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Reply 20 of 38, by gerry

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interesting and probably makes sense that some of us have quite a few consoles too

by and large we do have diverse collections of computers

mothergoose729 wrote on 2021-03-31, 18:49:

Nostalgia XP Machine
Actually good at games XP machine

that made me smile, how true that a 'nostalgia spec' also brings with it the oft below par game performance of the machines we had in our younger days!

Reply 21 of 38, by gerry

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brostenen wrote on 2021-03-31, 21:39:
Unisys PW/2 Series 300 (286 machine, complete with EGA monitor and original devices). 486dx33 pure ISA slot's. 486dx2-80 VLB sys […]
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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.

all those amigas! reminds me that i have one stored away, an a500 with a whole 1mb ram! I'm sure it would work, but admit not fired up for 15 + years so i shouldn't be so sure really

the Raspberry Pi is a general purpose computer really, plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and launch a suitable OS and there isn't much between that and many a PC

when given a specialist role such as RetroPie, whilst its obviously a computer it starts to be a little more console / device like in role. I'm talking in circles! it counts 😀

also, reminded me of when some enthusiasts would take mame running on a PC into an arcade cabinet - i'm sure it still happens but now the computer running it could be a tiny SBC

Reply 22 of 38, by comp_ed82

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right now? 16.

My currently linked up machines:
1. My current daily (Core2Duo era iMac)
2. Dell Optiplex GX240 (SDRAM P4, dual boots XP and 98)
3. AMD Athlon II X4 (Windows 10 Steam game box)
4. Beige box 865/P4/DDR (XP GOG game box)
5. Intel Atom gateway box/FTP/DLNA/proxy server
6. Nehalem Xeon file/VM server (XigmaNAS)
7. Core 2 Quad powered Emby media server
8. Celeron D2500 (really a souped up Atom) running Proxmox and an X environment locally; kind of a backup Linux workstation
9. i5 Sandy Bridge crypto CPU miner

My available but inactive machines:

desktops:
1 SFF 945 chipset P4 Frankenbox
1 Dell Vostro 200 (my former daily, Wolfdale Pentium dualcore)
1 2006 Mac Mini (core duo, 32bit only)

My laptops:
1 Dell Latitude CPiA (Pentium II) with dock
1 Acer netbook (Atom N270)
1 tangerine G3 Apple iBook
1 Dell Inspiron 710m (Pentium M) laptop

Reply 23 of 38, by brostenen

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gerry wrote on 2021-04-01, 07:50:
all those amigas! reminds me that i have one stored away, an a500 with a whole 1mb ram! I'm sure it would work, but admit not […]
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brostenen wrote on 2021-03-31, 21:39:
Unisys PW/2 Series 300 (286 machine, complete with EGA monitor and original devices). 486dx33 pure ISA slot's. 486dx2-80 VLB sys […]
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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.

all those amigas! reminds me that i have one stored away, an a500 with a whole 1mb ram! I'm sure it would work, but admit not fired up for 15 + years so i shouldn't be so sure really

the Raspberry Pi is a general purpose computer really, plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and launch a suitable OS and there isn't much between that and many a PC

when given a specialist role such as RetroPie, whilst its obviously a computer it starts to be a little more console / device like in role. I'm talking in circles! it counts 😀

also, reminded me of when some enthusiasts would take mame running on a PC into an arcade cabinet - i'm sure it still happens but now the computer running it could be a tiny SBC

Yup. The RaspberryPI boards are wonderfull small computers. They can be used for so many jobs. Like a simple desktop setup for light computing tasks like email and stuff. Other boards from other makers, that share the same "DNA" are suitable for simple personal file servers. And they are a god send for vintage computers. We have cheap upscalers for machines such as Amiga's, C128, BBC Mikros, Tandy1000's and PC's with EGA/CGA. They can be used for Amiga accelerators (StormPI or was it PiStorm), co-processor for Amiga500 (PI-314 cards) and much much more.

You need to test that Amiga500 you have. Refurb it, and install Gotek plus RGBtoHDMI. Then you have an awesomme vintage gaming machine, for more than 70 percent of all Amiga games. Just slam a 512k mem upgrade in the trapdoor as well, if you do not have it already. I mean. If you experienced the golden days of Amiga back then. Then you will not need a 1200, if the goal is to experience those games you grew up on.

