Your First PC?

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

    Gflo TS Rookie Posts: 81

    i remember the first family computer back when i was about 5 trying to play an unbeatable 3D game of tanks(3d was 3 green lines looking sorta like pyramids no texture no nothing just green lines) i hunted for that floppy so many times its not funny but my first computer that was auctually mine is a Systemax 700mhz amd athlon 128 mb ram Voodoo 3 gfx card 10gb hdd which is sitting outside my room atm broken because i installed the Voodoo 3 tv drivers instead of the regular drivers but it ran Xp home good though.
  2. dnme

    dnme TS Rookie

    Lol..i didnt know about specs back then, but i had a compaq and i thot it was awesome! Online games everyday!
  3. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Posts: 343   +13

    25mhz 386 1mb ram 40mb hd, 3.5, 5.25

    the first computer i had was a 25 mhx 486. maybe 1991.
    it had dos 5. or 6. and win 3.1.
    it might have had 256k ram.
    this was what you could get for $1,000.

    later i upgraded the ram to 1mb - that was about the first thing i ever did on a computer. the ram was abt $100. the fee to install would have been about $40. so, to save money, I tried to do it myself. i eventually succeeded. but i really could have used techspot back then.

    in 1995, i added a modem to have internet - this was 1995. i guess it was a 56k modem. I believe I paid $140 for the 56k modem.

    back before win 95, installing a modem required setting dip switches on the modem in order to have it be on the right data 'port' and it also required setting the 'interrupt' priority for that port.

    i was totally befuddled as I tried to install this modem by myself. the alternative was to spend $40 to have the computer store install it.

    I spent most of one weekend trying to get the modem installed. After that, I had a lot more confidence and knowledge about computers, so I was willing to mess with them more. fro mthere, I got to the point where I can now handle many computer issues, and can build and upgrade.

    so, because i was cheap and wanted to save $80 on those two upgrades, instead of paying to get it done, i ran into some great learning experiences.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes I remember that. That was even before ISA modems were released (some of which also had dip switches on)
    And they were huge big boxes, with red lights on them, connected via serial port (all systems don't even have serial/parallel ports now, unless you request these addons)
    And it wasn't 56K (we wished!) it was 14K (that's Kilobytes by the way!)
    To download a few meg, took over half an hour (and usually faulted before it finished)
    Wow, we were so impressed with the speed. If you typed letters on a forum (yes I was on BBS forums then too) The letters would take just a few seconds (about 30) to actually send. Hey that's not that much different from today (except now we're sending stacks of graphics and ads too) :)
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I was 10 when I got my first computer:

    A Sonay Vaio LOL

    866MHz, 128Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD ^___^
  6. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 261

    I got a handed down Micron PC or something. It had a 133 MHz Pentium Original and 32 MB of RAM along with a HUGE 1 GB HDD.
  7. Darth_Terra1

    Darth_Terra1 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    The first Pc that i had owned myself, was a DX2 66, it had 8MB ram, 500MB HDD drive, 2MB vid card ( can't remember the make), Floppy drive and a 2X Cd rom drive, it was top of the range at the time ( 1991).
  8. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

    My first was a IBM laptop
    1gb ram
    27gb hd
    12" LCD screen.
    Windows 95/Me (not sure)
    External Floppy drive
    DVD/R (x25)
  9. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 67

    Gateway PII 350, 128 MB PC100 SDRAM, W98.
  10. leadpill42

    leadpill42 TS Rookie

    Wow, and mines seems great compared to all of these, but terrible compared to everyone elses.

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