what was your first computer?

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  1. contactme_11

    contactme_11 Senior member

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    Anyone know if stuff from the late 70s and early 80s like Commodores, TRS 80s and such have value as collectibles or are they scrap heap material?

    I was told they are basicly worthless.
     


  2. Matt

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    Lets see, I was raised on a Atari 800 for our serious computer. Later we got a Commodore 128 and 64. My dad built a kickin 486 66MHZ with 16mb of ram (SIMMS 60pin IIRC) 3gbh hdd. Shortly after that I built my own machine (in the 3rd grade) 386 DX 33mhz with math co-processor, 80mb hdd 4mb of ram, 2x cd-rom, and eventually a 100mb parallel zip disk drive w/ 2gb of disks.

    First laptop was some brand I cant remember 8086 8mhz 640k of ram and a tiny screen. It was ripped off when my house was burgled

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    a 386
     


  5. Huntsman

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    TRS-80 my parents bought me because they thought computers were going to be the thing of the future and they wanted me onboard. Cassete drive and floppy drive. Mainly I played games on it, but I did write some code when I was, I don't know < 10. That was pretty awesome of them as we weren't rolling in it.

    My first 'real' computer was my 486 DX 33 Mhz -- the DX was a special option as I needed the math coprocessor. 8MB RAM, 220MB HDD. Three grand. One day I upgraded it to a 1 GB HDD and was all that. It served me well for probably seven years, then I got my still-favorite, a PIII 733 Mhz Coppermine machine, with 128MB RDRAM, dual 30 gig drives, Matrox dual-head graphics card, TV tuner card, and my Altec ADA880 speakers which just died and I'm sad about. Awesome system, still on my network running XPpro beautifully.

    ~ Huntsman
     


  6. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    [​IMG] and then upgraded to an Apple II le: [​IMG]
     


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    Anyone know if stuff from the late 70s and early 80s like Commodores, TRS 80s and such have value as collectibles or are they scrap heap material?

    PETs, etc., in good working condition were selling for a few hundred dollars on Ebay when I last checked. More common systems like the C64 and C128 fill the shelves at Goodwill.
     


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    Man you guys are old school.

    My first was a Gateway 2000 Pentium-166. My next door neighbor was the first I knew with a PC, had one of those old Tandys from Radio Shack in the early 90s. I bugged my mom until she got ours in 1996.
     


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    ST Advantage 486 from Costco.
     


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    I had a 8086 that had an attached monitor that was CGA compatible. 512k total memory with two 3.5 inch drives.
     


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    LabelKing Senior member

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    I think I had an MS-DOS.
     


  12. dsholmes1

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    packard bell. Don't remember the exact model though.
     


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    I can't remember what brand it was, but I do remember having to learn MS-DOS, Lotus, Harvard Graphics and Wordstar. When Win 3.1 came about, I used up all my savings then to buy a 386dx, with a whopping 512kb hard drive, 14" crt monitor, a 12x cd-rom drive, and a telephone modem. I was teh pc king in our 'hood, yo! But if you expand the definition of "computer" this is my first... [​IMG]
     


  14. Brian278

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    The earliest one I can remember, though I'm sure my family had older ones, is an IBM 286. I would play King's Quest V, Wolfenstein 3D, and MS Flight Simulator on it. Which were at least as much fun when I was 7 as anything out these days.
     


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    Dell XPS Intel Pentium 200 mhz MMX
     


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