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January 12, 2010 1:14:11 AM

Way back in the 'day'...I built my own first computer: An Apple of all things: came in a kit!
16 K of screening RAM and a green VDT!
No mouse; limited key-board access; no printer! Awsome stuff back then!
...
Then I bought (in 1982) an Apple II. Awsome: plenty of ports(slots back then) for a printer,external drive(s) and
even a 'mouse' which came later and an Image-writer printer. (I won't say it was the worst printer ever but.....???)
For Dot-matrix it was the best in it's day....
In 1984 upgraded to the Apple II-E (enhanced) version. Not much more except...
Upgraded to the dual-disk drive...Wow! Things took off from there on...untill...
I realized two 5-1/4 flp's weren't just making it: Even with all the cool games back then...
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Bought my first modem; 1200 back then; lasted a month then went to 2400...oh my gosh! Looking back..how slow!
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Then 'they' tried 4800 but I wasn't buying it: I waited...waited...waited...9600: Gosh Almighty!
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Of course the Apple wouldn't 'swallow' all that data in 'real' time and would lock up; meaning the disk-drives
would overheat and or ask for a 'new' disk but by then it was to late....
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Then I saved up some money and bought an IBM-XT from of all people, Mike Dell! Go figure....with the box running
at an amazing 3mhz(couldn't change the crystal back then..but I did) running the 8086 chip then upgraded to the
8088.
"Wow!" I'm styling now says I...
First thing was an upgrade? Funny now that I think back about that time, the XT came with 640 onboard.
The 512 (or AT) only came with 512 and they were double stacked 64 k chips soldered together upon each other.
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Once you got the hang of the 512 you could expand the volitile memory by adding an additional slot board in the
(at the time either the eight or sixteen slot slot...).
Back it the day(1987/89) I upgraded the crystal from 6 mhz to 12 mhz: the machine bogged down...
backed off to 10 mhz and she ran like a fine tuned machine!
...
Then came the add-in 'ram'. At first it was a one or two meg ram card: and here's the rub that most of
you don't know: shared ram or (what kinda ram?).
...
Dropped the 512 and went back to the XT. Joy stick/mouse/printer and upgraded to VGA.
Now I'm livin'n large! I've got 640/a 20 meg hard-drive/and 6 megs of memory on slot cards....
....
Playing 'Wing-Commander' with my son and loving it! Ah, the old days...

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Anonymous
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January 12, 2010 1:47:37 AM

I actually had a 300 baud modem. 0.3kbps wow.
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January 12, 2010 2:24:20 AM

cool story bro.

no really.
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January 12, 2010 3:31:14 AM

I actually still have a working C64. still use it to play jumpman once in awhile. still love that game.
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January 12, 2010 8:30:33 AM

I had Pentium 3 400Mhz as my first PC that I remember....
Was just 6 yrs old then :) 
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January 12, 2010 8:44:25 AM

My first was an AMD K6 based win95 machine at 166MHz (trounced a 166MHz Pentium though!)
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January 12, 2010 11:05:03 AM

1977. The first computer I built - literally, with soldering iron and wirewrap gun - was an RCA COSMAC 1802 (google it). It ran Forth. :D 

Fortunately, back in those days, speeds were low enough (MHz) that layout was not that critical.
Building computers since 1977.
Overclocking since 1978 - Z80 (TRS-80) from 1.77 MHz to 2.01 MHz
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January 12, 2010 11:26:37 PM

+rep for jsc.

my first pc was a penitum I i built with my father. i think it was about 200mhz, though it was so long ago i dont remember. i was probably about 11 at the time.
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January 13, 2010 12:09:52 AM

man i remebr those days computers as big as my desk my first computer the IBM AT man i thought i was Hot stuff had the ram expansion card WOW was awsome. Stacks of 5 1\4 all over man those were the days. My next computer i held out for awhile i got the 386 dx man now that was a computer dos 6.0 and win 3.11 LOLS was the good ole days
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January 13, 2010 9:14:45 AM

saaiello said:
... was the good ole days

The good old day will always be next year.
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January 13, 2010 11:44:52 AM

My first machine was a 10 MHz 80286 that we got in 1990. 9" VGA screen, dot-matrix printer, 512 KB of RAM, a 3.5" hard disk drive (as opposed to the 5.25" floppy disks that were actually floppy), and a 30 MB Winchester "fixed disk." I spent a bit of time on that machine...

jsc said:
The good old day will always be next year.


The future is always just around the corner, right? ;) 
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January 13, 2010 11:49:47 AM

200MHz Pentium MMX, 32MB RAM, Voodoo 2.
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January 13, 2010 4:13:18 PM

i still have the old c64 and my old 3.1 laptop
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January 13, 2010 4:43:22 PM

Dad got me a Compaq Presario Desktop for 3200$ @ Futureshop

Pentium133
16MB ram
Onboard everything.
Back then I ran EVERYTHING in DOS as Windows95 was slow on the compaq.

My friend's "Clone" 468DX2 was FASTER !!

6 months later I sold it for 600$ and built myself the following

AMD K6- 233
32 or 64MB Ram
ATI 4MB videocard + Diamond Monster 3dfx card (voodoo 4mb)
4.3Gig Quantom BIGFOOT http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dc/Quan... (I just find it hilariously huge)

AND IT KICKED A$$ !!!

Been upgrading yearly ever since... list is long


Both of those machines served me very well playing Warcraft2 or Doom with my friend via 33.6k modem
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January 14, 2010 10:04:47 PM

mi1ez said:
My first was an AMD K6 based win95 machine at 166MHz (trounced a 166MHz Pentium though!)

True, but by the time the K6 was out, Intel had the Pentium MMX, which in turn trounced the similarly clocked K-6!

Our first family computer was a Compaq Deskpro 4000-N: 233MHz Pentium MMX with 32MB PC-66 ram, slot load CD drive, 3.2GB HDD, 15 inch CRT, 2MB S3 video card, Windows 95b, purchased in the fall of 1997. My parents continued to use that computer until 2004. The CRT burnt out, but I still have that computer. It's a future project to house a nice K6-2 system.
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January 15, 2010 5:42:36 PM

First family computer was a Sinclair 250. No Hard drive (booted DOS off a floppy!) 8086 CPU and feck all RAM!
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