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First post, by gerry

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To follow on from 'could you build a pc right now' i'd be interested in how many working computers you have right now

by working i mean you can plug in power, input & output devices and it will boot up without serious errors

a prize and pristine new laptop is a working computer, an old pentium with just enough to boot, an empty hdd and no OS as yet is also a working computer

i've just counted, i have 20 ! quite a silly number really, many of them hover around the P3/P4 era too, lots of similar PCs, about a third are laptops. Glad i can pack them away well enough not to take up too much space!

its a number i'm neither proud nor ashamed of, just the accumulation of cast offs, gifts and very cheap finds over years and years. if it works, or can be made to work fairly quickly, i keep it. they're no use to anyone else, too old, too fragile and hardware is very much at budget end, no cool graphics cards

not a pre-pentium among them (and i actually regret letting go of the 3 slightly unreliable 486s i once had and a cyrix, some laptops and an old p75) I'd have more if i had never moved or cleared out!

(btw, we should include non x86 computers too, some people have all kinds of interesting stuff)

Reply 1 of 40, by schmatzler

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- Thinkpad T21
- Thinkpad A22p
- ThinkPad R52
- ThinkPad X201
- Thinkpad L390 Yoga
- Fujitsu Stylistic 2300 Windows 98 Tablet PC
- Windows 98SE desktop machine (Tualatin 1.4GHz, Radeon 9600XT)
- Windows XP desktop machine (Q9550, 2x GTX570 SLI)
- Windows 10 main gaming machine (dual Xeon 24 cores, 64GB RAM, GTX1060)

So yeah, that's nine machines. Kind of a lot, now that I've counted them!
There are also two more ThinkPads here (A31, A31p) that could probably be fixed with a little bit of work. I like ThinkPads.

Reply 3 of 40, by Shreddoc

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The 20+ held by some seems to be a lot. Y'know?! 😉

I say that from my small home office, literally surrounded by several working setups of different eras and styles, various shelves full of components and tools, with multiple CRTs and more partial caseboxen distributed across different parts of the floor.

I also say, the more the merrier!, a sentiment wholeheartedly shared by the 12 screens notincludinglaptops in this room alone (only 4 set up in operation). Probably the only statistic in which I can even vaguely compete with you guys.

Reply 4 of 40, by BetaC

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Able to be turned on immediately:

  • Macintosh LC II
  • Pentium MMX 233 DOS machine
  • Powermac G3 B/W
  • Powermac G4 DP 1.42
  • Modern Desktop/Laptop

Working without any issue, but needs to be put in to a case to boot:

  • Pentium III/Voodoo3 or GF2
  • C2D/7900 GTX or GTX 280

Now if we are talking consoles, I am comparable to others.

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Reply 5 of 40, by Error 0x7CF

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30something, I think? A decent chunk of that is laptops, and another decent chunk is Pentium 4 Dell Dimensions. It's less of a storage problem than it sounds since I tamed the situation with with some IKEA Omar units.

Now, not all of those are working as well as I would like (very few are) but I can count my blessings.

Old precedes antique.

Reply 7 of 40, by Peter5557

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- 386 DX40 + 387FPU, 16MB Ram, Tseng ET4000, 2GB HDD - Dos6.22/Win3.11
- K6-3 450, 256MB Ram, 64GB CF, TNT2Pro, V2-12MB - Win95B
- Athlon1333, Radeon8500, 512MB Ram, 80GB HDD - Truform System - Win98Se
- Turion64 1,8Ghz, Radeon9600XT, 3GB Ram, 256GB SSD - Zero Noise System - Win98SE/WinXP/Win7
- Pentium4 3Ghz, V5-5500AGP, 1GB Ram, 2xWD Raptor 150GB Raid0 - Win98SE/WinXP
- Ryzen2600, 16GB Ram, 512GB M2 SSD, RTX2060 - PC for WoW, Valheim und online banking - Win10

Just the few i am sometimes playing with, have nearly 10 Pcs more that are standing around here 😀

Reply 8 of 40, by nemo1217

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-Ryzen 3800X, 32GB RAM, RX 5700XT, Gigabyte B550 Aoros Pro: Win 10 Daily Driver
- Xeon X5675, 24GB Ram, GTX 960, Supermicro X8SAX Motherboard: Windows XP retro gaming
-Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz Prescott, 2GB RAM, Nvidia FX 5500, Random OEM 865 Motherboard: Early Windows XP retro PC

I really want an IBM Aptiva Pentium /Pentium MMX machine, but I am tight on space 😒

Reply 9 of 40, by gerry

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it seems 20 something isn't out of place! and i know many of you could conjure up a few more from parts alone

having so many i know i favor a few for actually using with any regularity and i try to give them a role of sorts tuned to their hardware, but PCs are general purpose so their 'roles' are never firm

btw Peter and nemo - nice specs on those machines, i have nothing so optimal!

