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What Was Your First Computer Like?  
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

At home:

Processor: 386 at 33Mhz
CGA Screen (Black and white)
HDD: 20MB
RAM: Damn! I don't remember.
Floppy: 3 1/2"

At school we had:

Processor: 286@20Mhz and a couple of 8088@???
Screen: Hercules. Those bright green monitors (black background). I swear that after only one hour using them the white chalk on the board looked.
HDD: None.
RAM: I don't remember quiet well but I think they were in the 500kb range (half a megabyte).
Floppy: 5 1/4"
What did I learn on these??? GWBasic, QBasic and the basic inputs from DOS (remember CLS, CD.., DIR, RENAME, *.*

 Big thumbs up
RM


There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

I have, somewhere deep in my closet at my dads house, a...

are you ready for this?



A Commodore 64!


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

BBC!

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

On my first post up there....

The white chalk on the board looked PINK
I forgot to put how it looked like. Sometimes my fingers are waaaay faster than my brain.

 Nuts
RM



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

286 with a 40mb hard drive. At the time it was the shit.

Ahhh how I miss playing those Lucasfilm WWII flight sims...

Liesure Suit Larry and the Space Quest series were good too.



Word
User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Mine was a Compaq Presario 2200. It was... special. Yeah. 180Mhz Cyrix MediaGX processor which was also the video card and sound card. Yep, the computer had no real audio or video, it was all emulated by the processor. It had really good speakers integrated into it and the processor did fake a Soundblaster 16 pretty well. Of course, with all that faking, it made the computer really slow. I upgraded the memory and got an external 56K modem, but eventualy it was just crapping out and I gave up and bought a new PC. I had it for 2 years.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

My first computer was a Commodore 16, than I got a Commodore 64, than an Amiga 500, than my first real PC (Pentium I, 90 mhz). Now I have a Pentium III 866 mhz but soon it will be replaced with a notebook (maybe a Sony Vaio).

Patrick


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11766 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

I learned about computers on some kind of Apple when I was 12. We had this game called Montezumas Revenge. Ah, the good old days.....

The first computer I bought was three years ago. Compaq Presario.

GO CANUCKS!!



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

My first computer... that belonged to me. was a powerbook 100.
-UN
33mhz Black and White Screen..My brother stepped on it and broke it.



What now?
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

I had a laptop... 15mhz, Took 3 days to install Windows 3.1  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

Then my first PC was a BBC, then I got a 200mhz TIME computer, and i've built that up to a 1.1ghz Athlon but obviously I spend my money on other things...


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

An Apple II+, which had 48k of memory (a lot at the time). No hard drive, and a 5 1/4" floppy drive, and a monochrome monitor, which was enough to play Ultima I, II, and III, Zork, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (remember those?)

Charles


User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Some 386 it was. I remember there was a "car racing game" and FS3. The rest is mystery.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Here was mine  Smile:




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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

1. TI 99/4A
4k of meaty goodness. Remember spending a whole day typing in BASIC from the pages of some enthusiast magazine, just to play with some inept little piece of software a few times? Then, of course, it would crash; so you'd have to type it all in again...
It could also be used to make toast.

2. Amiga 500
We might cringe a little at some of the sound or graphics, but only a little, and the quality/playability of games was excellent. Occasionally I'd try doing more practical things, but with only 720k floppies for storage it was a bit limited.

3. Amstrad CPC "portable". It had a handle, room for a very large number of commercial D-cell batteries, and 2 full-size floppy drives. I used this to write theses, compile code, and make the first tentative steps on the Internet - at a time when everybody else was doing the same with dx4/100s which permitted (amazingly) things like colour, graphics, floating-point, permanent storage, and sounds other than "BEEP".

4. My first "real" PC was self-built, with a fairly high spec for the time - P2/233 clocked up to 280, 192Mb at 120MHz, mirrored 12Gb UDMA66 disks, NT4... you kids have it easy these days  Smile



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

dont remember exactly, but it was SLOW! the kind that had like 8mb memory, orange on black screen, slow game, no internet. i still have it somewhere.

Sabena332, take my advise, go for the vaio! they're great and i ahve never had a problem with mine, ever!



"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

It was 1983...
An IBM PC Jr, the computer that almost put an end to IBM.

8088 processor (maybe 1-2 MHz) 64K RAM, cassette drive attachment, joysticks, 13" television for a monitor.

Over the years we upgraded it with a diskette drive, an extra 64K ram (for a whopping 128K), and a parallel port.

Sad thing is that computer cost easily twice what my company paid for a 2.4Ghz laptop with 1gb ram and a 40gb hard drive (but no joysticks).



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User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Other than the old green-screen, our other first "real" computer was a:

Macintosh Centris 610: 20MHz. And it did pretty well. Lasted quite some years, then we got Windows after that.

FSP


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

My first computer was a Commodore 64. I still have it in the garage actually but it doesn't work anymore.


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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

My first was a TANDY 1000EX. I remember I had the Boarderbund Software for "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" and some Sierra "Mickey Mouse Space Adventure." You had to load everything from MS-DOS.

Here are the specs for the computer:
Emphasis Gaming, Programming, Small business
Software compatibility IBM PC, MS-DOS 2
Timeline Released: 1984
CPU type 8088
CPU word length 16 bits
CPU clock rate 4.77 MHz
RAM Size 128 KiB
Maximum RAM Size 640 KiB
Graphics chip 6845
Graphics modes 160x100, 320x200, 640x200
Text modes 40x25, 80x25
Total number of colours 16
Total peripheral memory 360 KiB
I/O Ports 3x ISA, Composite video, Light Pen, Monitor, Parallel, RS-232


User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Oh yeah, I had all the classics.

