Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1790 posts, RR: 17 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3501 times:
Processor: 386 at 33Mhz
CGA Screen (Black and white)
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.
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, *.*
There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
Kimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3464 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.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3461 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).
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3408 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?)
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3383 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
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3351 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
Buckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3361 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.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30102 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3345 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.
Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3341 times:
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.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3344 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.
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...)