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

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Reply 25 of 38, by 386SX

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I thought reading from other comments that there were many people using old hardware as daily machines but I think I'm one of the few that doesn't have modern config up and running. 😀
Up and running I've only a zero-noise mini-itx with PicoPSU pc based on a dual core Atom D2x00, 4GB DDR3@1066, 120GB SSD, integrated audio and a minimal software based drm gpu driver with a modern Linux kernel and LXQt gui cause I can use the internal GPU features only with Win 7/8 and lately I'm on linux. No dvd drive and 15W maximun power at the plug. As retro machine I've a Am386DX-40 high end self built machine but waiting to buy and install a time correct 5xxMB ide disk into that cause the previous one was loosing data after every reinstallation.
I could build most types of 90's and up to 2010 configs but the most powerful config I could build is a E8600/8GB DDR3 on G41 chipset and a GT610 card that anyway is more than enough for an everyday machine.
I only have few more modern cpu around but still quite old (like for LGA1150, 1156, 1155 sockets but no mainboards).
Game console instead I've many retro ones from Sega, Sony, Nintendo portables, Commodore 64, etc..

Reply 26 of 38, by chinny22

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all hooked up to power, kvm, network, etc
POD 83, Cirrus logic VLB, Dos PC
5x86 133, S3 Virge PCI, Dos/ Win95 PC
Dual PPro Matrox M3d, Dos/NT3.51,
Dell XPS T500 P3 1Ghz, V3 + GF4 Ti4600, Win98 Games PC
Slot A 600Mhz, Voodoo Banshee Alternate Win98 PC
Dual P3 600 , V2 SLI, Win98/2k
HP XW8600 Dual LGA771 , XP Workhorse
Dell T5500 Dual LGA771, HD7790 x2 quad Crossfire , Win7 Games PC
LGA775, GTX 590 x2 SLI, XP Games PC
HP 6200 Dual S604, Win2k Server
Mac G4 MMD
Dell Poweredge 1950 and R210, file Storage

Laptops ready to go
Toshiba Celeron/Win95 and Sony P3 WinME as workstations to old servers above.
about 5 XP/Vista era laptops as mess around machines

Working but in storage
MANY more old servers a few P3's in the garage waiting their fate.

Reply 27 of 38, by gerry

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brostenen wrote on 2021-04-01, 12:40:
gerry wrote on 2021-04-01, 07:50:
all those amigas! reminds me that i have one stored away, an a500 with a whole 1mb ram! I'm sure it would work, but admit not […]
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brostenen wrote on 2021-03-31, 21:39:
Unisys PW/2 Series 300 (286 machine, complete with EGA monitor and original devices). 486dx33 pure ISA slot's. 486dx2-80 VLB sys […]
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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.

all those amigas! reminds me that i have one stored away, an a500 with a whole 1mb ram! I'm sure it would work, but admit not fired up for 15 + years so i shouldn't be so sure really

the Raspberry Pi is a general purpose computer really, plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and launch a suitable OS and there isn't much between that and many a PC

when given a specialist role such as RetroPie, whilst its obviously a computer it starts to be a little more console / device like in role. I'm talking in circles! it counts 😀

also, reminded me of when some enthusiasts would take mame running on a PC into an arcade cabinet - i'm sure it still happens but now the computer running it could be a tiny SBC

Yup. The RaspberryPI boards are wonderfull small computers. They can be used for so many jobs. Like a simple desktop setup for light computing tasks like email and stuff. Other boards from other makers, that share the same "DNA" are suitable for simple personal file servers. And they are a god send for vintage computers. We have cheap upscalers for machines such as Amiga's, C128, BBC Mikros, Tandy1000's and PC's with EGA/CGA. They can be used for Amiga accelerators (StormPI or was it PiStorm), co-processor for Amiga500 (PI-314 cards) and much much more.

You need to test that Amiga500 you have. Refurb it, and install Gotek plus RGBtoHDMI. Then you have an awesomme vintage gaming machine, for more than 70 percent of all Amiga games. Just slam a 512k mem upgrade in the trapdoor as well, if you do not have it already. I mean. If you experienced the golden days of Amiga back then. Then you will not need a 1200, if the goal is to experience those games you grew up on.

yes i should, i have used emulators for a long time that the experience is blurred now (i actually get nostalgic over old emulators!)

an SBC can almost 'become' a variety of vintage computers with a dedicated setup and OS too

Reply 29 of 38, by brostenen

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gerry wrote on 2021-04-05, 19:37:

an SBC can almost 'become' a variety of vintage computers with a dedicated setup and OS too

Well yes. In most ways they makes the video and sound quality close to the real deal. The main "problem" is that one miss out on the physical feeling of the actual machine. One way to overcome that issue, is to install an RPI inside an original case. Like an C64 case as an example. Using one of them TheC64 is perhaps the best way to get the original feeling, by the use of emulation.

