View Full Version : what was the configuration of your first pc?

04-21-2006, 08:17 AM
Here is a a good one, what config did your very first pc have?

mine was a
P-II 266 Mhz
2.1 GB HDD
4MB Onboard AGP
14" monitor
32x CD-ROM drive
1.44 MB Floppy Drive

04-21-2006, 09:10 AM

Dell 486
14" monitor

That's all I knew at the time about computers (don't know the amount of RAM etc), though it was top of the line at that time. lol.

04-21-2006, 02:24 PM
I had a Sinclair QL years ago. My family had already had it for over 10 years, though. Oh, and we had the 3xxKB memory expansion!

04-21-2006, 04:04 PM
Here is a a good one, what config did your very first pc have?

mine was a
P-II 266 Mhz
2.1 GB HDD
4MB Onboard AGP
14" monitor
32x CD-ROM drive
1.44 MB Floppy Drive
euh... Commodor 64

1 Mhz
64 K RAM
No Floppy Drive

more info: http://www.vintage-computer.com/commodore64.shtml

It waited at the same speed as my current machine, and i also think it doesn't noticably counts slower to 10 as my current machine ...

04-21-2006, 07:14 PM
Defining PC as an x86 compatible, my first PC was:

-12 MHz(regular) 25 MHz(accelerated) AMD clone of the Intel 80286.
-I think all slots were ISA.
-It had one 5.25" disk slot for 720 KiB double sided discs which could read each side of a 360 KiB double sided separately.
-It had a 3.5" disk reader as well, which I replaced with a 1.44 MiB one from my father's 386 when he upgraded to a 486.
-It had all of 20 MiB hard drive.
-SoundBlaster. You know, the one before SoundBlaster 16.
-Had an EGA monitor (16 colour, think a resolution of 640x480 in graphics mode).
-And a three button mouse!
-It came with IBM DOS 3.3 and Windows 3.0.
-And a matrix printer.

I still have the 5.25" drive! But the controller card requires ISA on the motherboard I'm afraid, so I can't use it today.

04-21-2006, 07:51 PM
Mine was an Intel 8088 8MHz with a math co-processor. 640k of memory, a 20MB Seagate MFM hard drive, a Hercules 8-bit ISA video card with a amber monochrome monitor. For quite a while I didn't even have the OS installed on it, I'd just use a floppy and boot from it. I think the last version of DOS I remember using on it was 3.3 before I got a better computer. It had a 5.25" low density floppy drive too.

I'm pretty sure I still got the mobo, processor and memory still around in some box some place.

04-21-2006, 08:05 PM
As far as I can remember the first own personal computer we had was a 386 DX 25 with

256 KB RAM (don't know exactly)
80 MB hard drive
drive a:\ was a 5 1/4 inch diskette slot
drive b:\ was a 3 1/2 inch slot (which already wasn't used very much anymore at this time)
MS-DOS 4 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS-DOS) (with DOS Shell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS_Shell)!) & Norton Commander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_Commander)
640x480px 256 color VGA monitor (I guess)

This must have been about 1992 or something - tempus fugit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempus_fugit)... :D

And this was my 400th post! YAY! :D

04-21-2006, 11:41 PM
The first one I used was an Apple ][ with 16k of memory and a socket to plug in a casette recorder for backup (that was in 1979)

The first one I built (in 1994) was a 486DX50 with 1.7Gb hard drive (typical size at the time was 120Mb), 64Mb memory 4xEISA slots with SCSI, 512Mb Tape drive, 3-1/2" and 5-1/4" floppy drives and double speed CD drive running OS/2 2.1 and with a HP laserjet4 printer.

I later upgraded that computer to a 133MHz pentium and 4.3Gb hard drive and still use it for reading my emails. The printer will probably last at least another ten years.

04-22-2006, 05:10 AM
Trash 80.

;-) Man I loved that thing.

Until I saw my first C-64 with Load Runner and Montezuma's Revenge. And thus began my fall.


