The Rise of Retrocomputing

kamxam

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Was looking into my old stuff and found my old Radeon 6990 card still in working shape. :cool: I do remember it worked equally well as a space heater but nice to know i still have it. Probably still have computer stuff from the 90's in my attic. lol
As for retro gaming, i could have gotten an emulator for instead of the actual Amiga, but like others have said, it's more fun using the original setup imho. (Really wanted to play Midwinter again as i played the heck out of that game years ago)
 
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Still have two new-in-the-box and still sealed Voodoo 2 12MB cards. Even has the CompUSA mail-in rebate code.

I have a bunch of retro systems, but I haven't gone below a Pentium 75 mhz. I tend to collect more oddball systems. The weirder or more artistic, the better. My primary retro PC is an NEC Ready 9733. I got it because I love how weird the case design is; CPU up front, crazy riser board for all the ISA and PCI slots, reverse drive layout. It's crazy cool and I love it. I put a P200 MMX in it, 128mb EDO, Voodoo 2, and Soundblaster AWE 64 GOLD and use a CRT monitor.

Here's a link so you can see what they look like.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/nec-ready-9733-intel-pentium-mmx-166-1852436589

If anyone has a vintage Acer Aspire in black or green, or the matching CRT monitor, I would love to buy it.
 

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Yeah I have a computer case similar to that except it has the plug in riser on the bottom, but it does have the P2 300 in the bottom front of the board. My fav things to get were socket A and duallie boards. My likely rarest stuff I have is a boxed Game Blaster card, and a SLI only voodoo 2 card without display outputs that you had to order special. I have a lot of rare duallie boards and a lot of good Abit and Asus boards too.
 

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Still have two new-in-the-box and still sealed Voodoo 2 12MB cards. Even has the CompUSA mail-in rebate code.

I have a bunch of retro systems, but I haven't gone below a Pentium 75 mhz. I tend to collect more oddball systems. The weirder or more artistic, the better. My primary retro PC is an NEC Ready 9733. I got it because I love how weird the case design is; CPU up front, crazy riser board for all the ISA and PCI slots, reverse drive layout. It's crazy cool and I love it. I put a P200 MMX in it, 128mb EDO, Voodoo 2, and Soundblaster AWE 64 GOLD and use a CRT monitor.

Here's a link so you can see what they look like.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/nec-ready-9733-intel-pentium-mmx-166-1852436589

If anyone has a vintage Acer Aspire in black or green, or the matching CRT monitor, I would love to buy it.

Your NEC computer is a nearly maxed out version of the first computer my family ever got. It is a funky layout as you mentioned, NLX form factor I believe. However, your experience with it seems to be much more positive than my memories of that particular tower. On ours the CD-ROM drive was so bad that it caused me to lag out of Diablo 1 games over dial-up. Yes, you read that right. The CD drive could not load data fast enough and I would time out and the server would disconnect me. It was some Goldstar brand (now known as LG) piece of junk. Being a computer neophyte at the time I was nervous when updating the firmware of the CD drive in a longshot hope that it would help the CD drive performance. It ultimately did not and I replaced the CD drive later. The dial-up modem was advertised as 56k but would only connect at 28.8k at best, once I swapped out the modem I was able to get 56k speeds. I did have some good memories as once I upgraded to a Voodoo 3 2000 I was able to play some games like Unreal and Half-Life fully graphically accelerated. It was a world of difference over software rendering. The final upgrade I put into the computer was a Soundblaster Live! card and a some generic ethernet card for LAN parties.

Our NEC computer came from CompUSA and for a bit of fun here's a quote for it:


 

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Your NEC computer is a nearly maxed out version of the first computer my family ever got. It is a funky layout as you mentioned, NLX form factor I believe. However, your experience with it seems to be much more positive than my memories of that particular tower. On ours the CD-ROM drive was so bad that it caused me to lag out of Diablo 1 games over dial-up. Yes, you read that right. The CD drive could not load data fast enough and I would time out and the server would disconnect me. It was some Goldstar brand (now known as LG) piece of junk. Being a computer neophyte at the time I was nervous when updating the firmware of the CD drive in a longshot hope that it would help the CD drive performance. It ultimately did not and I replaced the CD drive later. The dial-up modem was advertised as 56k but would only connect at 28.8k at best, once I swapped out the modem I was able to get 56k speeds. I did have some good memories as once I upgraded to a Voodoo 3 2000 I was able to play some games like Unreal and Half-Life fully graphically accelerated. It was a world of difference over software rendering. The final upgrade I put into the computer was a Soundblaster Live! card and a some generic ethernet card for LAN parties.

