View Full Version : My First Computer

23rd November 2000, 00:29
Sorry for starting yet another thread, but I couldn't find one in these past 5 days that had a similar subject.

Go here (http://www.kicken.com/funnyfiles/Patrick_Kicken_Radio3FM-myfirstcomputer.mpg) for a big MPG download of someone building his first computer. Just look at the videocard http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

If you don't have a fast connection, don't download the file!! I wouldn't do this from home, with my V90 modem. But I've tried it from work, and it was a cool thing http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Good music as well.


23rd November 2000, 01:08
what a dilemma with my V90 modem : to click or not to click!

23rd November 2000, 01:28
Oh sod it


I do have unmetered access for Ģ0 a month http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

23rd November 2000, 01:30

It better be worth the 2hr d/l!

23rd November 2000, 01:57
Another "Bill Gates sucks! Bend over for Linux!" movie... sure not worth it for the V90's out there.

23rd November 2000, 02:54
If that's all it is I wont bother.
Those kind of things become so tiresome - almost smiled the first time I saw one.
You know, what does it say about a product, if that products supporters spend all their time attacking the competition, rather than telling us how good their own product is?

23rd November 2000, 03:21
Can't say I've ever downloaded an MPEG that large without any girls in it.


23rd November 2000, 03:35
wow.. that was one of my fastest downloads ever.... 1500 KBps = 12.000 Kbps... That mpeg sure is on a nice and fast server! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Well... quite boring movie otherwise.. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

23rd November 2000, 08:24
Next time, Jorden, we'd like something with girls in it. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


23rd November 2000, 10:30
BTW, hereīs my first (not counting the ZX Spectrum) computerīs specs:

Oktek Rhino 8VX motherboard (yuk!)
Pentium 150Mhz
2Mb Cirrus Logic PCI video card
16Mb EDO RAM (later upgraded to 32Mb)
1.2 Gb Quantum Bigfoot
12x Generic CD-ROM
Philips 14" monitor

Come on, donīt be shy... post your first ever PCīs specs for a laugh...

(Sorry to change your subject, Jorden)

23rd November 2000, 10:32
I must say, it wasn't worth it......

If i remember correctly, Dimitri is the bloke to speak to regarding movies with girls in them...

Although i cant find the link through the search page...

23rd November 2000, 10:35
LOL Paul! Found it! (http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000456.html)

Where is "Copyright Infringing Porn Boy" anyway?


[This message has been edited by Paddy [MU] (edited 23 November 2000).]

23rd November 2000, 10:38
er... no offense...

23rd November 2000, 11:26
Oi! Shut up, Alec! Octek Rhino (albeit much newer version) is what I am running now.

23rd November 2000, 11:31
47kb/sex, um sec (god damn you guys! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif ) Pretty much maxing out my Teleworst's YouBlunder cable modem! I loikes fast servers!

Anyhoo - my first 'proper' PC (ignoring the 386's and 486's which didn't have a CD drive, sound card or over 100mb disk space):

Cyrix 150+ (THE Fastest chip easily available at the time! YUK!!)
Some odd mainboard (PCChips or Pine, probably)
2x32Mb RAM (I ordered 2x16 at the time!!!)
Fujitsu 540Mb + Quantum crap thing (~300mb)
Pine/Opti (ACK!) sound card
4X (later replaced by a 6X) Creative CD-ROM
1Mb Trident PCI 9440 gfx (classy card at the time!)
Some 14" screen I got from my school...


"Life is what we make of it, yet most of us just fake"

23rd November 2000, 11:42
I had a 'small' Compaq laptop.

386 SX 25Mhz
It had 4Mb of RAM upgraded from 2Mb
~60Mb (doublespaced) of HD space
on board graphics card

and a custom fitted car speaker!

PC speakers rule!

23rd November 2000, 11:48
Oh, I forgot, and I had a OPTI 931 (Soundblaster PRO emulation) sound card...

Sorry, impact, maybe that brand is good, but looking back, it doesnīt seem very classy, you know http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif.

