How old was your first PC?

My first Processor - This was the first processor I used. It's a 75 mhz Intel Pentium I.
@cristi12 (378)
Romania
March 3, 2007 5:18pm CST
I know many of you had a PC much more earlier than me, but I'm curious about what it was, and what did you do with it.:) My first computer was bought at SH in 1997, it was a Intel Pentium I at 75 mhz, 32 MB RAM, and a hdd of about 400 MB. It had a ESS AudioDrive soundcard, and a floppy drive. I used to have a Compaq 1024, which still works to this day, without any repairs! I had Windows 95 installed. I remember I tried out 98 when it came out... it ran like a slug.:)) I learned the basics on this one, so it's kind of a landmark for me. I switched through quite a few PC's and components since then, but I think this wone I'll remember well a long time from now on...:)
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
4 Mar 07
My first PC was a Radio Shack product called a "TRS-80," fondly referred to by its users as a "Trash-80," which I had around 1982. Before that, I had only worked on mainframes-- and I can REALLY "date myself" by confessing that I used to program using IBM punched cards. The basic TRS-80 did not HAVE a hard drive, only a floppy drive. It had 128K RAM. Yes, I said KB, not MB. I was a very "fancy" user, because I also had an external floppy drive, AND a modem. The modem was a sort of "cradle" you laid the handset from an old-fashioned phone into, and it sent and received "beeps and whistles" through your actual telephone.
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
I've seen that somehwere, I think in a movie about Kevin Mitnick. He used a public phone to connect to the net. When I saw that I was amazed. Still can't understand how that can work...How those sounds get turned into 0's and 1's. :)
• India
4 Mar 07
My first pc was faster than the pc im having now. First i had a configuration of 2.4ghz with 256mb ram but now due to short circuits my system configuration got down to 2ghz and 128mb ram
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
That's unfortunate... I never had problems with short circuiting and stuff like that. Although there was this one time, when I got a PC from somebody to take a look at it, it wasn't running...I plugged it in and smoke started comming out of the power source. :))
@Tanika (632)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
Heya, My dad is a computer programmer so we have had computers as long as I can remember. I have memories of him on a Commodore 64 doing very boring things when I was three and I remember asking him when I was going to be able to play games on it :) But the first computer I owned was a 386 and I cannot remember the other specifications on it. It had Windows 3.11 but I mostly just used DOS because I found it easier. A few years later my mother (my father was not in the scene anymore) bought a new computer and I think it cost about $2000 - It was a 486 with a 1Gb HDD, We also had an ESS Sound card and 16MB RAM, It had a CD Drive also. It was pretty flash for the time. It had windows 95 on it. A mouse (a fluffy one) got into this computer and urinated on the I/O Card and my mother bought a new IO card but didn't have enough to pay the tech support people to put it in so she told me to do it, this was my first introduction into computer hardware and I have been building computers since :) I could keep listing hardware here that I have owned since but that wasn't your question, only the first one owned and I have already given more than that. Tanika.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Wow that was a large sum of money to pay for a computer! :O Still, it does seem to have been quite a good one for that time. I remember mine didn't have a cd drive when I first bought it. I got one a little later from my cousin, and used it for about 5 years! time in which I went through 3 other PC's. I kept the old CD-ROM beacuse I felt it was worth having a part of the old computer.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
4 Mar 07
funny you posted this subject now cause 3 dayts ago i had to let go from my intel pentium 2 that was with me for the last 10 years, yes it seems a little bit not normal to have a computer that long..dosn't it?:) but he lasted and once in a while i changed things in him..even called him a name..can you imagine..my friends said i am crazy but a few days later they refered to my computer by his name..so who's crazy?:) so i put him at the trash can 3 days ago..i was thinking about donating him but no one wanted him and i had only 3 days to move to another appartment in a far away place..so he ended up in a trash can now i bougt an intel 4..very good computer..just have to hook him up..(using a friends computer now) wish me luck:)
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
:)) The joke's on your friends then, if they thought you were crazy from naming your PC. Of course, after that much time, there is a bond formed between you and the object. It's not different from when people name their cars, or planes, etc. Good luck with your new one! :)
@oresal (1351)
• El Salvador
4 Mar 07
my god. the first pc i had was yeeears ago, it had an mmx pentium, 133 mhz. 16 ram. and 2.99 gb i think. it was the black acer aspire, the one with the telephone. i had windows 95 but then upgraded to 98 and 48 ram i think. and 5 gb i dont remember. still have it, i learend with it and if it wasnt for the trojans and other viruses that pc has it would still work, (cause i learned with that coumputer) i would download anything and would not check the antivirus, i just ignored it.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Telephone on a computer? Haven't seen anything like that... must have been cool! :D You could clean out the malware and try to restore it, at least for old times sake. :) And yes, you shouldn't just ignore the anti-virus, one time I didn't have one installed, and after half a day of internet surfing my PC was useless.