I inherited my mothers $10000 386sx with the original Dragon Dictate...
Upgrade path from there had 2 steps, K62-400, then Athlon64 3400+

04-24-2006, 05:55 AM
Tandy Color Computer 3... rock on, Radio Shack.

It was the kind that ran through the TV (mine being black and white). I remember when I finally got a color monitor I thought I was entering the future.

It took a good two or three years of begging to finally get that computer; after I did, my parents couldn't quite understand why I would ask for a brand new one every year. So that remained the technology peak of my computer experience until fifteen years later when I bought my first iBook.

Well, there was an eMachines somewhere around 2001, but I don't like to think of those days. ;)

04-24-2006, 06:05 AM
My first "IBM compatible" PC was a 386 with 1 MB RAM, 14" color VGA display, and Windows 3.1 (which was very s-l-o-w until I upgraded memory).

04-24-2006, 10:38 AM
Well, I'm not that old..I'm only 16!! ;) - My first "proper" PC I got back in 1998 and that was a Packard Bell Club 65 - 500mhz celeron, 64mb ram, 6gb hdd, dvd/cd, windows 98, integrated 1mb graphics. In fact I've still got it upstairs and it still works fine - it's sitting in my spare room doing nothing with all my stuff in front of it :p
I might stick more ram and a bigger hdd in it and stick Linux or something on it, I dunno yet.

In terms of first ever well..computer, I had one of them large black things with a standard tape drive to power data input and stuff..I'm sitting in electronics at school atm and I can't think for the life of me what it's called :D


04-24-2006, 07:23 PM
Apple II C - that's all I remember! :)

04-26-2006, 07:08 PM
My history is ...

Commodore 64
Apple Macintosh Quadra
Apple Macintosh Performa 6200
Apple Macintosh Performa 6400
Apple Macintosh iMac (333)
PIII 500
Commodore 64
Commodore 128
Athlon 1.1 T-bird
Apple Macintosh Plus
P4 2.8
Apple Macintosh iMac (400)
Apple Macintosh iMac (400)
P3 400 Laptop

This year I'm getting a FNW Fragbox :D

06-02-2006, 11:35 AM
I'm still only young so...

Windows 98
64mb RAM
4gb HDD

I really cant remember much about it except that it still worked when we upgraded...

Windows XP
512mb RAM
120gb HDD

The oldest stuff i can remember is the 3.1 computers at school.. but then they upgraded to windows 98

06-08-2006, 01:59 PM
Interesting Thread.

i can't remember what it was called back in 1992... maybe it was an x86. I was young, back then modems were damn COSTLY!!

anyway, this is as far as i can remember on 1 on one of my old systems that still works.

P1 150
VOODOO GFX card (oof..)
Afew ISA slots...

I guessed this was the 97 era where Command and Conquer red Alert was a hit and the first few Cyber Cafes appeared.

06-09-2006, 01:58 AM
You had a Pentium...

As for my lineup of computers I've had so many that I lost count...

In computer terms, I'm what they call a geezer... I'm old enough to remember when Apple first came out with the Lucy and personal computers at that time were kitbashed at best... Take a few electronics, add a few solder points, the light goes off and viola, you now have a computer...


06-09-2006, 03:35 AM
I'm old enough to remember when Apple first came out with the Lucy

Do you mean the Lisa?

Kid Charming
06-09-2006, 04:33 AM
Texas Instruments TI99.

06-09-2006, 05:01 AM
Do you mean the Lisa?
I think you are right.

06-09-2006, 08:17 AM
Do you mean the Lisa?
dementia sets in for sage45 :)

06-09-2006, 06:26 PM
Apple II+ with 48KB.

Like TrackStar - That's all I can remember.

06-09-2006, 11:53 PM
my first 'PC' was a DAN, it had windows 3.1 and an 8mb harddrive - dont remember much else about it

06-10-2006, 07:55 PM
Dude... So long ago... Lisa, Lucy, Lana, Laura, etc, etc... :P

My point was that I remember when Personal Computers did not exist and that we virtually had to build our own... :P


06-10-2006, 08:09 PM