Remember your first PC???

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by coathanger007, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    We've come a very, very long way. Just compare my first with my current PC.

    NAME PC XT
    MANUFACTURER IBM
    Time 1985 (I think)
    CPU Intel 8088
    SPEED 4.77 MHz
    RAM 64k
    GRAPHIC MODES CGA modes : 320 x 200
    COLORS 16 (my monitor only supported monochrome)
    SOUND Tone Generator
    BUILT IN MEDIA One 5.25'' FDD, 360k
    10Mb hard-disk (rpm???don't even ask)
    OS MS DOS (M$ then M$ now)

    The most intensive game I could run on it - primitive version of Dig Dug - breathtaking graphics and sound quality that would blow your socks off. This was 'Future proof'...at the time
    :D My watch has even more grunt than this. Put this into context.
    Imagine PCs 2 decades from now....3.0Ghz processing power in a pocket calculator :) Doom 3 will be crappy abandonware and the monster Super PCs of today that cost $10000 will be in a Museum or in the dumpster. PCs may not even exist as such - sorry y'all hardcore PC enthusiasts.
     
  2. Oh blimey, I havent got a clue :|
    Dig Dug always was, and still is, a fantastic game that will never lose its prowess in amusing me :D
     
  3. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    Apple IIe
    Codename: Diana

    CPU: MOS Technology/SynerTek 6502

    CPU Speed: 1 Mhz

    FPU: none

    Bus Speed: 1 Mhz

    Data Path: 8 bit

    ROM: 16 kb

    Onboard RAM: 64 kb

    RAM Slots: expansion via 1st slot

    Maximum RAM: 128 k, with Extended 80 Columns Card

    Maximum Resolution: 40/80x24 text, 4-bit 40x48, 6 color 140x192, 4-bit 140x192, 1-bit 240x192, 1-bit 560x192

    Slots: 8 proprietary

    Floppy Drive: optional

    Speaker(s): mono

    Introduced: January 1983

    Terminated: March 1995

    Released in January 1983, The Apple IIe was to be one of the most successful Apple computers ever. It was based on the 6502 processor, which could run at 1.02 Mhz. It came with 64K of RAM and a 32K ROM which included BASIC, an assembly language interface, and several other hard-coded options. The Apple IIe originally sold for $1,395, and was replaced in 1985 by an updated model.

    Mine was complete with a dual floppy drive and a green screen monitor.

    I think my daughter still has it stored away in a closet!
     
  4. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Mine WAS at least double as fast as yours :) Maybe you could show off a screenshot of the 'PC' in storage?
     
  5. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Zenith 6Mhz with "ZDOS" as the OS. I don't remember how much RAM it had. And a monochrome monitor!
     
  6. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    I can't remember exactly(I was like 4 yrs old), but I remember using an Apple of some sort. Oh, and it could play Prince of Persia! :D
     
  7. Infinite0

    Infinite0 Universal Translator

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    I think I was about 8 when we got our first computer at home. It was this big, bulky Tandy 9000 (not sure of the number). I remember it had this freaky blue and yellow desktop, and I had to go to DOS to play my favorite game: Caveman Ugh-lympics. Also had an old-skool dot-matrix printer with the little perforated strips with holes on each side you had to tear off after printing.
     
  8. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Commodore 64K

    Storage was an audio cassette. monitor was a black and white 13" TV. No games for it.


    Heeter
     
  9. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    we had an Amstrad cpc464. it used to take tapes that took about an hour to load, but when they did load they were dam good games :D
     
  10. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    No one has beaten Damnyank yet - probably also the oldest guy on this thread :D
     
  11. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    OMG - yes I do - but was it a PC?

    It used the 6502, a much under rated CPU in those days if you want my opinion it beat the Z80's hands down - a bit like the AMD/INTEL debate now maybe?

    Anyway here are some pics from archives I found - although the board I had was one of the early prototypes (complete with track bugs - I had to go in and cut some!

    (mobo pic on the attachment)

    Believe it or not I had on old 9600 modem and this baby had teletext - so I played my first MUD games on this and there were even primitive pictures - but OMG it cost a helluva lot more than DOOM! does now to play! Those were the days - when the net was barely thought of...

    here it is - glorious design!

    see it dance!

    PS - BTW this was out before the Apple IIe - used same processor too!

    Anyone have a TRS-80 - they were before this one, or a Commodore PET?
     
  12. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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  13. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    ha ha found some info on mine:
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    NAME CPC 464
    MANUFACTURER Amstrad
    TYPE Home Computer
    ORIGIN United Kingdom
    YEAR 1984
    END OF PRODUCTION 1990
    BUILT IN LANGUAGE Locomotive Basic
    KEYBOARD QWERTY mechanical keyboard
    Numeric keypad and edit block with arrow keys
    CPU Zilog Z80
    SPEED 4 MHz
    RAM 64 kb (42kb left for user)
    VRAM 16 kb
    ROM 32 kb
    TEXT MODES 20 x 25 with 16 colors
    40 x 25 with 4 colors
    80 x 25 with 2 colors
    GRAPHIC MODES 160 x 200 with 16 colors
    320 x 200 with 4 colors
    640 x 200 with 2 colors
    COLORS 27
    SOUND 3 channels, 8 octaves
    +1 noise channel
    I/O PORTS Printer port
    Bus port
    1 Joystick plug (Atari standard)
    Floppy Disc Port
    DIN plug for Amstrad monitor
    Headphone / Sound stereo jack output
    BUILT IN MEDIA Tape Recorder (1000 or 2000 bauds)
    OS AMSDOS or CP/M
    POWER SUPPLY 5v DC (powered by an Amstrad monitor)
    PRICE Monochrome - 455 (December 84)
    Monochrome -410 (March 86)
    Color - 684 (Dec. 84)
    Color - 608 (March 86)
     
  14. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    My first machine, the mighty Colossus! :)

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  15. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    he's on the right of that pic ;)
     
  16. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    LMAO - are you sure that's not HenyGirl's grandmother?
     
  17. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    Yes I am the oldest (as far as I know) on this thread - Kirrie2001 is the only one I know of that is older than I am on the forum! But you have to remember that Apple was my first experience and I was proabably older (37 ish) than most of you are now!:D

    Here is a pic of what the AppleIIe looked like - no way am I going into my one of my daughters closet there is no telling what is in there - plus she lives on the side of town!
     
  18. roban

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    Everything had to be programmed each time you did it. It had a tape thermal printer and used my B&W TV as a monitor.
     
  19. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    my first pc was the one where you had to get another person to run in a wheel and produce the electricity to turn it on.
     
  20. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

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    Howzabout using Fortran on an IBM 360 back in 1971? That was my first computer. I've been on everything from the Timex around 1980 or so, Commodore, Apple, and probably some you never heard of. I even got to use CPM once on an old "desktop" that heated up my whole house. Ah, memories.