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jcankrom
July 31st, 2007, 09:18 PM
I'm curious:
What's the oldest computer you still own.
Doesn't have to be in use, but you must still own it. And be honest if its only in pieces in the basement.

In addition to the several Commodore 64's in pieces in the basement, I have a Commodore Plus 4 in perfect working order, still in the original box.

(ok, so i cheated, that's actually at my parent's house. hopefully they haven't thrown it away!)

anyone know if linux works on a C64 :biggrin:

Milk & Toast & Honey
July 31st, 2007, 09:23 PM
Intel Pentium MMX 166 Mhz with 128 Megs of EDO RAM.

I haven't used it for years, and it has no harddisk.

If I have time, I would revive this computer, and certainly, I'll put linux.

lisati
July 31st, 2007, 09:28 PM
I have two Commodore 128s that were given to me, one with a monitor and one with a printer. They're not exactly in "mint" condition, but still usable. The last time I used one of them was about 18 months ago to make a simple title for a VHS video...

jcankrom
July 31st, 2007, 09:30 PM
my brother has a commodore "laptop"
i'm so jealous; it has a built-in 4 inch CRT monitor!
its an 18"x12"x4" box that weighs about 15 lbs

speedemonspecv
July 31st, 2007, 09:43 PM
A Packard Bell from 1998, 64 MB RAM, Pentium processor, 7 gig HD, and a Trendnet network card I bought for it last week. I'm turning it into a print server for my home network. It's easier to print a document from my laptop and have it come out the printer downstairs than to toss that document on a thumb drive and print it on my desktop upstairs. Plus I can now print from anywhere in the world!

@trophy
July 31st, 2007, 09:46 PM
A Vic-20 that I got rid of recently at a garage sale, and a Packard Bell Legend 300CD circa 1994.

lisati
July 31st, 2007, 09:46 PM
anyone know if linux works on a C64 :biggrin:

I don't recall coming across anything specifically for a C64 - it might proved to be a bit of a challenge to come up with a distro that works......

@trophy
July 31st, 2007, 09:47 PM
anyone know if linux works on a C64 :biggrin:


There's an OS for the C64, VIC-20, NES, etc called Contiki that you should check out... looks awesome.

smoker
July 31st, 2007, 10:04 PM
What's your oldest computer?

:):):)

yuvlevental
July 31st, 2007, 10:06 PM
http://missroche127.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/ama_brain_stroke_lev20_thebraineffectsstroke_01.gi f
even better

Incense
July 31st, 2007, 10:16 PM
I miss my C64. I think it's at the parents house. My oldest comp is a Macintosh Classic II. 1990 I think. Still works perfectly. I never thought I would fill up the 20mb hard drive...

sebbouckaert
July 31st, 2007, 10:22 PM
A 1999 pentium 500 mhz, with 384 MB of RAM. This actually was the first new "modern" PC I bought when my 3th hand 486 DX went up in smoke. It then had a 13 gb HD, and it came with Windows 98 SE.
Later I used it as a cheap DAW producing many fine demo tracks running Cubase VST on it, despite the ol' Sounblaster Live card and fact that most of my musician friends laughed with my "crap gear".
Nowadays I still use the machine everyday: it's hooked to our LAN. Running Ubuntu 6.10 and containing a 320 GB HD it is a file and print server, sharing music and pictures, some small video as well as my home documents folder (the latter not shared)

Malh
July 31st, 2007, 10:30 PM
oldest one i still own would be a palm VII

Atreus12
July 31st, 2007, 10:45 PM
Compaq laptop, 600 MHz P3, that I still use...daily.

I wasn't even aware of how old it was until I called Compaq tech support with questions about a bios update, and they said that my computer was 8 years old and that it was obsolete, and they wouldn't answer any questions about it.