4 Mar 07
i dont remember the make or anything about my first pc it was over 10 years ago it was just powefull enoth to play that game lemmings and crash every hour:) but i was the only 1 on my street with one and i bought it myself so it was the best to me..lol my first internet ready pc is the 1 i have now pentium 3 450 mhz 1gb memory 80gig hd its about 7 year since i bought it (used) but its never let me down had 4 brand new ones since that had to be taken back to the stores because they were useless and broke
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
I know what you mean, some things aren't made the way they used to be made. When I bought my current PC, I didn't buy a allready-built one, instead I went out and got everything I liked and assembled it from scratch. People should try to avoid purchasing computers from supermarkets and stuff. Where I'm from, there are these special offers, where you go to a supermarket and see a PC next to the vedgetables stand. :)) The idea is, only buy computers from specialised IT shops. :)
@nicu1985 (587)
• Romania
3 Mar 07
My first computer was bought I guess in 1997. It was a Pentium I 233 Mhz, 64MB Ram, Video 2 MB, HDD 3.2 GB and Yamaha sound card. I used it to improve my computer skills and for entertainment like watching a movie,listening to music or playing games.
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
3 Mar 07
Wow, nice setup, for those times! It must have been new. :) Watching movies was still a little out of my possibilities with my first PC. :) I remember the first movie I actually managed to play on it: it was the dancing baby clip. :))
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I don't remember what year I bought it, but my first computer was an Apple IIe. The color was poor on it, but I dearly loved it. After that, I was committed to Apple products for a long time and had an Apple GS, a 1400 Macintosh notebook, an Apple SE, two Mac desktops, etc. I loved Apple, but my friends all had PC's and I had trouble opening some files they sent, and they had trouble opening mine. Also, programs for Apple products were much more expensive, so, finally, I switched to a Dell Dimension 8100. It was good for a couple of years but not very speedy. I now use a Dell E-510 with a large, flat screen monitor, and it is pretty nice. I also have a Toshiba wireless laptop that is nicer than Dell. My first Dell had a Milleneum 2000 program and the one I have now has a Microsoft Windows XP Professional program. (Not that much different from the Home edition that I can see, but not a bad program.) I have given away most of my computers when I get a new one, but some I have taken to a computer recycling center located in our town. They dismantle them and sell the usuable parts to other computer users.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
3 Mar 07
I never used an Apple computer, but I know that platform differences are very annoying when it comes to sharing information between people. Nice of you to give away your old PC's, this way people with reduced financial possibilities can benefit from it as learning material. I gave mine to my best friend when I bought a new one, when he bought another computer he passed it on.
