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When Did You Get Your First Computer  
User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

The first one in my parent's house arrived quite late. It was a 386 in 1994 - I was 17.

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

My first computer was a I-don't-know-what-was-before-the-286 running an early version of MS-DOS in 1986. I used to play logo with it - anyone else remember the turtle ?  Laugh out loud
Will



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

Oh well, yes ... computers have a half-life compareable to a car you drive against a tree.  Laugh out loud

I bought my first computer in 1988 or 1989. It was a
i286, 16 MHz
40 GB hard-drive
512kb or 1 MB main memory - can't recall *lololol*  Laugh out loud
MS-DOS 4.0



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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1695 times:


1990, a 286.

>>>I-don't-know-what-was-before-the-286

XT.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Correct, the good old XT, or 8086 processor, if memory serves me right...exactly my first PC: a Commodore, 14 inch b/w monitor, had no idea what to do with a mouse *lol*, around 1,500 Euro, in 1988...these were the times Big grin


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

NoUFO : 40GB in 1986 ? you must have been smoking the tree you mentioned Big grin
Will



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

IBM XT, 8086 and 512 k memory. Around 1987-88 and I used to play pinball, alley cat (that was a good one) and Testdrive.

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

UTA: And what do you smoke? Big grin
I wrote 1988 or 1989, not 1986!



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

OK, I have been smoking a tree too Big grin, but I still don't think you had 40GB HDD's in 88/89 lol...
Will



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Peace Y'all, smoke some, have some copa esclusiva...
NoUFO I'm afraid UTA is right, in the old days I had 20 MB HDD, and I couldn't afford 40 MB, I believe it would have cost me about 300 Euro more...so to have 40GB, it would have cost you 600,000 euro..and probably one room in the house just to store the HDD's.


PS: Staffan: Yes testdrive was my favorite...I used to drive Countach, the fastest one, and Lord, did I hammer that car up these serpentines Big grin Big grin Big grin

[Edited 2003-09-22 14:06:29]


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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1670 times:


Mine had 40 MB. Well, actually it was my parents´ - I used it to play Pac Man, Pong and Test Drive.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

UTA, Andreas: Time to get jealous for you: It was definitely a Seagate with 40 ahem uh huh, MB not GB, hehehe little typo ... Big grin



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

1985......Commodore 64........age 5


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User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

How about a sinclair ZX81 with a whole 1K memory  Smile - 1981/82 I think
processing speed of a dead dinosaur, blocky graphics, awful 'touch sensitive' key pad



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

1986 - Commodore 64 - Best machine ever built.

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

Our first computer was a CompuAdd 386.. 100mb hdd, 2mb RAM, Windows 3.0... yes folks, 3.0. No 3 1/2 floppy... ahhh those were the days.. some of the best games ever made were on 5 1/4 floppies.

I remember my mom was mad at my dad for not buying an Apple, little did she know that they'd end up sucking in the long run.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

I don't know how old I was (I think around 9 or 10) when I got my first computer but I still know that it was a Commodore 16, later I got the Commodore 64, than the Amiga 500, than my first PC (a Pentium I, 133 Mhz), until a few weeks ago I used my Pentium III (866 Mhz) and now I have a brand new notebook (Pentium IV 2,4 Ghz).

Patrick


User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Early '80's. An Apple IIc. I think it cost something like $2,500. Had 128k of memory.

It amazes me that every electronic device I carry in my brief case has at least 8MB of memory!


User currently offlineIamcanadian From Canada, joined May 2001, 734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 1621 times:

Well, my first (and still my only) computer was bought in 1996 from a privately owned dealership. It was completely custom made...

OS: Windows 95
Ram: Origanially 64K but now 96K
Modem: 14K
Hard disk: 2.3 Gigs
Processor: Pentium 166 processor (upped it to 233)
Peripherals: HP Deskjet 670C Printer, Windows mouse, Keyboard
Others: 20x CD-Rom drive, Floppy drive

Thats about it...(sorry if i got carried away... Smile/happy/getting dizzy)




Shut up and calculate.
User currently offlineNikibary From United States of America, joined May 2003, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Amstrad 286 early 90ss later i got a cyrix 133 and now i have
Athlon Xp 1700
384 2100 ddr
2x 40 gb


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

1993 if I'm right. It was a 286. It was slooooow.
I posted this topic before.  Smile

RM  Smokin cool





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User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

I dunno, I was like 3 or something. It was a 386 though. I am pertty sure we bought it in 89-90.

Had some fun times takin' her apart. She had some sweet games on her too.


User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1032 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

My first computer was an Atari 800 with 48K, running at 0.77 MHz, 320x240 pixel screen resolution on a television screen and a 300bps modem, with 5-inch floppy drive that stored 180k per disk...

My first PC was an IBM PC-XT with an 8088 processor running I think at 4.77 Mhz with 640K, running MS-DOS 2.1, and a 10MB hard drive, Hercules graphics (640x480, no color).

I've collected all the processors for every computer I've owned since (pulled them out of the computer after the computer was retired): an 80286-12Mhz, 80386-25Mhz, 486DX2-75Mhz, Pentium-133Mhz, Pentium II-333Mhz, and Pentium III-850MHz. My current computer is a real pokey-slow Pentium III-850 with 512M RAM running Windows 98, with a 120GB hard drive.

I don't know how much this is worth as you can't read the 5 inch floppy disks with any of the new computers out there: I have the install disks for Microsoft Windows 1.01 which fit on 4 360k 5-inch floppies. 3 disks for the Windows operating system and 1 disk for the Microsoft Write program, which evolved into the present day WordPad program...

And the upgrade, Microsoft Windows 1.03, which has an additional disk with drivers for the new hardware that was developed betwen 1.03 and 1.01.

Now Windows, well you all know, need a whole CD to fit.

Woodreau / KMVL



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User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

My first was, in 1981, I believe...it was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I with a 1.77Mhz Z-80 cpu, 16K, a modified RCA B&W TV as monitor, and a cassette tape recorder for storage. This was $800!
For an extra $300, I got the expansion interface with 16K more, and ability to have floppy drives and printer...for $500 more, I got a 5 1/4" single density floppy drive...oh, the hours I spent on that system! This was LONG before a "PC" was around...it ran TRSDOS, a customized OS that was much superior to CP/M in ease of use...I disassembled the OS and commented it for my own use...made various patches in machine code directly...those were the days! The entire OS could be listed in machine code in a book about 1/2 thick!

Since then, I moved to a Tandy using 486 at 25Mhz, an Axis with Celeron 333 and now a Dell laptop with Pentium II at 366Mhz...




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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Woodreau and I had the same computer. Atari 800

Ours had the full 48K of memory, and we had the cassette drive and the floppy drive.

Woodreau, I'll look but I am pretty sure that those old modems where only 200 baud.



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25 Post contains images MxCtrlr : 1983/84 an original IBM 5150 (8088-based) with a single full-height 5-1/4 floppy drive (360K storage), a whopping 5MB hard drive (you could NEVER fill
26 Keesje : Woodreau, L-188, you were lucky I had the XL 600 with only 16k, got it in I think '83. good basic programming Great graphics & sound possibilities & g
27 Post contains images BNE : The first computer I can remember having at home was a Kaypro, it was the size of a CRT monitor which was the entire computer, computer screen was a m
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