What was the config of your first computer?

Ravi Ojha on June 07, 2019

Mine was a Compaq PC with Celeron D processor, 256 MB Ram, 80 GB HDD accompanied with a Floppy and CD drive. And the only programming activity I did on that machine was writing C code to print one of them * patterns.

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It was a Compaq Portable! Yes, this beast from the 80s. No, my family wasn't rich, I got it second hand some time in the 90s.

I didn't really learn to program on it however, just use DOS and write notes. Still, it helped get me interested in computers, and it was cool! Wish I had held on to it.

 

Seeing the specs, price and design of this PC, I am absolutely baffled once again about how much and how fast technology has grown since your first PC was available in the market.

 

AST Advantage 6075P, 75ish MHz, 4mb ram, 40mb hdd. I have no idea how I remember that, but damn you just brought back memories.

The year I found QBasic.

That poor RadioShack guy. I musta called him a million times.

Twist: The first time I royally messed it up was when I realized I needed HD space. This mysterious "Windows" folder was taking up most of my precious mbs. But I couldn't delete it while in Windows (go figure).

So I figured out how to get to the DOS prompt, and that let me ....

OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND.

 

I had an x286 with an extra coprocessor and an hard drive of 20mb. I think it was an "Hitachi" computer.

I was able to install Monkey Island on it but somehow even by tweaking the boot, I always had to wait a bit for the computer to warm up in order to be able to start the game. So every time I went back from home, I rushed to start the computer, waited like 20min, and then finally I was able to play my favorite game πŸ˜‚

 

Oh Monkey Island, Maniac mansion and the day of the tentacle, the best graphic adventures of my childhood!

 

The first one I used was an old HP desktop PC running on Windows 98, but I used it only to draw stuff on MS Paint.

The actual first one that I really used completely and that got me into computers was a HP Compaq with an Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.93 GHz with a whopping 2GB DDR2 RAM.

It handled Counter Strike: Source like a champ.

 

The first computer in my house was a ZX81 (followed by a Timex Sinclair 1000).

The first computer that was truly mine; however, was a generic PC clone: 486SX-33, 4 Meg RAM, 120 Meg HD, 14.4 kbps modem, 14" CRT, and a Panasonic dot matrix printer. It ran MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1.

 

I built my first computer from some spare parts my dad had. It was a 486dx2/50 with maybe a 20MB hard drive, 4MB of memory (I think, might have been 1MB), 3.5" floppy drive, and a monochrome monitor. Ran 4DOS but I did install Slackware Linux on it from like 27 floppies. I mostly wrote papers for school on it and played with C a bit.

We had other computers (C128, 286, 386) before but that was the first one that was my own.

 

Amstrad 16MHz PC, 2 5.25" floppy drives, no hard drive (they were prohibitively expensive at the time). I still remember when we finally got to go to the local computer store and buy a 100MB hard drive! It was so big!

 

Spectrum ZX+!

...but my first real PC was one that have 8mb of RAM. It's the only thing I remember about it because I had be pestering my parents for months to get me this game I had been playing a demo of (back when we'd get demos on CD's from magazines), and when I finally got the complete game for my birthday, it failed to run because it needed 16mb of RAM! 😒 ... took me a few months to save up to get that 8mb of RAM.

 
 

Its keyboard was and is still probably more effective than the last MacBook Pro keyboard πŸ˜‰

 

It works perfectly, no ghost keys or any signal of use wearing.

When I have my cousins at home (or friends kids) I take it out instead of the PS4 for a retro gaming session.

 

Mine was an 8MHz Intel 8088, 768KB RAM, 10MB HDD, 360KB floppy drive.

Yes, you read it right. 10 megabytes HDD. And it was a loooot of space. And money. I spent 2k dollars on this computer!

 

zx81 1K RAM no HDD, storage was external (audio tape). Could barely do anything useful besides learn BASIC with it.

 

It was a 286 with a monochromatic monitor and no mouse, and honestly don't remember the specs πŸ˜‚

 

Mine was a prebuilt Celeron 400 MHz in a Socket 1 on a Transcend MoBo (yes, Transcend made MoBos), with 256 MB of SDRAM, Creative-branded Riva TNT2 with AGP, MediaForce's clone of SoundBlaster 16, and an 80 GB-ish Fujitsu (?) HDD. Which BTW ran Windows XP and had a Samtron CRT VGA monitor (which turned green and probably died, like the rest of the PC :(). Because it were the 2010s and I was living in a village without Internet. And now there's Core i5 and fiber optic here.

 
 

I’m pretty sure it booted dos from a floppy disk and had a black and white monitor. I could play Prince of Persia and some random golf game. I think it was an Olivetti but can be sure.

 

Commodore64. I banged out so much Basic that when I woke up from hibernation 30 years later, I was disappointed to discover Basic is no longer used.

 
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