Intel and HP find oldest working PC

By Julio Franco
Jan 16, 2004
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  1. Dutch company PHI DATA yesterday received a prize from Intel, HP and Dutch IT weekly Computable for still owning and operating a vintage IBM 5160 (Intel 8088) computer from 1983. PHI Data uses the IBM to test matrix printers. It is now officialy the oldest obsolete-yet-active PC in the Low Countries.

    HP and Intel started the contest to show that companies should keep current with their technology needs. Because of the recession ,most companies haven't upgraded their systems since 1999. The contest was attended by more than 70 companies. One company claimed it was still doing accounting on an old eighties PC.

    Read more: The Register.
  2. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge Newcomer, in training Posts: 137

    All I can say to that is... DAMN!!!!!!
  3. Federelli

    Federelli Newcomer, in training Posts: 382

    HAh, they've never been to Argentina...
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Thats not so amazing, I have an Epson from around that same era, works perfectly. Also have a C-64 in perfect condition. I have an Altair as well but it hasn't worked in years :(
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,917   +119 Staff Member

    I agree Stom...

    I have an IBM PS/2 8580-071 still working, it's from 1987 I think...
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Yeah, but you're not still using it are you? ;)
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I have seen a number of computers older than that, although I suppose they aren't PCs. :)

    Just recently sold a Commodore pet that worked. Manufacture date? 1974. Oh yeah!
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    As matter of fact, the Epson and Comadore both are used from time to time, the comadore more so than the Epson.
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