NetBSD Boot - Xellent30 by RedFalcon696 X68000 NetBSD Boot - Xellent30 :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 X68000 - XpanderIV by RedFalcon696 X68000 - XpanderIV :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 Setup Complete! by RedFalcon696 Setup Complete! :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 4 0 XGalaga - Running on the SPARC ISA by RedFalcon696 XGalaga - Running on the SPARC ISA :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 SPARCstation 5 - Internal View and 411 SCSI Units by RedFalcon696 SPARCstation 5 - Internal View and 411 SCSI Units :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 0 0 SPARCstation 5 - NetBSD 7.0.1 by RedFalcon696 SPARCstation 5 - NetBSD 7.0.1 :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 0 SPARCstation 5 - External and Internal Views by RedFalcon696 SPARCstation 5 - External and Internal Views :iconredfalcon696:RedFalcon696 1 0

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I hope you enjoy browsing my gallery of computer technology, cyberpunk theory, and all things electronic!
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Compaq Deskpro 8086 - Benchmarks and Software
Well now, I'm surprised to see everything this system from 1984 is capable of running!
The system is currently running either MS-DOS 6.22 as the main OS, FreeDOS 8088/8086 for newer software compatibility, and MINIX 2.0.2 for UNIX kernel and application testing and compiling.

I have setup this system with some of the mTCP networking software (special thanks to M. Brutman) and have this system acting as a full-fledged FTP server.
With the 8086 CPU @ 4.77MHz and 3COM 10BASE-T NIC, it is capable of 35KB/s upload and 25KB/s download.

It may be possible to improve the speed by upgrading the CPU to an NEC V30 or V33, which are essentially 3rd party x86 CPUs capable of the Intel 8080 ISA or 80286 performance-per-clock, respectively.
Both have a nice processing capability boost, which should result in higher transfer speeds; an 80286 or 80386 CPU accelerator board is also possible, which would improve the CPU processing capability by 30% to 100%.

While this unit does not have a soundcard, it is still capable of playing games on this luxurious amber monochromatic composite MAGNAVOX Monitor 80 from 1989.
Even Freddy Krueger enjoys playing a game or two!

The benchmark program is CheckIt, and is freely available for download online.
Disk speed with the 20MB MFM HDDs is around 50KB/s, but the 2GB Compact Flash card caps out around 150KB/s; a worthy improvement for such a venerable system.

The Intel 8087 FPU @ 4.77MHz has around 50 KFLOPS of computing capability.
While this may not sound like much by today's standards, considering a NVIDIA GTX1080 has SP FP32 computational processing capabilities of over 10 TFLOPS, back in the 1980s, a FPU in such a small system was invaluable for scientists, developers, and statistics computation.

Microsoft QuickBASIC 4.5 can take full advantage of the FPU when designing 3D graphics and animation.
Computation takes around 30 seconds with only the CPU and software libraries, whereas with the FPU included, computation takes only around 9 seconds.

UPDATE:
- AMD 8086-2 16-bit CPU was removed
- NEC V30 16-bit CPU @ 4.77MHz - 8086-compatible CPU with 8080 ISA compatibility and an 18% performance boost clock-for-clock compared to the the 8086.

With the NEC V30, the disk transfer speeds are now around 160KB/s, and FTP transfers are up from 35KB/s to 38KB/s; a modest improvement for a simple drop-in CPU upgrade.
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Compaq Deskpro 8086 (1984)
Now here is an interesting unit recently discovered... an original Compaq Deskpro 8086 from 1984; this one was manufactured in 1985!
This was *the* very first system, along with the original Compaq Portable, to be 100% IBM-compatible.

Of course other systems had x86 processors such as the 8088 and 8086 back in the 1980s, along with an 8-bit ISA bus, but many of them were only up to 95% code-compatible.
This meant that the code either had to be patched to run on the non-compatible system, or a specific vendor-version of the software needed to be released.

