Computers.


Windows issues

I still remember the point at which I just *had* to get a PC. I was visiting Albert Baker's apartment and played Dune II on his 486/50 and thought it was just the coolest game in the world. I knew I just had to a get a PC. It still boggles my mind how much my PC cost when I bought it in December of 1995. Including the 17" Sony monitor, I paid around $4500 for the system. These days you can buy a kick-ass system for $2000!

I bought my system from a local clone maker, which is the only way to go if you have any interest in tinkering with your PC. This was back when I had zero PC experience. Now that I am pretty good at opening up the case and mucking around, I will probably build my next PC completely by myself. Upgrading a PC also fun, equivalent to others working on cars I suppose.

Below is the description of my PC. It's not here to show off (especially since it is pretty slow by today's standards), but I use this page to remember exactly what components I have in my system.

Products marked with a :) have pleased me the most.

Guts
Initially Upgraded to Current machine
HD Computer case :)
Intel Pentium 90 200 Mhz AMD K6


400 Mhz AMD K6-2
:)

:)

400 Mhz AMD K6-2 :)
16 Mb Goldstar memory, 2 8 Mb 70ns FPM SIMMs 16 Mb Goldstar + 16 Mb Toshiba memory = 4 8 Mb 70ns FPM SIMMs
64 Mb NEC memory = 2 32 Mb 60ns EDO SIMMs
64 Mb NEC memory, + 64 Mb generic memory = 4 32 Mb 60ns EDO SIMMS
256 Kb on-board L2 cache 256 Kb on-board L2 cache
+ IDT 7MPV6202 256 Kb PB cache upgrade
+ 32KX8 tag SRAM chip
512 Kb L2 cache
Asus PCI/I-P54SP4 motherboard :) Asus P/I-P55T2P4 Rev 3.0 motherboard :) Asus P/I-P55T2P4 Rev 3.0 motherboard :)
ATI Mach 64 Pro Turbo PCI 2Mb VRAM Matrox G200-TV Marvel graphics card 8 Mb SDRAM :) Matrox G200-TV Marvel graphics card 8 Mb SDRAM :)
Creative Labs 3D Blaster Voodoo2
NCR 53C810 PCI SCSI controller :)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32
3com Fast Etherlink XL 10/100 Mb TX ethernet NIC (3C905B-TX)
Mass Storage
Initially Upgraded to Current machine
Quantum Empire 1080S 1.0 Gb SCSI-2 hard drive (Windows 95, target 0) Quantum (formerly Conner) CFP1060S 1.0 Gb SCSI-2 hard drive (Windows 95, target 0)

HP SureStore 2000 model C3725S 2.0 Gb SCSI-2 hard drive (Windows 95, target 1)

Seagate Barracuda 34371W 4.0 Gb UW SCSI hard drive (Windows 95, target 2)


IBM model DNES-309170 91. Gb U2W SCSI hard drive (Windows 95, target 0)
IBM model DNES-309170 91. Gb U2W SCSI hard drive (Windows 95, target 0)
Iomega 100 Mb Zip drive (target 4)
Toshiba XM-353054 Quad-speed SCSI-2 CD-ROM drive (target 6) :)
Peripherals
Initially Upgraded to Current machine
Viewsonic P815 21 inch color monitor
Envisions 4e 24 bit, single pass SCSI scanner (target 5)
US Robotics 14.4 Sportster external modem US Robotics 28.8 Sportster external modem 3Com 56K internal sportster V.90 modem
Key Tronic keyboard
Logitech MouseMan Sensa mouse (paisley grey/black pattern)
Sound
Initially Upgraded to Current machine
Classe Audio model Twenty preamplifier (made in Canada) :)
Mondial Designs Acurus A-150 amplifier (made in U.S.A.) :)
Teac V-5000 3 head single cassette deck (made in Japan) :)
Philips CDC 935 5 CD carousel CD player (made in Singapore) :)
PSB Stratus Gold 3 way speakers (made in Canada) :)
Software
Initially Upgraded to Current machine
Adobe Photoshop LE :)
Microsoft Windows 95
Lots and lots of games by:

Blizzard
Bullfrog
Origin
Microprose
New World Computing
Looking Glass Technologies
id Software
Westwood Studios

"It would appear that we have reached the 
limits of what it is possible to achieve
with computer technology, although one
should be careful with such statements,
as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5
years."

	-- John Von Neumann (ca. 1949)


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Wednesday, 04-May-2011 23:36:17 PDT