Anyone using an Intel AboveBoard MC on a Model 80?

Liam Proven lproven at
Fri Apr 11 17:58:45 CDT 2008

On 11/04/2008, Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at> wrote:
> Josh Dersch wrote:
> >
> > > 4.  You are correct that these older machines have hard 16MB limitations
> due to DMA limited to 24bits I think (same as 286) that as far as I know.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > Yeah, that's what I read.  I don't know what issues that will cause for
> operating systems running with more than 16mb installed.  I guess I'll find
> out if I can get this to run at all :).
> >
>  I am running a Model 80-061 with many (4?) IBM 80386 XMAs and the machine
> is perfectly stable running Linux with 46MB RAM.  If I had an 80-Axx (which
> I would love to get, for the cache), it would be 48MB.



Not only could I only find the one memory adaptor board, I've never
been able to get any Linux distro to even boot on my 80-A21. I was
recommended to Slackware but I got nowhere.

Still, NT3 runs very nicely on it. Much better than Warp Server did,
which could not drive my obscure, unheard of network card, a certain
"Novell NE2000/MCA". I mean, who's ever heard of Novell?

I never got Warp running properly on my Thinkpad Butterfly either.
It's only VGA res, but I wanted at least 16k or 32k colours, sound and
the modem, but nope. IBM O/S on IBM H/W, but no joy.

I recently rescued one of the little 386sx or 486slc desktops from a
skip. Model 56? I don't recall. I shall try OS/2 on it at some point,
if I can max out its RAM.

Liam Proven • Profile:
Email: lproven at • GMail/GoogleTalk/Orkut: lproven at
Tel: +44 20-8685-0498 • Cell: +44 7939-087884 • Fax: + 44 870-9151419
AOL/AIM/iChat: liamproven at • MSN/Messenger: lproven at
Yahoo: liamproven at • Skype: liamproven • ICQ: 73187508

More information about the cctalk mailing list