It all started with the Atari, and I played the original version of Pong. But that got addictive, so my parents took it away.

A few years later, we got a Texas Instruments Ti64. I don't remember any of the games we got (they were all crap, but there was one which resembled something close to space invaders), but I do remember that all the games came in a cartridge, and we stored the data on audio cassettes. Even those at the time were a novelty. That computer only lasted us one year, before the keyboard broke. Next.

Then the mother of them all, the first clone PC XT that we bought for something like 5k CAD. Came with two (yes, two! How amazing is that?) 5 1/4" floppy drives, and no HD. Can't remember what the processor speed was, but it was enough to play Police Quest without too many problems. Oh wait, it was a problem, because we kept on having to flip disks all the time from one screen to another, and saving games was a pain in the arse.

So we upgraded to an AT 286, with a 20mb Hard Disk. Megabyte. That was a cool word. Finally, we could load King's Quest on the hard disk, and not worry about damaging floppies again. Unfortunately, the hard disk suffered a failure, and the computer was mothballed.

Then I got a used Apple Mac Classic. Still with the monochrome screen, and a 1200 baud modem. Haven't looked back since.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Still own it.

An ATARI 800, We had it decked out too. Two floppy drives, the tape cassette drive printer, and although we never used it a 200 baud modem. The computer itself had a full 48K of memory and I belive ran at 8 khz.

It was one of those that you put the handset of your phone onto it and then it errors anytime somebody slams a door in the house.

It still runs but the adaptor to make it play on the tv is burned out. So if I can find a mother board for it I can run in on the TV or else I need to find a actual computer monitor since that port still runs too.

We just had ours hooked up to the TV.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Commodore VIC-20.

Yup, 20k of raw computing space! 20 000 bytes! All in one thick keyboard that you hook up to... your TV. Awesome joystick with a big orange button. Had the tape player which was hooked up electronically to the computer. Remember: "Press play to load program". You pressed play... the tape was loading... then stopped. Whoohoo... program loaded.

We mostly had the cartriges that you had to make the computer lie vertically to shove 'em in. Among my favs. were Cosmic Cruncher, Raid on Fort Knox (watch for thoses crasy panthers!), and the absolute best: Jupiter Lander! God I wish I hadn't parted with it.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

*sniff*

I miss my Commodore 64.  Sad



User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

If you grew up in the USA during the mid to late 80's, who can forget the Apple IIe's that were in EVERYONE's classroom. I don't know if you all had this, but at all the schools in Oklahoma we would bring in Homeland (A grocery store) receipts. When the totals on the collected receipts got to a certain amount, we would win a computer for our school. Our teachers sent out notes home like crazy asking for us to bring in receipts.

UAL747

P.S. (I think it was Homeland, but it could have been Safeway, though I think Safeway was bought out by Homeland later, so I dunno...)


User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1837 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

A BBC Microcomputer B.

Plugged into a normal TV, loaded software via cassete tape. Those were the days!! (Did it ever crash......no!!).


25 Post contains images Superfly : Radio Shack TRS-80 It never crashed.
26 Post contains images L-188 : I knew it! I knew it! Superfly is a Radio Shack geek!
27 Post contains images SWA TPA : Damn it Superfly! You beat me! That was our first computer too! I remember watching dad do things on it and the computer "responding". So one day when
28 Covert : I started out on an 8088 that I got out of a classified ad for like 50 bucks. I just remember that it had like a 10mb hd and 640k of dos memory. I ope
29 Sabena332 : Sabena332, take my advise, go for the vaio! they're great and i ahve never had a problem with mine, ever! Thanks for the tip Cancidas, I think that I
30 Post contains images Fly727 : Did someone mention Intellivision ???? I never had one of those but they were ok. My cousin had one and he was soooooooo proud of it... until of cours
31 Jhooper : I've played Frogger on Intellivision!
32 Airways1 : An Acorn Electron. 32k It was like the inferior version of the BBC, but it was good for games anyway, and I even programmed some myself. Anyone rememb
33 Post contains images Superfly : L-188: Oh yes, I love Radio Shack! I especially like going to the Radio Shacks in smaller rural comunities. They are most likely to have old stock is
34 B-787 : I had a Tandy 1000SX with an RGB monitor for the family business and can remember playing Chuck Yeagers flight simulator. Then in 1996 a Digital Equip
35 ScarletHarlot : Oh boy oh boy! I might win this one! SINCLAIR ZX-81! 1k of RAM, membrane keyboard! Got it in early 1982. Then we expanded it to - GASP! - 4k or RAM! A
36 Post contains images MxCtrlr : IBM 5150 - 8088 Processor (running at a whopping 4.77 MHz) with one full-height 5-1/4 single-sided floppy drive, one HUGE 5MB hard drive (you could NE
37 STT757 : I had either a Commodore vic 20 or 64 I can't remember, instead of floppy disks I had a "tape deck". It ran programs and saved info to a cassette, my
38 RayChuang : My first computer, an IBM PC with: Intel 8088 4.77 MHz CPU 256 KB of RAM Two full-height 5.25" 360 KB floppy drives CGA graphics Original IBM PC keybo
39 Post contains images TriStar500 : I will never forget my first computer... what a fine machine! I got an Atari 1040STE with a whopping 8 MHz CPU (Motorola 68000), a huge 1 MB of RAM an
40 Post contains images Keesje : my amazing atari,1983, screen was small tv, data storage on audio tapes. i was programming until very late at night for months, learned a lot, it real
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