Do you remember your first computer?

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#1 Edited by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -

Let's face it, we all have fond (or not so fond) memories of our first cars, our first love, our first R rated movie, etc. Do you guys remember your first computer?

mine was one of these:

T'was top o the line when I got it.

100mhz, 48 MB RAM, 4.2 GB HDD (upgraded), Cirrus Logic 1 MB PCI Video Card, Crystal ISA Sound card with game port for joysticks. This bad boy ran me through games like Doom, Monkey Island, Star Trek A Final Unity, Jedi Knight I and II and Duke Nukem 3D. (and Myst, naturally.)

Do you guys remember your first PC?

This post brought to you by nostalgia.

Nostalgia. Because it sure beats living in the present.

#2 Edited by lostrib (37634 posts) -

Well i don't remember the specs, but it was the family computer so it basically looked like the typical beige box that was popular in the Windows 98/2000 days.

I remember my first laptop, XPS m1330 with one of the Nvidia 8000 series mobile GPUS. So combine that with a slim designed laptop with improper cooling= the MoBo burned out twice

#3 Posted by ferrari2001 (16971 posts) -

I don't remember the specs but it was 1995, I was 6 years old and my uncle gave us our first family computer. I remember playing Star Wars rebel assault on it for the first time when we got it. As the years went on we added parts and upgraded it. I've actually still got the case at home, that's about all that's left of it though.

#4 Posted by SimplyFatal (1109 posts) -

Yeah good ol' white computer. The first thing I found fun was using paint. I even remember a guy tutoring me on how to use it.

#5 Posted by indzman (18106 posts) -

My first PC was on 2005 Intel pentium 4 , 512 mb ram , geforce FX 5200 and the games that i bought first were Soldier of Fortune II Double Helix , Half Life 2 GOTY , Max Payne 2 LOL !!!

#6 Edited by Master_Live (14812 posts) -

I do, I was like 9 or 10 and my parents handed my off this expensive equipment for some reasons that weren't all as it seemed:

  1. I took some "computer classes" at school. More like a class to learn the components of a computer (you know, monitor, mouse, CPU) and play some Frogger.
  2. Windows 95 was in English and my parents had problem with "El Dificil" ("The Difficult One, the local nickname for English) but I was on a bilingual school so I must be an English expert! (Even though I had a hard time with it and didn't hit my stride until middle school).

I'm entirely grateful they did it, they tried to give all the breaks they didn't have and I get choked up thinking about it.

#7 Edited by XilePrincess (13130 posts) -

I think ours was a windows 98, it was already a few years old at the time. It had no sound card. I remember the joy of playing internet flash games on it. Not for too long though, because we had dialup and they limited us to 30 hours a MONTH of internet.

I just got a new computer last night, and never would I long for the 'good old days' when it comes to computers. Now >>> then.

I DO love seeing computer ads from way back, though. It's ridiculous to look at ads from way back when and see that a computer would set you back $2000 or more, and the same kind of printer that goes for $20 today was close to $350.

Anyone remember the Barbie and Hotwheels computer sets? They were the hip item to have if you were a 5-10 year old with parents who had more money than brains.

#8 Edited by Lord_Daemon (24272 posts) -

#9 Posted by megagene (23015 posts) -

Remember the Commodore VIC-20? I think my family's first computer was whatever came out right after that one.

#10 Posted by Brutal_Elitegs (16239 posts) -

It had a 75 MHz CPU and 16MB RAM, which is all I remember.

#11 Posted by whipassmt (14034 posts) -

Yes. It was the computer I had before my current one. It was a Dell Dimension 3600C with Windows XP, I got it as a Christmas gift (but I didn't open it on Christmas, we had to see if it would fit in the computer desk, so we opened it a when we got it in early December 2003). It was replaced in 2010 with my current computer because I kept getting blue screens (I think due to problems with the RAM). I did transfer my documents from the old computer to the new one. I also use the same speakers from the first computer for the new one.

#12 Edited by sammyjenkis898 (28121 posts) -

Fuck if I know the specs. It was Windows 3.1, and I played these two games constantly:

#13 Posted by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -

this is some good nostalgia.

#14 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26342 posts) -

It was old, blocky and white; the only thing I did on it was play Pharaoh.

#15 Posted by BranKetra (48750 posts) -

I am more for living in the present because Hakuna matata and for the sake of this thread, I had a Mac.

