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Mayukh's World: Old Computers Monday, August 21, 2017
Sub-sections
  • Introduction
  • Kaypro Portable 4
  • Commodore 64
  • Apple Macintosh
  • Nintendo NES
  • Super Nintendo SNES
  • Sony Playstation
  • 80286 Computer
  • 80486 Computers
  • Sony PCG-505TR Laptop
  • AMD K6-3 333 Mhz
  • Pentium II 400 MHz
  • Another Pentium II
  • Dell Latitude Laptop
  • Pentium III Computer
  • AMD Thunderbird 1.4 GHz
  • Pentium IV 2.53 GHz
  • Sun Ultra SPARC 1 170MHz
  • Old Computer Museum

    Introduction

    Welcome to my Computer Museum! For some reason, I really like to collect computer hardware and the first question that many people who know me ask is, "Why?". To tell you the truth, I have no idea why I have so many obsolete machines. What is even more amazing is that all of the computers on this page are in working condition and I still use some of them on a regular basis.

    My introduction to computers started off when I discovered the joys of programming my dad's PDP-11 computer at the age of 10 (or was it 11?). Anyway, it was a hot afternoon and I was working on my math homework in his computer lab, since it was air-conditioned inside. Suddenly, my dad asked me why I was working out all the problems by hand and showed me how to write a program to calculate simple interest in BASIC. So I decided to see if I could reprogram it to do my next chapter as well. The next thing you know, I was hooked for life. The PDP-11 didn't last too long and I worked my way up to a Sinclair ZX-80 Spectrum followed by a Commodore 64, the entire IBM PC family (from the original 8088 processor up to Pentium III), Apple Macintosh, Sun SPARC 4 and 5, HP Apollo, Intel Paragon, SGI Irix and Indy stations, Unisys Sequent and who knows what else. I've also hacked some real small hardware such as Telxon and Intermec handhelds and pocket PCs. Anyway, back to the main topic at hand. No matter how hardware has changed, there's always a certain charm in old hardware and so I guess that's the main reason that I collect them.

    Over the years, I've given away some computers to other people who really needed them, and my only regret is that I didn't take any pictures before I gave them away. If you have an old 8088-II powered IBM PC compatible made by Commodore or a Pentium-133 made by IBM, please send me some pictures for old times sake.

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    Kaypro Portable 4

    The Kaypro Portable computer was one of the world's first portable computers. This model features two 5-1/4" floppy drives, a built in keyboard and monochrome monitor. The back has connectors for parallel or serial printers as well as a serial I/O port connector. There's also a carrying handle included in the back. The keyboard neatly integrates into the front of the case and protects the screen from damage, when transporting the computer. The computer is built pretty solidly unlike the laptops of today, but it is considerably heavier as well.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Zilog Z-80, 8-bit, 2.5 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 64 KB in RAM, 2 KB in ROM.
  • Screen Resolution: 80x25 Monochrome screen.
  • Storage Device: Two 5-1/4" floppy drives.
  • OS: CP/M
  • Included Programming Languages: BASIC, COBOL, Small C, Kaypro's Assembler
  • Applications: I got lucky with this one. I have dBase, 3 or 4 versions of BASIC, Small C, CrossTalk (communications program), Wordstar, a whole bunch of games and other handy utility programs that came along with it.
  • Picture of my Kaypro Portable. You can't see the screen contents very well, but I'm playing "Hunt the Wumpus" on it.

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    Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was one of the early home computers. It came with an integrated keyboard, 64K of RAM, 16 color graphics, 3 channel sound chip, ports for joysticks, cartridges, printers and all you needed to do was use your nearest TV as a monitor and you were set. I saw one when I was growing up and I fell in love with its sound capabilities. Compared to a ZX-80 Sinclair computer, it had inferior graphics programming commands, but its sound chip was definitely the best one in its time (and for a long time afterwards as well). My friend's Commodore came with its own casette storage device and a mouse! I got my hands on an old Commodore 64C much later. My model came with an external floppy drive (with a 6502 chip in it!), a joystick and a whole bunch of games. I still use this machine occasionally to tune my guitars.

