TechSpot

Your First PC?

By Cucumber
Mar 19, 2002
Post New Reply
  1. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 351

    lol Marc, your first computer was twice as fast as my poor little Mac Plus. I guess I could have upgraded it to a blazing fast 32 mhz processor if I had a spare $2000 lying around :O
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,848   +165

    I too, had a Commodore 64 and the enormous floppy :haha: I loved working with Sprites
  3. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Pre 286

    Like everyone else, with an exception to the commador 64

    I am not sure of the specs but it was pre 286.... All I remember is playing
    Leisure Suite Larry: Land of the Lounge Lizards nonstop for like a month when I was 11...

    Next PC was a 386 SX 33mhz 2-4 meb of ram 5 1/4 3 1/2 floppies cant remember hardrive specs and I remember I was the first kid in the area to have a cd-rom drive on the computer.....was a 1x with cd-caddy that you stuck the cd in and stuck the caddy/cartridge into the rom drive.
  4. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 84

    Hahaha... it was half the speed of a Commodore? You must be referring to my first PC, the 386SX...

    My favorite thing is comparing the micro-technology we have nowadays to full computers of a few years back. Take, for instance, my three-year-old PocketPC... it's a fairly outdated model and it's still more powerful than the Celeron PC I built back in 1999.
  5. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 84

    That reminds me of when I bought my Pentium-100 system back in 1995. I was the second person in my fairly geeky group of friends to have a Pentium, so that garnered me major geek points. (Too bad I can't use those like the Geek Points at ThinkGeek...)

    And I remember those CD-caddy drives!! Wow... memories. I love this thread.
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    486DX/33
    vega 486 cache series mobo, made by young micro (went out of business a long time ago)
    ahh, those were the days
  7. chuck4456

    chuck4456 TS Rookie Posts: 64

    IBM 5150. Had the BIG discs. Bought it in '91. Probably 4th owner. Finally took it to the dump about two months ago. It actually worked until last year.
  8. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 663

    all i remember was that it supported about 3 colours, and played some extreme game called brandons lunch box or some crap and if i leaked any more info on it i would have to go into hiding for the rest of my life in disgrace of my 1st computer
  9. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 84

    LOL... sounds like a CGA. I remember the days when I would drool over my friend's VGA monitor.
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    My first computer was an HP Pavilion Intel Pentium III @ 500MHz. It was loaded with Windows 98. I forget the other specs (I was to young to understand the actual computer).
  11. N1Hawk

    N1Hawk TS Rookie Posts: 248

    My 1st computer was an Apple IIC man those were fun!
     
  12. Xusn96

    Xusn96 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    1st: Leading Edge 286 16Mhz , for playing Mean 18, F-19(remember js pyrate?)

    2nd: 486 33Mhz, 8MB ram.... Hmm 10 free hours huh, AOL

    3rd: Packard Bell 486DX4 75Mhz oc'd to 100Mhz, and 12MB ram LOL, an a 14.4 modem

    4th: Emachine 366i(cele) 32MB ram and 56K woohoo!!,Byebye DOS 6.22, hello Win 98, ATI RageII C learned to love earthlink

    5th: " " P4 1.6Ghz 256MB ram 60 GB HDD an 32M TNT2 graduated to DSL 256k/256k

    6th: (and current) Emach T3165 Athlon XP 3200+ 1 GB PC 2700 128MB 6600GT DSL bumped to 2M/512K.
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Atari 800XL with 256kb of RAM, a black box hard drive adapter for the parallel bus, 4 floppy drives, and a 19.2k modem, and additional whoop-de-do equipment. Best damn computer ever made in its time in my opinion. Ran circles around the competition.

    not to mention the oodles of games.
  14. dengono1

    dengono1 TS Rookie

    amd sempron 2600+1833mhz

    i accidentally knocked out wires to my motherboaed there are for sound double white double blue and an orange,black,red can you help tell me where they go thanks please
  15. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 351

    Um, wrong post? If you made a new thread in the proper forum (and were more specific about the problem) I'd be glad to help.
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    please post in the correct forum and do not post questions not related to thread already started. This forum is not a Q/A forum.
  17. natekar

    natekar TS Rookie

    My First PC

    386 DX
    100 MB HDD
    14" B&W Screen

    It taught me many thing about troubleshooting!!!!!
    I Salute it!!!!
  18. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    you can learn so much more from working on an older AT system than a modern one. boards these days have no dip switches, and few jumpers if any. i remember having to mess with IRQ assignments, DMA channels, COM ports, and of course the venerable MS-DOS files. i still tell anyone who wants to get into computers to work on an older AT system or something like that...it requires far more knowledge, skills, and understanding of the technologies than setting up a machine these days does.
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I agree. Fiddling with MS-DOS is still something I fondly remember and miss at the same time. I still have a Windows 98 Startup floppy lying around that I use for formatting my PC from time to time. I've been doing it for years and the process has worked like clockwork ever since. It'll be interesting to see how many people still remember MS-DOS syntax....deltree anyone? ;)
  20. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 536

    You said it.....I LOVE OLDER SYSTEMS! Newer systems are no fun fixing: they're too frustrating...but older systems are more fun and easier to fix. I've never used deltree, but I'm guessing that it deletes a folder and all subfolders? MS-DOS IS STILL KING!
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Yes that is what it does.
  22. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 536

    Yay!!!!!!!!!
  23. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,848   +165

    Yes,
    deltree, com, format, ramdrive, smartdrv, setramd, himem, extract, fdisk!
  24. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 84

    To this day, the biggest dumbness I ever made on a PC was when I was 10 years old and deleted ".." from one of the directories on my hard drive.

    Let's just say that I was only one level from the root directory of C:\ and the command "del .." wiped out command.com, autoexec.bat, config.sys, and those other lovely things that allow DOS to actually run your system. Those were also the days before I discovered the wonders of keeping a boot disk handy.

    Needless to say, I've learned a thing or two since then...
  25. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Not sure what our first pc was, i'm 18 now..I just remember it having Windows 3.1 and a "Turbo" button!


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.