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

By Shawn Knight ยท 77 replies
May 11, 2012
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  1. my pc is 6 months old so...my phone has to be the oldest piece of tech I use. (iphone 3G).
  2. @guest above, wow! your iphone 3g is "old tech"?

    still using my nokia 7210. :)
  3. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    The current running oldest setup is an Athlon 3200+ Socket 754 with 2 GB on a 160GB IDEand a Souhnndblaster Audigy Radeon X1600 AGP video dual booting Ubuntu and XP. It does run much better under Ubuntubut will actually play rather well with 'some' of the games I have with Steam on Windows.

    I also have a server running an Athlon X2 3600+ but that has 4GB RAM and current uptime of approx. 6 months on an old Freenas install. It never seems to giver off heat and just keeps on servin'.
  4. An old rig with an Athlon xp 2800+, 1GB of DDR-300, Asus socket A motherboard and a radeon 8500 LE 128MB (old school!). Also an audigy 2 ZS Platinum in my rig and some other audigys, 3.5inch floppy drive, track ball mouse, IDE HHDs, GeForce 7600 GS though that's not really legacy, and some other stuff! I love the old school hardware!
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I have a USB floppy drive for my disks that I had on my 1st PC from 1989... If Only I could find one for the larger 5.25 disks ... I have a bunch of data and software I would like to try and transfer... I'm not sure if the data is still there but I'd really like to try.
  6. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    Packard Bell IIJ-8568-QJ-cc (not so old, it is a Pentium, and came with Windows 95, now running Fedora)
    You can't get the wood for them, you know... ;)
  7. I am still using as my main machine a Dell Dimension 8250 P4 2.4Ghz Intel Processor with 512Mb of Samsung RDRAM. It includes the original 128Mb G-Force Nvidia 2x AGP Video card w/VGA via a DVI adapter hooked up to a 17" Dell Optiplex CRT monitor and 10/100 NIC and a 56k modem along with a 24x CDRW and USB1/2 ports which I use to run my Logitech 2003 wireless keyboard and mouse combo . Also upgraded to wireless Draft N PCI wireless card in 2004ish. This is all running on Bios A04 and Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3. It is slow but I use it only for internet (mostly Facebook) along with Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007.

    My other machine is a Dell Dimension 2400 1.6Ghz 758Mb Ram all the rest is the same as above with exception it only has USB 1 ports, and running PS/2 mouse and keyboard.

    They both still work and maybe a little slow compared to today's technologies but I can't afford anything newer!

    Now that I would say is legacy!
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    My desktop, which is my living room computer it controls surround sound + HDTV, still has 2 IDE based DVD-RW drives. I got them back in like 2004 or so before SATA was the main standard for DVD drives too and I just never found a reason to get rid of 2 drives that did their duty reading and writing.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,004   +2,532

    Why would you waste a SATA port on a device that can't saturate an ATA-66 port anyway?

    I used to go out of my way to buy IDE DVD drives. I figured that would free up a SATA port I could use for a HDD.

    There just getting harder to find nowadays, and they're a couple of bucks more than the SATA drives
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  10. audioman83

    audioman83 TS Rookie

    Exactly. I have one of those around too, but I'm still using a pci x-fi extreme gamer.
  11. bisaha21

    bisaha21 TS Rookie Posts: 33

    thats horrible lol..mouse with ball..yuck
  12. Aureal Vortex 2 A3D soundcard :p
  13. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    I use a DB25 cable (usb to DB25) with a null modem adapter for using a AC line voltage monitor that still uses a serial port. We would replace them, but we just sent them to be calibrated & sofware updated for about 1/10th of what a new one costs, and we have 3 of them.
  14. My buddy and I resurrected my old PC this weekend. It has a MSI socket 939 motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+, and 1.5 gigs of DDR 400 RAM. It had 2 gigs but one 500 meg stick decided to retire on first new boot up! Ha, ha!

    Had to get a new 400 watt PSU and a Radeon 5450, as I will use it for a HTPC running Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit.

