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Your First PC?

Post by clarance » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:44 pm

I first dipped my toe into the rancid world of windoze in '96. £1200 got me a Compaq 486 DX 4 90mhz with windows 3.1 :shock:

Did very little with it apart from play First Encounters and Command and Conquer.

The girlfriend at the time bagged it about six months later when we split and I bought a second hand Amiga 1200 with loads of games for £150.

There's probably a moral to that story somewhere :?
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Fred83 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:58 pm

2002 that got first p.c.it had windows 98 on it.10gb harddrive,64mb ram,70mb ati graphics card.Pentium 3 processor,dvd drive
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by clarance » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:05 pm

Come to think of it, my first PC was in '95, not '96, the thing came with a free windows 95 upgrade offer on about a hundred floppies :) , which didn't arrive until I'd left the girlfriend. Seem to remember a Pentium system would have cost me a couple of hundred more!
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Fred83 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:06 pm

neighbour had a p.c at time during mid 90s,i was wowed by windows 95 at the time and how advanced the p.c came from his old one
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by clarance » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:09 pm

Well I never got to use windows 95, but I remember thinking how advanced Workbench 1.3 was compared to Windows 3.1 :)
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Fred83 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:17 pm

Amazing thing about it,although seldom written.A lot of the apple/windows ideas were taken from amiga workbench at the time
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by The Angry Jock » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:16 pm

Bought in 1997, it was a 166MHz MMX pentium with 16Mb Ram and 2GB HHD iirc. I remember buying a scanner and scanning a magazine cover at full res just to test it, the image was so massive it crashed the computer opening it or even trying to delete it :lol:

I think I only played Duke Nukem on that machine.
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Katzkatz » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:47 pm

Back in 1993 I retired my old Amiga A500(1.3 Kickstart and 1 MB RAM)and got a 486 SX 33 Mhz complete with 14'" goldfish bowl monitor and MS DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1(also 4 MB RAM and I can't remember how big the hard disk was). It did come with a built in joystick port. I luckily managed to get a soundcard(Thunderboard one).

I was a bit miffed at MS-DOS for only doing the 8.3 filename thing, and Windows was a bit backward in those days(lying on top of DOS, and also it had a page filesystem of 8KB so if that got filled up it would crash sometimes). You did have to muck around with EMS and XMS memory managers in those days, but it was a little bit easier as there was multiple startups in MS-DOS 6.2 I remember I even used Doublespace(the compression thing on MS-DOS as well, and amazingly never had any problems with it).

The games I really noticed on the PC at the time were X-Wing and Tie Fighter and I soon got an analogue joystick to play them(Tie Fighter is one of my all time favourite games). Dune 2 was great as well, and I got Pinball Fantasies. I also loved playing Civilisation as this time it was on a hard disk and that made the game so much better.

At the time I used the PC for a lot of Word Processing (MS Word 6.0 for Windows) as well.

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Re: Your First PC?

Post by clarance » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:52 pm

Katzkatz wrote: EMS and XMS memory managers
Oh that brings back so many happy memories I had long forgotten :D
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by FatTrucker » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:47 pm

My first proper desktop PC was around 98/99 1Ghz Athlon, 512Mb of Ram and a 20Gb Hard Drive, a TNT2 GPU and Windows ME - bought specifically to play Age of Empires 2.

I did have an old 486 Compaq my dad pilfered from work before that running Windows 95 but it used strictly for word processing and good for f**k all else.

Used quite a bit of 3.1 and DOS outside the home over the years though.
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Mayhem » Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:11 pm

Dad got laid off from his job back in 1992 and used some of the money to buy a PC. I think he wanted to "professionally" produce a printed CV to send out to prospective new employers at the time. So I recall. It was a Viglen 486 DX25 with 4MB RAM, 512MB HD and dual floppy drives. Powerful enough thankfully to run most of what I threw at it, including X-Wing and some of the other smaller freeware games of the time. And Doom.

I got my own PC while at university back in 1994, which was a Dan 486DX2-66 with 8MB RAM, 2GB HD, floppy and CD drive. I put an SB16 into it cos I was going to play more games on it, including Alone in the Dark, Sam and Max, Day of the Tentacle and Rise of the Triad. And then Sparcade (followed by MAME) came out and that's when it really got interesting...

I still have it, I use it today mostly for transferring C64 disks and tapes to digital format for emulation and archiving.
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:11 am

I used them for years at work (I recall a 386 being cutting edge and later envying the boss with the only 486).

First one I actually owned was around 98 I think, as I resisted PCs for a long time and stuck with my ST as it could write to PC format disks.

Our PC was a Packard Bell with a Cyrix MII 300 CPU (performed akin to a badly configured 266 Intel system), with 32Mb RAM and a huge 2Gb HD. Kept me going for some time, eventually ending up with 128Mb RAM, a 10Gb HD, Voodoo 3 gfx card and a Soundblaster Live. Its not far off that config now and is still used as my torrent box.

Shortly after, we apent £1100 on a 380Mhz laptop. That was nice, I played Quake while commuting on the bus.
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by Rinoa » Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:55 am

I had a Compaq Presario for Christmas 1998. It had a 333MHz processor and a 4GB hard drive (can't remember how much memory - probably either 32MB or 64MB), and ran on Windows '98. And of course, not forgetting my 56K dial up modem! My ISP at the time was Freeserve and was probably the most reliable I've ever had.
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Re: Your First PC?

Post by psj3809 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:18 am

'Think' i had my first PC in about 94 or 95.

I worked for ICL so had one of their computers with the staff offer, 1400 quid for a 66 mhz PC ! Took me ages to pay that off !

The big boss always sold me his old computers as he often moved up every 6 months or so, eg i bought his 300 mhz PC off him, then his 600 mhz one and so on.

Great days back in those early years, was a right pain doing those boot discs for games ! Played Duke Nukem tons on my old PC and of course a Speccy emulator !

Amazing how quickly technology kept moving forward back then, 6 months later the latest game would come out and you would have to upgrade your PC again ! I still remember getting a Voodoo 3d card to play Quake II, amazing how much better it looked back then !

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Re: Your First PC?

Post by andy vaisey » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:36 am

My first 'PC' was a laptop, that I bought in 2000 to compliment my Amiga 1200. It was a Compaq Presario 1246, with an AMD K6-2 400MHz processor, 32Mb RAM and Win98SE. Wasn't bad, a bit slow but being able to take it around with me made up for that.

I actually still use it to this day, but now its sole task is to load C64 disk images to my C64 via a 1541XE cable.

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