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    I still run windows 95 on a Siemens Nixdorf Mobile 500 - [ dual booted with OS/2 ]
    Got it running wirelessly too...... tragic ? Yes.

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    Ok my first computer spec

    Bought in 1997 for £1200 out of my Dads matured shares, from the Tesco Share Scheme.

    It was an IBM Aptiva (oh yes IBM, cannot remeber which model)
    Pentium Processor 133Mhz
    came with a 14" CRT monitor,
    12MB ram (2MB shared to the SIS graphics)
    1.6GB HDD (nice and big)
    8X CDROM (imagine how long it took to install smart suite)
    had a Sound Blaster Pro (ISA version)
    Windows 95 with Plus installed.
    Lots of the aptiva goodies,
    Even came with Ceaser 2 and the lost mind of Dr Brain, SmartSuite 97, Encarta 96 (American English Edition)
    Wall Street Journal Installed.

    It was a beast of a Desktop machine for the time =]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    My first CD drive was a Panasonic jobbie. It hooked up to the machine via an interface bus on the sound card. At the time, there was quite a market in selling 'multimedia upgrades' which consisted of a ISA sound card and a CD drive that connected to it.
    Yeah I had one of those, a 4x Creative one I think, on my 486
    It was amazing at the time to play some truly awful 'multimedia' games

    Why was there such a big fuss over read speeds? Was there really that much difference between 2 and 4x? I used that 4x drive until I got my first CD writer in 2000 so I never saw the early, early drives

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Why was there such a big fuss over read speeds? Was there really that much difference between 2 and 4x?
    errrr....double?

    Wheres this nostalgia fest come from anyway?

    I'd like to join in - but I hated the old days of computing

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    My first home computer was a Commodore plus/4 16. with an old tape drive.
    Then I went through Commodore 64, Amiga 600. Then I joined the PC using public with a P1 233 "WITH MMX!!" 32MB and windows 95, 2.1gb HDD. Which I later upgraded to Celeron 500mhz, 64MB and windows 98SE with an extra 6.4GB HDD.

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    in all seriousness my first computer was a packard bell

    Pentium 100
    erm... 32 or 64mb ram
    1.56GB HDD
    Windows 95

    Just about got The SIMS to run on it too! Think it was the only program on there though!!

    My mum paid £200 for it second hand. (When I was 15)

    Did the job for my coursework anyways on Works.

    Never had an anti-virus either...!!

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    Well later i upgraded that IBM to 96mb EDO ram, do you know what that was like on the old EDO checks booting

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    Our 1st computer was a 1991 Amiga A500+ with a whole 1Mb of ram and a 7Mhz Motorolla processor. No HDD, and only the single internal FDD, so games were a disk-swapping marathon.

    Our 1st PC was a cast-off from dad's work, a Mitac 386 with about 8Mb of ram and a 200Mb HDD, that served well untill our "new" machine, a Time with an IBM 300MHz processor, 6.4Gb HDD and a 32x CD-rom drive

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    I remember some of the machines at college had a TURBO mode. The computer increased from 33MHz to 66MHz at the press of a button - very impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I remember some of the machines at college had a TURBO mode. The computer increased from 33MHz to 66MHz at the press of a button - very impressive
    I remember those, I was very confused at the time! Why would you want to speed your computer up - surely you would want it set at its higher speed permanently!

    I later learned that the point was actually to slow the computer down - compatibility and all that.


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    We have two of the Amstrad NC100s which students with broken arms use sometimes.

    At home I have Windows 3.1 running on my P4 2K 512MB memory, which has removable disk packs and it flies - it boots and is ready to go in 23 seconds. FC6 on the same machine boots to login in 37 seconds and 20 seconds after I login, the desktop is ready to go. W2K takes 2 1/2 mins to login and 5 mins after login, the hourglass has finally gone away (this is a bare install too). I've given up completely on the W2K disk and reformated it for Linux from scratch.

    My first computer was a Commdore 64, which I has when I was at Uni. The uni had a Cyber 173 and several PDP 8s and 11/Es - great boxes.

    When I was in high school I built my first computer, which didn't involve running off to a shop, buying a few boards and plugging them together. Oh no, it involved soldering relays to a wiring loom; it was an electromechanical device. This computer, known as Junior Arithmetic Calculator and Kinetic Input Evaluator (aka JACKIE) could add, subract and multiply (division involved far too complicated circuitry) and has a whopping 8 bits (thats BITS) of memory. The design was a variation of the original JACKIE featured in "We Built Our Own Computers" a splendid book. I redesigned some of the circuitry from the original and changed it's name a bit. There are some scans of the original design here: http://www.milbo.users.sonic.net/we-...ers/index.html If I can ever find a copy of the book at a sensible price (ie not £50+ which is what they usually go for), I intend to do JACKIE the second. If anybody comes across a copy, please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhyds View Post
    Our 1st PC was a cast-off from dad's work,
    All 5 of my computers are cast offs from My work!!
    Well...they were throwing them out anyway....

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    I had a play with one of the 'original' IBM PCs with an 8086 processor and maths co-processor in the IBM development lab BEFORE it was even announced

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    my first pc was a

    386 sx with the turbo button :-)

    remember buying a ricoh 2x cd writer for over £400

    mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    my first pc was a

    386 sx with the turbo button :-)

    remember buying a ricoh 2x cd writer for over £400

    mark
    I think I had one of those !! It had a caddy to put the CD in and was constantly getting jammed.

    Those were the days.

    HBJB



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