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

By Shawn Knight ยท 76 replies
May 11, 2012
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  1. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,080

    I have a pair of Audigy IIs. One is a ZS but didn't come with a front plate, oddly enough. I've been through like 5 or 6 systems with them. I have yet to find onboard surround that actually works correctly. Best cards Creative ever made.
  2. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    In a way isn't VGA legacy nowadays :d

    Anyways still using my IDE pioneer slot loading drive. Its slow but its slot loading and was the first ever piece of hardware I modded. I changed the green LED to blue something back then was so rare to see blue leds.

    ps2 keyboard. pci sound card all still in use. Until last week lads at work were using a digital camera that used floppy disks (sony mavacia)
  3. My 6-button Microsoft Plug & Play Sidewinder USB game controller from 2001 which I bought for around $16 if memory serves. The thing has fallen on concrete and wooden floors many, many times. Sometimes a button gets stuck here and there usually on the shoulder buttons but nothing a good ol' fashion shake'n spank can't fix. But for functionality, still fully 100% operational.
  4. use still a few ps2 mouses, because they can wake my pc up from hybernation mode which I find most USB powered mouses cant, same to get in to the bios at start up with old PS2 keyboards , wireless mounted keyboards cant do that most of the time.
  5. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Ahhhhh, I have one of those as well!
    I can't see any reason to get rid of it, things are pretty much the same joystick wise 10 years on.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I basically ended up putting back together my turn of the century PC, and am running Linux on it. And while it has some issue with very large HD video files, it runs very fast, and works very well for basic computing needs.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    I use a PS2 keyboard (wireless). I tried a USB one once and it just kept failing, so I went back to the old trusted way and haven't really looked to change yet.

    I mean, the keyboard I use still has the same batteries in it that came with it when I bought it (nearly 8 years ago now). It's never let me down.
  8. Hah! I'm using SB Live! 24bit. Reasons? Couse it sounds pretty good.
    Also I have ps/2 keyboard (very good gaming washable keyboard) and sometimes HP Jet printer, made in 1996 and pluged to PC with LPT connection.
  9. I was using an original Microsoft Natural keyboard (estimated 10+ years old) with a PS2 connection up until a couple weeks ago. Traded it out only because I saw a sale on a modern Microsoft Natural keyboard with programmable keys
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    A Dell Optiplex 520 functions as my Linux mess-around box. That's about the oldest PC I've got that still works; not completely a legacy machine as such (I.e. it's not over a decade old, IIRC), but certainly not cutting-edge or mainstream either.
  11. USB 1...yeah I know.
  12. A thread without a troll is so boring so... I have NO legacy hardware cuz I'm 1337! yay me rofl
  13. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    I have a legacy PC working and running Windows 7x64 Ultimate!

    It's an Athlon x64 3000+, with 2gigs of DDR Ram, and a Geforce 6800Gt. Still play games, use internet, and more with it, as it's my parent's house computer!
  14. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Since I can't afford a new card at this time I'll be using some old ATI 1900 XTX's. Yeah, they won't run The Old Republic, but they'll run Neverwinter Nights and Diablo II.
  15. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 496   +130

    There has already been trolls in this thread. Read the part where blu-ray is being considered as legacy hardware. Of course physical media isn't dead. It might seem that way to spoiled city B****** who have 50 mbps download speed or more. Anyway, No legacy hardware here. My setup is pretty new. I don't even own much legacy hardware anymore. Got scared I was becoming a hoarder one day and just went and threw it all away.
  16. /troll Physical media IS dead /troll
  17. cant really call ps/2 legacy until USB runs NKRO native for keyboards.
    I have a Leopold TKL that I use the ps/2 for, to have NKRO and wouldn't have it any other way.
  18. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    At the library I worked at they use parallel port laser scanners exclusively to check all books in and out.
  19. Same as above. I love tech, so the last thing I want to do is hold onto old hardware and contribute to holding back its progress.
  20. Still using a Microsoft Optical Trackball I purchased back in 2000. I have another in the closet if this one ever dies. Best peripheral I've ever owned.
  21. scorpian007

    scorpian007 TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +18

    I'm still using my X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI card from 2005
  22. ps/2 mouse and keyboard

    (I don't really know if the ps/2 port is a legacy hardware since it is still found even in today's z77 mobos.)
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    Does my eMachines T-5026 count? There seems to be some novelty claimed for an eMachines still working after 7+ years......

    You know, tech forums aren't akin to Roman Catholicism, wherein "admission absolves guilt"...... Trolling is just plain wrong, which is why I've enjoyed it these many years
  24. I have a paper shredder that still works very well and it is at least 15 years old. I have lots of old computer hardware from the 90s piled in boxes in a spare room. As for legacy hardware I still use, I have a Pentium 3 hooked up as a file server, it still works well and fast running an old version of SUSE... Apart from that, I have no other old computers actually running.
  25. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Nothing I can think of. Sure, I have lots of old stuff lying around, but nothing really old in use. Just looked up the release date, and the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 may be the oldest thing that I still have in use.

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