Found and disassembled my first PC

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Sehnsucht, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    Well, technically it was my parent's, but it was the very first PC we had in my house. My parents ordered it in 1996, which was around the same time I was playing Word Muncher on the old Macintoshes at my elementary school. :D

    This thing was an old beige NEC tower, and getting everything out took a screw gun and no less than 50 screws. :eek: I know this thing has absolutely no historical significance whatsoever, and was just a cheap crappy PC, but it's still cool in a "look how far we've come" sort of way.

    The CPU was a Intel Pentium MMX SL27S, at 233 MHz. :D


    3.2 GB hard drive:


    RAM: (I have no idea what the speed or density was, probably not much)




    And I have no idea what this is: (Edit: PCI/ISA riser card, thanks Designer Dale!)


    Anyways, I was just bored and needed to take something apart. :cool:
  2. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008

    Lol, yeah it's cool to see how far we've come today. I'm guessing you computer had a maxed out RAM of 2 MB ;)

    It's pretty cool you did that, 50 screws... Must have been a pain in the a** eh?
  3. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    Yes, a definite PITFA. :D What's more is that my parents paid about $2,000 for it in 1996. Ah, the classic days of Windows 95 DLL Hell...:D
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    For what it's worth, that last thing is a PCI slot riser card. It was used in small form factor cases. The card goes in one motherboard slot and PCI and older expansion cards plug into it at a 90 degree angle.

    My first computer was an Apple LC II. The cpu ran at 16 mHz. It maxxed out at 8 MB of ram with an 80 MB drive. System 7 would only recognize 6 MB. When I bought the System 7.5 upgrade, it came on 40 separate 3.5 in floppies. The first computer I used was an Apple IIe with 128 K of memory and no HD.

  5. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    ISA slots. OMG. OLD.

    At least it has PCI.

    I have a 120 MB hd somewhere. With a game Dad wrote on it.
  6. Ian1982 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    Scotland, UK
    I recall my had no hard drive and 128kb or RAM... I kind of miss the cassette player deck and horrendous screeching sounds it made while loading a game :D

    My first proper PC that my parents bought had 16MB of RAM, and a pentium 133mhz processor, can't remember what hard drive it had... but it did have something called a 'CD-ROM' drive which span at x8, and the idea of a 28.8kbps modem was sooooo future proof. As I recall my Dad paid about £2000 for it!

    Good times :rolleyes:
  7. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    :D I just realized I referred to it as a "cheap" PC, although $2,000 really isn't cheap. I guess it was the beige color that threw me off.

    Anyone know if there's a way to decode the stickers on the RAM modules? It'd be interesting to see how much (or rather how little) RAM was in it...:)
  8. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    Yeah, I recall my first PC had a 1.2GB hard drive. It's insane to think I can now hold 10x that, in my microSD card that's the size of my fingernail. :D (I'm only 18, and I believe the computer was from '96 or so)
  9. Nobita macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Great one! =)

    My house got robbed a few years ago so I've lost my old PC...
  10. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I have an old tower in the basement that runs Windows 3.1. I seem to recall we bought it back in the early 90s for about $1,700. It even had a CD drive!!!

    I'd open it up, but I have no idea how (I can't find any screws on it!)
  11. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Ah, old technology. And it even has EDO RAM, wow that is old. It's pretty fun to take apart old computers :)
  12. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    The Rotten Apple
    Is that old RAM compatible with new machines? If so, you should put them in your computer and see what they are.
  13. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    If by 'new machine' you mean a Mac from circa 1995 then by all means go ahead and try it. But you'd have to jam that RAM into a new computer pretty hard to get it to fit nowadays. :D
  14. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    The very first computer I ever used ran Windows 3.1. I remember playing games like SimCity, Rodent's Revenge, and Doom on it. :D It belonged to my uncle, and he actually still has it and it still works. He refuses to give it up, much less let me take it apart. I will someday... :cool:
  15. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    If you lived local to me then I have an old computer or two that you could have. Dunno of you want to drive all the way to socal to get them though.

    I'm sure your local salvation army would have a computer or two for pretty cheap.
  16. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Circa late-1996 to early-1997, 16MB of RAM (total) was pretty common on the average desktop PC sold w/Win95. Taking a guess, based on the size of the hard drive in yours (somewhat large for its time), its likely your system came with at least 32MB of RAM.
  17. coupdetat macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    We have an old Dell XPS downstairs from around 1997...

    Pentium 200 MMX
    64mb RAM (upgraded from 32)
    2gb hard drive
    2mb 2D video card (can play Half-Life under software rendering pretty well!)
    VooDoo2 (added later)
    12X CD-ROM

    Let me repeat: $2700
  18. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Pretty cool. But, think of how much fun it would have been to "take it apart" Office Space fax machine style! :D Stress relief at it's best.
  19. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I think my first computer had about a 60 MB hard drive.
  20. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Oh I love this kind of stuff! We've got a drawer that's stuffed with old drives, cables, graphics cards, modems. I keep thinking I should put them to use and build some kind of low tech media PC or server (as if it could handle 1920x1080 though :D). Inspired by my local PC shop who've had a server PC nicknamed Bumblebee that has been an active server since the mid 90's. Tis bootiful.

    Are you going to do anything with your old PC? You totally should.
  21. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    Well, I dismantled pretty much everything and didn't save any of the screws, so putting it back together is out of the question. :D Plus it had been in the garage for years, and an ungodly amount of dust has coated everything...I'm pretty sure it's officially dead. The most interesting parts, the RAM modules and CPU, are now in my desk drawer. I also have a "newer" PC, a Dell from 2003, that still works, and still has files that I'd like to keep, but can't be used because the login password was forgotten...:rolleyes: I might see about some file recovery on that one.

    I am going to hang on to this stuff for a long time...a 233 MHz CPU will be even more laughable in 20 more years. :eek:

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