What is the slowest computer you've ever owned?

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    SkyBell

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    What is the slowest computer you've ever owned?(Hertz wise)

    Mine was an Apple IIc I bought last year: 1 (or was it 2?) MHz
     
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    frankblundt

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    Probably the ZX81 - 3.25MHz, 1K RAM, 8K ROM. We had the Apple II at school tho.
     
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    Graeme A

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    Commodore C64... Shocked to see that its speed was a grand 1Mhz.

    Cannot remember the speed of the ZX spectrum but it certainly felt slower than my 64.
     
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    extraextra

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    It was some Hewlett-Packard thing with 64K RAM and a 4GB HD. :p Those were the days when I could fit everything onto one 1MB floppy disk.
     
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    lowtudoor

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    Radio Shack Tandy 1000

    I can't remember the Hz but the "hard drive" was a cassette recorder.
     
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    Lord Blackadder

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    Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2 @ .895 MHz, with a 300bps modem...High Rollin! :cool:

    Or

    IBM XT @ 4.77MHz WITH 8087 math coprocessor AND full height 5.25" 10MB hard drive PLUS "Six Pack" 384k Memory expansion card. Maxxxed at 640k RAM. Yeeaa.
     

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    Stampyhead

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    Atari 800k. Man, that was a long time ago...
     
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    dmw007

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    I can not remember the specs for my first computer. Booted into DOS, 5.25" diskette drive, good stuff. :D ;)


    My second oldest/slowest machine is my PowerBook 165c. :)
     
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    jamesi

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    mac se
    8mhz or so
     
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    Commodore VIC-20...
     
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    Atari 800 with a 6502 running at approximately 1.79 Mhz, which is half a colour clock. However, you could disable DMA mode temporarily, which disabled video, and increased throughput by about 30 percent.

    I jumped from there to 3.59 MHz Z-80 in a Sony HB-201 running MSX-DOS at a full colour clock. That thing actually seemed to calculate more slowly.
     
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    Felldownthewell

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    Well I'm 16, so I don't have any experiance with computers older than my family's first celeron-based gateway. All I remember about that machine is that it had a celeron when they were new, a whopping 7gb of HDD space and something like 256mb of RAM. It ran diablo 2 and browsed the internet; that was all I needed it to do at the time.
     
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    AvSRoCkCO1067

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    A Core 2 Duo Extreme 3.0 GHz with 16 GB of Ram...

    ...running Windows XP Home.








    (kidding :p )
     
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    iBookG4user

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    An Apple ][e that had everything and a floppy drive :D. Man we must have over 300 games at least for that and all of them still work. Those games were fun
     
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    n-abounds

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    I think it was called an "IBM PC Junior"

    It sucked, and everything ran off a 5" floppy.

    But there was some awesome game for it. If only I had a screenshot. If anyone knows a link to those games...help me out.
     
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    balamw

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    Ditto the //e was my first and slowest computer, followed by a speedy 2 MHz Commodore 128D. :D

    B
     
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    zephead

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    Technically, the computer I'm using right now, since I own it, is the slowest I've ever owned. Dell 2.2GHz P4, 256MB RAM, XP home, 3 1/2 years old. The oldest I remember using is my dad's old Packard Bell, which had Windows 3.1 and the 5.25" floppy disks. :eek:
     
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    I had a ZX81 as well, they were so cool, all my mates used to come round to play games, I was popular for a while.....oh well.:rolleyes:
     
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    zwida

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    TI 99/4a. I was 9 years old and thought this silver machine was the coolest thing I'd ever seen (and it may have been, at that point).

    Looks like it ran at 3.3 Mhz. Not bad for 1982.

    We also had a Commodore 64 hooked up to our TV for awhile.
     
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    Don't panic

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    i'm not sure about the speed, but i learned 'programming' on one of these:

    [​IMG]


    :D
     
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    xsedrinam

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    How many remember this sweet thing? The Tandy5000 MC Pro back in '89? A walloping 20Mhz, VGA Graphic (2MB) with 16MB HD, yours for only $8499. :eek: I settled for an IBM Clone since it had 4 more MB capacity. :D Good ole' PageMaker days.
     

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    balamw

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    I don't quite think that counts. Though I too first learned RPN and simple programming on my brother's 1973 vintage HP 65 which has that one beat by a few years. Then my math prof taught us BASIC on a HP-85 while the physics prof had us messing with Apple ][+s.

    Ah the simlpe joys of typing 07734 and turning the calculator upside down, at least my 41CV was alphanumeric. :p

    B
     
  23. dcv
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    OK so it's not the slowest in this thread but still pretty old... I had one of these back in 1985, the Amstrad CPC6128

    [​IMG]

    CPU: Zilog Z80
    SPEED: 4 MHz
    RAM: 128 kb (2 banks of 64k)
    VRAM: 16 kb
    ROM: 48 KB


    Wow!! :cool:
     
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    Anyone know what an Acorn Electron was?
     
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    edesignuk

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    I had an Amiga 500+ back in the day. That thing was rad man :p
     

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