Greetings, DEC community,
this is the pc164sx that showed up in "Hardware for Sale / Trade" a couple of weeks ago. I bought it from a nice guy in england, and got it shipped to germany in no time. The package contained the board with 21164PC @ 533 MHz and heat sink attached, the NT user manual, and two 3.5" floppy disks, AlphaBIOS firmware and NT drivers. The box looked as if it might be in fact original. All in all a very cool system, and I paid roughly 60€ for it.
Here is the content of the box:
And this is a closeup of the whole board (after I stuffed in 512 MB of Siemens non-ECC PC100 SD-RAM):
Everything went into an Antec standard ATX case, with a cheap power supply from german computer disounter Arlt. An befor you complain: yes, the cabiling is a mess, sorry for that. Anyhow:
Note the two big case fans, which might come in handy should I find out that the system will get very hot (which it up to now never did, except when installing the OS). Top to bottom, the PCI cards are:
- ELSA GLoria Synergy 8MB (or PowerStorm 4D10T, as DEC calls it)]
- Adaptec AHA-2940UW (aka AIC78XX), which drives the IBM DNES-209170W 9GB hard disk
- and a DEC 21140 fast ethernet card
A spare DVD rom is connected to the on-board IDE port. As you can see, everything is standard-issue PC gear from the late 90ties.
The back of the case:
Note that the board didn't come with the appropriate ATX I/O shield. I might have to 3D print something for that...
The complete case (I still need to print some DEC logo stickers for it):
And - last but not least - the german Windows NT 4.0 Workstation desktop:
Its a very nice machine, and I'm using it to brush up my Win32 skills. Currently, I'm writing an editor as a more comfortable replacement for notepad. If I ever get to finish this project, it might come in handy even for all the sgi VW320 useres still out there, which are stuck with NT4/2000, too.