@cerium (691)
3 Mar 07
My first PC was back in 1993. It's processor was 80386 (way before the first Pentium), it's memmory (RAM) was only 4MB, and it's HD was about 200 MB (it was huge by that time). It had no sound card, but it had the built in PC speaker (usually producing beeps). It also had 2 floppy disk drives; a 5.25 Inch, and a 3.5 Inch. Of course, there was no modems, and no internet connection. But it had a mouse though ;) OH..I also remember a handy (manual) scanner (B/W). I used to have Windows 3.11 on it. Most of the time, I was playing Microsoft Entertainement Packs (games), Prince of Persia, CD Man (like Pacman), and later the greatest game ever "Civilization". I was about 9 years old in 1993. It helped me a lot to be introduced to computer at this early age (thanks to my dad). I miss these days :)
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
3 Mar 07
Nice setup! :D 200MB sounded like a lot for me even then, I didn't have with what to fill 400. :) A manual scanner? That sounds... interesting :)) And yes, it's very good when your'e exposed to techology at a young age. I think information technology classes that are tought in schools should be given a greater importance.
• Italy
4 Mar 07
My first pc had a processor 386... i buy it 14 years ago :-) Actually should be stay in a museum. LOL
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Well there actually are museums with old PC's and stuff like that. :) I searched some time ago on the net and found a lot of web-pages dedicated to the history of computers. So I'm guessing that there are some avid collectors out there. :D
• Italy
4 Mar 07
I have a commodore 16 too... this is real informatic archeology ... ehehehehehh LOL
• Sri Lanka
4 Mar 07
In 1985 I started my own accounting firm. I first bought a ZX spectrum 16K to learn BASIC programming on my own. But the real desktop was purchased in 1988. Its features are as follows and you can have a good laugh. Memory = .5M Hard Disk = No hard disk Floppy Drive = 2 Nos. 3.5" drives (low density 720K floppies) Monitor = 12" Monochrome I started to conduct classes using this and taught Lotus, Dbase and Wordperfect.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
I won't laugh, one of my cousins used to play mario using nothing but a 286 and floppy disketes. And that was only a few years back. :)) 0.5mb seems a lot for 88'. Must have been state of the art then. Can't imagine what you paid for it. :)
• Sri Lanka
5 Mar 07
I paid $430. The same price today of a most advanced computer.
• Canada
4 Mar 07
Very first comp was a an Tandy Color Comp wiht 32 k of ram and a tape drive which we hooked to TV
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Hmm, reminds me of my old Terminator game console I had. It used cartriges and I also had to plug it into the TV. It was great, untill the neighbour above me found out that my game was giving him bad reception on the TV. :))))
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• Canada
4 Mar 07
yeah mine did the same still have the damm thing adn it works son took it to school as part of a project. Everyone was amazed at it
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
4 Mar 07
OK...here's where I show my age, as well as my ignorance in the PC tech dept. My first PC was a Commodore 64. Yep! That's 64K, with a K! And we thought that was quite a lot of K! Looking back, I can't remember much about operating it, except everything had to be done in DOS, unless you had a 'programmed cartridge' (games, etc.). For sure, it was not much of a computer, but it was one of the first 'home-use' computers on the market, and was thought to be quite special. We had fun with it because we had no idea how far computers would go, so we didn't know what we were missing (yet). So too will be future technological breakthroughs. Younger people today will look back at what we're doing right now and say: "You've gotta be kidding! THAT's how they did things then??? How primitive and clumsy!"...as they depress the "OK" nodule on their wrist device...the device that let's them make phone calls; surf the internet; watch video, movies, tv; listen to the latest Subliminal relaxation music via satellite radio....and yes, so much more. THESE will be "the good ole days" then. Happy techying!
