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#1
Where did it all begin for you? This poll refers to a computer/PC/CPU that you personally bought or first regularly used, e.g. every day at work.

Apologies to AMD owners. Since matching up generations of AMD to Intel is not obvious, and would only create arguments, I've just put a few AMD options with "heritage" choice.

For "other"... do say what you were using, and pics or it ain't true :D
 
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IBM XT, circa 1983 or so. I did programming on an Apple II prior to that (1981, 1982)
 
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1984, 6th grade math class

 
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286@8mhz and a 20MB HDD running DOS 3.3

Packard Bell WOOT!!! :rockout: :roll:
 
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#5
Nec 30 (the upgrade frome the 8086 with 512 kb and 20 MB HD. DOS 3.1 I think

Way before pictures was invented ;)
 
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Good 'ol 128K... :D

Many wasted hours playing... and waiting for tapes to load lol
 
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#8
Commodore 128 here, but shortly moved to the IBM clones...so long ago I can't remember the year. My favorite pc of all time was my 486 DX2 66 in a large tower that had a door and wheels...something I'll never forget, especially loading windows for the first time.

Other moment's....using my black/white laptop with my motorola flip-phone with an RS-232 jack to get on the internet for the first time in 1993...command line at 2400 baud. Mobile internet at its finest. Before this, I stuck strictly to local BBS's...:)

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#9
my 1st :D Tandy 1000 SX from Radio Shack :p

tandy_1000sx_1.jpg
 
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#10
For me it started with the ZX81, a Z80 processor based machine by Sinclair. yes, bought from an ad in a Sunday newspaper magazine supplement, delivered by post. That's how it was in the UK in the 80's. But it was very rudimentary, and I quickly upgraded to the BBC Microcomputer by Acorn, bought in a real shop. It was when I first started serious programming in BASIC and machine code in 6502 and 65C02. For all those in the know, BBC BASIC4 was the business. Anyone else know how to PHA, STX, LDA, BNQ etc? The BBC was my first OVERCLOCKED machine, with an updated 65C02 processor and a clock-doubling circuit made by a company called solidisk. Real overclocking! 2x as fast!

 
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I have used some old PC's in my day but my very first one I had was a Packard Bell 386 with 4MB of ram :)
 
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Voted Pentium before realizing that you were asking for first "used". Pentium 75 was the first I owned but the first used would be Apple and IBM computer from 1988 (3rd grade computer class). So I guess it was one of the Apple II models and most likely 386 on the PC side.
 
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#13
1st IBM compatible PC 8088...First useable (gaming) PC Atari
First brand new PC for me 286sx 16mhz-20mhz with turbo and full color VGA-it was the shiznit
 
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#14
When my dad went back to college we had some Windows 3.1 PC that I used to play games on. Still remember having to to type 'win' to boot the OS from DOS.

My first computer though was a Toshiba Satellite Pro that my dad purchased from one of his students for like $50. Still to this day one of my favorite gifts.

It had a Pentium 1 cpu, 16mb of ram, and an 800mb HDD. It ran windows 98 SE and I used it to play Starcraft 1 and Wing Commander. I remember I had to uninstall MS Office just to have enough room to install the Brood War expansion.
Eventually the HDD died and I think the thing got tossed, wish I still had it.

 

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#15
Amstrad CPC 464, which had a Zilog Z80A. It belonged to my brothers.
 

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#16
Apple Color Classic. :)
16Mhz processor, 4Mb of ram. Good stuff.
 
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#17
I'm a little surprised that I am the first TRS-80 reply. This was followed by a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, and then a litany of other early Tandys, Amigas, Commodores, you name it.
 

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ZX80, Dam i hated those hard buttons on it. a version of the ZX48 with the silly rubber buttons..

My favorite was thee ZX Spectrum 128 without the tape deck attached which every other model after was just pos. Good old days of lining the tape heads up with a small phillips.

I had some some hand held's that plugged directly in to the TV. Although i am not sure if DMS were the ones who made mine but every thing on them look 100% the same.



For me it started with the ZX81, a Z80 processor based machine by Sinclair. yes, bought from an ad in a Sunday newspaper magazine supplement, delivered by post. That's how it was in the UK in the 80's. But it was very rudimentary, and I quickly upgraded to the BBC Microcomputer by Acorn, bought in a real shop. It was when I first started serious programming in BASIC and machine code in 6502 and 65C02. For all those in the know, BBC BASIC4 was the business. Anyone else know how to PHA, STX, LDA, BNQ etc? The BBC was my first OVERCLOCKED machine, with an updated 65C02 processor and a clock-doubling circuit made by a company called solidisk. Real overclocking! 2x as fast!

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/85/ZX81_Sinclair_Research_advert.jpghttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...stored.jpg/300px-BBC_Micro_Front_Restored.jpg
I loved using that with the micro switches and all. Used to play a lot of chucki egg on it lol.
 
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#20
Well, first computer used was an IBM System/360 about 1973.
First built was an Altair 8800 kit, which used an 8080 processor.
First used for anything at home was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A with a TMS9900 processor.
First used at work was a Radio Shack TRS-80 model 1 with a Z-80 processor.
 
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#21
First computer owned - C64 (that was bought), the second one was at school called "COMPIS" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compis), here is a link to a picture of it: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=358

However, my father tried to build a computer once, the Z80. He had a big book with lots of diagrams etc. in it.
The second computer I bought myself, and was the Amiga 500 with Kickstart ROM, even had the Commodore screen - press a button on it and everything turned green!


EDIT: Oh, just remembered - we also had before the C64 something that could use a cartridge, with two analog joysticks (open gimball type), that did not re-center themself. It looks almost the same as the HANIMEX SD 070, but the controllers cables were fixed to the unit, and had an orange small button on each one of them. Could also connect a "lightgun" looking thing for the sportsgame cartridge, and the other game was just a car game.
If I recall correctly, the one we had was the SD 090 for the european market. I think I can dig up an old photo, scan it and enlarge / crop only the device.
 
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#22
Commodore PET, with trackball...

Similar to this :eek:

 

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#23
First computer owned - C64 (that was bought), the second one was at school called "COMPIS" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compis), here is a link to a picture of it: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=358

However, my father tried to build a computer once, the Z80. He had a big book with lots of diagrams etc. in it.
The second computer I bought myself, and was the Amiga 500 with Kickstart ROM, even had the Commodore screen - press a button on it and everything turned green!


EDIT: Oh, just remembered - we also had before the C64 something that could use a cartridge, with two analog joysticks (open gimball type), that did not re-center themself. It looks almost the same as the HANIMEX SD 070, but the controllers cables were fixed to the unit, and had an orange small button on each one of them. Could also connect a "lightgun" looking thing for the sportsgame cartridge, and the other game was just a car game.
If I recall correctly, the one we had was the SD 090 for the european market. I think I can dig up an old photo, scan it and enlarge / crop only the device.
A Compis? You must be nordic. :laugh:
 
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Norton...I owned that Packard Bell. If I recall it had a 'turbo button'? Can't remember.
Turbo'd from 8 to 12Mhz :D

probably the only time in PC history that the cpu boosted 50% by pressing a button. Went from real friggin' slow to just friggin' slow :p