    Some Details
  • CPU: 6510A at 1.02 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 64 KB in RAM, 20 KB in ROM.
  • Screen Resolution: 40x25 text mode, 320x200 16 color graphics. I remember writing some code that managed to push this to 640x200 single color mode.
  • Storage Device: External floppy drive model 1541-II that uses 5-1/4" 160 KB floppy drives. You can use 320 KB disks by flipping the disk and using the other side and most of my games come like this. This was normally offered as an option and contains a 6502 processor in it, which makes the floppy drive a little more powerful than the computer itself. The 6502 chip was used by early Apple and TRS-80 computers.
  • Other Accessories: Joystick, Manuals, TV connector and external power supplies for the computer and the floppy drive.
  • OS: Commodore BASIC V2 in ROM
  • Included Programming Languages: BASIC
  • Other Applications: Lots of games such as Predator, Flight Simulator etc.
  • Picture of my Commodore 64. Note the accessories around it.

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    Apple Macintosh

    The Apple Macintosh was the first commercially successful computer to have a GUI on it. The computer came with an integrated monitor, keyboard, mouse and a GUI interface. My model is a Macintosh Classic SE toaster box. This computer was donated by a good friend of mine and managed to survive a car wreck with no damage to it at all. My Mac comes with a nice carrying case for the computer, mouse and keyboard. It has some nice games on it and some word processing software. I mainly play Crystal Quest and Othello on it.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Motorola 68000 at 8 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 4 MB in RAM, 256 KB in ROM.
  • Screen Resolution: 512x384 Black and White.
  • Storage Device: 40 MB hard drive, 800 KB 3-1/4" floppy drive.
  • Other Accessories: Mouse and carrying case.
  • OS: Apple OS 6.0 (or maybe 7.0. Will check when I turn it on again).
  • Included Programming Languages: C (Lattice C?)
  • Other Applications: Microsoft Word, Crystal Quest, Othello, some graphics and spreadsheet apps.
  • Picture of my Apple Macintosh Classic SE.

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    Game Machines

    Some people may not contain video game machines as true computers, but I feel that since they all have CPUs, RAM, ROM and input devices, they should be included in these pages. In this section, I will present three generations of game machines that I currently own. They are: Nintendo Entertainment System (8-bit NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (16-bit SNES) and the Sony Playstation. I inherited the 8-bit machine and bought the 16-bit deliberately. The Playstation was a fluke, since I'd actually gone to Fry's to purchase a printer cable. Somehow one thing led to another and I also ended up with a Playstation in my hands. I have several games, though my favourites are: X-Men (Nintendo), Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo), Diablo, Gran Turisimo (Playstation).

    Some Details
  • CPU: NES - Mostek 6502 8-bit (used by Apple, Commodore and TRS-80), SNES - 65816 16-bit processor, Playstation - R3000A RISC processor at 33.8 Mhz.
  • Memory: NES - 2 KB Internal RAM, 2 KB Internal ROM, 12 KB Memory Mapped Registers, 32 KB Program ROM. SNES - ??, Playstation - 2 MB Main DRAM, Sound RAM 512 KB, 512KB ROM, 256 KB CD Buffer, 4 KB Instruction cache, 1 KB Data cache, 1 MB Video RAM.
  • Screen Resolution: NES - 256x240 16 colors. SNES - 256x256 or 512x384 32768 colors and upto 128 16-color sprites. Playstation - 256x224 or 640x480 with 32768 colors or 16 million colors and dedicated JMPEG engine with 320x200 @ 30 frames/sec, 640x240 @ 15 frames/sec or 640x480 @ 7.5 frames/sec in 16 or 24 bit color.
  • Storage Device: NES and SNES - ROM Cartridges. Playstation - CD
  • Other Accessories: Controllers
  • Included Programming Languages: Now that someone's ported Linux for the Playstation, can GCC be far behind?
  • Picture of my Game Machines. Some of my games lying around the boxes.