#16 Posted by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -
@SaintLeonidas said:

It was old, blocky and white; the only thing I did on it was play Pharaoh.

Sierra FTW.

#17 Posted by konvikt_17 (22248 posts) -

i dont know about the family desktop.

but as for my personal computer, it was the Dell Mini 9. pretty good laptop. or netbook. w/e. was small and compact. the keyboard took some getting used to. though it didnt have an internal fan and didnt have a disc drive. mine only had the 8GB of HDD space. at the time, i thought it was alot. until i started downloading stuff. ran out of space often. eventually i fried the HDD or something, so got a 16GB replacement. Felt amazing having double the space. more room for porn. used it for a bit longer.

then i upgraded to the laptop i have now. i think its the dell inspiron 15. came with i think 300+GB.

going from 16GB to 300GB was simply amazing.

#18 Posted by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -

@konvikt_17: my first laptop was a Dell Inspiron 8200, I think. Great laptop, worked like a champ

#19 Posted by Sword-Demon (6970 posts) -

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Fuck if I know the specs. It was Windows 3.1, and I played these two games constantly:

Holy s*** what is that? I used to love that game.

Anyway, My first PC ran MS-DOS. played a good bit of Duke Nukem 2 and Wolfenstein 3d.

#20 Edited by Seabas989 (10394 posts) -

A Macintosh Plus.

It had Word Munchers.

#21 Posted by plageus900 (1081 posts) -

My first computer was a Windows 3.1 machine.

#22 Edited by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -

@Seabas989: love old school Apple comps. was raised on the Apple iic / IIe //gs

#23 Posted by Seabas989 (10394 posts) -

@Allicrombie said:

@Seabas989: love old school Apple comps. was raised on the Apple iic / IIe //gs

Yup but I was always jealous of the kids that had Windows 95 PCs. :P

#24 Posted by Dariency (9406 posts) -

From 1998. It was a Progen, 266 MHz Pentium II processor with a 4GB harddrive. We later upgraded the CPU to a Pentium III 450 MHz. Also had a floppy drive and a 24x CD-Rom drive. Funny story, I remember when we first got the computer and hooked it up, it wouldn't boot. We were so computer-illiterate at the time that we had to call someone out to look at it and it turns out the CPU was out of its slot.

#25 Edited by LordQuorthon (5348 posts) -

#26 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17502 posts) -

Can't remember the specs. We got ours in like 2003. It came with The Sims and I got fucking hooked on that damn game!

We had AOL and I remember harassing chat rooms. I found out that if you typed certain things into the chatbox it made a sound play on EVERYONES computer. I would choose a command, type it in, copy the text, and then just keep pasting it in the box and hitting enter. Was soooo funny to see everyone freak out when you did that!

Also remember playing a lot of candystand.com games whilst listening to Meteora.

Good times, good times...

#27 Posted by vl4d_l3nin (971 posts) -

@Sword-Demon said:

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Fuck if I know the specs. It was Windows 3.1, and I played these two games constantly:

Holy s*** what is that? I used to love that game.

Anyway, My first PC ran MS-DOS. played a good bit of Duke Nukem 2 and Wolfenstein 3d.

Chips Challenge, iirc and it was a great game

I also had Treasure Mountain, OutNumbered, and a slew of other titles from TLC

#28 Posted by pillarrocks (1320 posts) -

Compaq computer, i believer it ran Windows 98.

#29 Posted by tocool340 (20544 posts) -

Don't quite remember the brand. Just know it originally ran on MS-DOS before finally getting updated to Windows 95. Then we upgraded to a less shitty computer that was Hewlett Packard Vectra with a non "SE" Windows 98. Had 64 MB of RAM and around 240 MHz of processing power. Since we had AOL and really couldn't use the internet an extended amount of time, I used the computer mostly to play solitare, (Miraculously) Tomb Raider II, and a Pinball game called 3D ultra Pinball: Creep Night...

#30 Edited by lamprey263 (24164 posts) -

486 40 MHz 200 MB HDD, 4GB RAM, had 2x CD drive, got it upgraded with an additional 500 MB HDD and 4 more MB of RAM sometime later, ran DOS 6.xx (I forget) and Windows 3.11.

I could run Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Doom 2, Alone in the Dark, Syndicate, Duke Nukem 3D, X-Wing and Tie Fighter games, those old Lucas Arts games like Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis, Full Throttle, The Dig, oh and Myst, Journeyman Project, Dark Forces ... good times. I'm pretty sure I got a few years of gaming out of it before upgrading to something new. Don't really remember what following computers I got though.