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

My blog: http://to9xct.blogspot.dk
My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brostenen

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Reply 30 of 38, by Standard Def Steve

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Here's a list of the stuff that's currently on a desk, hooked up to a display, and seeing at least weekly use.

-Main desktop: Ryzen 9 5900X @ 5GHz, GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4-3600, 2TB NVMe SSD, 8TB HDD, Gigabyte 34" 3440x1440/144Hz display
-Shared desktop in the living room for emulation, gaming, music, streaming, etc: Core i7 4930K @ 4.6GHz, GTX 1660 Ti, 32GB DDR3-2400, 1TB SSD, 4TB HDD, 64" 1920x1080 F8500 plasma
-HTPC in the batcave: Core i7-4790 @ 4GHz, GTX 1650 Super, 16GB DDR3-1600, 500GB SSD, JVC DLA-NX7 4096x2160 projector and 110" AT screen
-Workshop PC: Core 2 Duo E8600, GMA X4500HD video, 8GB DDR3-1333, 500GB SSD, Acer 24" 1920x1080/60hz display
-WinXP gaming PC: PIII-S @ 1.63GHz, 6800GT AGP, X-Fi Platinum, 2GB DDR @ 310MHz, 500GB IDE HDD, 21" NEC CRT display @ 1600x1200/85Hz
-Win98 gaming PC: Celeron-1400, Voodoo3 3500 AGP, Aureal SQ2500 Vortex 2, 512MB PC100, 80GB IDE HDD, sharing the above CRT with the XP system
-DOS 6.22 gaming PC: AMD 486 DX2-80, some Cirrus Logic 1MB VLB card, AWE64, 8MB of RAM, 1GB Seagate HDD, 17" Dell CRT display
-Apple IIe, 1MHz 6502, 128KB of memory, two floppy drives, and a 12" Monitor II
-For BBS-hopping: Mac SE, 8MHz 68K, 4MB of RAM, 80MB HDD, System 6.
-PowerMac G5 Quad at 2.5GHz, Radeon X1950XT, 16GB DDR2-533, 512GB SSD, Leopard/MorphOS dual-boot, HP 32" 2560x1440/60Hz display
-Wife's laptop: Thinkpad x1 Carbon, Core i7-6500U, 8GB DDR3-1866, 256GB SSD, 14" 2560x1440 display
-My "laptop": Surface Pro 4, Core i5-6300U, 8GB DDR3-1866, 256GB SSD, 12.3" display running at a strange resolution I can never remember.
-File server: Pentium M 755 @ 2.66GHz, MSI Speedster i915 chipset board, 2GB DDR2-533, and a total of 36TB of storage hooked up to a SATA RAID controller plugged into the x16 slot.

Ten Gigahertz
5 Groovy GHz: Ryzen 9 5900X | GTX 1080 Ti | 32GB DDR4-3600 | 2TB NVMe, 8TB HDD | Win 10
5 Troll GHz: AMD FX-8350 | Radeon R9 Fury | 16GB DDR3-1866 | 500GB SSD, 2TB HDD | Win 8.1

Reply 31 of 38, by sf78

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36? I didn't list all the home computers (Amiga, Atari etc.) which I have 32. I'm probably missing a few Penitum/486 towers that I have, but haven't been tested.

DEC Rainbow 100
IBM PC (5150 + 5151)
IBM XT (5160 + 5154)
Canon A200-II (086/087 + MGA monitor)
Canon A200E-II (286/12 + EGA monitor)
Canon A200EX-II (286/12 + VGA monitor)
Compaq Portable II 286
Copam 386sx/16 (desktop)
IBM PS/1 386sx (desktop)
IBM PS/2 386sx x2 (desktop)
Acer 386sx/16 (desktop)
Clone 386sx/20 (tower)
AST 386sx/33 (desktop)
ICL MikroMikko 486DX/66 (black desktop)
Fujitsu 486sx/25 (desktop)
ABS 486DX2/66 (tower)
Clone 486DX/66/80/100 x3
AST 486DX/75 (laptop)
Pentium/90 (tower)
Pentium/133 (tower)
Compaq Pentium/150 (tower)
Digital Pentium/150 (desktop)
Pentium II/233 (tower)
IBM Aptiva Pentium II 350 (tower)
Toshiba Tecra 9000 (laptop)
Apple PowerBook 180 (laptop)
Fujitsu-Siemens Pentium III 450 (tower)
AMD XP 1500+ (tower)
Pentium IV (tower)
Pentium C2Q (tower)
AMD X4 Phenom II (tower)
Apple Macintosh Classic (desktop)
Apple iMac G4 (desktop)

Funny thing, I've sold at least a dozen computers in the past 2 years, but the stock just doesn't dwindle.