23rd November 2000, 12:18
Not that it matters that much at this time, but the guy building his PC in that 44Mb video wasn't me, or else Paulcs would've seen Holly walking through the screen every frame, I guess http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

My first PC (after my trusty old C64) was a:
Asus (something) mobo
32Mb RAM
810Mb drive
8 speed CD-ROM
Creatives SB32 PnP (the only thing original still in my PC http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif)
S3-765 (Trio 64V+ compatible) with 2Mb
14" Hightech monitor
floppy drive

I soon afterwards bought an LS-120 (one of the 3 I have had since) and a Matrox M3D.
Lacking good drivers I looked around and found myself stranded on these fori http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


[This message has been edited by Jorden (edited 23 November 2000).]

23rd November 2000, 12:37
Hey! That video's sound track!! I recognise it......hmmm...uymmm... ermmm... it's coming to me... yes! It's one of the sample tracks from dance ejay! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


"Life is what we make of it, yet most of us just fake"

23rd November 2000, 21:33
The first computer that I actually bought myself was a P-100 with a 1MB trident pci video card. It was pretty kickin' at the time. I had a couple c-64s, an amiga 500, and a 286, 386, and 486, all shared with my brother also.

Carpe Cerevisi

23rd November 2000, 22:22
It took me 4 min 30 sec to download. 3 min to watch. Someone out there owes me 7 min 30 sec!

23rd November 2000, 23:24
My first pc (well, my parents bought it, but let's not get technical now... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif ) was an old (well, it was brand new at the time) 286. I think it was around 12 or 16Mhz (phwoar!) and had 1Mb RAM!! (double phwoar!!)

It had a 40Mb HDD, and 3.5" and 5.25" high-density drives.

The first serious one (read "multimedia") was a 486 sx25 with 4Mb RAM, 13Mb HDD, again 3.5" and 5.25" high-density floppies, Sound Blaster Pro, and double speed CD-ROM Best of all, it had a VESA local bus video card - 512k Trident TVGA http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif (again, phwoar! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif)

I still have the SBPro and CD-Rom (highest bids, people! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif ) and HDD. Actually, if I look around hard enough, I've probably still got the 4Mb of 30-pin ram. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Ahh... the memories. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


Liquid Snake
24th November 2000, 10:05
My first PC happened to be a 286 as well.

286 at 8MHz (not sure of exact speed)
512k video card
40MB Western Digital HD
No Soundcard
5.25" floppy and 3.5" floppy
14" Panasonic monitor

That's about all I remember.

24th November 2000, 10:12
My first computer was a Trash 80 http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Anyone remember these things? They were great, assembly required! I upgraded it with a floppy, and that's it. I programmed in BASIC on it, and it helped enormously for me to learn programming http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

ahhhh...memories http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

My first PC was again a home built baby, it was a 386, and had many transformations...even to a K6-233 in it's final form. It didn't have windows on it until about 6 months after windows95 was released.


[This message has been edited by Rags (edited 24 November 2000).]

24th November 2000, 11:36
My first work PC was a PC! Single floppy drive. Monochrome monitor with green text. I'd wind it up, first thing in the morning, and it was off to Lotus 1-2-3 heaven.

My second computer was an XT or AT, I can't remember which. It had *two* 5-1/2 floppy drives and an "enhanced" (amber rather green text) monitor. I believe it was powered by a squirrel on a threadmill.

My third computer was a state of the art Dell 286. It had a hard drive! It also had both 3-1/2" and 5-1/2" floppy drives. I found it curious that 3-1/2" floppy disks weren't "floppy" in the least.


24th November 2000, 15:11
Oh, yeah, that's right - our 286 was a Total Peripherals machine... wonder where they are now... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


24th November 2000, 15:22
My first computer was an IBM 286 laptop. I remember playing some game called Abrahms or something, some kind of tank simulator, was about 9 or 10 years old.

[This message has been edited by Admiral (edited 24 November 2000).]

24th November 2000, 19:39
You guys make me laugh!

Rags is the only one that comes close...the embarrasing thing is how little I've had to learn about what goes on under the hood in the meantime.

