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 PostPost subject: Oldest PC Hardware Owned        Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:31 am 
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I figure that we have an "Oldest Software Owned" thread and it's doing pretty well. everyone should enjoy this one too, right? I'll start: NEC 8088 CPU @ 5MHz from 1981. Found a picture of it and some info here: http://www.x86-guide.com/en/vente/Nec-D ... no215.html


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The oldest part I own is an Intel 8086 CPU (4,77MHz) from 1978 :)

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What counts as a PC?

I have an original 4K TRS-80, with Level 1 BASIC, which makes it about the earliest example of a ready-assembled personal computer geared to "regular" people.

http://oldcomputers.net/trs80i.html

I have a working motherboard from an original Apple 2 (not a ][plus or //e), which beats the TRS-80 by two months, but it's not a complete system and it's not really the earliest revision of the hardware either. Sadly, it's been upgraded with the Applesoft BASIC ROMs.

Neither of these are my oldest machine, not by a long shot.


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Oldest hardware eh

Processor: Intel Pentium 100Mhz
HDD: 201+41MB IDE 3.5" HDD's
Computer: CyrixInstead 200Mhz, 32MB EDO RAM, 3GB IDE HDD, Windows 98SE.


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I have a full-height, 5 1/4" Quantum hard disk drive from 1979, that's my oldest piece of hardware, and my oldest working PC I'd say is the Amstrad PPC-512 I've got (though working is stretching it, t tell the truth, it's keyboard is knackered - still looking for a 640 w/ hard drive).

Oldest working computer of any sort must be my Sharp PC1211 pocket 'calculator' (fully programmable in BASIC with 1KB of RAM, great little machine) from 1982.

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Working IBM XT, manufactured in March 1986.

The oldest piece of computer things, is a box with 10 8" IBM floppy disks. I think there from mid-70`s

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:58 pm 
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Russian logic boards, made in 1974. Parts of digital computer from Agricultural Academy in Cracow, Poland.

SOFTWARE (not exactly a PC):
A complete program in Fortran punched on cards, printout of test run of this program (I think it is for some statistical calculations). It was made using Odra computer probably in 1970s.

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The oldest piece of computer equipment I have currently is a Teletype ASR-35. These were introduced in 1961; mine was built in 1965. It is the console device and paper tape reader for my Data General Nova, a 16-bit minicomputer released in 1969.


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kjaer wrote:
The oldest piece of computer equipment I have currently is a Teletype ASR-35. These were introduced in 1961; mine was built in 1965. It is the console device and paper tape reader for my Data General Nova, a 16-bit minicomputer released in 1969.


Lucky sod :).

[Part of] my ambition is to save up the £11,000 or so that would be necessary to buy an old PDP-11, and have Research Unix 5 put on it - keep it in the loft and have a teletype hooked up to it in my front room. I'd love to make a pocket PDP-11 running said Unix as well - ultimate (or primitate) Unix palmtop!

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Ah, if we're talking about teletypes, I have a diag from late 1960s / early 1970s.
It's something like Norton DiskDoctor for punched tapes. It looks like a small slide rule, but middle part is made of two: bottom, made of metal and top, made of glass. There is a gap between these two parts, so you can slide a tape through it. In a glass part, there are lines printed, so it's possible to compare holes punched with a template.

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Commodore VIC 20 Circa 1981 (9 years before I was born) :P


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kjaer wrote:
What counts as a PC?

I have an original 4K TRS-80, with Level 1 BASIC, which makes it about the earliest example of a ready-assembled personal computer geared to "regular" people.

http://oldcomputers.net/trs80i.html

I have a working motherboard from an original Apple 2 (not a ][plus or //e), which beats the TRS-80 by two months, but it's not a complete system and it's not really the earliest revision of the hardware either. Sadly, it's been upgraded with the Applesoft BASIC ROMs.

Neither of these are my oldest machine, not by a long shot.

My oldest hardware is a TRS-80 too :) , and I have 2 Amstrad CPC464 :)

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An Atari 2600. Does that count? :D


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my oldest hardware would be the parts in my 386 though I have a Pentium 1 processor kicking around.

I used to have a Tandy 1000, but Freecycled it


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I don't have the oldest machine. Intel Celeron. I think less than 1Ghz. It isn't new, it's from 1998.


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I just remembered, I have a 1993 machine, old Intel Pentium.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:17 am 
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I have a CPU from the 1980s but I don't think it works anymore. I also have a few old software like the orginal floppy disks for word 1.0.


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I forgot to mention I have the Commodore OEM release of Windows 3.1 and some 5 1/4 inch floppies in my desk upstairs, as well as computer books on Windows 3.1 both from Microsoft and Commodore.


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If it counts, I have a ZX Spectrum +2. I also have a load of parts from a broken NES that I'm converting into a lunchbox.


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