Reply 32 of 38, by Woody72

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Wow, some of you guys needs to join OCA (Old computers Anonymous 😂). My current haul is:

My home built i7-9700KF / RTX 3060 / 16GB RAM games and general use PC (Win 10 Pro).
Asus Zenbook i3 10th gen / 8GB I bought a couple of weeks ago (fluctuates between various Linux distros and Win 10 Pro).
My recent find Pentium 200 MMX / Geforce 2 MX(200) / 128MB EDO (Windows 98SE).
Huawei P30 (Android, obviously - included because I'd love to know how much more powerful the octa-core CPU in a modern phone is than the Pentium 200 MMX 😁).

Modern PC: i7-9700KF, 16GB memory, RTX 3060. Proper PC: Pentium 200 MMX, 128MB EDO memory, GeForce2 MX(200).

Reply 34 of 38, by chrismeyer6

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Mine/wife X2
Core2duo E8600 @3.33ghz
8gigs of Patriot 1060 DDR2 4x2
X-FI fatality
GTX 1050ti
500 gig WD Black he
500 gig WD Black NVME boot
1 TB WD blue m.2 sata
Silverstone ecm22 nvme/ m.2 sata Adapter
Seasonic 850 watt modular PSU
Coolermaster CM690 case

My wife's system is exactly the same except it has a gtx 980 and a ThermalTake Eureka case.

My son's PC.

AMD Athlon XP 1.3Ghz
Abit KT7a-raid motherboard
1.5 gigs ram
X-FI fatality
Sata 2 pci card
500 gig WD Black harddrive
GeForce 4 MX460 by Medion
Intel pro 1000 nic
USB 2.0 card
Coolermaster Centurion 5 case
Windows XP Pro Sp3

Compaq presarrio 4402 AIO
Evergreen Specra 400mhz AMD upgrade cpu
128MB ram
10gig harddrive
ESS 1688 sound card
Intel 10/100 Isa nic
Dos6.22/ Windows 3.11 WFW
Windows 98se

I have a few more builds in the works once they are completed I'll add to this list.

There are some seriously awesome systems in this list.

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Reply 35 of 38, by foxyloon

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Hi! This is my first time posting on here! Where do I begin? I've at least 20 different machines that meet that criteria! A number of them were either refurbished by my hand, or were pieced together from parts, including my current main rig.

Main rig - Ryzen 7 3700x, Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming motherboard, Sapphire Nitro RX-580
Former main rig - i7-4770K, Asus Sabertooth Z77

I have quite a few vintage machines, too!

A Televideo TeleCAT 286 (AT?) machine, (The main reason I created an account on here.)
Socket 7 Pentium 166, Asus P/I P55T2P4 Rev 2 mobo, Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold (with Serdashop SIMMCONN module and coax digital breakout), ATI Rage128 PCI video card
A Slot 1 Pentium II 400MHz, SuperMicro ATX board. (I don't recall the exact model. It has the Intel 440BX chipset.)
A coppermine Pentium III Compaq Deskpro EN with the rare factory Riva TNT 2 onboard graphics

That's just the PC's I've been working on lately. I've got tons of vintage laptops, too!

Thinkpad 770x - Fully working, but battery is shot
Thinkpad 600x - Smells like fried electronics, poor cosmetic shape, but still fully working
Thinkpad T43p - Tendency to overheat, but boots
Thinkpad X61 Tablet - Fully working, but criminally underpowered to run anything modern
HP Pavilion DV6000 series (Intel Core Duo) - Fully working, pieced together from a ton of the AMD variety of this laptop, that had the flawed nVidia chipset issues)
Dell Latitude E5440 - i7 with nVidia NVS graphics, works but very flaky

I've also sinned and resurrected a few Apple machines, most notably a Mac SE left outside for years, a "Sawtooth" turned "mystic" PowerMac G4 that I had to literally replace everything but the case for, a Mid 2005 12 inch iBook G4 that I had to parts-mash together to make a "nice" one, and a 2010 Mac Mini server that I use for Hackintosh projects.