This was not the case with the Compaq Deskpro, though!
This unit is running with the following hardware specifications:

- AMD 8086-2 16-bit CPU @ 4.77MHz (the original CPU of which the x86 instruction set architecture was based on, from 1978 - second-sourced AMD model rated for 8MHz)
- Intel 8087 16-bit FPU @ 4.77MHz ~ 50 KFLOPS computational processing capability
- 640KB of DRAM (20-bit address bus - lower 640KB used for system memory - upper 384KB reserved for hardware)
- ISA Compaq CGA Video Processor w/ 16KB VRAM
- ISA 3COM 3C503 10BASE-T/10BASE-5 NIC from 1989 (the very first 3COM NIC to feature a built-in Ethernet transceiver)
- ISA XTIDE Compact Flash card w/ 2GB CF Card
- ISA FDD Controller w/ twin 1.2MB 5.25" FDDs
- ISA ST-412 HDD Controller w/ twin Seagate ST-225 20MB MFM HDDs
- ISA Serial/Parallel Clock I/O Card
- MAGNAVOX Computer Monitor 80 composite amber monochromatic monitor from 1989
- 65 watt AT-compatible PSU

UPDATE:
- AMD 8086-2 16-bit CPU was removed
- NEC V30 16-bit CPU @ 4.77MHz - 8086-compatible CPU with 8080 ISA compatibility and an 18% performance boost clock-for-clock compared to the the 8086
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Dive On 2016 - X68000 - Expert-HD
Here is a unique find of a game... Dive On 2016 Beep Version!
Dive On is a shmup (shoot em' up) originally programmed around 1993 by Yu-Ri and released around 1994.

This version was made and revised in 2016.
That's right, software made/revised in 2016 running on an X68000 Expert-HD from 1989, with a Motorola 68030 CPU from 1987 driving the software!

Special thanks to Cool|Fox and neko68k on #X68000 and #shmups for helping to get this to work properly.
Credit where credit is due! ^_^
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X68000 - NetBSD - Display
I haven't really had the chance to showcase the X68000 Expert-HD running NetBSD until now.
The top amber LCD monitor is the display which shows NetBSD on the unit, currently in the middle of compiling irssi, and all needed prerequisites, from source.

The bottom green monochrome monitor is currently running off of an x86 server running a few VMs headless, just for fun!
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HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also your photography is super cool by the way I have yet to browse through your gallery but judging from the newest deviations I'm in for a treat keep it up
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RedFalcon696 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, posting about esoteric technology is kind of my thing, with a bit of video games, anime, and posters thrown in for good measure, haha.
I'm hoping to a get a few more up in the next couple weeks for the Japanese workstation, the Sharp X68000 from 1989; it was high-end stuff for Japanese arcade devs back then, and is good fun today!
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HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! I wish you the best!
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HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOAH YOU GAVE ME A CORE MEMBERSHIP THAT'S INSANE MAN

THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THIS

I'D SPAM YOU WITH JOGGING MAN MEME GIFS BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FROM A PHONE SO

SERIOUSLY THANK YOU SO MUCH YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND UNLESS IT'S MEAN OR ROBOTS I WILL DO THE ART FOR YOU WOW

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I'M BLUSHING REALLY INTENSELY RIGHT NOW
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RedFalcon696 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're super welcome!
Wait, no robots??? Nooo! ^_~

Just keep making art work that makes you happy.
Though your Steven Universe art is totally awesome, I have to say!
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HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha yeah, I'm really bad at drawing that kind of stuff. But if it's bots you need, I can get you a gal.

I'm so flattered you think so! I'm really happy that you enjoy my work and I couldn't even begin to express my gratitude for this gift! Thank you very much! 
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a-paranoid-android Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
hey look its meme
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HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for watching me! It means so much!
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Michirin9801 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh one thing I almost forgot! Thank you very much for the donation ^^
I highly appreciate it~Yui Hirasawa (Castanets Dance) [V1] 
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darkangle1233 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are the Best!!!!!!
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