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What was your first computer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RotoSequence, 7 Feb 2004.

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  1. Dimazz

    Dimazz What's a Dremel?

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    My first pc was a P166 custom build, 32 megs of ram later upgraded to 96. Cant remember the rest of the specs. Oh, it had a 1.5 gig drive later upgraded to a 1.5 (the original) and a new 2.5 gigger.

    Got a new one on my 12th birthday, a HP kayak, 600 mhz 196 ram, 10 gig drive, cheapo 8meg vid nuttin great. Upgraded that one to a 1.2mhz, radeon 9000, 40gig drive and added a cd burner. Also that one was my first mod, gotta put a pic up!!

    Now i am runing another custom built by me, see sig \/\/. In the prosses of modding it, need to get pics up.
     
  2. PaulW

    PaulW What's a Dremel?

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    Heres goes my small list :lol:

    1) Commodore C64 (the newer-shape one, looked like C64+)... Decided it was a bit too chunky, so got the hacksaw out & tried to half the size of it & re-solder the tracks... I was only 6 at the time, didn't know a thing about soldering or electrics but did it anyway :hehe: needless to say, it went 'BANG' when I plugged it all back in!

    2) Commodore C64 (older-shaped one) - replaced the above 'disaster'

    3) Acorn Archimedes 3010... Ohhh such a Fun machine!! Arm 2 CPU (7.75MHz or there abouts), 256 colors MAX, 1mb RAM... Had it about 3 weeks & upgraded it to 4mb RAM & added an 80MB HDD, and never did fill more than 3-quarters of that disk! That old machine was AMAZING! Programs were tiny!!

    3) Pentium 200 w 32Mb RAM & 2Gb HDD... Was top-of-the-range when I got it, the P200 had been out no more than 3 days!!! Cost me just over £3000 when I bought it!!! But I did get it with a 17" monitor & flatbed scanner! Later upgraded it and put in a 8.6Gb HDD.. Woooo the size of that!!

    4) 486 DX2 66 w 16Mb RAM... Used it as a 'toy' just messing about with it, ripped half the case to bits, and eventually used it as a door stop!

    5) Dual Celeron 500MHz, 512Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD... My first & only dual CPU system, except for an inherent fault on the MB (Abit BP6), so had to get the trusty soldering iron out & replace a few caps to make it stable! Also had a GeForce 2 MX400 (woooooot!) (This machine is now my Proxy / Firewall / Webserver)

    6) P3 667 w 512Mb RAM, 4 x 80Gb HDD's... Primary domain controller for my home network, not a bad machine! Nothing really stands out about this one...

    7) AMD Athlon 750, 320Mb RAM, GF4 Ti4600, 40Gb HDD... More of the parents machine than my own, but I do play a few games on it (well, struggle due to the spec), but its not a bad system!

    8) P3 1GHz, 512mb RAM, 40gb HDD... Used to be my Linux webserver until it went BANG less than a week ago :( hence why the dual cellery above is now the webserver!

    9) Toshiba S2800-300 Laptop - P3 650, 256Mb RAM, 20Gb HDD, 8xDVD... Struggles a bit a times, but this is my current machine! Use it for web development, programming, graphics, quake 2 (is about all it will run!)... Cost me the grand total of £30!!! not bad, even has a 15" TFT Screen :D

    Thats it until I build my new PC!
     
  3. ////\oo/\\\\

    ////\oo/\\\\ Minimodder

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    Think it went something like this:

    BBC Model B
    Amiga 500
    Amiga 1200
    Apple G3 400Mhz
    P4 2.8c
     
  4. TMM

    TMM Modder

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    Family comps:

    486 66mhz
    P1 120mhz TV tuner and 16mb graphics!!! top of the line stuff for its time
    P3 800mhz
    P4 2.4B CURRENT


    My personal comps

    i first got a 333mhz P2 which my dad got from work becuase they were going to throw it out!

    then after that, we got the P4 for the family comp, so i was given the 800mhz P3 and the P2 was made my dads comp.

    THEN i blew up the P3 :grr: so then i forked out all my pocket money for what i have now :) and im slowly building on it :p
     
  5. Kameleon

    Kameleon is watching you...

