Old hardware you still own?

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Nostalgia!' started by Rog69, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Rog69

    Rog69 Well-Known Member

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    last year I visited my parents who had been clearing out their attic and just by chance I noticed 3 cardboard boxes by the dustbin, which turned out to contain my beloved ZX Spectrum and hundreds of games on tape. naturally I rescued it (much to the annoyance of the wife) and it is now taking up space in my own attic. I did try and get it up and running again but I seem to have lost the power supply. I also still have my Amiga, which was still set up and in regular use until I moved house 3 years ago.
    Anyone else still in possession of any old classic hardware?
     
  2. Gaara

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    Hmmm, I know i still have a C64 and an Amiga still floating around somewhere, along with every iteration of the gameboy up to the last one before the Advance model. Along with a psx and an NES. I guess we have an N64 here too if that counts. LOL i even have an original 3DFX video card here too HAHAHAH
     
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    Hmm, apparently the forum ate my post as reply to this thread.

    Take 2.

    I started my pc repair times back in 87. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, I, like always, made it up as I went along. It was a silly thing at 1st, one of the drives on my apple had gone out, so I had to replace it. Later that next week, the sound card in my PS/2 crapped out. That started me off, the whole upgrade thing. 20 years later I still make house calls, phone support for friends and build pc's for people I like.

    During this time, I amassed an insane amount of left over crap in my parents basement. I dont visit them often but I know its still there. 8088's, 8086's (big green box, 4 inc green screen, fold out keyboards). 386's, 486's, case's, power supplies, a box of ram from simms, dimms, pc100, pc133, pc66, pc33, down to the 286/386 ram. old hard drives (back in the days when a 4 meg hard drive was cool! more cd roms then I want to count, keyboards and mice by the score. modems, oh lord, the modems. 2400, 9600, external, internal, 14's, 28.8's. monitors. I could build a small building out of monitors. outdated apple systems, more monitors. video cards: riva's, a 3dfx voodoo, a voodoo 2, 2 voodoo 3's, 1meg, 2 meg, 4 meg trident cards. six or so outdated and forgotten printers, floppy drives, 3.5, 5.25, a couple of forgotten zip drives. I think theres a tape drive still down there that works. you could throw a tape drive at a wall at it would still work.

    probably the one thing I hold onto with fondness, is a 56k hardware gaming modem. I bought it online to play UO with back in the day when no one had dsl or cable, and maybe 1 in 50 had an isdn connect. that thing rocked. This was back in 98 or so. a US robotics modem. I think I paid like 80$ for the damn thing, but I used it solidly for 5 years or so till I got cable. I could be on a crap computer, and still register 50ms pings to Great Lakes & Siege with it. Those were the days.

    Back in the late 80's and 90's, I was good friends with the fella who ran the only BBS in Southern Illinois, I'd spend days over there talking and learning. Joe was a cool fella, though a bit stubborn. To this day, he still runs his BBS, as well as his own ISP (he has a t3 line to his house that he bills off to locals for 56k inet). Thats not funny, what is funny, is that even in 2007, he runs the whole thing off of Pentium 2 machines. He is classic, and refuses to upgrade, saying that it runs fine, so he has no reason to upgrade. A couple of months ago he went off line to start his upgrade finally, but it hasn't come back up. I wonder if it stopped working out of spite for not having the familiar P2's running it.

    Only the ghosts in the machines knows.
     
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    YZ250 Well-Known Member

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    Deadfyre, excellent story m8, youd certainly be a handy bloke to know in the neighbourhood
     
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    I have an Amiga CD32 - it's like an A1200 minus keyboard, disk drive, and a few other bits, but has a CDROM drive instead.

    Sold my A500 and C64 some time ago, but still have a printer & disk drive for the C64.

    And an assortment of 486-era bits & pieces...
     
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    I've got a 3DO with Road Rash! Beat that, I dares ya!
     
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    Does the 3DO pc unit count? I have a 3DO drive for pc somewhere. It was basically the same thing, just.. smaller... and.. for pc lol.
     
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    Yep. I've still got an original Sega Mega Drive with Road Rash and Road Rash 2. :p

    Plus an assortment of 486 parts and even an old Atari 800XL somewhere in storage.
     
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    Also have an Amstrad Mega PC floating about somewhere, amstrad oc with internal megadrive :D
     
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    Tularian Getting Started

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    SNES with TMNT 4, Super Metroid, legend of Zelda LTTP, Contra 3, Super Punch Out, Castlevania 4 and Dracula X, Actraiser, Street Fighter 2 and Turbo, Final Fantasy 2 and 3 and a few other games here and there just a collection I have been working on for a few years.
     
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    How about Commodore PET 4032, Vic-20 (painted blue), C64c, SX-64 (portable C64) and Amiga 500 all set up and running in my basement for old hardware :eek:

    10 Print "Yup, I'm a dinosaur just like my computers"
    20 Goto 10
    Run

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    Bloody Showoff lol :)
     
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    Nes, Snes, N64, Gamecube, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and old 386 with a trident video card with 512kb of ram.

    Still have games for all of em too.

    @Centallica Thats a sweet setup! Thanks for sharing.:)
     
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    Rechs Retired Captain

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    LAN PARTY AT CENTALLICA'S!!

    LOL centallica. Thought about charging admission into your dinosaur museum? ;) You have a very nice set up there.

    I toss/give away/sell off my old crap. Mastered the science of not hoarding material things I no longer have need for. Makes for cheaper/quicker times when moving house.
     
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    No one is worthy to post after centallica posted that picture. So with that ,LAN party at his house!!! LOL
     
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    Wow a museum to the company that was Commodore. I still have my Amiga A500 with the extra 512MB module and external drive in my basement waiting for the day I can set up my own shrine to the early days of gaming.
     
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    still have the original VIC 20 and Comm 64 with the floppy drive and tape drive..
    To old to pump some life back into em but hey they where the ants pants in the l8t 80s......
     
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    Commodore will always hold a special memory for me :cool:

    I started out with the Commodore PET in grade 6 as the "Captain of the computer area" where they were set up at our public school (based upon me always being there I could watch and clean up afterwards) :?

    Then I bought my first Vic-20 in 1982 and always felt I never mastered it/did everything I wanted to in terms of programming but threw it away in 1992 (and regret it ever since) and about 3 years ago I started getting back into collecting and repairing them.

    There's lots of forums and groups of similar nuts around to mingle with. I just picked up a SuperPET which was the Cadelac of the PETS and will be getting a disk drive for it this week (trading).

    I've had a few "Retro Parties" for all the nerds to come play the oldies with other interests that I have also (Home Theatre, Pinball, MAME)....

    It's all great therapy for being married with a 15 month old ;)
     
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    My Commie room.

    Here's a small pic of part of my C= computer room. There's an Amiga 500, a C64 and a C128D and a few disk drives and quite a few floppy boxes to the left. Oh! And a Rubik's cube. :rolleyes:
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    <Claymore> Getting Started

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    Well it looks like Deadfyre and myself have one thing in common. I started working on computers more years ago than I care to remember about.

    So basically it is not what I have around my workshop it is more like what I dont have is more the question. Anything from a working 8088 right up to a running AS400 server and everything inbetween and beyond. So if you are in New Zealand and you want an obsolete part or programming I should have it somewhere in my workshop. Just dont ask me for my Quad Core Phenom or I might have to fight you for it.
     

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