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Old 18-02-2013, 08:55
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I remember buying my first PC in 1997. It was AMD 200 Mhz,16Mb of RAM memory and a 4 GB hard drive. I didn't really want a computer at the time because i had Sega Mega Drive for games, and and that was enough for me

The computer came with the pirated software preinstalled. I think all the software one could think of was on it. I taught myself how to use Photoshop, design web pages and later I did some programming in C.


What was your first PC?
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:11
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at uni in '98 in my third year we used a P75 with 4MB of ram and 1GB HD

but i'm old enough to remember 286's
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:14
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Yeah, I remember it too.
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:15
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a 2nd hand Commodore C16, somewhere around 1987/1988

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_16
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:28
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a 2nd hand Commodore C16, somewhere around 1987/1988

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_16
Well, if we're counting those then it would be a second-hand Commodore Vic-20 in, about, 1982/83, followed by a second-hand C64 a couple of years later (in a swap for a synthesiser...)

First actual IBM compatible PC, though, was a Time PC in 1995. Heap of junk. 486DX4, I think it was, at 100mhz. Came with OS/2 Warp... that didn't last long. Friends of mine had been picking up machines from a very young Scan International since the 386 days so I was late to the game.

ETA: had originally said 286s but, thinking about it, they were buying in the early 90s so they would've been 386 machines, I'm sure...
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:34
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Amstrad PC1640, 640K RAM, 30MB drive (free upgrade from 20MB due to order delay), 5" floppy drive, keyboard, mouse, monochrome monitor and MSDOS 3.0.

ETA. Had a ZX81 followed by an Amstrad 6128 before then, but the question was "What PC" so I initially left that info out.

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Old 18-02-2013, 09:41
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The very first was a ZX Spectrum around 1982/83. The first PC was an Amstrad 1640 with the 8086 processor around 1987
Ahhh them wus the days life in the slow lane
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:05
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ZX81, then ZX Spectrum then Amiga A500. Then built my first PC which was based around 386sx16 with 1 MB of RAM and I think 10MB or 20MB hard drive.
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:11
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A NCR branded 486dx/66 desktop that was second hand from work.
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:20
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My first PC I bought in 1996 was a 100mhz pentium with a 800mb HD and I think 8mb RAM, I think the Windows 95 OS required about 50mb so 800mb HD seemed a quite large.

1.44mb floppies at the time were the storage standard and you can sort of use that as a measure of how big a 800mb hard drive was then.

The phone I own 17 years later has 32GB storage!
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:25
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VIC-20 Brilliant machine!

Actually the Atari 800 I had was probably the best machine going
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:28
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I had a Vic 20. Such a fun machine.
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:28
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...so 800mb HD seemed a quite large.!
When I got my 2nd PC in late 1997 it had a 6GB hard drive. A friend of mine, on checking out the spec, actually said "6GB?! Why have you got a hard drive so big? You'll never fill that!"
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:34
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first personal computer (PC)? ... Vic-20
first IBM type PC? ... so crappy I can't remember the name!
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:38
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Sticking to the original post and only including PC compatibles mine was an Amstrad PC-1512. It had a 10MB hard drive and 512K RAM though I expanded it to 640K. (I'd used PCs earlier at work but that was my first home model).
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Old 18-02-2013, 11:12
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ZX Spectrum in 1982, then a long gap till I bought a second-hand Windows 3.1 machine in 1999.
It was a 1993 486 25MHz with 4MB of RAM and something like 160 MB hard drive.

I used that as my business computer till 2005, although we did buy a family computer running XP in 2002.
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Old 18-02-2013, 13:22
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Our first computer was an ancient MS-DOS laptop given to us by someone who was no longer using it. I learned about computing on that machine. It only had a 40MB hard drive and it had Norton Commander, Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect 5.1 installed on it. Several years later my aunt gave me her old computer running Windows 95. It was a good machine but the hard drive failed several months after I got it and I had to get it replaced. I also got the RAM upgraded. The machine was never connected to the internet but I have fond memories of it.

First computer we actually bought was our XP desktop in 2003. That machine is still working but it's really slow. It used to be a high-end computer. It had 512MB RAM, a Pentium 4 and an 80GB hard drive. It was the family computer. I got my first laptop in 2004 and I still have it but I plan to use it for trying out Linux distros. I'm all Mac now but mum and dad have Windows 7 laptops (mum has one, dad has two) and an iPad.
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Old 18-02-2013, 14:56
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A Philips IBM compatible with 80286 processor in about 1985, clock speed about 10 MHz and 80MB hard drive. Yes megas not gigas. I still have it but haven't tried to power it up for a few years.

Before that, pre-PC, a 4 bit Sharp PC-1211 pocket computer with 1.5K memory in 1980, it still works and is cool. Then, Sinclair ZX 81, Spectrum and QL.

Before that, IBM mainframe computer terminals at work, from about 1972 I think. I've been around the computer block a few times since then.
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Old 18-02-2013, 15:12
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My first personal computer was a BBC that I got the day it came out.

My first IBM PC compatible was an Elonex IBM AT clone (with more RAM and a bigger HDD than the IBM AT). Its' serial number is 11. I used to work just over the road from their original premises at Rays House on the North Circular Road, and remember collecting it from them. I think it was in 1986

When I say" is 11" I mean it because I still have it, and it still works!
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Old 18-02-2013, 15:14
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My computer history is on my homepage http://homepage.abcde.co.uk/

My own computers started with a Tandy TRS80 model I http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trs80.
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Old 18-02-2013, 15:23
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Acorn Electron! http://lionels.orpheusweb.co.uk/Comp...on/ELK14s.jpeg
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Old 18-02-2013, 15:46
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My history:

Vic 20
Commodore 64
Atari ST

First "PC" was a 25MHz 486SX with a 120MB hard disk and (I think) 1MB RAM. Cost a whopping 1200 in 1992.
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Old 18-02-2013, 20:43
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You people had fairly hot machines for your first. Mine (at work) was a 286 with a 32 MB disk. I think the OS was DOS 3 point something. This was pre-Windows of course.
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Old 18-02-2013, 22:41
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My first 'IBM' type PC was an Amstrad 2286 with a 40MB hard disk, 1MB of ram & a 3.5" floppy disk. It came installed with MS DOS 4.01 & Windows 2.0.
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Old 18-02-2013, 23:02
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I still have a boxed working (last time I tried it) ZX81 a working BBC model B and. Mac SE 30. All classic machines
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