Our NEC computer came from CompUSA and for a bit of fun here's a quote for it:


CompUSA nice I worked there from the time I was 16 (Year 2000) till they shut up shop I was sad to see it close as that was a job I actually loved I then went to GeekSquard who turned me down for being to smart!
One test was a PC that would boot 1 second after I opened the case I found the IDE cable was not plugged into the motherboard (it was buried under a mess of other flat ribbon type cables
 
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CompUSA nice I worked there from the time I was 16 (Year 2000) till they shut up shop I was sad to see it close as that was a job I actually loved I then went to GeekSquard who turned me down for being to smart!
One test was a PC that would boot 1 second after I opened the case I found the IDE cable was not plugged into the motherboard (it was buried under a mess of other flat ribbon type cables


I worked at CompUSA as well during my junior and senior year of high school. Remember the push for TAP? LOL. Our store actually replaced a lot of computers that way due to power surges.

I was actually one of the black-shirted Mac specialists for the Apple store within a store, though I still just as many PCs. I even lent a hand from time to time in the repair shop.

I was there for the original iMac launch. One of the actual Apple reps got grumpy with me once because I replaced the standard OG iMacs demo with the trailer for Star Wars Phantom Menace on repeat. When he saw the crowd around it though he backed off. Steve Jobs once surprise secret shopped our store, but I recognized him right away. He showed up at a couple other stores in the area during the week. Come to think of it, a letter to the editor I wrote about working for the Apple Store within a store to MacWorld or Mac Addict got published. I'll see if I can find it. The editor who published it has since passed away.

CompUSA was a fun place. Rows and rows of software. Playing with the newest tech. Even got my A+ through them. On my last week, the GM let me work for 50+ hours, and gave me the corporate employee discount for all my college tech I was buying. It was a lot better than bagging groceries like most of my friends did.

Later, between college and starting my career, I worked in the Best Buy PC department. It wasn't nearly as fun, and the GeekSquad had nothing on our old tech crew.
 

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I worked at CompUSA as well during my junior and senior year of high school. Remember the push for TAP? LOL. Our store actually replaced a lot of computers that way due to power surges.

I was actually one of the black-shirted Mac specialists for the Apple store within a store, though I still just as many PCs. I even lent a hand from time to time in the repair shop.

I was there for the original iMac launch. One of the actual Apple reps got grumpy with me once because I replaced the standard OG iMacs demo with the trailer for Star Wars Phantom Menace on repeat. When he saw the crowd around it though he backed off. Steve Jobs once surprise secret shopped our store, but I recognized him right away. He showed up at a couple other stores in the area during the week. Come to think of it, a letter to the editor I wrote about working for the Apple Store within a store to MacWorld or Mac Addict got published. I'll see if I can find it. The editor who published it has since passed away.

CompUSA was a fun place. Rows and rows of software. Playing with the newest tech. Even got my A+ through them. On my last week, the GM let me work for 50+ hours, and gave me the corporate employee discount for all my college tech I was buying. It was a lot better than bagging groceries like most of my friends did.

Later, between college and starting my career, I worked in the Best Buy PC department. It wasn't nearly as fun, and the GeekSquad had nothing on our old tech crew.

Damn, I miss CompUSA. Yeah, it is no Microcenter but, it was the only retail store we had in my area and with them no longer in business......
 

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Damn, I miss CompUSA. Yeah, it is no Microcenter but, it was the only retail store we had in my area and with them no longer in business......
Never been to a Microcenter I don't even know where one is, I don't think Connecticut has any? BestBuy GeekSquad sucks! Too smart what A$$hattery that is!
 

