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    First computer you owned?

    Since there is an oldest domain thread running and I noticed some of us thinking about the old days of computing I though I would start an oldest computer thread. Meaning what was the first computer you ever owned?

    I will start. The first one I ever owned was a TRS 80 Color computer but I almost bought a used Timex Sinclair. Still it was the TRS that started it all.

    A story: A boy uses a TRS-80 Color Computer for many years, and he goes to write code. And afterward he turns the TRS-80 in at the local thrift shop, and he believes hes finished with the TRS-80 Color Computer. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his sons diaper; his hands remember the TRS-80 Color Computer.

    What was your first computer you owned?

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    We have done this 3-4 times here but it's been a while

    Mine was an IBM PS/1 286/12Mhz, Monochrome Monitor, 640k Memory, 3.5 1.44MB floppy, No HDD and a 2400baud modem.

    Second was a 386SX/16 2x 10MB MFM HDD's, EGA Monitor, 1MB RAM and a 3.5 and 5.25" floppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamarhosting View Post
    The first one I ever owned was a TRS 80 Color computer but I almost bought a used Timex Sinclair. Still it was the TRS that started it all.
    My dad picked up a Sinclair for us to use @ home. God I loved that thing

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    Second was a 386SX/16 2x 10MB MFM HDD's, EGA Monitor, 1MB RAM and a 3.5 and 5.25" floppy
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    RAM? WTF is ram? HDD? Yeah right!!

    Back in my day, we had to develop our own games and save 'em on tape! . Oh, those were the days
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    Reminds me of this old physics professor I learned Linux from who said "that was back when men were men, and men wrote drivers."

    Funny I did write some lame flight game on my TRS 80 and saved it to tape. Tape I mean WTF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nich View Post
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    +1 .. this was my first too!
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    My very first computer was the family computer which was an emachine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamarhosting View Post
    Reminds me of this old physics professor I learned Linux from who said "that was back when men were men, and men wrote drivers."
    Thank GOD I got in the Linux game after that. Of course, my first experiment with Linux was back in the 14 floppy (at least I THINK it was 14) days of Slackware.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamarhosting View Post
    Funny I did write some lame flight game on my TRS 80 and saved it to tape. Tape I mean WTF.
    Yeah, nowadays, we're like WTF? TAPE? Then, though it was the only option to save anything on. I remember that all too well!!!

    Of course I blame my dad for everything whenever I can, jokingly, of course, because I was like 8,9 years old when he brought the beast home for us to use. My sister didn't care much for it, but that was the beginning of my addiction, damnit
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    I remember tapes and used them a few times I think on Commodore PC's maybe? Still somewhat before my time or at least the period I got into PC's.

    I did however have the pleasure of working with what I think were 8" floppies at my first job out of school. Don't remember how much they held but they were some big boys

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    I think my first computer was a BBC model B, had a whopping 32kB of RAM

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    My very first computer was an IBM way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin LD View Post
    My very first computer was an IBM way back.
    Same. It is somwhere in the basement collecting dust. First modern day was Windows 95/98 back then from Dell. That old puppy still works.

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    Commodore Vic-20, then later I upgraded to the ultimate: Commodore 64 with an external floppy drive. Not the floppies you are thinking of, these were actually floppy and were around the size of a CD if my old brain serves me correctly.
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    Apple IIe

    Yeah... wasnt much to it except text based games on 5.25 inch floppies. You could do simple math on it.

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    TRS-80 model I in 1981.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamarhosting View Post
    Since there is an oldest domain thread running and I noticed some of us thinking about the old days of computing I though I would start an oldest computer thread. Meaning what was the first computer you ever owned?

    I will start. The first one I ever owned was a TRS 80 Color computer but I almost bought a used Timex Sinclair. Still it was the TRS that started it all.

    A story: A boy uses a TRS-80 Color Computer for many years, and he goes to write code. And afterward he turns the TRS-80 in at the local thrift shop, and he believes hes finished with the TRS-80 Color Computer. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his sons diaper; his hands remember the TRS-80 Color Computer.

    What was your first computer you owned?

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    trs 80...

