General Chat Thread, From the ark in General; I still run windows 95 on a Siemens Nixdorf Mobile 500 - [ dual booted with OS/2 ]
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28th March 2008, 08:13 AM #16
I still run windows 95 on a Siemens Nixdorf Mobile 500 - [ dual booted with OS/2 ]
Got it running wirelessly too...... tragic ? Yes.
28th March 2008, 09:06 AM #17
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 =]
28th March 2008, 09:17 AM #18
Yeah I had one of those, a 4x Creative one I think, on my 486
Originally Posted by Geoff
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
28th March 2008, 09:32 AM #19
Originally Posted by sidewinder
Wheres this nostalgia fest come from anyway?
I'd like to join in - but I hated the old days of computing
28th March 2008, 09:36 AM #20
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.
28th March 2008, 09:39 AM #21
in all seriousness my first computer was a packard bell
erm... 32 or 64mb ram
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...!!
28th March 2008, 09:41 AM #22
Well later i upgraded that IBM to 96mb EDO ram, do you know what that was like on the old EDO checks booting
28th March 2008, 09:50 AM #23
- Rep Power
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
28th March 2008, 10:15 AM #24
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
28th March 2008, 10:38 AM #25
- Rep Power
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!
Originally Posted by Michael
I later learned that the point was actually to slow the computer down - compatibility and all that.
28th March 2008, 10:58 AM #26
- Rep Power
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.
28th March 2008, 11:26 AM #27
All 5 of my computers are cast offs from My work!!
Originally Posted by rhyds
Well...they were throwing them out anyway....
28th March 2008, 03:16 PM #28
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
28th March 2008, 03:21 PM #29
my first pc was a
386 sx with the turbo button :-)
remember buying a ricoh 2x cd writer for over £400
28th March 2008, 04:23 PM #30
I think I had one of those !! It had a caddy to put the CD in and was constantly getting jammed.
Originally Posted by markcuk
Those were the days.
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