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Windows 7: What was your first rig?

29 Jan 2009   #1

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
What was your first rig?

Here we go, and not showing my age at all! My first rig was an Apple IIe, a real beast as you can see from the specs below...NOT.

I remember when we really started to get into computers in the UK Government, we had 20MB HDD PC's and our beast business processor machine was a desk pedestal size 100MB unit, unbelievable when you consider we now have 16GB HDD's in mobile phones and don't get me started about what mobile phones used to be like!

Technical specifications

  • 6502 or 65C02 running at 1.023 MHz
  • 8-bit data bus
  • 64 KB RAM built-in
  • 16 KB ROM built-in
  • Expandable from 64 KB up to 1 MB RAM or more
Video modes
  • 40 and 80 columns text, white-on-black, with 24 lines¹
  • Low-Resolution: 40×48 (16 colors)
  • High-Resolution: 280×192 (6 colors) *
  • Double-Low-Resolution: 80×48 (16 colors)
  • Double-High-Resolution: 560×192 (16 colors) *
*effectively 140×192 in color, due to pixel placement restrictions
¹Text can be mixed with graphic modes, replacing either bottom 8 or 32 lines of graphics with 4 lines of text, depending on video mode
  • Built-in speaker; 1-bit toggling
  • Built-in cassette recorder interface; 1-bit toggle output, 1-bit zero-crossing input
  • Seven Apple II Bus slots (50-pin card-edge)
  • Auxiliary slot (60-pin card-edge)
Internal connectors
  • Game I/O socket (16-pin DIP)
  • RF modulation output (4-pin Molex)
  • Numeric keypad (11-pin Molex)
External connectors
  • NTSC composite video output (RCA connector)
  • Cassette in/out (two 1/8" mono phono jacks)
  • Joystick (DE-9)
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29 Jan 2009   #2

XP/Vista/Windows 7 builld 7000

hah, luxury! about 1980 or thereabouts an sinclair zx80 which had no hard drive, 1K ram, upgraged with an expansion pack at more cost than the original unit. no monitor your television did that. ran on basic, but could run machine code very fast and with memory saving techniques you could do a fair bit. programs were hand entered or loaded from tape..well that was the theory. subject to static discharge and a general pain but it was a goodie for its day. the timex version a year later or so in north america had a whopping 2K memory. sadly, I sold mine to a store catering to collectors in Florida about five years or so ago, mistake on my part.
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29 Jan 2009   #3


well, if you can call it a rig....this was it

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what a powerhouse.....


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30 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

wow I feel way young!
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30 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)

An Atari 800 -8kb RAM (still in my basement in a dusty box).

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31 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

My first computer of any kind was a ZX Spectrum 48k which I bought in 1982. My first PC was a 286 running at a massive 12MHz!
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01 Feb 2009   #7

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
Rumour has it...

Rumour has it that this was z3r010's first computer

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01 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

its no rumour, he still has it
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01 Feb 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate RTM

Texas Instruments TI99/4a ....

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02 Feb 2009   #10

XP/Vista/Windows 7 builld 7000


actually about 1976 (yeah, 1976) after a specialist pulse digital techiniques course, i ran a simulator for the Canadian navy that was at least five times that size. it did very little, (actually it ran i guess what we would call simulations scenarios)..but it did it very, very well. the arrival of dos was a godsend because that one while not using punchcards was not a whole lot better.

for those with those old systems still, hang onto them. collectors want them now.
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