I was working at a radio station in between Audio shop jobs and they bought a double floppy trs80 to "program" the spot log for the dj's.

We "the advert. reps" had to actually do the programming by filling out these insanely cryptic log sheets filled with x's and o's and boxes that you checked off and 8 column arrays of diagrams that you drew pencil lines through. All so that the mighty comupter could print out a log that a secretary used to fill out by hand.

I quit 2 months later.

only to buy my first home machine some months later, a 286 (cutting edge at the time) with a 40 meg hdd and a full 1mb of ram!! Ran WP5.1 like a champ, and I churned out more sales flyers and correspondence than I ever have since. (does anyone remember the old WP 5.1 graphical view function key??) I wore that dude out!!

24th November 2000, 21:28
I'll start with what you might call my first computer, though I'm not really going to count it. I bought my cousin's Atari 400 off him for probably $20 or something (if I recall, it sold new for $400). Had a whopping 16k or 64k of RAM! Floppy drive was optional, as was a tape drive, no hard drive. Ran everything off the ROM or cartridge. Gotta love the membrane keyboard! On the plus side, it was all one box so no cables to connect, and no fan so it was dead silent. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif Also came with composite audio and video out, but what do you expect from a video game company? (pretty much all Atari's followed in this tradition) But I'm rambling.. My first REAL PC was:

some generic motherboard
came with 4MB RAM, which I upgraded to 8M at a cost of $135 (using all EIGHT slots)
had a generic isa video card, which I upgraded to a Trident 1M VLB card
No sound card, soon added a Gravis Ultrasound MAX - still think this was the best sound card, would still be using it today if it was supported in Win95/98 and Gravis was still making sound cards..
Didn't get a CD drive until two or three years after buying it, then my dad gave me an 8X Goldstar
Oh and it had a 210MB Connor hard drive

The only thing left from that system, is my Daewoo 15" CMC-1501BA1. I paid $380 for the thing back in '94, and it's still running like a champ and looking good on the 2nd head! How many 15" do you know that will do 1280 x 1024?? (albeit at only 60 Hz) Of course that makes text microscopic, as I run this setting on my 19" Samsung also.. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif



24th November 2000, 21:55
You guys are WIMPS!!!

NO ONE has a story about the old 8088 with the combination numeric/function keys that were offered to me when I bought my 286 with the separate function keys on the keyboard????

25th November 2000, 00:36
Does anyone remember "the Wang?" I did all my word processing on that, because learning Wordstar looked far too boring. Multimate came about, and it look like crap as well.

The Wang was one of the great disasters in computing history. Half the publishing houses in New York, a lot of the Fortune 500, and the federal government invested in Wang systems. What a disaster. I think Wang single-handedly invented the systems admistrator position.


25th November 2000, 10:41
More linky links...

Quake 2 (http://www.geocities.com/icq121189jtf/g85.html)


25th November 2000, 16:41
Here it is in all it's glory!

25th November 2000, 16:47
Who remembers the TI99/4A? All of 16k of RAM! I remember writing fun little proggies on that thing to display on a 13" color TV. OOOOHHHH..AAAHHHH! COLOR!! I also played with a little computer my father had.. one of those little Epson PX8 portable machines which he has used religiously for years. He even had the little laptop-battery size-and-weight RAM pack which took it up to 128k from 64k! Wow! It's still working and he still uses the thing.

Messed with various 8088, 80286, and 80386 machines in college.. After that it was awhile before I got a Mac SE/30 and upgraded the hell out of it (from 16MHz 68030 to 50MHz 68030 with built in cache and seperate FPU, got up to 20 MB of RAM and a 525MB Hard drive on it.. still a nice little machine). I finally built my own wintel home PC in 1997. A Pentium Pro 150 overclocked to 166, with a Matrox Millenium I 4MB video card and 64MB of RAM. Upgraded the hell out of that one too (now has a PPro200/1MB running at 233, a Millennium II with 8MB and 96MB RAM), and I'm still using it.

Kind Regards,


[This message has been edited by KvHagedorn (edited 26 November 2000).]

25th November 2000, 17:21
Here's a neat little link to help you all stroll down memory lane..

