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News Gigabyte searching for oldest working motherboard

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 2 Apr 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. p3n

    p3n New Member

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    Still got my Pentium 120 (OC'd to 133!) somewhere, 5 ISA slots of expandable crapness!
     
  3. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

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    I still have my very first processor - an 8MHz AMD 8086, which was working when I pulled it out of the PC back in 2003 - I reckon it would probably still work now if I had a motherboard for it. I've also got an 8-bit ISA EGA graphics card from those days too. I don't think Gigabyte were even making motherboards back then!
     
  4. TomH

    TomH And like that... he was gone.

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    I actually have a GA-5AX, a K6-2 500 and 128MB of RAM just sitting around at my parents house. Too bad it's in Devon or I'd plug it in to test it. There's no reason why it shouldn't work (other than the test of time) so perhaps I'll get the old man to take a few photos :)

    Awesome idea for a competition though, I like it!
     
  5. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    I've got two pretty old computers, one has a Pentium Pro or something. Never turned them on, but neither is a Gigabyte mobo, so oh well.
     
  6. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    and i chucked out my 486 a couple of months ago

    was IBM brand though
     
  7. Johnny Bravo

    Johnny Bravo New Member

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    I say its off to eBay for some searching!!
     
  8. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Cyrix somewhere. I'm planning to turn it into a keyring sooner or later.
     
  9. Timmy_the_tortoise

    Timmy_the_tortoise International Man of Awesome

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    Is it not eminently possible that Gigabyte themselves will be searching there anyway?

    EDIT: ignore my stupidity... I didn't actually read the article.
     
  10. Mr T

    Mr T 4 Left Into Long 3 Right

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    Ive got a very early socket A gigabyte board that's still being used almost daily. :) No chance of it winning this compo though.
     
  11. TTmodder

    TTmodder Hammertime

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    it's a shame, i think i just threw out an old working socket 7 gigabyte mobo.
     
  12. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    I think I used to own the motherboard in that news image - freaky. Think it went in the bin, but it was working when it went in the bin.
     
  13. Yemerich

    Yemerich I can has PERSUADETRON?

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    486? That's a NEW computer compared to the one i have here:
    [​IMG]

    SPECS:
    Family: Sinclair
    Language: Assembly and BASIC
    Bought in: Mar - 1983
    Processor: Z80 A (8 bits)
    Clock: 3,25 MHz
    RAM: 16k (less than most actual e-mails)
    ROM: 10k (with built in BASIC interpreter)
    Screen Text Resolution: 32 x 24 (cols x rows)
    Media: Tape

    It was working some 5 years ago. Not sure anymore.

    I am sure someone will eventually come with something older. For those ppl i've got this:

    [​IMG]
    A 1942 Contex mechanical calculator... Note that it only sums numbres. And only have keys up to 5 in each row, but in the visor it goes from 0 to 9.

    Beat this! :D
     
  14. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

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    Oh yeah, I still have one of those here too - it was called the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the UK, and most of them had 48K, although there were some with 16K too.
     
  15. SiG

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    I'm about to dispose of a whole heap of motherboards - and I quickly fished this sucker out:

    GA-6VXE7+ Rev_1.0

    Probably the oldest Gigabyte motherboard I possess, but is still out done by my Intel Socket 1 Boards, which still run perfectly fine even at with the 66 - 333 MHz CPUs.
    I have however learnt to hate Socket 1 heatsinks - I'm sure others know my pain.

    But not like any of this matters since I live in Australia anyway :p
     
  16. Neophyte4Life

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    I have that board that is in the news image hanging up on the wall at my office. I am not sure if it works or not but i have it. The oldest working hardware i have is an IBM PCjr complete with BASIC cartridges and a **** ton of floppies. I also have a commodore 64 that may or may not work. But I am in the US so i will just let them collect some more dust........
     
  17. tank_rider

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    I just threw one of those out about 3 months ago lol.
     
  18. sui_winbolo

    sui_winbolo Giraffe_City

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    Hmm, I'll have to look at the old motherboards we have at the college. Not sure if there Gigabyte boards though.
     
  19. p3n

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    I remember trying that trick with one of those 'ceramic' athlon XP's - all the drill did was make a shiny circle until the corner cracked off due to heat; I guess I then realised people either had cooled drillbits or they were using the 'softer' PCBesq cpus :p
     
  20. sui_winbolo

    sui_winbolo Giraffe_City

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    Actually you're probably thinking of the AMD K6 processor, I have a few Athlon XP and Duron processors with bent pins that I've used before. They just have a PCB instead of the ceramic. But yes, it's a lot harder to make a key chain out of a processor with a ceramic base instead of a PCB base!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amd_k6
     
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