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    My first computer was an Amstrad PC1640, with an incredible 640k of memory and 2x5 1/4" disk drives. No hard drive (are you kidding? I made a RAMdisk cos I didn't need all that memory) and the very stylish EGA graphics. God I had fun back then. Also notable for what must be the worst GUI ever (and also apparently the first, or nearly anyway), GEM. What a load of crud, two fixed windows you could just about drag files between, and the Paint program from hell. I never used it, QDOS and Laplink were far better :D
     
  6. KONIJN

    KONIJN What's a Dremel?

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    our first computer was an :rock: MSX:

    [​IMG]

    only ours had 2 disk stations and we had a screen with it
     
  7. Bluebark

    Bluebark What's a Dremel?

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  8. ufk

    ufk Licenced Fool

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    Heh can go older than a 16k speccy
    First up ZX81 followed by zx spectrum (rubber beermat) 16k (soon modded that to 48k), c64, amiga 500 then started on the pcs first one was a 386dx something or other

    I've still got the amiga and c64
     
  9. hypocrisy86

    hypocrisy86 Banned

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    We had an texas instrument thing
    286 and then 386 486 and up
     
  10. Dad

    Dad You talkin to me?

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    My first "real" computer was an Apple IIc with a green monochrome monitor. 1st IBM PC was a true-blue IBM XT with 512kb of ram, dual 360k FDD's and a 16-color CGI monitor.

    First computer I ever screwed around with was a CPC machine. Can't remember the brand, but it was pre-dos.
     
  11. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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    I had and still have an Amstrad /w 16 colour screen and 640k memory, no hard drive, I'll get a picture when I'm next at home :)
     
  12. El_JimBob

    El_JimBob What's a Dremel?

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    We started off with a Dragon puter that my dad built from a kit over 20 years ago :)
    Moved onto BBC micros, then me and my bro got c64s, whilst my dads beast of burden was an IBM compatible 286 with a 5" floppy drive, couple of hundred k of ram and a reaaaaly small HDD. Once the c64 fad wore off i moved to the PC and was happily oblivious until a friend at school lent me the Floppy version of Sam and Max to play - and sadly i found that my father's machine, that cost him over a grand to buy, would not play it :(
    Zipped ahead with a few 386 and 486s until the machine that really gave me the bug - my dads work puter - a P75 that would quite happily play Jedi Knight at a pinch, and also gave me my first experience of the internet. Quake 2 appeared, so dad treated us to a brand new pII 400. Fine for a few years, then had the realisation that graphics needed to be improved. Bought a shiny new GF2mx but wait!!!!!!!! No AGP slot..............
    .........and thats how i ended up here :D
     
  13. sadffffff

    sadffffff What's a Dremel?

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    my first was a tandy 1000 (bottom one if i remember correctly) - http://www.8bit-micro.com/tandypc.htm (family computer)

    next a packard bell pentium 75 (family computer). came with 8mb of ram, which we upgraded to 16 so i could play Blood. then I upgraded it to 32. Presently it has 72mb ram and it has winNT 4.

    then buncha broken 486's and 386's that i took from the school and put togather and made them work. (all mine :)). Currently, they are gone. I pawned them off to people or ripped them apart and took heat sinks/fans.

    then a compaq 350mhz celeron, with the worst "3d" card ever made: "ATI 3d rage lt pro". it played drakan and a few games but it couldn't do D3D or even some openGL correctly. (it was my brother's which i used a lot). It later became mine till i got my own computer. Now it sits in the basement.

    then a 500mhz celeron with onboard intel 810e graphics which were very good for the time (for my sister to take to college, I only got to use it for a few months). She still uses it, and it is STILL too much computer for her.

    then an 800mhz athlon (256mb ram) with a gf2MX400 (my brother's). it sits as another lan computer/mom and dads computer on our network currently.

    then a 900mhz athlon (256mb ram) with a gf2MX400 (mine!). also sits as a lan computer now.

    then a 650 P3 (128mb ram), and a 550 p3 (128mb ram), and a 450 p3(128mb ram). that i picked up from some people. they had a tnt2 ultra and a voodoo 3 3000, and some onboard crap respectivly. The 650 is a lan computer now, and the 550 is a linux box that i play with and laugh at. the 450 is becoming a media computer (may get the 650 or 550 proc).