I'll decide for myself when my hardware is obsolete thank you very much. :roll:

-Andrew

Nezing
July 31st, 2007, 10:56 PM
Sinclair Spectrum ZX Plus,circa 1984.It still works,Chookie Egg was my best game,along with the Battle of Britain,which could be "saved",at various stages,and could take weeks to complete. :)
The games loaded via tape,took ages to do so,and you could also learn simple code.I did not bother however.Great days.

init1
July 31st, 2007, 11:39 PM
I'm curious:
What's the oldest computer you still own.
Doesn't have to be in use, but you must still own it. And be honest if its only in pieces in the basement.

In addition to the several Commodore 64's in pieces in the basement, I have a Commodore Plus 4 in perfect working order, still in the original box.

(ok, so i cheated, that's actually at my parent's house. hopefully they haven't thrown it away!)

anyone know if linux works on a C64 :biggrin:
I have a VIC20, even older than the C64!

misfitpierce
July 31st, 2007, 11:40 PM
That I still own? hmmmm.... Pentium 4, 512mb ram, no vid card etc...

Basic desktop....
New laptop.... It's how I roll :)

Pinnocchio
July 31st, 2007, 11:44 PM
CBM Pet 2001-8 (calculator keyboard model).

ITT 2020 (It was an Apple ][ clone in a silver/blue case)

BBC Micro

Acorn Atom

Dragon-32

Assorted Sinclair ZX Machines

Compucolor - innovative for it's day....pc was built into a TV type chassis so it included the screen.....never really took off though (I think there were only about 500 made).

Compucore
August 1st, 2007, 04:47 AM
I still have here a 80286 motherboard hanging around here somewhere. with the CPU over here somewhere. And some ram for it as well. But the oldest that is still running over here computer wise is a Aptiva with an AMD K6-2 450 with 192 megs of ram. And a Cyrix 486DLC. ANd a 2 Nextstation with 17 in black and wite monitors for both of them. :D

Compucore

Dr. C
August 1st, 2007, 05:14 AM
I have a fully operational 286 with 1MB of RAM and a 10 MB hard drive. It has a 3.5 in floppy, So I can transfer data back and forth. Video is Hercules Monochrome and it does have an ISA nic card.

It is running MS DOS 6.22 and MS Windows 3.1 in Standard Mode (just barely)

forcesofhabit
August 1st, 2007, 05:30 AM
I may have a 486DX2 @ 66mhz in storage somewhere. I have an old Pentium MMX 233mhz machine w/96mb of RAM on a shelf in the room closest to me.

I somehow managed to get DesktopBSD (http://www.desktopbsd.net) and Damn Small Linux running on it. I wasn't surprised that DSL was useable, but DesktopBSD surprised the crap out of me running KDE and running and an ok pace.

Ocxic
August 1st, 2007, 06:06 AM
i just threw away a 25Mhz 386 5MB HD 1MB RAM laptop

steven8
August 1st, 2007, 08:09 AM
IBM PC 5150 circa 1983

Hallvor
August 1st, 2007, 08:17 AM
Commodore 64

Minki
August 1st, 2007, 08:47 AM
Mine is a Compaq Presario 1670. My best friend gave it to me. \\:D/

fistfullofroses
August 1st, 2007, 08:50 AM
8088 running HAL91 on the other side of the room.
I normally use to browse the web and whatnot when I am compiling something of a large size or to play nethack...

Espreon
August 1st, 2007, 09:13 AM
A Gateway Something (it is 7-years old). Desgined for Winblows 98, 256 Mb or RAM, 10 GB of space and the ATI Radeon card is good enought to run Beryl SVN+AWN at decent speed. It has Ubuntu 7.04, I plan to add an ethernet card to it, so I can hook it up to my wireless router to turn it into a server (I wanna make use of the 10 GBs, besides I will be the only one using it.

Taum
August 1st, 2007, 09:20 AM
I still use my Performa 550 (http://lowendmac.com/500/lc550.shtml) from 1994.


http://lowendmac.com/500/500-series.jpg

happy-and-lost
August 1st, 2007, 09:46 AM
We have some old tape driven machine from the early 80s somewhere in the loft... I should dig it out and find out what it is.

