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Post Reply The Specs of Your 1st PC/Laptop/Smartphone/Tablet
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the "smart" era we live in -- from smart fridge to smart toilet, etc...

now a day kids are growing up with smart phones and tablets with quad core cpus!!


back then when i got my 1st PC


it had 4GB of HDD and 64MB of RAM + two games for $700

I still have the few games from way back but i can't install it on the current laptop

for $700 now i can get a 17.3in laptop with

7th gen Core i7, 1TB HDD 7200rpm, 16GB of RAM, 1080p WLED, 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics

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4 megahertz (not 4 gigahertz, 4 mega) processor

256k of RAM (not megabytes of memory... kilobytes)

There weren't hard disks on PCs back then

But I did have two 5.25 inch floppy disk drives (instead of just one floppy drive, which would mean swapping floppies... between the operating system floppy and the program floppy) edit: Maybe I still had to swap floppies ANYWAYS...

That monitor only displayed one color... green. Later I got one that displayed 16 colors
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Oh gosh it was ages ago It ran Windows XP but I cant remember th erest.
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My first computer was a Commodore 64 with a 300 baud modem. The technology that we have these days, including internet speeds, is just insane when comparing it to back then. A decade ago was when everyone started jumping into the whole Internet/Technology domain, something I had treated as a hobby for most of my life at that point. But to see things like gigabit connections (Google Fiber), octa-core processors, and absurd screen resolutions just blows my mind some days.

Secretly, I'm glad that "nerds" aren't as hated as they used to be since everyone uses technology to some degree or another.

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No clue. All I remember about my first computer is that it was given to me in elementary school for free by a teacher and it ran windows 3.0 or 3.1. She also gave me one of those printers that took like 10 minutes a page and you had to tear off the edges of each page.
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My first PC was an HP . . . I think it had a 500MHz intel celeron with 500 MB of ram and a massive 40GB hard drive. Windows 98SE and a phone modem . . . . I think it took about three minutes to download a 150KB jpeg. I had a 17 inch monitor with two speakers stuck to it. I broke down and got a VooDoo4 Video card, if I remember correctly. I played hours of Sim City and Falcon 4 on it when I wasn't over at AIC BBS being an eechi terrorist...
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nanikore2 wrote:

4 megahertz (not 4 gigahertz, 4 mega) processor

256k of RAM (not megabytes of memory... kilobytes)

There weren't hard disks on PCs back then

But I did have two 5.25 inch floppy disk drives (instead of just one floppy drive, which would mean swapping floppies... between the operating system floppy and the program floppy) edit: Maybe I still had to swap floppies ANYWAYS...

That monitor only displayed one color... green. Later I got one that displayed 16 colors

My family had one of those, or a similar model. I don't remember it having multiple floppy drives. It did have a couple kind of fun ASCII games you could run on it though.

Later we had a PC with a 3.5" floppy drive you could use to run Doom and Descent, and a guy down the street got a Gateway 2000 we could run X-Com and Syndicate on.

The first PC I bought with my own money had a 450MHz Pentium II and a whopping 32GB HDD.
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Toshiba satalite pro, pentium 1, 66 mhz, 500 mb hdd. 8 mb ram.
4 hr battery life.
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I had an Amstrad PC1640.

8Mhz Processor
640KB RAM
20MB hard drive
3.5" 720KB floppy drive

It had a colour screen, which I think was 640x350 with 16 colours.

It mainly ran DOS but had a copy of Windows 2.1 installed as well.
I remember playing games on it like Lemmings and F-19 Stealth Fighter, along with more basic games like pacman and kong, as well as using other applications like the paint program Deluxe Paint II Enhanced.
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I built my first computer in late '95 just after I got outta high school. I thought we needed one, but not sure why I thought that. My first PC was had a 133 MHz Cyrix processor (think three CPU brands back then Intel, AMD and Cyrix). I installed 4 or 8 MB in two sticks of Simm memory. My first motherboard either had one PCI slot (or two) and had mostly ISA slots (Pre-PCI slot that was already going out in '95). My ahem- videocard had a huge 2MB of Ram with two spots to add two 1 MB chips. At the time there were no 3D graphics in those cards. A year or two later you had to buy a 3D card that you cable-linked to your "video card" to add 3D graphics such as it was to a PC; the 3D card did not work alone. A sound card that, well allowed the computer to sound slightly better than an Atari 2600.

It was so much harder to build computers back then; especially when you barely knew what you were doing. Windows 95 and newer made things a lot easier. My first had rows of tiny switches (dip switches) and jumpers (copper lined caps) that bridged combinations of 2 pins on the motherboard to manually configure settings. Windows now works with the hardware to manage most of the settings you had to do manually back then. There were Memory space settings, IRQ settings that you set both manually so the sound card did not use the same resources as the video card or anything else. The motherboard had IRQ and memory space settings set aside for it's own hardware, so you had to manually configure the add-on cards around them to avoid conflicting settings.

I don't miss those days

My first Internet was AOL. I thought the AOL pages was THE internet. It was a while after I learned what an address was and left AOL's portal behind.
Posted 11/5/16
I don't remember but it was shite. I built my own PC 3 years ago, and it was good but still was shite. Like something is always not good enough. I couldn't run an online game at max setting.

I don't play games anymore, so I have no more need for a good PC, and smartphones these days can do the things I want to do anyway, like listening to music or streaming a movie. Do we really need PC anymore? Unless you're graphic designing or working, there's really no need for PC's in an every day person's day to day life.

I can even write a story using google doc on the phone with the mic function.
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My first computer was an Acorn Electron (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Electron).

I doubt that many of you will have heard of Acorn as it was primarily a UK company. It closed down in 2000 but one of its subsidiaries, ARM Holdings is dominant in chip design for mobile devices.

The computer itself had 32kb of RAM and was primarily for playing games, which had to be loaded via cassette tape. If I remember correctly it took between 2 and 5 minutes for a single game to load.
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My first computer was a Dell, all I remember is that it was a 486 processor (the one before the first pentium) and it had the 5.75 floppy floppy drive and DOS only. I also remember when my neighbor down the street got the Gateway 2000 (with TURBO button) that came in a cow box that we could play Wolfenstein 3d and DOOM on. The first computer my family bought was a Packard Bell with a pentium 166mhz processor, not sure on RAM (maybe 16MB?) but I know it had a 2GB hard drive (Sales person said it was more than we would ever need) and Windows 95. Best thing was the external speakers screwed onto the CRT monitor. I'm currently running a computer I built about 5 years ago, AMD FX 8-core 3.9ghz w/Corsair liquid cooler, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, 120GB SSD system hard drive, Radeon 6970 2GB vid card. Looking at what's available now vs. 5 years ago, the only thing I really should upgrade is my graphics card. Back in early 2000, processor speeds and RAM size/speed were doubling like every 3 years so I haven't felt the need to upgrade anything yet.
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2GHZ single core Intel with an Asus motherboard and 2gb of ram. Using an and radeon 9700 and a 10gb hard drive.
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First PC I owned was 486DX don't remember the clock speed maybe 20 MHz.
16MB of RAM
2x 100MB IDE hard disks
one 5.25" and one 3.5" floppy drive.
Tseng Labs ISA Video card
Creative Sound Blaster 16 also ISA.
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