    Now my brother has a 2000+ athlonXP (1.0GB pc2100 ram 2x256, 1x512) with a geforce4 TI4200 8x 128mb.

    And I have a 2600+ athlonXP (1.0bg pc2700 ram 2x512) with a geforceFX 5900 128mb.
     
  14. Beaver-Wise

    Beaver-Wise What's a Dremel?

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    The ultimate machine for a 13 year old - C-64

    My first computer was the trusty old C-64. I had the computer for about 6 months before my dad got me the 'dataset'. Everytime I wanted to 'run' a program I had to retype it in. Man was that tedious. :sigh: Got good at typing though.

    I can still remember getting a copy of Compute magazine and 'keying' in a program called Haunted Mansion. Compute had a bunch of assembly level programs in each issue that was all in decimal. You had to literally type the program in with the keypad. I was about 13, and had all the time in the world. Life was good. :thumb:

    I also remember waiting almost 45 minutes for programms to load on the dataset.... One of my favorites was Impossible Mission. You ran around an underground lair looking for punchcards in rooms full of robots.

    Man this brings back memories. :hehe:
     
  15. slater

    slater Mummy Says Im Special

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    Mine was a Amiga 500+

    7.14mhz cpu, 512k ram, + we had the optional 4mb Hdd and 14"monitor

    This was way back in 1988 i was only 2years old :blush: with all the extras is cost us about £2000. (My dads still got the invoice)

    I think i used to have about 2000 games for it but they (and the computer) all got destroyed when we move house a few years ago before i relly got in to modding+hardware :waah:


    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=65
     
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  16. Zogthetroll

    Zogthetroll What's a Dremel?

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    well, can't go back as far as some of you guys, but here goes. my first computer back in 1996 was actaully a Compaq Armada 1120 laptop. It came with a P100, 8mb Ram, and a 810mb hard drive. I upgraded to 24mb of ram so i could run windows 95 and netscape at the same time (i added network and sound pcmcia cards to it) My wife uses it at work now to do presentations since it will run office, miraculously enough. it now has a 2gig HD since it was under warranty when it crashed, that particular model seemed to have a 50-75% failure rate within 4years!
     
  17. Xen0phobiak

    Xen0phobiak SMEGHEADS!

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    my first computer was a zx spectrum

    1st pc was a p-II 350, but my oldest was a 486 dx2 66. i've owned at least 2 of every pentium range :worried:
     
  18. Der Me!$ter

    Der Me!$ter What's a Dremel?

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    Atari SM124 (or something like that)

    All I remember was that it had a tiny black and white screen, a huge floppy drive and a 30MB HDD the size of two overgrown laptops on top of eachother.
     
  19. kiljoi

    kiljoi I *am* a computer king.

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    first comp of my own was a dodgy AMD K62 233 w/3DNOW (read: useless crap) with a 2 gig hard drive and like 16 mg of RAM. I hated that damned thing. my parents got it at wal-mart for like $600.
     
  20. BjD

    BjD What's a Dremel?

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    Started with a C64 which pwned all :D I would spend ages typing in BASIC programs, then start fiddling with them thinking i was all 1337 :D Classic games too, dizzy egg, hungry horace :D iirc the ROM's broke so we replaced it with a Amiga 1200. Upgraded that a bit, was mounted in a tower for a while :) but now its in the cupboard at home waiting for some love :D

    1st PC was my mums Pentium 133, which I upgraded about 5 years ago to a Cyrix 600 (dont laugh) first PC i built up and its still going, touch wood. In fact i still use the keyboard, mind you its on its last legs.
    I then used the 133 but soon upgraded to a Jetway 830 with Duron 1gig, and been messing about with it ever since, current spec in sig. Still got the Jetway & Duron running as a random FTP/CS server thing.
    Bought the A4000 about 2 years ago, just because it was always the ultimate amiga back in the day. Of course the modding bug set in and thats now mounted in a custom case. Just need a network card for it and ill be able to have some real fun :D
     
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