Chilli Bob
August 1st, 2007, 09:47 AM
An Amstrad NC100. I still use it regularly, because...
I only need unformated text for a lot of what I write.
It boots in a nano-second.
Battery life is measured in months, maybe years!
If I'm feeling geeky, I can do some programing in BBC BASICOf course you can't run Linux on it, but this guy runs CP/M on his....

http://www.geocities.com/homeofoscarvermeulen/zcn.html

Now THAT'S geeky!

WHiZZi
August 1st, 2007, 10:11 AM
The oldest I have is a Tandy TRS-80 Colour Computer II "White Model". It's from 1982:

Click here for the pictures of this machine! (http://home.hccnet.nl/b.v.d.akker/trs80/index.html)

Very cool machine. Only a few are made of this white model and as far as I know, this is the only working one in the Netherlands. It can produce 8 colors and has 64K of RAM. The OS is MS Basic and software can be loaded from a cassette player.

Next to this, I own a Philips P2000C from 1985 (including 2x Z80 and 1x 8088 CPU) and a Intel 386SX16 (and an extra 80387 copro in it, whoohoo)

handy
August 1st, 2007, 11:01 AM
A Casio FX 770p hand held that was required when I was studying for the electronics engineering certificate course at tech' college, purchased new in 1985.

I just gave a souped up Amiga 1200 away, I think that was probably about 1990 vintage.

I used to salvage whatever was useful from the redundant box's often including the box & take all the 386 & 486 motherboards to the tip.

dptxp
August 1st, 2007, 11:03 AM
P100, 32 MB RAM, Runs Windows 98. No cooling fan works.
I use it daily, it is my mostly used PC.

Incense
August 1st, 2007, 02:30 PM
I still use my Performa 550 (http://lowendmac.com/500/lc550.shtml) from 1994.


http://lowendmac.com/500/500-series.jpg

I was just curious, what do you use it for?

Thrasyllus
August 1st, 2007, 06:03 PM
Cromemco Z-2 (modified) from 1980; 64 Kbytes RAM and the best implementation of the Z80 processor (4.5 MHz) in its time, with Cromemco's CDOS, a primitive forerunner of CP/M. It is in my son's house in mothballs and should still be in working condition if the 5-inch floppies have not become corrupt.

For a while I used an SWTP terminal with it, but around 1982 I switched to an Osborne-1 running terminal emulation software called Oterm. The combination of Cromemco and Osborne was quite powerful, giving me acces to a 30 Kbyte log of everything I had done. I still have the Osborne as well.

Every other computer I owned eventually went to garbage, but I still cherish, and use, an HP 28-S calculator. Oh yes, there is also a Comptometer (maybe ca 1920) I got in an antique store for $20.

poe503
August 1st, 2007, 06:28 PM
I have some pretty old dogs in the garage but use only 2 old timers.

A 386 Toshiba laptop for diagnosing OBD II problems (on board computer controls for cars).

A P2, 266mhz Thinkpad laptop that I use daily as a digital transcription machine.

sumguy231
August 1st, 2007, 06:37 PM
Oldest computer: A Tandy Color Computer 2, with 16K of RAM and a sweet Tandy tape drive.

Oldest PC: A Gateway 4DX2-66. It's got a 66MHz 486DX, a whopping 32MB of RAM, and a ginormous 2 GB hard drive. (It came with an 800 MB drive, but I upgraded.) It's running FreeDOS 1.0. It was running Windows 95, but the drive was screwed up and it barely ran anyway. This is also the oldest computer connected to my network. Fun fact: this computer was manufactured on Halloween night, 1995. But it hasn't killed my family yet.

jcankrom
August 1st, 2007, 08:11 PM
The OS is MS Basic and software can be loaded from a cassette player.

i truly miss the days when (Commodore) BASIC was the OS.
i don't miss the cassette players...

