For sale
AST Bravo LC 4/33s pc.
 
General info
AST Research, Inc. was a personal computer manufacturer, founded in Irvine, California, in 1980. In the 1980's AST designed add-on expansion cards, before shifting to a major personal computer manufacturer towards the 1990's. AST computer's reliability was considered close to that of quality leaders COMPAQ, Gateway and IBM. AST managed to gain a decent market share of the PC market, however, it never came close to overtaking COMPAQ and Dell. AST's fortunes shrunk due to the strategy of offering premium models in an increasingly competitive personal computer market, while COMPAQ and other top-tier manufacturers slashed prices to go head-to-head with the cheapest clones. The failure of AST to recognize the movement towards the commoditization of the PC contributed to its downturn. AST insisted on developing and using its own components in the PC's it produced. AST Computers disappeared from the market in 2001.
 
About this specific offer
This offer consists of a AST Bravo LC 4/33s model 173W, a very solid, durable and expandable desktop pc. It has a date stamp inside from December 1994 and was manufactured in Ireland. This pc comes from my collection and has been used for many hours during recent years. The pc is now almost completely standard again and can be customized for your needs. To help you with adding options, digital documentation will be sent by email after purchase. The >20 years old unreliable hard disk of the pc is replaced with a new Digitus PATA-CF adapter, which in combination with a not included CF card (formatted in FAT16), makes a new fast, reliable and silent storage disk. Besides this pc is equipped with a new be quiet! fan in the power supply as well as a new Varta clock battery. The total RAM is now 32MB instead of the standard 4MB. This computer can be used for retro gaming. It can also be used for most legacy business applications from the early 90's that require MS-DOS, Windows 3.x or Windows 95. Whatever you look for, this AST pc has more than enough room for your needs: you can add a 5.25'' FDD, a CD-ROM drive, a sound card, a better VLB graphics card, an ethernet adapter and replace the CPU by a faster 486DX4 or Pentium Overdrive. The pc is equipped with a VGA output and can display a nice picture on a conventional 4:3 flatscreen monitor. It also has a switchable power supply, so it can operate in various regions, including Europe and the United States.

Refurbished and tested classic pc's like this one don't show up for sale very often. Take your chance now, it's well worth its high price and will pay off in hours of entertainment and/or productivity.
   
Specifications:
 
- Astec SA145-3430 115V / 230V AC 145W power supply
- Intel 486SX 33 MHz socket PGA168 CPU
- Socket 3
- Cache sockets
- 32 MB RAM (2x SEC KMM5364103BK-6 16 MB 60 ns 72-pin SIMM parity FPM RAM module)
- 4x 72-pin SIMM parity RAM module socket (max. 64 MB)
- Cirrus Logic 1 MB onboard XGA
- Digitus PATA-CF adapter
- 1.44 MB FDD
- Secondary PATA connector
- 3x 16-bit ISA slot
- VL-bus slot
- 2x Empty 5.25'' drive slot
- Integrated beeper
- CR2032 lithium clock battery
- VGA HD-15 socket
- Parallel DB-25 socket
- 2x Serial DE-9 connector
- PS/2 keyboard port
- PS/2 mouse port
 

Included is:
- AST Bravo LC 4/33s computer
 

Condition
Used & refurbished.

Equipped with new PATA-CF adapter, PSU fan and clock battery.
 
Technical
This pc was last tested at 14 October 2018.
 
During the test;
 
- Computer could be powered on several times.
 
- Computer stayed powered on for at least 5 minutes.


- Computer did not make any unusual noises, fan worked fine.

- Computer displayed a stable, sharp, contrastful, bright and colorful picture without distortions.

- POST displayed 32 MB RAM without any errors.

- Beeper worked.

- Keyboard port worked fine.

- No battery leakage could be found.

- No rust could be found.

- Case could be opened and closed like it should.

- No defects and/or faults were identified.
 
- No further tests were performed.
 
Cosmetic
Please carefully view the pictures for an impression.

Price details:
Price per piece:
€ 400,00
Quantity: + ADD TO SHOPPING CART

Shipping costs

€ 24,20 

Stock (now available)

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