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Reply 20 of 44, by Kamerat

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Another former Epox 8K3A+ owner here, photo taken August 2002: 🤣

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My workspace February 2003:

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Reply 22 of 44, by Kamerat

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Yes, on a GeForce2 MX, way overkill BTW. Also notice the diode on the back of the card that was moved before fitting the heatsink.

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Reply 23 of 44, by BeginnerGuy

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What boggles my mind is how people (me included) ever got on with so little deskspace, or rather, with the keyboard right at the edge of the desktop. My wrists ache just looking at it 😵

Yup. Here's a picture of my 486.. 33mhz DX, 4 megs of ram, ~256 meg hard drive... > $2000... ahhh the good ole days.
Pic taken somewhere circa 1992 or 1993 with an instant camera, scanned. It was in a closet with the door removed.

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That thing between the keyboard and tower is a label printer and the thing in front of the speaker on top of the tower was a hand scanner. Ahhh memories.

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Reply 24 of 44, by Repo Man11

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Kamerat wrote:
Another former Epox 8K3A+ owner here, photo taken August 2002: :lol: […]
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Another former Epox 8K3A+ owner here, photo taken August 2002: 🤣

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My workspace February 2003:

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One of the best things I ever did with my 8K3A+ was to remove the stock northbridge cooler. It was held on (barely) with thermal tape, and did very little. The board had mounting holes for a clip on chip cooler, so I took one from a dead motherboard, filed it flat, and used Arctic Silver thermal paste. Prior to that, I hadn't been able to overclock the bus speed by much, but after I did that, I was able to get it up to over 200 MHz. I finally settled at 209 MHz because anything over that began to affect the hard drive speed because of the out of spec PCI bus.

In late summer of 2004 I noticed that some of the caps were getting bulgy, so I replaced it with an 8RDA3+. I later recapped the 8K3A+, only to kill it by powering it on with a stick of RAM inserted in the slot the wrong way! Serves me right for working in dim light. In my defense, the RAM slots on that board were tight, and even when the RAM was right way around it took a hard press to make it fit in the slot.

Reply 25 of 44, by Roman78

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Here is a picture of my computer-room, back in 2002. Must have some more pictures from back than.

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Reply 26 of 44, by BeginnerGuy

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Roman78 wrote:

Here is a picture of my computer-room, back in 2002. Must have some more pictures from back than.

Heh, my room looked similar with all the posters circa 1998 with all the Korn and misc band and movies crap I had on my walls.

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Reply 27 of 44, by tayyare

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A post by me to a similar topic, with some very old photos and looots of explaining 😊

Re: First computers you've used

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Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
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MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 28 of 44, by dickkickem

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I wish I could post, but there's a photo of me as a toddler on my parents' 166MHz Pentium MMX Compaq Presario 8700 Series. Pic is dated 2002 or 2003. I need to find it though, however it's probably long gone in a box somewhere.

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My vintage rigs:
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HP Pavilion A520N - Working w/ WinXP
AST Ascentia M 5260X - Working w/ WinME
IBM ThinkPad 770 - Working w/ Win2K

Reply 30 of 44, by tayyare

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Roman78 wrote:

Here is a picture of my computer-room, back in 2002. Must have some more pictures from back than.

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Seven of Nine on the left and missus in the front? 🤣

GA-6VTXE PIII 1.4+512MB
Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 31 of 44, by tayyare

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Repo Man11 wrote:

...Here's my computer in 2003. Case was an Elan Vital (I only found out about it from the vintage computer thread, before that I had no idea what the brand was))...

Elan Vital T10! 🤣

Beautiful case. In where I live, they were somehow marketed as "Asus" cases. I used more than one T5 (the mid tower cousin of what you have) for years and I really loved them.

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GA-6VTXE PIII 1.4+512MB
Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 32 of 44, by harddrivespin

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Here is a picture of an /r/retrobattlestations user's (/u/STfanboy1981) setup in 2002 or 2003, one of the coolest setups I've seen in a long time:

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Reply 33 of 44, by Vegge

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Here's my desk as of 2002. From the left Pentium 200, Pentium 166@233 (stills runs like this to this day) and all the way to the right P2 350.

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I still have the machines but the 350 now has an p3 600 instead and G400max instead of MGA G200. The other two are more or less the same.

One year later is a lot different. T-bred B 1700+ 9700Pro. Quite a step up from the P2 350.

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Cable management? No.

Reply 34 of 44, by thevdm

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These are the oldest I can find for now, surely there should be some photos somewhere going back to my 386/486 era.

This is around 2007, so would likely be a C2D. What I've learn't from these photos is that my cable management was bad, I'm glad I quit smoking, phones were better back then (Nokia 9300 communicator and Sony Ericsson W800i) and that it's sacralige to have XP running via a monitor with an Ubuntu sticker on it.

Edit: I've just looked up and noticed that I'm using the same fan that's in the photo, must have been a good purchase as it's still going strong.

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Reply 35 of 44, by wirerogue

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my first build. started in 1997. this photo is from 1998.

complete with custom cooling and wire nuts!!!

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not sure what the soundcard is. maybe you guys can help?
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Reply 36 of 44, by harddrivespin

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Stumbled upon this picture I'd seen a few years back...

Here's the source: https://web.archive.org/web/20121231210319/ht … aster_computer/

(Archive date is from 2012 I know, but afaik the pictures themselves were probably taken in either 2007 or 2009 so they fit the timespan required)

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Reply 37 of 44, by Jo22

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My main computer until 2000 was a 286 PC (I watched its clock going back in time during the new year of 2000).
The picture was taken in the late 90s ca. 97-99, I believe. Around the same time was a total solar eclipse in Europe, i recall.

Specs:

- some blurry IBM colour monitor from the PS/2 line
- HP LaserJet Plus
- Genius Mouse
- Handy Scanner
- Commodore Mouse Pad

- Schneider BIOS
- 4MiB of RAM (SIMM)
- PAS16 sound card
- CDR-H93MV CD-ROM drive
- 80MB Conner AT-Bus HDD (used as 40MB model due to BIOS limits)
- 1,44MB floppy drive
- ATI VGA Wonder (on-board)
- totally underpowered power supply (~100W ?)

- MS-DOS 6.20/Windows 3.10 and PC-MOS/386
- Norton Commander 1.x
- QB45, GW-BASIC, Visual Basic 1.0, Turbo Pascal Windows
- CompuServe WinCIM, PhotoStacker, many desktop games for Win 3.x

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 38 of 44, by oeuvre

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harddrivespin wrote:

Stumbled upon this picture I'd seen a few years back...

Here's the source: https://web.archive.org/web/20121231210319/ht … aster_computer/

(Archive date is from 2012 I know, but afaik the pictures themselves were probably taken in either 2007 or 2009 so they fit the timespan required)

this build is nuts! hope the PC doesn't get too... jammed up... or burnt

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Reply 39 of 44, by wiretap

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My brother found a picture of my friends and I playing Duke Nukem 3D in 1997 on my Compaq Presario 9232. 😁

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