It has been a whilst since we have found a 86Duino, but [TheRasteri] reminded us about it, with his movie exhibiting how to use one particular to run common MS-DOS game titles. To be reasonable, the personal computer isn’t actually an Arduino, it is essentially a little 486 Computer on an Arduino-design and style PCB.
If it were just operating DOS game titles on a tiny Personal computer, that wouldn’t be extremely newsworthy. On the other hand, the board by alone has no video clip card and, as [TheRasteri] points out, seem card compatibility is also a difficulty. A carrier board, however, has a small VGA card on it, and many thanks to some perform from an additional user, it is achievable to insert an ISA bus to the board if you want to plug in a legacy sound card.
The ISA hack was performed neatly, but it is a little bit of wiring. Alternatively of using a ordinary ISA backplane, it is probable to use a Computer system/104 backplane, if you have playing cards that will match that bus — electrically, they are the identical. The board was equipped to operate DOOM and Quake at practically 30 frames for each second. Not negative. He did have troubles acquiring a mouse to perform, however.
Obtained a bit nostalgic watching him use QBasic to immediately generate to registers on an ISA card. If you want an old DOS machine and really do not want to tie up a great deal of space, this could be the ticket. In particular if you want it to operate some old piece of hardware that won’t operate with fashionable computer systems. We have to wonder if everyone would make a USB to ISA adapter out of a little something like this. The motorists would seem to be to be the tricky element.
We saw the 86Duino just about 10 a long time in the past when there had been a few other x86 solitary-board desktops all over. Evidently, lots of persons want to run vintage games.