Weekend Open Forum: What legacy hardware do you still use?

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Many of us have heard the saying about hardware being outdated as soon as you buy it. It can be rather frustrating to purchase a brand new setup with your...

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the oldest piece of PC tech in use in my house is a phenom 1.

Probably is my hp vf15, but it works all the same anyway.


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I have a dot matrix printer that still gets used regularly, other than that all my tech is up to date.


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I have an HP inkjet printer with a parallel port connection I still use. I also have a floppy drive installed in all my PCs along with a PS/2 mouse and keyboard. I even have a zip drive in one of my active PCs.


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My rig is pretty cutting edge, but I still have both a blu-ray and regular dvd burner installed. The regular dvd will go away with my next build and it remains to be seen how long the blu-ray will hold out.


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Oldest piece of tech, hard to tell without going through the garage/loft cleaning but most likely my PS1. In my PC, I guess the DDR2 ram :3


I still use a 3D interface to control my workstation. Upgrading to a current generation bio-neural hybrid as soon as I can get the cash together though.


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I've got an Audigy 2 ZS soundcard in my PC
The reason I still use it is the very beautiful & functional front bay with loads of inputs & outputs.

PC nerd

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I've got a 99MHz Pentium single core processor with 128MB DDR RAM, a GeForce 6200e AGP graphics card and a 16GB hard drive.

I am Badman?

Also got a computer with Athlon 4400+ 2.3GHz Brisbane, 2GB DDR2 800MHz, GeForce 8500GT and a 300GB hard drive. But that's not particularly old.

Current is Phenom 955 OC 3.8GHz, 8GB 1600MHz DDR3, Sapphire 6850 1GB OC 980/4680MHz and a Samsung 830 64GB SSD.


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I still use my PS2 Microsoft Natural Keyboard (1997 or 8 maybe). Works great and it's what I am used to. One system has a PS2 trackball, DDR2 and still has a floppy drive that hasn't been used in years.

I have used and transferred my SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum Fatality-Live Drive PCI, to the last 3 systems I have built. Still works great but airflow sucks with the Live Drive.

Not to long ago I ditched a SCSI card and 1GB SCSI drive that I always used for a swap drive and temporary drive. Worked great for working with editing graphics and really was pretty fast to have all my temporary files, caches, swap files and using it as a working directory for everything that needed a working temporary directory. ie. media conversion etc.


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I use a first gen icore 5 450m laptop form HP that is uses a vga output for a projector that needs a hdmi output not a vga so vga port is obsolete and needs to be out of all laptops with digital support (except for companies)


Three legacy pieces of hardware I use quite frequently:

1. Logitech TrackMan Marble: the best trackball ever!
2. Plusdeck 2C: internal audio cassette deck to record cassettes into the computer. Is the same size as a CD drive, is built in on my desktop computer. Works great!
3. Cuecat: actually, a reworked Cuecat scanner that scans barcodes for computer input. Sits on top of my desktop computer and is used whenever I need to!


I still have an Apple iie floating around that gets used occasionally along with a plethora of legacy equipment from the late 80s. We even have a "laptop" that is about 6 inches thick with a 7-8 inch screen on it.


Well something I use daily would be my keyboard with is AT keyboard and I have an adaptor to PS/2.

Fairly regular I have an Amstrad CPC464 sitting on my desk next to me complete with greenscreen awesomeness of the GT64 Monitor


- Cyrix PR200 desktop. 166MHz and 96MB of EDO RAM in all of its glory.
- PS/2 mice (some optical and some ball) and keyboards. There was a serial port mouse on the Cyris that sadly died a couple months back and got replaced by a USB mouse.
- 52x CD-ROM drive
- HP DeskJet 940c printer hooked up via parallel port. Has a USB cable, though. Printer still runs strong.
- 5.25" floppy drive, though I probably should be backing my media up.


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Every PC I have still has a 3.5" floppy drive. I rarely use them but they are cheap so why not, they do come in handy every now and then (small files, BIOS updates, etc.) . I also still have a track ball on my main rig (I've always preferred trackballs to standard mice). My old (now retired) server has a 5.25" floppy and a DDS tape drive in it. I've still got a K6-2 500mhz system that I use for DOS programs every now and then.


I still have an old Dell running Win98se with a Pentium 133mhz, 64MB EDO Ram, 2.5GB hdd, 10/100 Nic, 3.5" floppy, and most importantly... 5.25" floppy. It's used primarily when I have a customer that has 5.25" disks that need data pulled off.