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    Dart 286 Computer

    I remember when my dad got his first 80286 based computer very clearly, because most of my PC games went too fast on it and were therefore unplayable. I got this 286 around the time when Pentiums were first introduced, so it was very obsolete by the time I bought it for the grand sum of $20. The computer is manufactured by Dart Systems and comes with one floppy drive, 40 MB hard disk and a monochrome monitor. It's a pretty nice machine though and has some interesting games.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Intel 80286 at 8 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 4 MB in RAM, 256 KB in ROM?? (Phoenix Bios)
  • Screen Resolution: 80x25 text mode monochrome (orange) monitor
  • Storage Device: 40 MB hard drive, 360 KB 5-1/4" floppy drive.
  • OS: MS-DOS 5.0
  • Included Programming Languages: GW-Basic. I have copies of Turbo-C 1.0, Turbo Pascal 5.0 and some other languages which I can potentially load on it
  • Other Applications: Word Perfect, lots of text games (some compiled from BASIC sources) such as Madam Fifi's Whorehouse, CIA etc. Also some graphics games which won't work with a monochrome monitor, such as Chess 88, Digger, Space Invaders etc.
  • Picture of my Dart 286 Computer.

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    80486 Based Computers

    I currently own three 80486 based computers kindly donated to me by various people. At one time or another, some of them have had Linux loaded on to them. Currently these machines are in my apartment in running condition, but some of them have certain parts (CD-ROM, Keyboard, Network card etc.) cannibalized for other computers that I own. However, they all boot up perfectly although they're really slow to work with. Two computers are no name brands and the desktop model is manufactured by Packard Bell.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Intel 80486 SX/DX CPUs at 16-25 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 4-8 MB in RAM.
  • Screen Resolution: VGA 640x480 256 colors. 1280x1024 extended VGA for the Packard Bell computer
  • Storage Device: 100-200 MB hard drives, 360 KB 5-1/4" floppy drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy disk, CD-ROM at 1x speed.
  • OS: MS-DOS 6.22, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Slackware 4.2, Red Hat 5.1.
  • Included Programming Languages: GW-Basic, Turbo-C, Turbo Pascal, Borland C++ 5.
  • Other Applications: Lots of games, word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Picture of my 80486 based computers.
  • Another picture of my 80486 based computers.

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    Sony PCG 505-TR Laptop

    This Sony laptop was my first laptop after a very long time. I bought this one at a discounted price at Fry's, since the model was being discontinued. This laptop was one of the lightest and slimmest ones around when it first came out. The case is purple colored and made of magnesium. The Sony logo is painted on top in such a way that you have to rub it to figure out that it's painted on and not etched!!. My brother and I still use this laptop, when we need to carry a small computer along for certain trips. I decided on this particular model, since the CD-ROM and floppy drives are external devices. My reasoning is that you don't really need a CD-ROM or floppy drive, once you've loaded all the software you need onto the computer. So why carry the extra weight around all the time? This Sony laptop has been a faithful companion to a couple of road-warriors and will continue to serve us in the near future. UPDATE (07/22/2002): After a long time, the battery on this laptop died. I had to special order a new battery and so I got a higher capacity batter for it. Also, since I managed to get my hands on a more powerful Dell Inspiron laptop (see below) I pulled out Windows 98 SE from this laptop, reformatted the hard drive and loaded it with Red Hat Linux 7.2. This laptop now serves as a development webserver and SQL server for when I go to a book store or cafe to program. Ever since I loaded Linux on this laptop, I've noticed that the battery lasts longer and the machine actually heats up less :-).UPDATE (02/02/2003)This laptop was converted back to Windows for my European Tour, just so I could use my digital camera on it. After I came back, I reloaded Red Hat Linux 8.0 on it.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Intel Pentium at 300 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 64 MB in RAM (Sony BIOS)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 16 million colors
  • Storage Device: 6 GB hard drive, 1.44 MB external 3-1/2" floppy drive (detachable), 16x speed external CD-ROM (detachable).
  • Other features: Built in 56K modem, infra-red port, firewire port, USB port. Weighs around 3 pounds (approx. 1.36 kgs) and is less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) high. Also packs a new longer life (4 hour) battery.
  • Other Accessories: Track ball, External device connector (to connect external keyboards, mice, printers, monitors etc.), 100 Mb Netgear FA-411 PCMCIA network card (used to have 10 Mb Soho PCMCIA Network card), 11 Mb Netgear MA-411 PCMCIA Wirless Network Card, Carrying case (backpack, in this case -- personal preference).
  • OS: Red Hat Linux 8.0. It used to run Windows 98.
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, g++, python, perl etc.
  • Other Applications: Apache, MySQL, KDE, blackbox etc.
  • Picture of my Sony PCG-505 TR computer. This computer is called tull on my home network

