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When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 4:51 pm

The first one in my parent's house arrived quite late. It was a 386 in 1994 - I was 17.
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 5:05 pm

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
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 6:44 pm

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 6:49 pm


1990, a 286.

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

XT.

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 7:21 pm

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 7:43 pm

NoUFO : 40GB in 1986 ? you must have been smoking the tree you mentioned Big grin
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 7:53 pm

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.
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 8:20 pm

UTA: And what do you smoke? Big grin
I wrote 1988 or 1989, not 1986!
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 8:22 pm

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...
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 8:46 pm

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

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 9:04 pm


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

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:48 pm

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:30 pm

1985......Commodore 64........age 5
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:54 pm

How about a sinclair ZX81 with a whole 1K memory  Smile - 1981/82 I think
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:21 am

1986 - Commodore 64 - Best machine ever built.
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:34 am

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:40 am

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).

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 3:08 am

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!
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 7:24 am

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)

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 8:02 am

Amstrad 286 early 90ss later i got a cyrix 133 and now i have
Athlon Xp 1700
384 2100 ddr
2x 40 gb
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 8:07 am

1993 if I'm right. It was a 286. It was slooooow.
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Tue Sep 23, 2003 10:27 am

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.
 
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:43 pm

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.

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:29 pm

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:35 pm

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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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 7:23 pm

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 up something THAT big!) and 256K of RAM (by virtue of an expansion board). Upgraded shortly thereafter to include state-of-the-art CGA 4-color graphics. Operating System? IBM-DOS 2.0!

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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 8:18 pm

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 & games ; defender, invaders, donkeykong

Much better then the games you seet onboard aircraft ptv's 20 yrs later ...
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RE: When Did You Get Your First Computer

Wed Sep 24, 2003 8:48 pm

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 monochrome 10" or smaller, Our next computer was an XT with the 14" monochrome screen before moving on to a 286 with a colour screen,  Wow!
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