    Can you imagine in like 50 years when this thread is made again and the younger crowd will say:
    4x quad core + processor
    50gb ram
    20tb hd
    yeah its a bit slow but it works



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    I think it was a Pentium 200Mhz desktop. I'm a youngling.

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    First I ever used: IBM PS/2 8530 I think it was, 386SX/25 with 2MB RAM and 40MB HD + a VGA 8513 screen. The friend who owned it was more financially well-off (this was in '95-'96 in Romania), and although it wasn't the best machine around, at least he had one.

    That's what got me into IT; he pretty much didn't care what I did with it as long as I got it working at the end of the day. This meant playing around with DriveSpace (and having the HD show up as a whopping 300MB, only to be cut to 150MB after a few-MB Windows 3.1 install (or was it 3.0?)), formatting, reformatting, swapping floppies for hours, bad sector hell, and a nice dose of Jazz Jackrabbit or Supaplex or some other small but fun DOS game to end the day. Instead of running outside and playing soccer all day like pretty much everyone else, I spent my time honing my skills on that machine, until I got the:

    First I ever owned: a Fujitsu Pentium 60 (FDIV anyone?) with 16MB RAM and a 540MB HD. Later got a soundcard (ESS1869) and a 32x CD-ROM for it as well. 15" IBM screen; I remember it like it was yesterday. That's when I discovered MP3s, 3D gaming (software rendering and minimal settings but I was smashing cars around in freakin' three-dee man!), Win95 and its problems, Win98 and more problems, the virus that was WinME, and.. unrecoverable BIOS errors.

    I remember when I saw the Voodoo I on a family friend's computer... the smoothness and graphics quality blew me away. Never was the same after that. Anyway, funny enough, I saved the HD from that machine and came across it early this morning.. I'm pretty sure it still works. 540MB of glory. Don't even think it does UDMA33. Fun times, those.
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    Hard to remember! Probably an IBM w/ Intel 8088. It was only a couple MHz.

    I do remember the jumps from monochrome->CGA->EGA->VGA->SVGA, and upgrading from 8088->8086->286->386->486->...

    I also remember going from BBSes on a 300 baud modem up through 1200bps/2400/9600/14.4k/28.8k/56k/ISDN. FidoNet. Then ISPs.

    The jump from 1X CD-ROM to double speed was a huge deal. CD writers came out and cost $1000.

    I remember downloading the DOOM shareware from a BBS and not being able to run it w/ my 4 _MEGS_ of memory. And downloading MODs/MP2s and never being able to foresee a future where people walked around the street with MP3s players. We felt subversive at the time.

    Ah, nostalgia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    I remember when I saw the Voodoo I on a family friend's computer... the smoothness and graphics quality blew me away. Never was the same after that.
    Voodoos in Monster mode playing Rainbow 6. There are some memories.
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    The first that I can recall is the tandy, took the big fat floppies. Had a "turbo" button on the front that I can remember only made a small turbo light come on, there were no turbo boosts in speed. From there I believe we finally upgraded to a p3 slot 1 with 256MB RAM. While using that big piece o junk I remember standing on the dell hardware troubleshooting call room floor when they announced the release of the Zuul. Dell's first 1Ghz platform. Windows 3.11 was the bee's knees. Those were the days.
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    Was thinking of that Amstrad 80286 loaded with Windows 2..

    ..then i remembered that Hitachi which was running something like DOS 1.01..

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeden View Post
    trs 80...

    Can you imagine in like 50 years when this thread is made again and the younger crowd will say:
    4x quad core + processor
    50gb ram
    20tb hd
    yeah its a bit slow but it works



    lol.
    Funny I was thinking the same thing earlier.

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    Was a 486 - I think 66mhz - and by the end of its life it had a 200MB hard drive and 16MB of RAM. Was locally built and upgraded. Really heavy metal case and a 8-9" Monochrome VGA monitor.

    First "proper" PC was a Packard Bell in 1998 with a Pentium 2. That thing really did fly at the time!
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    Ohio Scientific based on a 6502 chip. About $25k when equipped with a 10MB 8 inch hard drive.

