What was your first computer?

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  • @SomeGuy said:
    "Oh boy, that thing was slow as hell..."
    My TI-99/4a would beg to differ.

    My first computer was a Sinclair ZX-81, the US version known as the Timex-Sinclair 1000 with 16k of RAM and a tape recorder for saving. Even with a text editor of my own design, the keyboard alone made editing hell. After that, the Atari with a floppy drive was a massive upgrade !

  • The first computer that I ever owned was a DX4 100Mhz. I purchased it in 1996 from one of my siblings (correction: I purchased a car from my sib - and the computer was thrown in for good measure.) It had a 14 inch monitor which I then upgraded to a 17 inch in late 1997 after receiving a company bonus. That first mobo had more ISA slots than PCI slots. Only one PCI slot if memory serves me well. I then moved on to an original Pentium 200 Mhz motherboard, which had enough PCI slots to install a Diamond Multimedia V770 card along with a Monster 3D 3Dfx card. (I still have both video cards).

  • There are a few that I would consider as a first computer

    The first computer we used as a family (though not officially a family computer, but a work computer the family used), was what I assume to be a custom built PC (I think it was labeled LMI, not sure what it stood for though) that ran DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 (I still have the original OS floppies, the system is long gone though)

    The first real family PC was a PowerSpec (Micro Center house brand) with Windows 95

    My first personal computer was a Macintosh Performa 64xx (not sure if it was a 00, 10 or, 20, 6400 sounds right though)

  • Our family computer was originally a Gateway 2000 P5-133, I don't remember much about it before it was gutted and upgraded to a cheap mini-ATX board with a Celeron 800MHz. Before long we got a Dell Dimension 3000 and the modified Gateway became a backup.

    My first personal computer was much later with a Dell XPS M1530. Two years and one warranty claim later it became a paperweight as a result of the notorious Nvidia GeForce 8700M. After that I used the Gateway again before going through a whole line of other laptops and desktops.
  • edited August 8
    My first computer as a desktop type was brought to my home by my dad in 1989 running DOS 3.2. My memory is quite fuzzy but I do remember in 1990 my eldest brother bough a copy of Windows 3.0 and had a friend install it. Sadly, I don't remember the specs for it other than it was a 386 w/ 20MB hard disk, even if that was a real PC specs at the time. The computer died in 2003, quite a long lifespan.

    It was not until 1997 my father bought a Compaq Presario 1080 and was the first laptop the family had. We all enjoyed the wonders of the laptop at the time when electronics and computing here in Chile were quite expensive. A 16MB RAM, 1.44GB HDD, Windows 95 OSR1, Intel Pentium 166MHz machine was enough for us to keep us entertained for many years to come.

    Sadly in 2006, the laptop died and languished in oblivion and disrepair... until 2016, when I found an exact Compaq Presario 1080 notebook and purchased it in eBay. Got it in a few days and swapped old for new. Once again I had my trusty machine with life, the exact same one I posted about a few years ago here., now with 48MB RAM, a new 1.44 HDD and reinstalled a new factory copy of the model.

    It was during this time I became a retro notebook collector, since the 90s computing was by far my favorite decade, and have as of now an approximate of 70 notebooks and PocketPCs in my apartment.
  • edited October 26
    My first PC was an i386 with 8MB ram running Windows 3.11 but we preferred to use DOS at that time. That was the family computer.

    Then later my brother built me a computer from parts he harvested from the university. We always had good computer equipment because of my brother, he had connections in the university's administration that would allow him to get such things. A Pentium Overdrive, 32MB ram, Soundblaster 16, Monster 3D Accelerator (Which came with Mechwarrior 2), an 8x CD-ROM, and a 8GB hard drive (Running Windows 95).

    Then the family computer got upgraded, I can't remember to what, but it had Windows 98 and later Second Edition. We got dialup internet and I ended up using the family computer a lot more, and only using my computer for games (Except for Half-Life multiplayer on the family PC).

    Then we got cable internet, and for Christmas my dad and brother built me a new computer. An AMD K6, 256MB RAM, ATI Radeon RAGE128, Soundblaster Live!, a 32x CD-ROM, and 20GB hard drive (Running Windows XP). All so I could play Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Those were the only 2 presents I got that year.

    Ever since then, computer parts would come and go, I would modify my XP machine and every few years purchase some newer stuff I couldn't find locally. Now I have more computer parts than I know what to do with.
  • The first computer I used was an HP computer with an Intel Core Duo running Vista Business (I'm pretty sure it still has the sticker with the product key). The computer was originally from my mom's job, until they upgraded the computers and they gave the computer to my mom, who then gave it to my grandma. It was actually pretty nice and ran Vista nicely, but then they decided to upgrade it to 7 Ultimate. 7 made it somewhat slower but it was still a nice PC. And the first computer that was in my house was also an HP computer, this one with a monitor and PC integrated into one and with a touchscreen. It has an AMD (no idea which one, haven't checked) running Windows 10 Pro although it originally had Windows 7 Ultimate. This one is also fine tho the keyboard and mouse are missing their wireless adapter.
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