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Old 11-12-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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Where you got your computers?

I hope this is the right place to post this if not chould a admin move it thanks. I was just wondering where everyone on on here got there computers. I got my first computer off a freind for 50 bucks it was a old 233 about 4 yrs ago i got it my second computer i got a got from a diffrent freind that crashed it so i bought it from him also for 50 bucks 533 and just put slackware on it and works fine. And my newest computer i got i got from my dad it is a amd 1.0 he gave to me for building him a new computer so he chould play doom 3 on. lol I am now trying to find a labtop nothing great just a older one so if i am downstarts or something i can still connect to the internet and so but i am not sure where i should look for one. I wish i had the moeny to buy a new one but i dont so i just am looking for like a 333-500 proccesor. Post where you guys have found your computers and deals you got on them below.
Old 11-12-2004, 12:03 PM   #2
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well..not quite the place to talk about computer deals.. but .. just to brag about.. i have a PII 400Mgz Celeron form hell which i bought 7 year ago.. and guess what.. next month it's time for a brand new Sempron
Old 11-12-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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Got mine (Pentium III 560 MHz or close) for about $200 at a used-computer shop. Love it (despite problems with installations--not the computer's fault).

My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in about 1980! That didn't last long--sold it to a coworker who actually did interesting things with it.

Then I had a couple of Atari machines that I laboriously programmed stuff for. It was fun and challenging for the most part.

Then the big move up to a Tandy 100. Wow! Impressive... For the first time I got online to some bulletin boards. A 300-bps modem.

After that, a Vendex whatever-888 processor machine, the first real PC clone I had. It cost close to $900 and didn't even have a hard drive. I got a hard drive card (hard drive that fits in a card slot) put in it for ample extra dollars; a gigantic 20-Mb (mega, not giga) capacity. I felt powerful and elegant.

Got a lot of good use out of that, too, and wrote some nifty GWBasic programs both for home and the office.

Then concurrent with various laptops I got an eMachine that is at this moment sitting forlornly behind me on the floor. The first color display and Windows-equipped desktop I had. I think it was around $500 and that was in 1998, if memory serves correctly. I got it because I wanted to keep up with a friend who'd just acquired one of the original iMac's....

That put me on the internet.

When I got DSL service I found out to my chagrin that the eMachine couldn't handle it; I was locked into a contract; I went and bought my present computer. Then the Windows installed on it got fouled up, I paid for an upgrade to XP, only to discover that Microsoft won't upgrade an OEM installation, only a full version from them (how many people in the world even have such a thing?!)--and of course you can't return software. I was effectively conned out of $100 there, in my opinion. I swore never to use Windows again and I've kept my word. I installed Mandrake 8.0 on the new computer and have been using Mandrake since.

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Old 11-12-2004, 01:20 PM   #4
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in General and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

Although this is an interesting question, it's better suited for the General forum. That being said, my first PC was a blazing Pentium 133 with 16Mg RAM and a 1.6G drive. Bought it from Micron in 1996. -- J.W.
Old 11-12-2004, 05:47 PM   #5
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Ok, I got my first computer form Best buy? It is an AMD 500mhz compaq
My second computer I bought the parts off a few diffrent friends, AMD 2100+,
My 3rd computer I got mostly for free from some guy at work, minus the sound card and the nic.
My 4th computer I bought for $75 buck off a second hand store. I got duped it claimed to be an 400mhz computer, however it was not exactly that, it had an emulation chip on it that made it run at 400mhz but it was still running on a P133 bus.
Old 11-12-2004, 06:03 PM   #6
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All my computers ( 8 ) from the Auction
Our local TAFE ( tertiary education ) writes off its computers after 4 years ( tax reasons )
1 Pentium 200 64 Mb : running Mandrake 7.2
1 Pentium 350 128mb : running Smoothwall
1 Pentium 450 256 mb : dual booting win98 & Mandrake 10.0
1 Pentium 600 128mb : dual booting
1 Pentium 733 256mb : dual booting
1 Celeron 2600 256mb : dual booting
2x Pentium 350 196 mb : about to upgraded
one will run SME 6.0 ( server ) the other dual boot

my motto : why buy new when you can buy 4 or 5 second hand, unless you're a gamer of course, ... it suits my business purposes.

live long and prosper
Old 11-13-2004, 02:36 PM   #7
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I got a bunch of old ones my old high school was going to throw away. Nice 200 and 300 Mhz machines with 128MB of Ram
Old 11-13-2004, 02:44 PM   #8
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My first one was an old 386 running Windows 3.1 in 1995. That got stolen, so next was the Gateway Pentium 233 running Windows 95. I eventually built my own a few years ago, and that's what I'm using now. An AMD Athlon 2000+.
Old 11-13-2004, 03:02 PM   #9
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I gots 3 computers. The laptop is a Toshiba which runs Windows XP since my girlfriend is the only one that uses it. Bought that at BestBuy about 16 months ago.

Then I got a 500mhz Celeron box that my friend gave to me for a motherboard. Its my home server.

Then I got my main box which I built myself. Picture here.
Old 11-13-2004, 03:10 PM   #10
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Apart from my laptop which is branded
and my mail server (also branded) which I retired from my workplace,, and then resurected at home.
(Im the IT manager)

I build my own.... OR my talented 9 year old son builds them for me.........

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Old 11-13-2004, 03:37 PM   #11
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first computer was an athlon 1GHz from MESH for about 900 in about 2000, my second and third were given to me for updating other's computers and were a cyrix III 700MHz on a PC-CHIPS motherboard - thats given up the ghost completely and a PIII 1GHz on a gateway mainboard - currently my server, my main machine is an athlon64 2800+ on an msi mainboard, the board was given to me, I think I spent about 300 on that inc a 19" CRT monitor. thats about it, prior to my first computer I used my father's
Old 11-13-2004, 11:52 PM   #12
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My first machine :
1MB ram
Two 20MB harddisks (Seagate st 226)
CGA colour onboard , overruled with an ATI EGA-Wonder 800.
13" Taxan Plus EGA monitor.
AdLib Soundcard
3.5" , 720Kb floppydrive
5.25" , 360Kb floppydrive.

It was a BEAST in its own time....
(but that was before I got it....)
Old 11-14-2004, 01:46 AM   #13
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why my post get deleted?
Old 11-14-2004, 11:35 AM   #14
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Maybe you have just forgotten to click 'submit'? I know nothing about any deleted post recently.
Old 11-14-2004, 11:59 AM   #15
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Originally posted by nuka_t
why my post get deleted?
I'm with Mara on this, first of all, only the site admin can actually delete any posts or threads as mods do not have this capability. Secondly, we never delete posts or threads unless its an extreme or rare case in which most of the time the mods along with Jeremy take a vote to actually remove it.



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