Incense
August 1st, 2007, 09:17 PM
i truly miss the days when (Commodore) BASIC was the OS.
i don't miss the cassette players...

I don't miss the cassettes, but it was nice when typing "LOAD"*",8,1" could start almost any program.

moffatt666
August 1st, 2007, 09:47 PM
A P122 with 40Mb RAM and a 1.5Gb HDD. It's running Win 95 and it's pretty quick but the BIOS is hideous and it won't boot from CD and I don't have another computer with a floppy drive.

blueturtl
August 1st, 2007, 10:13 PM
I have a Compaq Armada 1592DT laptop.

Basically it's a 233 MHz Pentium MMX with 32 MB RAM and a 3 GB hard-disk. It also has CD-ROM and floppy drives. I added a wireless card and now it's a happy system for email / web browsing. Unbelievably the battery still works as well so it can even be used on trips for as long as 2-3 hours! The only problem is that the screen will go all white every now and then.

http://www.cs.uku.fi/~modinos/olrusty2.jpg

swoll1980
August 1st, 2007, 11:12 PM
My Brain. It turned 27 this year and still going strong.

AndyCooll
August 2nd, 2007, 12:22 AM
Not particularly old compared to some of those mentioned in this thread. However I have two Toshiba Satellite S2800-200. They have PIII 700gHz processors with 192mb RAM. The reason I mention them is that these are the laptops my wife and I are currently using on a daily basis.

:cool:

kamaboko
August 2nd, 2007, 12:28 AM
abacus

pandion
August 2nd, 2007, 12:42 AM
I still have an old Texas Instruments TI-99 4/A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TI-99/4A). I haven't used it in years, so it's back in the box. It is in perfect working order, along with several game cartridges, joysticks, etc. I also have an Intel 80286 clone PC that runs at a whopping 12Mhz in Turbo mode, and 4Mhz non-turbo. That PC works too, along with the original Seagate 40MB MFM (pre-dates RLL and IDE/ATA) hard drive (disconnected in favor of a two higher capacity IDE hard drives). The only thing wrong with the 286 is that the CMOS battery has long since died, so you have to run setup from floppy diskette (of the 5.25" 1.2MB kind) to configure the hardware so it will boot.

poe503
August 2nd, 2007, 12:43 AM
My oldest computer is my fingers.

My first electronic computer (other than the monster at college that ate cards for input) was a Texas Instrument TI 99-4A. It was a cool little silver job like a Commodore 64. I learned Basic on it. Some of the games (cartridge type) were very good.

My first serious computer was the original IBM pc. It had no hard drive, you booted DOS from 5 1/2 floppies. It was only really good for word processing. I recall that you were really something if you had the FULL 640kb on the board. When I got the 10mb hard drive, I didn't know what I was going to do with all that space.

Thrasyllus
August 2nd, 2007, 06:16 AM
Oldest computer: A Tandy Color Computer 2, with 16K of RAM and a sweet Tandy tape drive.

Oldest PC: A Gateway 4DX2-66...

Sumguy, your old Tandy, along with all the others that existed when computer buyers had a real choice, was a PC. PC stands for "personal computer", and the expression was in current use long before the unholy IBM-Microsoft alliance appropriated it.

Tsega
August 2nd, 2007, 06:51 AM
Mine is a Daewoo Intel Pentium III 1000MHz 384MB RAM 20GB Hard Disk. I have been using it for almost eight years now. It works fine except for some minor hardware problems due to neglect/improper use. Actually its the one that I've my Ubuntu Fiesty installed. (It sometimes freezes when it loads but I know that's not Ubuntu it's my hard drive.)

DjBones
August 2nd, 2007, 07:00 AM
I've used my dad's oldschool laptop..
its running windows 3.1, blue monochrome display..
relatively light -- you don't even need the handle really ;]

Proudman
August 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
Have a 486 DX2 40mhz with 8 mb EDO ram. :d don't know if it will still work tho. I also had a 286 laptop or something, cant remember it that well tho. Only thing i can remember, is that i couldnt move it arround. It had boot issues aswelll :D JOY!!!

