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    What was your first computer?

    okay this ones inspired by another thread... kinda, and i thought it could make a good topic, so come on tell us what your first computer was..

    mine was a commadore amiga 2000 it didnt have a HD as such (if it did i never found it) and all the programs were on floppy disk, (3.4) i got it for my birthday when i was about 8 (11-12 yrs ago)

    My next computer was a Compaq Presario Pentium 75 (Chrismas 1995) wasnt a bad computer until computers started going alot faster and i found out you cant upgrade the stupid things! p.s: i have only just throwen this comp out

    i was then given a bunch of old and rejected 486`s (1999 ish)to play around with wich i got into a bit of linux and networking wich was fun ... till i got bored with them and there mess. so they got put out on the front lawn (somebody always takes em before garbage day)

    went back to using the compaq (minor upgrades got it running better) before going on to a P266 in mid 2000 (parents hated computers) and in early 2001 i(well my dad) got a P800 dell, and thats where im upto.... want a P4 2Ghz pc now...

    just as a side note, does anybody else find it starnge that it took 19 years to get to 1ghz, and only 18 months to get to 2ghz???

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    That's not strange. The growth in processor speed is exponential, not linear, so you'd expect it to take much longer to get from 1 to 1000 than from 1000 to 2000.

    My first computer was a 386 DX-33. I was about 16 and I got it for $900 from my parents.
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    Mine was a 486-something. I never was interested in the types and brands, only in the games I could play on it. Supaplex, Commander Keen, Monkey Island series, those were the days...sigh....

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    Mine was a Commodore VIC-20 way back whenever. But after the VIC I got out of computing for quite a while (we had an old PC XT but I never really used it).

    I only got serious again about 1996 with a 486-66 that I inherited. It's still sitting in the corner - I use it for some spare parts and I'm thinking of setting up an MP3 fileserver or something on it
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    TRS-80/4P (version 4, Portable). Affectionately called a Trash 80. I remember spending many hours learning Trash Basic and programming a text and Ascii map based dungeon delving game on there.

    After that it was a 8086 Laptop with a HardRam (fake Harddrive) of a whopping 740K. The operating system (Dos 2.0?) was in the Rom.
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    Oh I had a Trash 80 too! When I was about 6 years old my uncle gave it to us. All I ever figured out how to do was play games. I only remember having to type out a huge command string to start anything, and the string was different for basic and binary files. The instruction book on how to use the computer was gigantic.

    After that, a few years later for christmas I got a 486 SX 25mhz with a whopping 200 MB of space. I remember looking through a game catalog and thinking nothing could ever out-do the realistic look of Wolfenstein 3D

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    Originally posted by mmj
    My first computer was a 386 DX-33
    so was mine, i had it when i was what, 12?

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    I have an actual 486 DX33 CPU that I use as a paperweight...

    I'm setting up my webcam soon so I'll have to show it to you
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    If you want to get very technical, we had a Texas Instruments computer that, I couldn't even describe to you.

    The first real computer though was a 286 Tandy with a 20 mb hard drive.
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    I started with a Commodore 64, nice for playing games.

    But my first real computer was a XT from IBM. Incredibly heavy, and the powerswitch needed to be operated by at least two people
    I gave it away about a year ago, and much much regret it

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    the first computer i had was an amstrad - the only thing i remember was it ran "gempaint"

    the computer i use nowadays is a AMD 500 (overclocked to 550) with approx 300mb RAM and a 40gb hdd

    oh, and if anyones interested, my 8 year old brother (who just plays with paint all the time) has his own computer - a 386 33mhz running win95 - it works fine for him!

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    ummm, it was really old! I don't even remember! I had to turned on and go and take a bath and watch a movie before windows started!
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    I started out with an appleIIc back in 1981 (I was 6) my parents got it for work and I started to play with it. Had built in output to tv screen a little 13' monitor and no hd. The external modem was the type in the movie war games where you placed the modem on top of the cradle.