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Never been to a Microcenter I don't even know where one is, I don't think Connecticut has any? BestBuy GeekSquad sucks! Too smart what A$$hattery that is!

I am certain that there are at least 3 Microcenter stores around the New York City Area.
 

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There's one in Boston if you don't mind going for a drive.
That sounds better since I usually travel to Vermont around August and Boston is sort of near where I am on the way to Vermont I think one exit said Boston but did not really pay 100% attention to that.
 

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I miss CompUSA. Never even seen a Microcenter or Frys.. Computer shows are the retro thing that I really miss.. I still have a package of 1.44mb floppy's that I bought at probably the last show I ever went to. They are dated 2002 which is about right
 

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PC's...Meh.

Get a real retro computer...

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I have a similar setup except it sits ontop of a late 90's Compaq Deskpro ( retro in itself ) because I have an X1541 adapter to write games/ software to disk with the 1541.. The Compaq has the serial port I need
 

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Have you checked prices recently? That monitor cost me $50.00 and I had to replace the flyback transformer and the HOT, which was fine as I can do all that myself and both components are fairly cheap. Nowadays the same monitor working fetches ~$500.00.
I meant I have a commodore 1702 monitor lol. I don't know what kind is in your picture.
 

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The 1702 would be worth more than my 1084S. The 1702 is older and therefore rarer. Also, as you implied, it's the perfect fit for the C64 Breadbin.
Just pure luck I ran into it. Commodore stuff isn't exactly common (lol) where I live and one day it just popped up for $50 on FB marketplace. Guy even delivered.
 

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Just pure luck I ran into it. Commodore stuff isn't exactly common (lol) where I live and one day it just popped up for $50 on FB marketplace. Guy even delivered.
I tried everything to get a 1701/2, in the end I gave up and got a 1084S. Essentially the 1084S is probably a slightly better monitor anyway, with more in the way of connectivity, it's IQ is absoultely fantastic as I've spent ages carefully tuning it and tweaking the focus on the flyback. But I've got a soft spot for the 1701/2 - Enjoy it, you need to find a nice breadbin C64 if you haven't already. I've been watching modern demoscene releases on mine today, the things coders can do on the platform now really is amazing considering the machine first saw the light of day in 1982 - I just love the sound of the SID chip.
 

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The 1702 would be worth more than my 1084S. The 1702 is older and therefore rarer. Also, as you implied, it's the perfect fit for the C64 Breadbin.
I haven't noticed this trend. If this is the case, I'm going into my storage and pulling some of them out and trading them immediately. I have a couple of 1902/1902A, but no 1084/1084s :(

On the bright side, I got my third new to me 8 bit Atari in this year and a mint Indus GT with case.
 

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I haven't noticed this trend. If this is the case, I'm going into my storage and pulling some of them out and trading them immediately. I have a couple of 1902/1902A, but no 1084/1084s :(

On the bright side, I got my third new to me 8 bit Atari in this year and a mint Indus GT with case.
Oh man, I had an Indus GT back in the day with my Atari 400. Coolest looking thing.
 

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On the bright side, I got my third new to me 8 bit Atari in this year and a mint Indus GT with case
See, I hate you and I don't even know you! ;)

I've been looking for an A8 for months, they're all about $500.00 which is about $300.00 too expensive - And none of them come with an Indus GT! Now all you have to do is get an Ultimate 1MB and SIDE2/3 and you'll have my A8 dream machine.

The worst thing is: In the 80s I got a brand new 'sealed' in the box 600XL and I never used it, it sat in that box under my bed until I moved out of the parents house and I threw it out...
 

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I wish I had my very first computer again.

I took it apart years ago and left it and overtime the parts got cleaned away.

It was a Canon Innova 486SX 33MHz based computer with integrated Cirrus Logic graphics at 512KB of VRAM. I miss using it. Great memories
 

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I was going to say something cheeky about nGreedia expanding into the retro market with the new (old) 1050ti, but... saw all these images... and got nostalgic. Now I just feel old. Probably bitter too.
 
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