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    AMD K6-3 333 Mhz Computer

    My brother bought this computer at a show in Pomona, with the explicit idea of loading Linux on it. We decided that we needed a moderately powerful linux box (instead of the 486s we were using at that time) because (a) our regular windoze boxes were all Pentium-II class (400 Mhz clock speed minimum) (b) The Packard Bell 486 was damned difficult to add new hardware to it and the other two 486s were less powerful 16 Mhz models. It was already a little obsolete when he bought it, but Linux doesn't need the best hardware to run on it. It originally had an Intel Pentium 120 Mhz processor overclocked to 166 Mhz, with a really crappy motherboard and case. We added first one and later two hard drives (1 MB and 2.5 MB) which were cannibalized from some of the 486s above. This box had two 10 Mb network cards (NE2000 and Kingston) and one 100 Mb (Linksys) cards attached to it simultaneously at one time, when I was using it to learn about routing. Now that we have our new hardware router, I've only retained the Linksys card. This computer also saw a succession of Linux versions installed on it (beginning with the Slackware 4.2 when I pinched the first hard drive from a 486 with linux already installed and progressing onto various versions of Red Hat from 5.1 all the way to 6.2). This computer originally had a cheap 36x CD-ROM when we bought it at the fair, but the Red Hat installer refused to recognize it. So I swapped the CD-ROM with a 4x Creative Labs CD-ROM from one of my 486s (the tallest one), which I knew worked fine. The 4x drive is still on this computer. This computer used to be my test bed apache and mysql server. In fact, the test bed coding (HTML, PHP, Perl, C etc.) for www.mayukhbose.com was done on this computer. UPDATE (02/02/2003): This box used to run FreeBSD 4.6 for a while. Now she runs NetBSD 1.6-CURRENT as I managed to get some new hardware and juggled my OSs around.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Originally 120 Mhz Pentium processor (overclocked to 166 Mhz). Now has a new AMD K6-3 processor with 333 Mhz clock speed.
  • Memory: 32 MB in RAM originally. Now has 128 MB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 800x600 256 colors or 16 million colors, 1024x768 256 colors
  • Storage Device: 1 GB and 2.5 GB hard drives, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 4x speed CD-ROM.
  • Other features: 100 Mb Linksys network card, serial 3-button mouse, epson FX-80 dot-matrix printer attached to the printer port, 16-bit Sound Blaster card, SiS video card (had trouble getting X to run in Red Hat linux < 6.0).
  • OS: NetBSD 1.6-CURRENT. It used to run Linux, which I upgraded with each new version, starting from Red Hat 5.1 up to Red Hat 6.2. For a while, I ran FreeBSD 4.6-RELEASE on it, when I got another box for Linux.
  • Included Programming Languages: C (gcc), C++ (g++), perl, php.
  • Other Applications: Apache. For now, this is going to be an experimental box for NetBSD.
  • Picture of my Pentium 333 Mhz NetBSD computer. The hostname of this computer is jimihendrix.

