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#4453260 - 12/14/18 05:46 PM Your first PC?  
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In what year did you purchase your first PC and what was the model and specs on it?


Mine: (Purchased in 1992)

Packard Bell
486sx-20
6 MB RAM
120 MB hard drive
Oak Technologies video adapter


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#4453265 - 12/14/18 05:58 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Tandy 1000TX 286 8 mhz
640kb RAM
3.5 and 5.25 floppys
no hard drive

Good enough to play "Jetfighter" and "Chuck Yeager's Air Combat" which was all I cared about.


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#4453266 - 12/14/18 06:00 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I had both a 386 and 486, but those were given to me.

The first one I purchased was around 1995?

Packard Bell Pentium 90
8 MB Ram (upgraded to 24! The first of many, many computer upgrades)
4 MB Cirrus Logic Video Card


Don't recall other details aside from the price. $2,000!


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#4453267 - 12/14/18 06:20 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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an IBM XT that I guess was 4 Mhz and had 256Kb RAM and had 2 floppy disks

#4453269 - 12/14/18 06:50 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Mid to late 80's, Commodores. That's either my 64 or VIC-20 (I had both)...

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1989? Tandy 1000SX, 384K or 640K (don't remember), single 5-1/4" DD (no HDD), no math co-processor and CGA monitor...

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1993. My baby! 486DX2/66 upgraded from 8 to 20MB RAM (for hundreds of dollars), Genoa VL graphics w/upgraded (1994) ViewSonic 17" CRT [next pic] and Soundblaster CD multimedia (perfect for AutoCAD R12)...

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The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
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#4453270 - 12/14/18 06:50 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Apple II sometime around 1978


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#4453271 - 12/14/18 06:51 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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A 386 DX40 with 2 MB ram and a 40 mb hard disk. I couldn't afford either a CD drive or a sound card so it was the PC speaker for a while. To be honest most games came on 3.5 floppies in those days so the CD drive wasn't high on my shopping list.

My first games were Falcon 3,the original B-17,Gunship and Strike Commander. The latter required a second hard disk to be fitted because with the expansion pack it was hard to get it on the 40mb drive.

Date would have been around 1992.


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#4453272 - 12/14/18 07:08 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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First actual IBM pattern PC was a 486 around 1993, although I didn't use it much for gaming and didn't get an actual dedicated gaming PC until 1999.

#4453273 - 12/14/18 07:27 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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1985 was a fun year for me! I was 13 and my fondest memories of that year are:

Back to the Future
British New Wave music (ie Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Human League, etc,)
Rowdy Roddy Piper and WWF wrestling in general
GI Joe
Transformers
Boston Celtics (yeah, yeah, we lost to LA but it was still a great season).
Miami Vice


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#4453274 - 12/14/18 07:30 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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A 1998 or 1999 Packard Bell

Intel Celeron 400mhz
Voodoo 3 graphic card

I don't remember anything else. I was a teenager and it was my cobaye for a lot of tests, hardware and software. It last something like 6 monthes biggrin

The next was in 2000, a Pentium 3 800mhz with a Nvidia GeForce 2 32mb I think. Changed in 2001 for a Pentium 4 1.5 ghz with rambus, but it was working well when I sold it, this time biggrin

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#4453275 - 12/14/18 08:25 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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like others mid 80's vic 20 up to a C-64 ,,Some wheres in the late 80's an IBM 8088 machine with two big floppy drives and no hard drive ever since then about every year or so had to put together to play some new war game//or a sim...And all the titles Chucky mentioned in his post were my first ones..


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#4453276 - 12/14/18 08:29 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
1985 was a fun year for me! I was 13 and my fondest memories of that year are:

Back to the Future
British New Wave music (ie Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Human League, etc,)
Rowdy Roddy Piper and WWF wrestling in general
GI Joe
Transformers
Boston Celtics (yeah, yeah, we lost to LA but it was still a great season).
Miami Vice


1985...graduating HS (a freaking miracle) and then technically becoming an adult (Aug. 31). Being that 18 was still the legal drinking age in Louisiana, I wasted no time in making a complete ass of myself, and on numerous occasions. I no longer had to hide my drinking but it almost cost me everything. I found myself alone by October and quickly cleaned my #%&*$# up by Thanksgiving. Wouldn't relapse until I started listening to Grunge. biggrin

1989...ringside seats at the Omni (Atlanta) for Wrestlemania (Jake the Snake Roberts, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, finale: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant...is what I remember).



The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in
Gives way and suddenly it’s day again
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
Could be the human race is run
#4453278 - 12/14/18 08:51 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Here's some not-so-awesome nostalgia...

The responsiveness of this site to me feels like I'm back on dial-up. Or is it just my crappy satellite ISP?



The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in
Gives way and suddenly it’s day again
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
Could be the human race is run
#4453279 - 12/14/18 08:58 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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No Mark,that's how it's been for a little while.

I can still remember when I got my hands on Falcon 3. Large,heavy box full of goodies. Loads of reading material. In fact I bought Falcon 3 before I had a PC with the intention of trying it out on my step-brothers IBM. He was rather perturbed when he discovered how much free mem it needed to run. He then introduced me to the autoexec.bat and config.sys files. When my own PC arrived he became my technical support for some while until I got DOS figured out. Now those were great days for PC gaming!

Sorry for the nostalgia rant frown


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#4453280 - 12/14/18 08:59 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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#4453282 - 12/14/18 09:40 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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#4453285 - 12/14/18 09:55 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
Apple II sometime around 1978


Pretty useless wasn't it?

I got mine in 79. Tried to teach myself basic LOL....

Text based Star Trek game I remember.

Early adopter anyway.

Worked with a PC-AT and then Mac's in the mid eighties.

Didn't own another computer till I got my first laptop in 1998.

I have been building my own PC's since 2001.


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#4453288 - 12/14/18 10:58 PM Re: Your first PC? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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In 1994 I got a Mac Performa 630CD as my first home computer.

Then in 1997 I got my first PC: Sony VAIO PCV-220 PII 266mhz WITH MMX TECHNOLOGY...lol. I can't remember too many other specs but it had a 4mb ATI Radeon card. I eventually got the Voodoo II 12mb on the pass thru cable. 15" monitor.

Good times!


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Megabyte Computer (local shop in town at the time) circa 1993:
486DX2-66Mhz (with the Turbo button!)
8mb RAM (upgraded to 16mb later)
120mb hard drive (upgraded to a 400mb hard drive later)
ISA ET4000 1mb video card (upgraded to a 4mb Matrox card later)
Samtron? 14" CRT VGA monitor
1X caddy-loading CD-ROM drive (upgraded to a 8X CD-ROM later)
ISA Sound Blaster 16 sound card with the midi port
14.4k baud modem (upgraded to a 36.6k baud modem later)

It came with:

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (CD-ROM!)
Jetfighter II (originally on 5.25" floppy! Got it upgraded to 3.5" disks later)
The Secret of Monkey Island (CD-ROM!)
Red Storm Rising (CD-ROM!)
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0 (CD-ROM!)
Indianapolis 500 The Simulation (3.5" disk)
Megarace (CD-ROM!)
Lemmings (3.5" disk)

And some others I don't remember...


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