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Recognising vintage PC motherboards

by Peborgh / January 9, 2013 7:40 PM PST


I have 5 motherboards from the 80s and 90s.
How do I go about recognising their maker and model?
How do I find out whether any of these are likely to be valuable to collectors?


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Usually the information you seek is stenciled on the
by VAPCMD / January 9, 2013 9:37 PM PST

upper side of the motherboard. In addition you also find an indication which version or revision the board is.....i.e. Rev 1.0, Rev 2.0, etc.

Re value to collectors...not sure.


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I have a buddy that lost on those.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2013 2:11 AM PST

Turns out the law changed and he had to pay the recycler to take them away.

As many used Electrolytic capacitors and there is an age issue with that part, not counting the other issues you learn after a few years to not keep parts over 5 years old around the shop.

As to identifying we do that when we pull them off the off machine. And dead boards go to the recycle bin most of the time since we already have a few for small spares such as USB/PS2/Power connections that rarely fail.

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