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    Pentium II 400 Mhz

    This computer was assembled by my brother, myself and a couple of friends over a christmas vacation a few years ago. It all started when my brother had bought a 400 Mhz Pentium II computer from a small shop in Burbank. It was a bad deal and he had to go back twice within a fortnight, because the computer would not boot up correctly. The dealer changed the hard disk once and reinstalled the OS twice. Also, my brother discovered that some parts inside the computer were not originals, but rather some cheap Chinese clones. Finally, he returned the computer to the dealer and demanded his money back. The dealer complied (minus the cost of a copy of Windows 98, since we opened the shrink-wrap) and so my brother had approx. $2000 in his hands around christmas time. So we rushed over to Fry's within 15 minutes of closing time and four of us rushed around the store madly collecting various parts. We subsequently assembled this kick-ass (for its time) computer in the next couple of hours and my brother still uses it now. It was one of the first computers in our neighbourhood to have a CD burner, a DVD drive (DVDs weren't that popular then, but my brother is a forward-thinking guy) and also a 19" monitor. This computer has had more and more hardware added to it over the years and now has pretty much all slots and ports used up. UPDATE (07/27/2002): My brother got himself a 1.4GHz computer and so he transferred one hard disk and the DVD drive to his new computer. This computer was converted to my new Linux Box and I use it as a testbox under Apache, PHP, MySQL, perl, python etc. I've also installed Kylix 2.0 Professional on this box and now use it as my current Linux devvelopment box. UPDATE (02/02/2003):This box now runs FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Pentium II 400 Mhz processor.
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM originally, upped to 384 MB RAM. Now lowered to 256 MB, as 128 MB was used for the AMD box above.
  • Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 24 bit color. TNT M-64 32 MB. This machine has also had (in descending order) a GEForce DDR-DVI 32 MB, ATI TV-Wonder Card and an ATI All-in-wonder card when it ran Windows.
  • Storage Device: 10 GB IBM 7200 RPM Hard Drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 4/32 Toshiba DVD-ROM and 2/2/6 Samsung CD-RW drive.
  • Other features: 100 Mb Linksys card, Sound Blaster Live card, 5 cooling fans, 2 USB ports.
  • OS: FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE.
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, php, perl, g++.
  • Other Applications: Apache, nmap, X, games etc.
  • Picture of my Pentium II 400 Mhz computer. This computer is named "ledzeppelin" on my home network.

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    IBM PC 300-GL

    I won this computer at an office lottery some time in early 2002. However, since the company HQ is in NYC, it took me a while (and about a dozen e-mails to various managerial types) to actually claim my prize. When I brought it home, there was only one thing I could think of for this box -- loading Open BSD. So I dutifully went off and ordered my Open BSD CD and while waiting for it, I installed Open BSD by FTP install. For now, I've just loaded X, Blackbox, Apache, MySQL, PHP etc. on this box. I'm learning about system administration for Open BSD on this computer. One day, I may set up qmail, djbdns and maybe PF or IPF, just to play around with it. UPDATE (02/02/2003): Reloaded with OpenBSD 3.2 and updated to -CURRENT.
    Some Details
  • CPU: Pentium II 400 Mhz processor.
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 24 bit color. S3 Trio 3D AGP video card.
  • Storage Device: 6.5 GB Quantum Fireball Hard Drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 24x CD ROM drive
  • Other features: 100 Mb 3c905B network card, ESS 1868 sound card, 2 USB ports.
  • OS: OpenBSD -CURRENT (started with 3.2)
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, perl, g++, php etc.
  • Other Applications: Apache, mysql, XFree86, Blackbox, pf, nmap, some productivity tools.
  • This computer is named "blacksabbath" on my home network.