    After that my parents got a 286 16 which I soon ripped apart and got moving at a speedy 18

    Then came the 386sx, a whole slew of 486 upgrades, pentium 100, and I skipped the pentium 200 generation and went onto the p3 350 and now I am where I am now.

    Throughout all of that I dont think I went very long without either adjusting the jumpers for more speed or looking for some program to make it run smother (speeddisk by norton was a godsend). I always craved speed. wow.
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    Originally posted by Sparkie
    Oh I had a Trash 80 too!
    Had one of those as well - what a beast
    I was given it, and it didn't have any programs, only basic. So read the massive book on basic that came with it and made a few dumb programs but I could never work out how to save them...

    I also got given an old macintosh, still got a couople of books that came with it seriously, the dat-matrix printer that I got was HUGE and weighed a ton.

    Then my parents bought a P133 w/16mb of Ram. Then I managed to get together ehough bits and pieces to build my own P200MMX w/96mb Ram.... But i need a new one now, its too slow these days

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    ∙ IBM PS2: no hard-drive, two floppy drives (3.5 in./740k), something like a 13 in. display, blazing 10MHz processor, and 64k memery. The computer and the display were all in one. It was, also, accompened by a Epson dot-matrix printer. At one point, we got a modem for it, but, alas, it was a victim of lighting.

    ∙ Tandy Hunk-0-Crap (Hand-Me-Down): I don't know most of the specs for it, just that it had an 8MHz processor, a 20MB harddrive, 5.25 in. floppy drive and a 3.5 in. floppy drive. I just remember having to turn the display sidways so that it wouldn't turn blue and hum.

    ∙ Made-By-Me (current): 450Mhz Celeron, 326MB of RAM, Philips 12x/8x/32x CD-RW, 4GB hard drive (I need a new one), 3.25 in./1.44MB floppy, 56k Zoom dualmode modem, cheep 15 in. display, and a Epson Color 740.

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    mine was a 386 with MS DOS - allt that in the PreWindows Time :P
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    First one was VIC-20, then moved to Commodore 64.

    First PC was 486/66.
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    Commodore 64, then a commodore 128...ooooooo aaahhhh

    first pc was a 386sx/33 with 2 meg ram, 80 meg HDD, running DOS 5 and win3.1.

    We upgraded RAM soon after buying it. we added 2-1 meg 30 pin simms, and it only cost us $100

    MAN did win3.1 scream with 4 whole megs of RAM
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    Z80 - followed by ZX 81
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    I had a ZX 81 too, me and my mate had to invent a whole language (based on swearwords ) to dictate the stuopid code to each other.

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    If I remember correctly, it came with 1k by default, but to play "flight simulator", you needed the 8k upgrade interface
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    Yup, 1k is correct, I'm LMAO thinking about it. I wrote a game for it - basically a line of completely joined 'pixel' blocks scrolled across the screen, with the occasional gap between them. There was a single static block above the row of scrolling blocks, and you had to jump over the gaps.
    Like I say, LMAO.

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    My first comp (well, first comp with a keyboard) was the *ahem* Commodore 64K.

    /me spent many hours whiling away the hours whilst the game of choice loaded from the cassette deck! ;-)

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    Hmmm I wanted to start with FREAKS

    But then reminded my self I too started with a Commodore 64 with one of those expantion catridges

    Then a Tulip Personal Computer 2 XT 80/86 Which my little brother still uses to play GWbasic games and he is starting to learn to program

    Then a Pentium 75 -> upgraded to pentium 100 (I still don't know why that happend but was sensible at the moment

    Then a AMD 166

    And now next to my compagny laptop a 1ghrz Fijutsi PC
    the neigbours (free) WIFI makes it just a little more fun

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    Aaah - my first one was an Amiga 1200. It didn't have a hard drive until I upgraded it with some wierd card that was called an OverDrive.

    I remember these wonderful long sessions of animating movies with deluxepaint.
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