That's only scratching the surface! I've also got a few working motherboards with RAM and CPU populated. Just toss into a case with a PSU, and they'll work too!

Reply 36 of 38, by gerry

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foxyloon wrote on 2021-04-07, 00:56:

Hi! This is my first time posting on here! Where do I begin? I've at least 20 different machines that meet that criteria! A number of them were either refurbished by my hand, or were pieced together from parts, including my current main rig.

that seems to be the most common way, i took in discarded PCs from various people in addition to a few leftovers of my own origination. maintained or somewhat refurbished in working order, laptops being trickier on the whole to maintain imo

That's only scratching the surface! I've also got a few working motherboards with RAM and CPU populated. Just toss into a case with a PSU, and they'll work too!

50 seems to be high point on the thread so far! my guess is that if we re defined it as '2/3rd ready' or 'missing only 2 components' or something the number would double for many, keeping lots ready to run is fun but does take up some space and to be honest, most will spend significant amounts of time not being used (but, hey - they last longer that way!)

welcome, btw 😀

Reply 37 of 38, by creepingnet

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All of my machines are up and running......so 18 working computers in the house, new and vintage. And by the nature of FreeDOS, it seems those lines keep getting more blurry. Add to that 4 consoles.

1985 Tandy 1000A - DOS 6.22, setup in the closet currently - 8088 4.77Mhz, TGA, Tandy 3-Voice, Orig Keyboard, Tandy DLX Mouse, 3GB HDD, 2x 360K FDD, NEC MultiSync II CRT

1989 Mac Se FDHD - Mac OS 6.0, this thing works everytime, fire at will - 68000@6Mhz, 4MB RAM, 20MB HDD, 1.44MB FDD, 800K Ext, trackball, original keyboard and mouse

1989 GEM Computer Products 286 - Another old faithful beast that just fires up and never complains -i80286 10 OC'd to 12MHz, IIT 802c87 Math Coprocessor, 4MB RAM, 3GB SCSI HDD, NEC SCSI 4X CD-ROM, Adaptec Controller, TSENG ET4000 SVGA, SoundBlaster 16, 3Com Etherlink IIII, IBM Model "M" Keyboard, Micron CRT Monitor 15" SVGA

1994 NEC Versa 40EC - She's getting a new battery soon but is running 100% - 40MHz i486 DX2 SL, 20MB RAM, 1.44MB 3.5", 540MB HDD, 1MB WD SVGA, Cisco Aironet WiFi, MS-DOS 6.22/WFWG 3.11, 640x480 Active Matrix 9.4" LCD

1994 NEC Versa M/75HC - My current main "Vintage" system ATM - 75MHz 486 DX4, 40MB RAM, 1.44MB 3.5", 80GB HDD, 1MB C&T SVGA, 800x600 Active Matrix TFT LCD 9.4", Cisco Aironet WiFi, WSS Compatible Crystal CS-4231 Audio

1995 FIC 486 DX4-100 in an XT Case - My other "main", this one is my "tweener" - Am486 DX4-100 SV8 w/ Writeback, 64MB RAM, 5.25" Mobile Rack with about six hard disks for it ranging from 8GB to 256GB SSD converted SATA, S3 805 2MB SVGA, Creative Labs SoundBlaster AWE 64, LinkSys EtherFast PnP ISA, PTI-255W EIDE Super I/O Controller, runs everything from MS-DOS to Windows 2000 Pro. I use FreeDOS the most though. Dell 17" CRT, NEC AT Keyboard, Microsoft Dove Bar Mouse, Altec Lanscing Speakers, Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepads x2, RockBand 3 Fender Mustang Pro MIDI Controller guitar interface

1995 NEC Versa P/75HC - It works great but needs plastic repair again. It's falling apart....sigh, but it works great! - Intel Pentium 75, 40MB RAM, 1.44MB 3.5", 80GB HDD, C&T Chipset Video 1MB, Cisco Aironet, ESS688 SB Compatible Sound, runs FreeDOS 2.1 most of the time. Shares drives with the M/75 periodically. 800x600 TFT

1995 NEC Versa V/50C - Runs great, is like brand new, setting it up for my wife - i486 DX2 SL 50MHz, 20MB RAM, 1.44MB 3.5", 540MB HDD, 1MB WD SVGA Video, 640x480 TFT Active Matrix 9.4" display, FreeDOS 2.1.