Reply 10 of 40, by gerry

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Shreddoc wrote on 2021-03-31, 00:00:

The 20+ held by some seems to be a lot. Y'know?! 😉

I say that from my small home office, literally surrounded by several working setups of different eras and styles, various shelves full of components and tools, with multiple CRTs and more partial caseboxen distributed across different parts of the floor.

I also say, the more the merrier!, a sentiment wholeheartedly shared by the 12 screens notincludinglaptops in this room alone (only 4 set up in operation). Probably the only statistic in which I can even vaguely compete with you guys.

12 screens! saying that i have 5, 4 of them 4:3 and none of them standout in terms of specification. No CRTs though, all let go some time back

Reply 11 of 40, by Almoststew1990

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I am limited firstly by space / screen space, and then by Case / PSU combos. I can have four desktops going at once (although I have space for 3)

At the moment it's:
3700X/ 6800XT / 3TB M.2 SSD system;
Q6600 @3GHz / 8600GT / 850GB SSD XP system;
P4 2GHz Northwood / 512MB / GF 3 ti 200 / SB Live / 32GB HDD with 98;
half of a Socket 370 system that will be 1GHz Coppermine / 512MB / ??? / YMF924

I also have:
i7 3470QH (or something) 8GB with a Nvidia 650M 15.6"
C2D T9300 / 4GB/ 8600GT laptop on Windows 7 15.6"
Pentium Silver N5000 4c4t 1.1 to 2.7GHz / 4GB / 32 + 64GB 12.1"

I have a few more boards, CPUs, GPUs RAM sticks etc to put together another few builds if I had the cases, PSU and space for it!

Ryzen 3700X | 16GB 3600MHz RAM | AMD 6800XT | 2Tb NVME SSD | Windows 10
AMD DX2-80 | 16MB RAM | STB LIghtspeed 128 | AWE32 CT3910
I have a vacancy for a main Windows 98 PC

Reply 12 of 40, by gerry

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BetaC wrote on 2021-03-31, 00:09:

Now if we are talking consoles, I am comparable to others.

consoles are indeed working computers, i didn't count them, i do have 4 working ones, nothing rare just leftovers of the past. Consoles from PS3 era onwards doubled up very well as online media systems and the like too

the spread of computers into 'other devices' is now vast (SBC, phones & various 'smart' devices) but i guess the less 'general purpose' they are the less i think of them as computers, even though that's what they are

Reply 13 of 40, by BetaC

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gerry wrote on 2021-03-31, 07:14:

consoles are indeed working computers, i didn't count them, i do have 4 working ones, nothing rare just leftovers of the past. Consoles from PS3 era onwards doubled up very well as online media systems and the like too

The PS3 is probably the best Bluray player ever made, yeah. And since I mentioned them, I will include the list below since it's mostly retro.

  • Sega: Master System (Snail Maze BIOS), Model 1 Genesis (Non-TMSS, VA4)/Model 2 Sega CD/32x (to complete the Abomination), Saturn (Model 2, Action Replay softmodded), Dreamcast(with an ODE/PSU/Fan replacement)
  • Nintendo: NES, SNES, N64 (Everdrive), Gamecube (EonGC HDMI/SP2SD/GBA Player), Wii (softmodded), n3DSXL(CFW), WiiU (CB-Haxchi), Switch (Launch Model, CFW)
  • Sony: PS1 (TonyHax), PS2 (FHDB/OPL), PSP 3000 (CFW), PS3 (Rebug), PSTV(CFW), PS4 Pro (7.55 Exploited)
  • MS: Xbox (TSOP Flashed), 360 (RGH), Xbox One X (My only unmodded recent system)
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Reply 14 of 40, by mothergoose729

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Work Laptop
Personal Laptop
Modern Machine
Nostalgia XP Machine
Actually good at games XP machine
Slot 1 DOS/WIN9x machine

I have most of the parts for a few computers but it is getting about time to sell off my excess stock.

Reply 15 of 40, by darry

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BetaC wrote on 2021-03-31, 18:41:
The PS3 is probably the best Bluray player ever made, yeah. And since I mentioned them, I will include the list below since it's […]
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gerry wrote on 2021-03-31, 07:14:

consoles are indeed working computers, i didn't count them, i do have 4 working ones, nothing rare just leftovers of the past. Consoles from PS3 era onwards doubled up very well as online media systems and the like too

The PS3 is probably the best Bluray player ever made, yeah. And since I mentioned them, I will include the list below since it's mostly retro.

  • Sega: Master System (Snail Maze BIOS), Model 1 Genesis (Non-TMSS, VA4)/Model 2 Sega CD/32x (to complete the Abomination), Saturn (Model 2, Action Replay softmodded), Dreamcast(with an ODE/PSU/Fan replacement)
  • Nintendo: NES, SNES, N64 (Everdrive), Gamecube (EonGC HDMI/SP2SD/GBA Player), Wii (softmodded), n3DSXL(CFW), WiiU (CB-Haxchi), Switch (Launch Model, CFW)
  • Sony: PS1 (TonyHax), PS2 (FHDB/OPL), PS3 (Rebug), PS4 Pro (7.55 Exploited)
  • MS: Xbox (TSOP Flashed), 360 (RGH), Xbox One X (My only unmodded recent system)

The PS3 is a great Blu-Ray player, but it does not do such a great job on DVD video content (natively interlaced SD content), unfortunately . Probably best to run those on a PC based player anyway with a custom image processing chain .

