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Topic # 22711 6-Jun-2008 07:34
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Even today I can visualize the day when I brought home my 1st pc Pentium 3 550 MHz in 2001. How many countless moments I passed with my buddy! Played exciting games, learnt powerpoint, photoshop, flash, watched numerous movies. Then came 2004. I had to leave for hostel. Little bro didn't give up his rights over our pc. Affection won. Since then living without pc. But at least becoming a doctor. Now my cell phone SE K750i is my pc. Take care all.

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  Reply # 135921 6-Jun-2008 10:50
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I remember buying a P2-350 and getting a slocket for it, putting a Celeron 566 in there and overclocking it to 1000MHz! Good times, CounterStrike on a TNT2 never ran so well...

Amazing now that an iPOD touch does full screen video, has a 16GB solid state hard disk, and probably as much computing power as that P2-350!!!




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  Reply # 135928 6-Jun-2008 11:00
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The year was 1998....... my Amiga blew up.
I switched to the dark side and purchased a brand new P2 266 with 32mb of RAM and a 3.2gb HDD. I tried for a new $500 Voodoo 2 12MB 3d card but the budget couldnt handle it.... I had it in pieces within the 1st month... considering it was my 1st PC, it was a bold move Tongue out Warranty wouldve been gone if I had stuffed anything up.




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  Reply # 136031 6-Jun-2008 17:04
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xpd: The year was 1998....... my Amiga blew up.


I think it was 1997 when my Amiga (a 3000 at the time, amongst others) blew up, not entirely of it's own fault, I was fiddling about to plug in a modem, with evernthing switched on, and must have shorted the serial port.

I looked around for a while for a relacement PSU, and eventually gave up and had to hack up a PC PSU to power it, unfortunately, in my haste I somehow managed to plug in the SCSI hard drive power cable upside down (yes, I know they are keyed, no I don't know how I managed it) and pop went the hard drive. 

I put it aside for a while, and built a 486 DX4/100 from memory, with Slackware on it, installed from floppies, which I had to write on a 286 which I had "connected to the net" (in as much as you can connect a 286 to the net).

Eventually I came back to getthe A3000 working again, but somehow, and I don't remember how, the daughter board, or something got fried (actually, I think it kept popping the uart chips (which from memory wasn't entirely uncommon).  The A3000 (which originally was "Abacab" BBS in Christchurch, run by Daniel Oakes, and I think still sports the "Abacab" host name sticker on it, and later my own BBS running DialogPRO which I purchased from Equinox when they closed down) now sits forlornly packed in a box in the shed.

That was my last Amiga (in daily usage), 25Mhz 68030, 12 meg ram, a 50 meg scsi drive, a couple of 40 meg ide drives, and a 2 gig Quantum Bigfoot 1/2 height 5.25" drive (which I somehow managed to convince a company up north to donate for the BBS, this was when such devices were like $700) - people used to say that Bigfoots were really unreliable, well, this one still works just fine, tested it (and installed XP on it) just a few weeks ago after stumbling across it in the shed (it's been used in various machines since the A3000's demise a decade ago).

Now I have a quad core 2.4Ghz, with 4 gig of ram, and something like 500 gig of hard drive space.

Ahh. those were the days.  Good times, good times.

NB: David Cooper from Christchurch, if by some chance you happen to read this, you still owe me your A3000, I havn't forgotten, it's only been 10 years :-)  I don't remember what the deal was exactly, I think I gave you a 386 or 486, and I was gonna get your half dead 3000 so I could make one out of the two.




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  Reply # 136040 6-Jun-2008 17:39
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My first computer was an Apple IIe in the early 1980s.

Specs:  8 bit processor with clock speed of 1 Mhz, 64kB RAM, high resolution graphics of 280x192 pixels in 6 colours, storage was a 192 kB floppy drive (no hard drive).  It was awesome.

My current PC is at least 10,000 times faster, has 33,000 times the RAM, displays 24 times as many pixels in 2.8 million times the number of colours, and has 3.5 million times the storage.  It isn't awesome.

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  Reply # 136134 7-Jun-2008 08:02
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sleemanj:
xpd: The year was 1998....... my Amiga blew up.



Eventually I came back to getthe A3000 working again, but somehow, and I don't remember how, the daughter board, or something got fried (actually, I think it kept popping the uart chips (which from memory wasn't entirely uncommon). The A3000 (which originally was "Abacab" BBS in Christchurch, run by Daniel Oakes, and I think still sports the "Abacab" host name sticker on it, and later my own BBS running DialogPRO which I purchased from Equinox when they closed down) now sits forlornly packed in a box in the shed.


OMG Laughing
I met Daniel years ago when he moved to Auckland with the BBS - he had a Playstation as well with Wipeout , it was the 1st time I had ever played on one.

I use to catch up with him every now and then but then he shut the BBS and dropped off the planet.

Ah the memories the Amiga brings back heh....




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  Reply # 136135 7-Jun-2008 08:12
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I remember my first computer.

It was my birthday, and for the first time in may years, I was completely surprised!
I woke up, walked into the lounge and thier were all the boxes!, mmmm I love that new PC smell!.

it was 486 DX2 66Mhz, 2 MB ram, 200MB HDD (omg I thought that was huge!) a 5.25 inch disk drive.

Masters Of Magic was pay for hours and hours on it. (I recently found it again, and managed to crack out a few more sessions on it using some DOS emulators... Joy!.)

Happy times!

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  Reply # 136145 7-Jun-2008 09:07
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Heh yeah its such a cool feeling getting that first computer :)

The Xmas I got my Amiga, I pretty much knew I was getting one but it was still so cool to walk into the lounge and see these nice big boxes there waiting to be opened........ which was all good until I went to turn the Amiga on..... and thought "hold on, Im missing something" - somehow the store had "removed" the PSU unit (external) and the mouse from the packaging.

Being Xmas etc, I couldnt use it till the store had opened again which wasnt until the new year :(




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  Reply # 136301 7-Jun-2008 21:11
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About 1991. Spending $800 to upgrade my 386 from 2MB RAM to 8MB. Beautiful 1MB SIMMS they were!




 

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  Reply # 136353 8-Jun-2008 08:17
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TinyTim: About 1991. Spending $800 to upgrade my 386 from 2MB RAM to 8MB. Beautiful 1MB SIMMS they were!


HAHA, I remember my best friend doing something similar, except it was a 16MB Simm for his 486, he then created a 8MB Ram drive and installed "Doom" into it, we couldn't believe how fast the loads times were!

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