Bungo Pony
August 2nd, 2007, 02:30 PM
Compucolor - innovative for it's day....pc was built into a TV type chassis so it included the screen.....never really took off though (I think there were only about 500 made).

I'm curious... do you have the tape drive for it that takes 8-track tapes?

I have a broken :( C-64 in the garage. I need to replace it with a working one.

The two other functional ones I have are the TRS-80 PC-3 Pocket computer, and the Sharp PC-1261 Pocket computer. They take up less space than a Commodore Pet :D

For those of you wanting a new OS for your C-64s, you can get GeOS for it.

I also have an old Acer 386 laptop (white) with 4M RAM and a 300M Hard drive running Win95.

ltk5
August 2nd, 2007, 03:20 PM
I'm curious... do you have the tape drive for it that takes 8-track tapes?

I have a broken :( C-64 in the garage. I need to replace it with a working one.

The two other functional ones I have are the TRS-80 PC-3 Pocket computer, and the Sharp PC-1261 Pocket computer. They take up less space than a Commodore Pet :D

For those of you wanting a new OS for your C-64s, you can get GeOS for it.

I also have an old Acer 386 laptop (white) with 4M RAM and a 300M Hard drive running Win95.
Wow, a tape drive!! :D
I've always wondered hot that looks like!

My oldest is a 233mmx pentium. Had one older, but threw it away :(,

metallicamaster3
August 2nd, 2007, 07:00 PM
I have an old Macintosh PowerBook Duo 210, From 1992.

The Q, Y, and G keys are missing...but they still work. I havent used it in months. And the only reason I booted it up in the first place is to show off to my friends that it still works :P.

-Motorola 68030, 25MHz
-80MB Hard Drive
-Mac OS 7.6.1
-8MB RAM

sumguy231
August 4th, 2007, 01:28 AM
Sumguy, your old Tandy, along with all the others that existed when computer buyers had a real choice, was a PC. PC stands for "personal computer", and the expression was in current use long before the unholy IBM-Microsoft alliance appropriated it.

I knew that PC stood for personal computer, I was merely differentiating between IBM PC compatibles and, well, non-IBM PC compatibles. But honestly, do you really wish for the days when there were a billion different micro architectures and no personal computers were compatible with anything that wasn't made by the same company? At least the IBM PC brought a standard.

Oh, and I just remembered that I have a broken TRS-80 in the closet. It doesn't even seem to get any power though, so I've been meaning to throw it away.

TravMan63
August 4th, 2007, 01:39 AM
It's no surprise at the number of C-64 owners - how many million did they make?

I may still have a 1 or 2 of them downstairs. (in both the original grey and the new style). They would both be older than the 128-D I have - fully functional with Jiffy-Dos, Geos, 2 monitors (one for 80 column!), and a (1MB?) RamDrive...

I think we last used it a month or so ago... and then one of my sons bought his own laptop (Dell C840) with UbuntuCE and Elive...

Ah the days of coding.. and the tick.. tick TICK KNOCK of the 1541 drive with protected floppies...

My grandma had one of those SX-64's (portable 64)...

jgrabham
August 4th, 2007, 01:50 AM
a c64.

its broken, but its still several years older than me.

GerryB
August 4th, 2007, 02:04 AM
A Vector Graphic computer (1980?) with Z80B/8088 microprocessor that runs on CP/M, 5 MB hard disk and max RAM of 256 K. Modems were called phone couplers, floppies were 5 1/4, Green Phosphor display screen and 64 K required for most programs. Got it in 1990 from a law firm that went over to an IBM PC. They had paid $15,000 at the time for the hardware and all the software they needed. It was worth $20 on the books, so that's what I paid for it. The floppy drive no longer works but everything else does (from last test). I think CP/M was based on UNIX..
Will keep for the kids or a local museum.