Kind Regards,


25th November 2000, 17:55
I'd been using XTs ATs 286s 386s and occasional 486s at work in 1991-92. In 1995 my little brother bought a 486 DX/2 66 with 8 MB RAM (4x2MB 30 pin SIMM), no CD-ROM or Sound Card, Cirrus Logic 2MB VLB videocard, 500 MB HD LOL, win3.1-->win95.
First computer I built for home was 233 MHz Pentium MMX, 128 MB RAM (4x72 pin 32 MB RAM) 3.2 GB WD, M571 PCCHIPS mobo, win95. Still running today, see sig.

1° System
Inwin Q500 Case
Abit KT7 Motherboard
AMD Duron 700@850 MHz.
384MB PC100 Cas 2 PC100 SDRAM.
Maxtor 20 GB 5400 RPM UATA 66 HD
Quantum Fireball 4.3 GB UATA 33 HD
Plextor PX-W8432 burner
Toshiba SD-M1402 DVD ROM drive
Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! X-Gamer 5.1
Matrox G400 DH 32MB
Mag Innovision DX17T
Klipsch ProMedia v2.400 Speakers
ATI TV Wonder*sigh*
Realtek 8039AS based 10Mbps NIC
Running WinME, Win2K SP1, BeOS 5.03

2° System
Generic Finger Slicer AT Case
FIC VA503+
IBM Cyrix PR 266 *brrr* (long story)
128 MB Generic PC100 SDRAM
Maxtor 10 GB 7200 PRM UDMA33 HD
Creative Labs Ensonic AudioPCI64 (es1371)
Matrox Millennium G200 AGP
Realtek 8019 ISA NIC
Win98 2222A
Win2k Pro SP1

3° System

PCChips M571
Intel Pentium MMX 233
Diamond Stealth S3 trio 64
Realtek 8019 ISA NIC

25th November 2000, 20:17
Thx for the linkage Chuck! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Here's mine from '79

26th November 2000, 11:03
I bought my first computer in 1986 an Amstrad 1512 color:


YEAR 1986
COUNTRY Great Britain
CPU Intel 8086
RAM 512 KB (up to 640 KB)
TEXT Modes 40 x 25 / 80 x 25
GRAPHIC Modes CGA graphic modes : 320 x 200 / 640 x 200 + Amstrad specific mode : 640 x 200 / 16 colors
COLORS 4 (CGA colors) / 16 (Amstrad Mode)
SOUND bipper
I/O Ports Centronics, RGB, RS232, Mouse, Joystick, 8 bit ISA slots (3)
Media one or two 5.25" floppy disk unit (360 KB) and/or Hard disk
Operating System MS DOS - DR DOS

My second was a Amiga 500Plus in 1990:


Country: US
Year: 1989
Comment: very much the same as the Amiga 500 but it has 1MB of Chip RAM and AmigaOS 2.04
CPU: Motorola MC 68000
RAM / ROM: 1024 kB / 256 kB
Colors: up to 4096

My third one was 3 years later a Amiga 4000/040:


YEAR 1993
CPU Motorola MC68030 or MC68040
SPEED 25 mHz
COPROCESSORS 3 : Daphne (video); Agnus (Memory Manager, Blitter & Copper), Paula (Sound, I/O)
ROM 512 KB
RAM 6 MB (up to 16 MB, and theorically to 4 GB)
TEXT Modes 60 x 32 / 80 x 32
GRAPHIC Modes from 320 x 240 to 1280 x 512 / 640 x 1024
COLORS 262.144 from a 24 bit palette
SOUND Four 8 bits PCM voices
I/O Ports VGA, Centronics, RS232 C, Disk Unit, IDE, stereo sound, Joystick (2), RGB
Media one 3.5" Floppy Drive (1.92 Mo) and one IDE hard disk (120 MB)
Operating System AMIGA WorKBench 3.x

In between 1986~1995 i also bought some consoles... a Sega Master System , a Amiga CD32 and a PSX.