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    Dell Latitude Laptop

    I bought this laptop off an office mate of mine, for real cheap. It had a non-functioning battery and a 4 GB hard drive. So I immediately ordered a new battery for it. Additionally, the computer had a 100 Mb 3Com PCMCIA card originally, but my officemate had lost the dongle for it. I couldn't find a replacement dongle at the neighbourhood Fry's Electronics, so I bought a 100 Mb Netgear FA-411 card instead. While I was at it, I also bought a 20 GB Fujitsu hard drive. This computer is now mainly used by my brother, but I use it once in a while as well. It is used mainly for book reports and some software development. We also have some games loaded for whenever we're on the road.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Intel Pentium-II at 400 MHz clock speed.
  • Memory: 128 MB in RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 16 million colors
  • Storage Device: 20 GB Fujitsu hard drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive (detachable), 16x speed external CD-ROM (detachable).
  • Other features: Infra-red port, 1 USB port, 2 PCMCIA slots. Weighs around 8 pounds. Also packs a new longer life (4 hour) battery.
  • Other Accessories: 100 Mb Netgear FA-411 PCMCIA Network card, Carrying case (backpack, in this case -- personal preference).
  • OS: Windows.
  • Included Programming Languages: Delphi 6.0, C++ Builder 4.0, Visual Studio 6.0, Python.
  • Other Applications: Office, Internet Explorer, some games.
  • Pictures coming soon.

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    Pentium III 550 Mhz

    This is a dual processor machine that I usually work with. I had received a bonus at work and the money went into buying a new computer. It was assembled by the same firm who custom make the servers for my company, so I knew I was getting a great deal and top-quality parts. I only bought the video card, sound card and CD-RW separately. UPDATE (02/02/2003): This computer is now running Red Hat Linux 8.0.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Dual Pentium III 550 Mhz processors.
  • Memory: 256 MB Server RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 24 bit color. ATI Rage Fury Pro Card.
  • Storage Device: 20 GB IBM 7200 RPM hard drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 10/10/32 Hewlett Packard CD-RW and 32x Toshiba CD-ROM drives.
  • Other features: 100 Mb 3Com card, Sound Blaster Live card, 4 cooling fans, 2 USB ports, 17" monitor.
  • Accessories: HP Deskjet 940C printer, headphones and microphone
  • OS: Red Hat Linux 8.0 (SMP) with patches.
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, g++, perl, scheme, php, octave, pretty much anything that came with a full installation of Red Hat 8.0. I plan to install Kylix 2.0 one of these days, when I find some time to do it.
  • Other Applications: Mainly productivity tools and Emacs. Also has Linux Games like Heroes of Might and Magic III, Myth II and Tux Racer. :-)
  • Picture of my Pentium III 550 Mhz computer. This computer is called "ironmaiden" on my network. This website is mainly developed on this computer and then uploaded to its final destination.

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    AMD Thunderbird 1.4 Ghz

    My brother assembled a 1.4 GHz computer for his friend a while back and after that, he decided that he needed an upgrade too. So he bought all the necessary parts and built himself an AMD 1.4 GHz Thunderbird based computer. He scavenged some of the parts of his old 400 Mhz computer (which has since become a linux box called ironmaiden on my home network) and put together a new system. The tricky part however, was the OS. Windows XP refused to recognize his TV card and so he was stuck with Windows 2000. However, with the addition of some newer drivers, his computer would mysteriously blue screen on him sometimes. His friend's computer, which my brother had built for him with identical parts, didn't exhibit this behaviour. My brother pretty much replaced all the parts, trying to figure out the problem. Then it started to get worse and would blue-screen for no reason at all after about an hour of use. The blue-screen messages made no sense at all either. In a fit of frustration, my brother installed Red Hat Linux 7.3 on it, hoping to get a more verbose error message. Since then, the machine has started to function properly and hasn't crashed once! So, my brother figured out how to accomplish most of the tasks that he used it for, when it ran Windows and he's perfectly happy with it now. We still haven't figured out how to get the TV card to work though, but most of the other tasks can easily be carried out with Linux equivalents or running the Windows applications under Wine. The 20 GB drive is formatted using ext3 file system and contains the linux OS and tools. The larger 30 GB drive still has the old FAT32 file system, collection of mp3s (all LEGAL too, because we owns the CDs that he ripped them from!) and windows applications on it.