jimrz
August 4th, 2007, 05:54 AM
HP Vectra XU5/90
dual P90's
192 Mb ram
2 Gb hdd
NT4 sp6
14" vga monitor + some kind of tricked up video card arrangement

used as home file server for many years until recently when the power supply on it's old raid array burned up. never could get the raid array working again so, due to lack of storage, had to (though she did survive the incident with the power supply and still runs quite well) retire the old girl. :(

now using a Dell GX300 dual PIII 866's - 2x 250 Gb hdd's running feisty in her place.

voided3
August 4th, 2007, 08:32 AM
Compaq Contura 4/25c (i think that's the model) with a 25mhz 386, 8mb RAM and a 210mb HDD, and a IBM Thinkpad 365XD w/ 133mhz Pentium, 40mb RAM, and a 1GB drive. I also have a Compaq desktop w/ a 200mhz Pentium and 72mb of ram and another with a K6-III @ 450mhz and 192mb of RAM, but both currently are non-operational (Compaq is disassembled, K6-III won't boot past BIOS screen).

little_penguin
August 4th, 2007, 12:11 PM
The oldest computer I still own is a Compaq Armada 1574 laptop, 233 Mhz, 32 MB RAM

Lozz
August 4th, 2007, 12:19 PM
My brother refuses to buy a new machine & I help him maintain a 1999 Tiny (UK members may remember them) PC. I believe it currently has an 800mhz processor & 256mb RAM. Its actually working fining using Ubuntu Feisty although I have considered eventually putting Xubuntu on there for him.

As for me I don't actually own any ancient machines as the first one I ever owned is the same aforementioned crate, which belongs to my brother. Personally I'm just waiting for the hard drive to give up on it.

Atreus12
August 4th, 2007, 12:34 PM
The only problem is that the screen will go all white every now and then.

I have the same problem on my compaq. It seems totally random? If you ever figure it out, please let me know.

-Andrew

sanderella
August 7th, 2007, 03:07 PM
I have a Compaq Armada 7800, and I still use it with my CAD knitting program, Designaknit. Some knitters still use much older machines.:KS

CarVac
August 8th, 2007, 03:05 AM
2 people said they have 8088s, my dad has an operational IMSAI 8080.

Laz0r
August 8th, 2007, 03:14 AM
Apple Powerbook 180

raynman68
August 8th, 2007, 07:25 PM
I still have a functional Commodore Amiga 1000 that I bought in 1986 in storage. I also still own an A2000HD and an A3000 with a Video Toaster setup. Needless to say, I used to be quite the Amiga aficionado. PC wise my oldest rig would be a Dual P3-1000 which is currently being used as a file server while running Xubuntu 6.06 although I will probably upgrade to 7.04 here shortly.

pandion
August 10th, 2007, 04:46 AM
And the winner is??

-grubby
August 17th, 2007, 05:22 AM
a 286 ibm ps/2 still works and in perfect condition though it's just sitting there

K.Mandla
August 17th, 2007, 05:34 AM
This (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=294292) is/was the oldest, really. I no longer have it (yes, I know, the OP said I have to have it), but I did keep it on hand for a long time. It was fun to mess with.

glosman15
August 17th, 2007, 07:38 AM
my old NEC
Win95
Pentium 75mhz
64 mb RAM
1 GB HDD
CD-ROM drive

the oldest working computer

Toshiba Laptop
Win98
Pentium 133mhz
128 mb RAM
2 GB HDD
CD-ROM Drive

fenian
August 17th, 2007, 08:07 AM
I've got an Apple ][ in my attic.

use a name
August 17th, 2007, 08:31 AM
P90, neatly stuffed away, still working (with a lot of noise).
I still use my P-II 350 MHz. Running a linux server, of course. :)

@trophy
August 17th, 2007, 02:50 PM
P90, neatly stuffed away, still working (with a lot of noise).
I still use my P-II 350 MHz. Running a linux server, of course. :)

You have a computer in your P90?!?!

I want one...