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
5 Mar 07
Yep, Yep, Yep! Future technologies will blow some of us away! I'm talking especially about those in my age group (middle age?). I remember my Dad (born in 1910), commenting about how rapidly technology had advanced just in his 90+ year lifetime. He didn't really keep up with it; never owned a PC, but clearly understood much about the possibilities to come. As we watch new technologies emerge, my greatest hope is that it doesn't get abused. Indeed, future technology will threaten peoples' privacy in ways we don't even know about yet. Even now, peoples' privacy is significantly compromised. The digital world is all too easy to track and tap into without the user ever even knowing it's being done. Scary thought, but I guess if there's "nothing to hide" it'll be ok...just don't like the thought of it, y'know? "Big Brother" is already here...perhaps not to the degree that George Orwell's novel ("1984") depicted, but it's out there! There are video cameras everywhere! When we reach the point that "they" (whoever "they" are!) start implanting chips in people's arms or foreheads (don't worry, it's coming someday, just don't know how soon!), I think that'll be my cue to jump off the planet. I can't fathom the thought of living in such a civilization...but I don't see how it will be avoided, either. The technology is available, and too useful (for those who want to know what civilization is doing!) NOT to put into practice. Even today, many American states are considering installing informational RFID (radio frequency identification) chips on driver's licenses, to allow remote tracking. Someday, "they" will be able to track everyone, everywhere! How nice! In the meantime, "Happy Computing"!
@beaniegdi (1966)
4 Mar 07
this is my first computer and it was new 3 years ago, i love it but it was the cheapest i could find and came with speakers and printer. i love it and wish i had gotten one sooner. my son has told me just this week that next christmas he is going to buy me a new computer - when the sales are on so it maybe just after christmas, and i can choose a really good one so i can't wait.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
:) Nice of your son to buy you a new one. Holidays are definitely a good time for buying stuff, there are a lot of sales and promotions going around.
@wawaww (69)
• Indonesia
4 Mar 07
Intel Pentium I at 75 mhz, 32 MB RAM, and a hdd of about 400 MB. but I think this wone I'll remember well a long time from now on :: and me make, The Bosman 8, was made by "G.Z.E. Unimor" (Gdanskie Zaklady Elektroniczne Unimor)in Poland (Gdansk to be precise).It was released in 1987 as a system for schools and offices , but even CAD/CAM software was developed for this machine and later, as being too expensive (cost 1 300 000 zl) and extremely hard to get, Bosman 8 was used mainly as a terminal for automatized processes (designing printed boards).
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
That's the same as my first PC. :) Interesting history, I know at first computers were very expensive, way out of the reach of ordinary people.
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
i had my first computer in 1996(?) and it was a 120MHz Intel Pentium I processor, 32MB RAM, 544MB Seagate HDD, 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, Creative Soundblaster soundcard, and a CD-ROM. It's still up and running to this day (except for the monitor and soundcard)...
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Nice one. Monitors don't usually have a big lifespan. I don't know how mine made through almost 15 years of usage. :)
• India
4 Mar 07
This is my first computer. I've been having it for around 8 years now and i swear I am getting sick of it every passing day.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Of course, if it isn't living up to your standards anymore :) 8 Years does seem like a lot of time, maybe it's time for an upgrade...
• Italy
4 Mar 07
2003 i think... Now it's old, CPU AMD Athlon XP 1.5Ghz, 256Mb RAM, 80Gb Hard Disk, nVidia GeForce MX 440, 56k Modem, mouse, keyboard, monitor... XD
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Well it's too old. :) Nothing some little upgrades can't fix.
• India
4 Mar 07
this is my first computer i bought it before 2 years in the month of nov its an intel pentium iv its gud having a pc at home because u are aware with todays world as i have pc at home i can use mylot and orkut at any time
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
With the expansion of the internet and all, yeah it's like having a window with the world as your back yard. :)
@RAMONES (537)
• Belgium
4 Mar 07
My first PC was in 1993. It was a 80386SX with 2Mb RAM and a harddisk of 42 Mb Windows 3.10 was on it and it ran like a dream ... Nowadays there are files well over the capacity of my former HD-drive. Ahhhh, how I remember DOS days... I think we are spilling disk space right now, because there is too much of it. Back in the 90-ies you had to put several things on floppies to spare your hard-drive. Now my hard drive is 2 x 250 GB and I do not even know how to fill it ....
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
4 Mar 07
Actually you can fill it up very quickly.:) The better the quality of the media, the more space it will take up. You can get music encoded at 320 kb/s, that's more than double your normal 128 kb/s rate. So you get to have an album of 10 - 12 tracks which is bigger than 150 - 200 MB...