Reply 16 of 40, by BetaC

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darry wrote on 2021-03-31, 18:53:

The PS3 is a great Blu-Ray player, but it does not do such a great job on DVD video content (natively interlaced SD content), unfortunately . Probably best to run those on a PC based player anyway with a custom image processing chain .

You’re not wrong on that, but most people don’t seem to notice the interlacing issues as much as some people do. And hey, at least it’s not an absolute afterthought like with the PS4.

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Reply 17 of 40, by brostenen

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Unisys PW/2 Series 300 (286 machine, complete with EGA monitor and original devices).
486dx33 pure ISA slot's.
486dx2-80 VLB system.
5x86-133 PCI/ISA system.
Pentium-166 PCI/ISA system.
Pentium3-933 i915 chipset system (intel motherboard).
Commodore64 Breadbin (Revision 250407)
SixtyClone "Black Bessy" (Revision 250466)
TheC64 (not mini)
Amiga500 Rev. 8a.1 (modded to 500 Plus version and more upgrades like RGBtoHDMI as an example)
Amiga600 (2mb Chip, Furia020, IndiECS-2 and more)
Amiga1200 (stock config, semi bad floppy)
Amiga500 Rev 6. Upgraded and build into a PC Desktop case from 1994.
OrangePI Plus2 build into a black electronics project box with Linux server installed on a Sata HDD.
IBM Thinkpad T60 (or R60, cant remember exactly)
Acer extensa (something-celeron-something, cant remember model exactly)

Then I have a RaspberryPI 3, set up as a RetroPIE, yet that is not running as a computer though.
And finally I have my daily driver. A thinkpad x220 with i5 and 8gb Ram, running Ubuntu Mate.

As for consoles, then I have a few as well....

One non softmodded WII and one softmodded WII.
Playstation3.
Xbox360.

Don't eat stuff off a 15 year old never cleaned cpu cooler.
Those cakes make you sick....

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Reply 18 of 40, by clueless1

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6 machines that are "mine" are set up and either already running or ready to go with a flip of the switch. Plus my wife and son each have a computer, plus one ipad and a phone for each of us. I have several more that won't take much to get up and running (mainly get out of storage and connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse).

edit: my 6 machines:
1) HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Tower Win10. Upgraded with i7-4770, 12GB DDR3, GTX 1650S, 500GB Samsung 860 Pro, 2TB WD Green.
2) Lenovo V460 laptop. MX Linux. Financials laptop.
3) Acer Aspire 7736 laptop. MX Linux. Only using as Unifi controller for my wifi AP.
4) Generic Q6600 mid tower. Ubuntu Server Edition. 4GB DDR2, 36GB WD Raptor, 2TB WD Green. File server.
5) Dell Dimension 4100 WinME. P3-833, GF3 Ti200, V2 SLI, SB Audigy, 80GB WD.
6) Packard Bell Multimedia C110 MS-DOS 6.22. POD200MMX, 32MB edo, 4MB S3 Virge GX, Audician 32 Plus, DreamBlaster X2, Roland MT-32, 6.4GB Quantum Fireball CR, ViewSonic A75f 17" CRT.

The main ones that get used are the Win10 machine, the Lenovo V460, and the Packard Bell. The Q6600 is always on but only used as file server, and not used frequently at that.

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Reply 19 of 40, by RandomStranger

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If modern PCs included.

1. My current desktop daily driver a 2nd generation Ryzen5 based system.
2. HP Elitebook 8470p
3. HP T5740 thin client working as a DNS filter on my home network
4. Custom built NAS based on a Celeron G4930T running OMV

5. The XP -Vista quad build currently with only 3GB RAM and without the Vista drive.
6. The Prescott XP build
7. The Tualatin Windows 98SE build
8. A Dell Optiplex 330
9. The Pentium III Coppermine build
10. The since then restored HP Versa VE
12. The Pentium II build technically still under construction, but encased working and bootable.
13. A Celeron 433 budget build with 256MB RAM and Windows 2000. I don't remember the exact specs though I used it about a month ago.
14. The ASUS L7200 laptop
15. The Pentium MMX
16. The AST Premium II 486SX-20 I did some restoration on it since then.
17. The 386DX-40 fully restored

18. My universal AGP test bench. It's ready to run any time, but it's assembled on a salvaged motherboard tray on top of a desk.

I also have a Compaq Contura 430C which supposed to work, but I don't have a PSU to test it so even if it is, it's not actually ready to run.
I think I didn't miss anything.

edit:
I just noticed that consoles count. Then add:
19. Xbox 360S
20. Playstation 3 Slim

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