1995 NEC Ready 9522 P-100 - Surprise...yet another 100% working NEC - Intel Pentium 100, 128MB RAM, 256K Cache, Alliance Video 1MB, Crystal Integrated Audio (I think it's a 4235), 3Com Etherlink PCI, 80GB HDD, Windows 98 Second Edition.

2003 Dell DImension 3000 P4 2.6GHz - Working great, 256GB SSD with XP on it....it SCREAMS for it's age - Intel Pentium 4 2.6Ghz, 2GB RAM, DVD-RW drive, 128GB mSATA SSD in 44-pin converter, on-board Intel Video, SoundMax Integrated Audio, Windows XP Pro SP3 x86.

2009 Intel mATX inWin Core 2 Duo P8800 - Has LInux Mint, toying with setting up in the livingroom - Core 2 Duo 3GHz P8800, Media Bay USB, 160GB SATA HDD, DVD-RW SATA, Intel On-Board GM Video 4000, SOundMax Integrated audio, Intel Desktop Board DQ45CB, Linux Mint 20.

2012 IBM ThinkPad T61 - My main Laptop, runs LInux Mint, another one of the good ones! - 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR2, DVD-RW, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA Graphics Accelerator w/ Intel On-Board Video as well, 4:3 aspect ratio 15" LCD 1080p, Linux Mint 20.

2014 Dell Insprion 15 U4300 - My Win10 "Beater", this is the one I use to "appear normal" - Intel "Pentium" U4300 2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, DVD-RW, Intel integrated HD Video, it has sound, runs WIndows 10 20H4 currently 64-bit.

2014 Dell Latitude E6530 I7 - My wife's laptop, though I use it sometimes - 4th Gen Core I7, 8GB DDR3, NVIDIA Graphics, not sure on the sound, empty port where the DVD-RW was, light up keyboard, 17" LCD Panel HD, Windows 10 64-bit 20H4 x64 w/ Office 2016 HUP x86.

2014 Dell OptPlex 7010 - My main desktop, has ATI graphics card, runs LInux Mint, this is what I post from most of the time - 4th Gen Core I5 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 320GB SATA, 1TB SATA, AMD Radeon Video from a HP Z-series, Intel integrated audio. Linux Mint 64-bit 20.

2014 Dell PowerEdge T610 dual Xeon - The household Server, Plex Media Server as well - dual Xeon, 32GB RAM, 4TB of Storage, runs CentOS

2015 Apple iMac 24" - My main video/music workstation these days - Pretty much bone stock, got it from my auntie in-law who upgraded.

2019 Rasperri Pi 4B 2GB - My RetroPIe system, it lives on the Sharp Smart TV in the bedroom, I count it as a computer. Runs RetroPie with tons of emulators.

I have consoles too...

1980 Sears Telegames Video Arcade (Atari 2600 LIght Sixer) - attached to my 1993 Magnavox 27" in the "Lab", all original. Works amazing for a 41 year old console, and the RF output is as clean as composite almost.

198x Nintendo Entertainment System "Frankentendo" I built out of three broken NES units using the best parts, needs Retrobrite. The NES10 is defeated and games work 100% of the time without any finagling. It looked brand new when I first put it together. Also attached to the 1993 Magnavox.

2007 Nintendo "FrankenWii Creepingnet Tuxedo Edition" - I bought two dead Wii Units from Cap N' Games last year to fix the Black non-GC compatible Wii below. I then took the remainder of those two units and "Kit Bashed" them together to make a second working Wii with GameCube ports, one was black with a bashed up front, one was white and bricked. This one runs all the same games as the one in the livingroom but off of a USB thumbstick instead of CD's so I don't have to keep dragging them all over the house. Connected to the 1993 Magnavox via composite.

2012 Nintendo Wii "Black" - My wife got this for me when we were dating for our first x-mas together. We play on this one a lot. The optical drive died a couple years ago, I replaced it last y ear with one from one of the two donor units I mentioned above. Connects to our new TCL 50" UHD TV in the livingroom.

** Decided to add my specs as well

~The Creeping Network~
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Reply 38 of 38, by gerry

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creepingnet wrote on 2021-04-09, 17:29:

All of my machines are up and running......so 18 working computers in the house, new and vintage. And by the nature of FreeDOS, it seems those lines keep getting more blurry. Add to that 4 consoles.

those are some vintage vintage machines, interesting to read. what you say about some machine being reliable and just working is so true, somehow the combination in some machines works best and they remain very stable an reliable

enjoyed the franken consoles too! why throw away three non working consoles when a new one can be made from them!