Building a computer to run OS/2 Warp Server
In October, 1999, I decided to build a PC to run OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business.
My strategy was to select no component unless I was certain that I would run with
|Antec tower case||85||-|
|ASUS ME-99 mainboard with onboard AGP graphics and Celeron 400||142||OS/2 drivers on the CD-Rom|
|Danpex 10/100 PCI ethernet card||18||OS/2 drivers on diskette|
|Yamaha 4416E IDE CD-RW||199||Bought RSJ, electronic distribution from Indelible Blue |
|RSJ CD-RW software||178||-|
|AOpen AWE 230 PCI sound card||27||Downloaded OS/2 drivers from web site|
|old 6.4 GB hard drive||0||with OS/2 Warp 4 FP 10|
|Developer Connection Advanced||299||Contains All WSeB CD-Roms|
Assembling the pieces
The first step was to unpack the Antec tower enclosure and examine all
the pieces. These enclosures usually come with a huge assortment of screws
and other fasteners. This enclosure came with a slide out drawer for the
mainboard and electronics.
I managed to get the motherboard attached to the Antec tower enclosure
without cutting myself on the sharp metal edges. This is not because there
are few of these edges, but because I was quite careful. The floppy and
hard drive went in without much difficulty, and the CD-RW with only a little
more fuss. The RAM and CPU fan were quite easy to install, and I did not need
to alter a single jumper on the motherboard. The PCI sound card and PCI network
card were also easy to install.
I was lucky. The computer came up the first time. But I was prepared with
bootable OS/2 and DOS diskettes, and a bootable OS/2 CD-Rom from the
Software installation is covered in another essay.
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2000
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