    I originally built this dinosaur back in 2005, when the 939 motherboard first came out. I'm sure it is going to make a dandy HTPC. Will have it hooked up to my 5.1 stereo via HDMI. Can't wait to get the old beast completely configured and running! :)
  15. PS Retired it due to age and the fact that an electrical storm nuked most of my SATA ports. But it had 1 SATA 2 port left so I have an older 160 gig HDD hooked up to it and it runs fine still!

    Will view things on it from my 52" HDTV. It's gonna be sweet! :p
  16. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Two pieces still survive.

    1. ZIP100 drive with some disks. Really for no good reason. My dissertation is saved on those disks in Scientific Word format that I, probably, cannot even read anymore.

    2. Also a trusty old Athlon X2 3000+ machine that is in existence connected to my home theater for sole purpose of watching some movies in iTunes and some streaming TV. Every time I launch it, I cringe at how slow it is, but nevertheless it still chugs along and I see no reason to upgrade.

    If it counts, my uncle inherited one of my old machines and still uses it. A store-bought Compaq purchased in 2004. My last store bought computer.
  17. My Motorola v170 cell phone, also have a dell Axiom x5 and ipac 3950 pdas I still use, I still have my Palm lllx I bought new about 12 years ago but alas I misplaced the sync cradle a few years ago.
  18. Due to some restriction with USB port, at work we are still using PS/2 Keyboard and mouse in all labs. Would you believe one of the library is still require floppy disk to download publication.
  19. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I still have a MPEG card installed in one of my old PC for playing VCD video.
  20. The main pc in the house is a D875p Canterwood from Intel. Plays Netflix and DVD's just fine. While the US Robotics 56k modem sitting in a the pci slot hasn't been used in years, the Sound Blaster 5.1 sitting next to it still does fine duty.
  21. P4/2.8Ghz/533 Socket 478 + 1GB of old DDR + PS2 mouse AND keyboard!
    Rock solid and no need for me to waste hundreds of bucks on a new rig. Just does the job.
  22. 1.have celeron 1.4ghz Radeon x1650 2gb ddr 40gb HDD
    2.have pentium 4 3.2ghz w HT 8600gts 3g ddr2 80gb HDD
    3.have Core 2 quad q8200 @3.01 gtx550ti 4g ddr3 300gb HDD
    4.have i7 2600k 4.5ghz sli gtx 580 16gb ddr3 1Tb HBB 120gb SSD

    I like all of those Rig equally ..
  23. The oldest hardware I use is the Microsoft Strategic Commander
  24. Techdog

    Techdog TS Rookie

    I still use (daily) a s 20 year old 486 PC with intei DX 100MHz CPU with DOS 6 and Windows 3.1
    MS Word 5 (DOS) and Lotus 3 (DOS) are most used software under DOS
    3.5" floppy drive
    100MBb ZIP drive (SCSI)
    I have USB Floppy and Zip drives to transfer data to more modern PC running XP and backup on a CD/DVD burner as well as keeping pers data data BU on ZIP
    I have spare CPUs, and video cards, kybd, mice, etc* to replace any failures for that PC (not connected to internet)
    * basically I have kept spare 1990s PCs to use if that PC fails

    also have old power macs running OS 9 and OS 7.3 but hardly ever used now
    even old is an Hitachi Peach machine with twin 5.25" floppy drives - not usef for some time but kept as was my first PC.
    I nave various PCs the youngest being 2013 vintage as more most will not run the OS I prefer
    will never use Windows 10 (have tested it - even 7 is crap but used on occasion)
    PS I am a programmer (retired)
  25. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    My oldest piece of hardware in my pc is an old pci creative soundblaster card. I still feel it gives better bass and ofc greater amplification than onboard audio ever achieves. Also I still I suppose have a slot loader dvd in my pc though I dont think I have used a cd/dvd for many years. I keep it for sentimental reasons as this was the first piece of hardware I ever modded..I changed the green led to a blue one :D

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