In 1998 i bought my fourth PC :

Pentium II 450,Asus P2B,Matrox G200..etc

4 weeks ago i bought my 5th computer ..the one in my signature http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Athlon Thunderbird 1.1Ghz@1.2~1.3+GHz Socket A 256Kb,Asus A7V dipswitches,GlobalWin FOP32-1 heatsink,GlobalWin 802 Advance ATX Case, 17" Sony Multiscan 200PST,128MB PC100 ram,Matrox Millenium G400 MAX 32MB 5ns SGRAM,IBM Deskstar 75GXP 15Gb UltraATA/100, Quantum Firebal EL 10.2Gb,Epson Stylus Color 740,Sound blaster Live!,Cambridge Soundworks 5.1,Creative PC-DVD 5X,CDR-RW Ricoh MP7040S@MP7060S(Tweaked from 4x--->6x with no problem),Adaptec SCSI 2920C,Diamond SupraExpress 56e PRO,Iomega Zip Drive.

[This message has been edited by alessandro (edited 26 November 2000).]

[This message has been edited by alessandro (edited 26 November 2000).]

26th November 2000, 13:33
Well here's my rundown, I joined the race a little later than you guys though!

My sisters had an early Sinclair 16/48k possibly, the one with squishy keys anyway. Then came the 128k, before I finally got my own machines...
Amiga A500 (later upgraded to 1Mb)
Amiga A1200 (added a 1.2Gb hard drive - worst waste of money!)
P120, FX, 16Mb, 1Gb (yes, smaller than my Amiga at the time!), Trio64, blah...I added a 4.3Gb Quantum to this, and a Monster Voodoo 4Mb as well - ah the sheer joy of showing off that to the new PS owners - Q2 railgun? mmmm!
Current system is a P2-350, though major changes under progress! I'm completely fed up of building PCs for other people which are faster http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif


27th November 2000, 17:52
aaroncgi: My 15" LG Studioworks 56i did 1280x1024 at 60Hz. Too small, though. 1024x768 was fine back in those days. I passed it on to my parents when I got my CTX VL950T, otherwise it'd be good as a second head.

paulcs: What's that about your Wang? (hehe... Penny Arcade rocks! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif )


29th November 2000, 04:18
My first computer of my very own (paid out of my allowance and some birthdaymoney) was a MSX-2.
My first full-blown PC was a second-hand 486 Compaq Deskpro.
Loved the MSX, but boy, did that Compaq suck! I've had a hell of a time getting a non-compaq modem to work...

29th November 2000, 12:26
I have a few grips about that video:

1) Whoever made this was a poor, poor example of how to build a computer in a low ESD environment. I'm suprised that thing worked. Building it on his lap, on carpet, wearing socks. Gee, that won't generate any charge in his body. Poor example of how to do it.

2) This guy obviously doesn't know how to build a gamer machine. How depressing.

3) The whole fasination with Bill Gates needs to be cut. After the screen morphed to Billy and back it should have ended there.


30th November 2000, 16:29
Every damn computer case we recive (new)at work.
Has to be grounded before we touch them or otherwise the unlucky person who do it recievs a jolt strong enough to awaken frankenstein.

Johnny Ray
30th November 2000, 23:36
The first PC I purchased with my own money was a compaq portable (8088 processor, no harddrive, etc) in 1984. The reason I went with the Compaq was because it had 256K memory, instead of the 64K offered by the IBM portable. I used this thing for 6 years without a single problem. Upgraded to 640K, added a 20 MB harddrive, etc.

Next picked up a 33 MHz IBM (no VESA bus for me!) with OS/2 pre-installed. Hah! Hey, but as I type this, I'm using the IBM buckling spring keyboard that came with that system. Talk about bullet-proof. This baby's survived a home-fire, projectile vomit onto it by my cat (I took it and washed it off in the kitchen sink), and prevents my desk from floating away.

Paulcs...I remember the Wang word-processor well. The secretary (engineer?) that used that thing was VERY unpleasant, but now in hindsight I know why. It certainly didn't have anything to do with the fact that after she left for the day we'd spend hours trying to figure out how to use it, and no doubt continually dorked it up http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif.