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Your First PC?

By Cucumber ยท 184 replies
Mar 19, 2002
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  1. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    An ITGuy with an eMachines... What a surprise :)
  2. ITGuy702

    ITGuy702 TS Member Posts: 70

    Hehe...Tell me about it. :eek:

    We all have to start somewhere, right? :)
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    Yes we do... If I was totally clueless about computers, and buying my first, I might pick an eMachines too
  4. ITGuy702

    ITGuy702 TS Member Posts: 70

    From my experience with them, it was ok for basic word processing. But once taken out of that realm of computing, it liked to throw "hissy fits".

    I guess if that's all the user is going to do and they are on a budget, it's an 'ok' buy. But I personally wouldn't recommend that brand.
  5. taylub

    taylub TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

    My first pc and computer was

    gateway profile 4
    pent. 4 3.0 ghz
    256mb ram
    80gb HHD

    i had to share it with my mom and it died in a year
  6. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 74

    It's a bit strange when my newest computer (a P4-3GHz) is the same thing as someone else's first computer... guess I'm getting old!
  7. Barney_Calhoun

    Barney_Calhoun TS Rookie Posts: 22

    (For free) in 2002 i got my own sweet awesome comp.. FOR FREE!
    it had a 300 Mhz p2 192 megs of ram and a 4 meg "AGP" (Hardly) card. With a six gig HD. i have been using it since then and up till about a month ago.
  8. rickk1

    rickk1 Banned Posts: 68

    My first pc was back in...wayyyyyy back in ..... 1984. It was a Packard Bell. It was a whopping fast 3mhz or a blazingly fast 9mhz in turbo mode. It had a 30mb hard drive, ms-dos 3.3, and a 5.25" floppy drive. As I recall, my dial-up modem was super fast at 2400 baud. I recall my video card as having only 2 colors but don't remember anything else about it. I didn't have a mouse in those days, it wasn't around in those days. We typed all of our commands.

    Those were the days! I recall having my computer call my cousin's computer and we'd play "You sank my battleship" on our rainy days. There was a local bulletin board in which we could leave messages to the sys-op. No email back then. Ms-Dos was our operating system.
  9. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    My first Pc:
    P-III 600Mhz.
    20Gb HDD
    14" CRT

    I think i got my PC too late...:(
  10. rickk1

    rickk1 Banned Posts: 68

    Better late than never...
  11. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    my parents first computer was a 180mhz compaq. Don't remember the specs though. My first computer I bought with my graduation money was an hp pavilion, 500mhz, 128mb ram, decent sized hd, a whopping 8mb video, and 21" crt.
  12. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    DX386 80mhz turbo
    I think drive was 120mb drive
    all I did was invoices and quotes
    when I went online I bought a 200mhz with 32mb memory and 250mb drive
    windows 95 crashed 4 times a day cost 1200.00
  13. Machinist

    Machinist TS Rookie Posts: 33

    486/66 IBM Aptiva
  14. hamas123

    hamas123 TS Maniac Posts: 482

    My first pc's,and i still have/use it now,spec's are:
    AMD Duron (tm) processer
    304mb ram
    40gb hard drive
    note:Had it for like 11 or 12 years and it's still working.
    I'm only 11 but i now i had it since i was born,or a little bit before that because my dad told me.
  15. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i can only remember some of the specs of the first pc we had, but it had: 90mhz processor, 610mb hdd and probably 32mb ram but i'm not exactly sure. ooh and it had a cd rom drive ;) 4x i think

    i have an old laptop that i got off ebay to play around with, it has 100mhz pentium cpu, 780(ish)mb hdd, 16mb ram and a floppy drive :D of course it beats anything out there today ;)
  16. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Anyone remember machines made by a Dutch co called Hercules? We thought it was the dogs bo**ocks.
    I posted this image on another thread - anyone recognise what this is?? The little one is a 40Gb 2.5"
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Yeh you are still missing the attachment there Al
  18. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Missing attachment

    too damn clever this forum - the image is/was already attached to a message in thread 'sales people' so here is another one - as said the smaller drive is a 2.5" laptop of about 40 Gb.

    Attached Files:

  19. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    thats aahh... verry big hdd....:suspiciou
  20. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    The first hard drives had 20" platters. They were 10 and 20MB capacity, and very slow in accessing data... Very noisy too
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The platters in my lump are 5" - but I don't think the drive was that big in capacity - maybe a couple of Mb. I remember my second PC had a 30Gb drive in it -whew, all that space!
  22. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Posts: 171

    First Comp:

    P2 200mhz with 64mb ram, 2 GB HD.... IDK much else about it.

    Second Comp (built)

    Generic Case
    XP 2000+
    A7V333 Mobo
    VIA KT333 chipset
    512MB DDR Crucial
    40GB HD
    GF3 upgraded to 9600XT upgraded to 6600GT
    Antec 430w
  23. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    Specs of your first PC?

    hi, was just reading a thread in the "other hardware" section about free older parts and it reminded me of my first pc i ever owned.

    here are the specs that i can remember:

    cpu: not sure but it had a bus speed of 133MHz
    memory: 128mb pc100 ( i still have this stick in my desk hehe)
    video card: voodoo 16MB
    mobo: unknown
    hard drives: 10GB western digital @ 10,000rpm's (xp pro took just about all of this up) + 4GB western digital @ 7,200rpm's
    beige full tower care (ugly as all hell)
    cooling: i dont remember seeing any
    cd/dvd drivers: just a cd rom drive with slow writing abilities.
    power supply: unknown

    i had purchased this off ebay im going to say about 6 years ago for about $350 + shipping. i then bought a 15" or 17" CRT monitor to go along with it at a local pc shop for another $75. i was real excited about my first computer, until it died due to power surge 2 years later. but before it died, i had to upgrade the video card to a g-force 64MB card.

    boy have times changed in the pc world in these few short years.

    click below to see part of the pc100 stick
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Wow my first computer had 4 Ram cards in it ! Yes I was sure proud of my 4 X 1meg Sims. Later I updated it to 8X 1Meg Sims. But then again, Windows wasn't even made yet.
    God I'm old !
    I've still got some of those Sim cards, as well (they always faulted, on everyones computer - some things haven't changed)
  25. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,882   +903

    cira '89; wife's system
    Motorola 68030 CPU and 68882 FPU, with 25 MHz .
    The IIci came with either a 40 or an 80 megabyte hard disk (scsi). Added flopptical 230mb device + hi-end scanner.

    used it for desktop publishing for over 7 years.

    cira '93
    Pentium III, 733mhz 512 ram, dual boot win98se/Linux RH 6

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