    Some Details
  • CPU: AMD Thunderbird 1.4 GHz processor.
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM.
  • Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 24 bit color. GeForce DDR-DVI 32 MB RAM.
  • Storage Device: 20 GB and 30 GB IBM 7200 RPM Hard Drive, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 4/32 Toshiba DVD-ROM and 2/2/6 Samsung CD-RW drive.
  • Other features: 100 Mb Linksys card, Sound Blaster Live card, 5 cooling fans, 2 USB ports.
  • Accessories: Scanner, HP 3100 Laser Printer, Epson color 400 inkjet printer, Kodak DVC-323 camera, Sidewinder pad and Joystick, Thrustmaster Joystick, Thrustmaster Driving Wheel and Pedals, Wacom tablet, USB Radio, Altec Lansing Speaker System, Microphone and Headphones.
  • OS: Red Hat Linux 7.3
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, python, perl, ruby, g++, Kylix 2.0 and pretty much any language that comes with a complete Red Hat installation.
  • Other Applications: Wine, lots of games and productivity tools. Lots of windows applications that can be run using Wine.
  • Pictures coming soon.

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    Pentium IV 2.53 Ghz

    This computer was assembled in late 2002, as a birthday present to myself. I woke up on my birthday and realized that I hadn't bought myself anything. So I quickly rushed over to Multiwave Direct and ordered the parts online. Then I drove over to their warehouse and picked up the parts. I got some additional coloured fans and thermal compound at Fry's electronics and then, my brother and I put the whole thing together. This computer is now my new Windows box and has a few games and productivity tools.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Pentium 4 2.53 GHz processor.
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 32 bit color. ATI Radeon 9500 Pro Graphics Card.
  • Storage Device: 80 GB Hard Drive with 8MB buffer, 1.44 MB 3-1/2" floppy drive, 24x Toshiba DVD/CD-RW drive.
  • Other features: Gigabyte motherboard with 533 MHz bus, 100 Mb Intel EtherExpress card, Sound Blaster Live card, 4 cooling fans (2 with coloured LEDs), 2 USB ports.
  • Accessories: HP 940C Printer, Headphones.
  • OS: Windows 2000 Pro.
  • Included Programming Languages: Python. Going to reinstall C++ Builder and Delphi one of these days.
  • Other Applications: Games such as Diablo II, Dark Age of Camelot, Soldier of Fortune - Double Helix Gold, Warcraft III etc.
  • Pictures coming soon. This computer is called "HellRaiser" on my home network.

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    Sun Ultra SPARC-1 170 MHz

    This computer was donated to me by my good friend, Peter Wojciechowski. He also supplied me the Sun Solaris 7 CD and Debian Linux (woody) CDs, but I decided to install OpenBSD 3.5 on it, mainly because they had just replaced the gcc compiler and needed people to test packages. Also, NetBSD's installer didn't see the drives correctly and I didn't want to manually correct it. So it was OpenBSD for me and I must say I'm happy with it so far.

    Some Details
  • CPU: Sun Ultra SPARC (64 bit) 170 MHz processor.
  • Memory: 64 MB RAM.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 Possibly a TurboGX card?
  • Storage Device: Two 2 GB Seagate ST32550W SCSI2 drives, one CyberDrv SCSI2 CDROM and one 3.5" floppy drive.
  • Other features: 64 bit CPU, sound card
  • Accessories:
  • OS: OpenBSD 3.5
  • Included Programming Languages: gcc, g++, perl, python, ruby
  • Other Applications: Emacs, Apache, Blackbox, KDE.
  • Pictures coming soon. This computer is called "judaspriest" on my home network.

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