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My father used to have a computer that I was allowed to use at times, an older 386, still remember playing some games on that though, like Super Spellicopter XD

#31 Posted by Gaming-Planet (14022 posts) -

Windows 95 PC. All I did was play Chip's Challenge.

Don't know the specs since I was very young at the time. Eventually got a new computer with windows 2000 played some great games like Rollercoaster Tycoon and Age of Empires.

#32 Posted by Xeno_ghost (683 posts) -

Yeh it was called the Antikythera mechanism :P

#33 Edited by Iszdope (10130 posts) -

Yep.

Commodore 64 in the early 80s.

Good times.

#34 Posted by elkoldo (1164 posts) -

Yeah ,that son of a witch is right here in front of me.You wouldn't be reading this message otherwise.

#35 Edited by Shadow4020 (1969 posts) -

It was pretty much this. A Gateway running Windows ME, my parents still have it at home somewhere.

#36 Edited by sukraj (23040 posts) -

Advent PC 2gig of Ram

120 gb

#37 Edited by 93BlackHawk93 (5637 posts) -

My computer used to take almost 30 minutes to load a single page.

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Fuck if I know the specs. It was Windows 3.1, and I played these two games constantly:

I loved that game!

#38 Edited by Treflis (11573 posts) -

The Old Macintosh, Had two games Leprechaun and Glider.

And that was about it, needless to say my NES got more attention.

#39 Edited by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

My first one was a intel celeron 800 mhz processor, 64 mb ram. bought it in 1998 and used it for 8 years until it finally died.

#40 Edited by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Fuck if I know the specs. It was Windows 3.1, and I played these two games constantly:

OMG CHIPS? SUCH NOSTALGIA.

#41 Edited by Darthkaiser (12447 posts) -

I still have mine and it still works If this topics still exists tomorrow I'll post a pic

It had 32G of harddrive 128mb of ram almost 1000 bucks at the time, came with windows XP

Good times after 14 years it still works

#42 Posted by airshocker (29876 posts) -

Oh yeah. A little Compaq Presario. Was awesome for it's time. Then I got an HP which I installed my first video/sound card in, then a Dell, and then started building my own.

#43 Edited by br0kenrabbit (13051 posts) -

Yup.

#44 Posted by Korvus (3899 posts) -

@Master_Live said:
  1. Windows 95 was in English and my parents had problem with "El Dificil" ("The Difficult One, the local nickname for English) but I was on a bilingual school so I must be an English expert! (Even though I had a hard time with it and didn't hit my stride until middle school).

Where are you from? I always took you for an American =)

On topic, I didn't get a computer until I was 14 and started taking a computer programmer course, so it was your average off-the-shelf crappy as hell win98 computer with a 4gb drive and didn't play anything much stronger than a DOS game =P

#45 Edited by 35cent (916 posts) -

I know my dad had a Windows 3.0 computer but I was never allowed to touch it. A computer I was allowed to use (and what was the first device I used for gaming) was the Atari 1040 ST

I still have it and a load of games for it.

#46 Edited by Iszdope (10130 posts) -

85cent.

#47 Posted by thegerg (15444 posts) -

yes

#48 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (6561 posts) -

My own (not Family) pc was a Pentium with a 120 MHz proccesor and Win95. can not remember all the stats anymore (although I think it had 16 megs of Ram give or take), it has been too long.

Too many hours spent on that thing, Crusader no remorse, Diablo Duke nukem 3D were all really fond memories :) Sadly it did not handle Quake aswell.

It held up admiribly if I remember correctly, even through I got a new PC just 3 years after that one. So it got pased on to my parents.

The monitor however did melt, Yeh I kid not -.-

#49 Edited by kweeni (10924 posts) -

It was a compaq pc with xp on it, from 2001 or 2002 I believe. I just tried to google it and can't believe I actually found it. :P

It was called the Compaq Presario 6000. Here's a pic:

We mounted the speakers on the monitor though, one on each side.

All I remember is that it had 256MB ram and about 60GB storage I think. We don't have it anymore but it was a pretty good pc although it did give us trouble sometimes. Played a lot of games on it, good times.

Edit: Some more pics

#50 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20876 posts) -

I can't remember what it is but I'm sure my parents used it as the foundation to build there home.