    At some point, the case was then gutted to install a Z80 based BigBoard running CP/M. The board arrived bare with plastic baggies of parts and sockets which had to be soldered onto the board.

    Then there was the job of entering a print driver into the machine monitor which was used to dump the monitor so that a floppy driver could be written. This had to be done without powering off because without a disk driver, it could not be saved anywhere.

    BTW, since there was no internet, no WHT, and no modem to connect with anyways, it was RTFM or die.

    At one time RTFM was a perfectly valid answer to someone who asked a question before actually having put any effort whatsoever into solving a problem. It needs to be revived. These days too many people expect to be spoonfed and the results show it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nich View Post
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    Same haha. Good machine too for the time. I still think I have it laying around the house somewhere.
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    I can't remember the model anymore but it was running Windows 3.1

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    My first computer was a window 96 and it was horrible.
    Now im happy with my dell lap top Inspiron|B130 Which is kinda old but im going to be buying a new computer soon but window's vista is sadly scaring me lol. Im just in love with xp :-s

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    Quote Originally Posted by semoweb View Post
    My first computer was a window 96 and it was horrible.
    Now im happy with my dell lap top Inspiron|B130 Which is kinda old but im going to be buying a new computer soon but window's vista is sadly scaring me lol. Im just in love with xp :-s
    vista for me has an easier interface. some of the directorys are moved but they moved the stuff that the average user wouldnt touch. for us it can be a little pain. let me tell you what, use vista for 2 years then try an xp computer, the worst experience ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeden View Post
    vista for me has an easier interface. some of the directorys are moved but they moved the stuff that the average user wouldnt touch. for us it can be a little pain. let me tell you what, use vista for 2 years then try an xp computer, the worst experience ever
    Ha i bet it would be, but what i hate about vista is trying to register missing file's and just currently has alot of bug's i dont like but hey xp was they same it sucked at first till they figured it all out.

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    An AST-Computers (these - http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/bran...6989/brand.gif) 386 with Windows 3.1.

    Cant remember exactly, but think it might have even had one of them turbo buttons. This was 15 years ago lol.

    First one ever though, I dont have a clue, my mum got it for word processing, and that all it was good for. It had green and black screen, which broke, and the swapped it to an orange and black one, and it had a massive Olivetti dot matrix printer.

    Havent a clue about the brand of the PC though, I was about 6 or 7 when my mum changed to the AST system, and that was when I actually started using PC's. From that day on, I became king of our household when it came to PC's haha!

    And then, my god, we replaced it with a Cyrix MII-400 CPU... that ran at 233Mhz iirc, but WASNT anything like the Athlon vs P4 scenario, you could feel it was only a 233, and felt nothing like a 400 lol. Always wanted to put a K6-2-550 and overclock it to 600 or K6-III+450 into that machine, but alas I never did get around to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeden View Post
    vista for me has an easier interface. some of the directorys are moved but they moved the stuff that the average user wouldnt touch. for us it can be a little pain. let me tell you what, use vista for 2 years then try an xp computer, the worst experience ever
    They're both a pain. DOS was so much better
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    Great thread idea! Does my Atari 2600 count? If not, then it's Apple II GS for me.

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    I remember my first computer was built 1990 -- a really old IBM. Don't remember the machine model, but it only supported the large 8" floppy and had a whopping 64MB of RAM. It ran Windows 1, the original Windows, but was upgraded to 95..god that thing was a beast back then..It cost a few thousand ($3-4).
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    286, 2Mb RAM, 40Mb HDD .... how times have changed.
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    An IBM with those magnificent monochrome monitors and 5.25" floppies running DOS. I've been around many computers since then, and just finished building a new one. Now I'm staring at this giant case because I'm not sure where to put it on my desk.
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    I'm fairly sure ours was a Spectrum 48K with a tape deck for loading the games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyC32 View Post
    Great thread idea! Does my Atari 2600 count? If not, then it's Apple II GS for me.
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    Ah, nostalgia.

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    My first computer was 486DX4 100Mhz with 4Mb ram and 512K VGA. I bought this machine in 1996

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