I used to run DOS based computers. My first one was an AES PC with Tetris and some card games. We bought it used back in 1996. It worked well for the first couple of months until the diskettes, where the games used to be corrupted. We finally threw it out...or did we gave it out? Onwards, we got given this 486 in 1998 eqquiped with Windows 3.1 Much better than my AES, but still
Ongoing, my cousin gave me his very old PC, a 286 I think...
It came with games as Golf, Test Drive and some other stuff. Preety nice OS too.
Although, someone threw it out once since I didn't use it anymore. After that, one night, my mom came back with this Daewoo PC (AMD K6-550, 128MB RAM and all that) and we used this one instead of the 486. Now, The first day I saw it, I looked at the CD saying Windows 98. I don't know but I went, we can use Windows 98 for 100 hours only? (Complete noob) It came with a nice 17" monitor, that blew last fall.
Starting by then, I took possession and control of the 486 and used it, until I screwed the OS, thinking I blew the motherboard (Another noob) Then, my math teacher gave me his old PC from his home since he didn't use it anymore. This was my first decent PC in 2002 (my 486 was used for 2000-2002).
Now, (Specs: Celly 366MHZ, 88M RAM, all that stuff) since my mom's PC got corrupted badly, a tech came at home and installed WinXP on it...as well as mine. With few hardware plays on mine, I was able to get onboard sound. My PC was fast in Win98, andXP, but my mom's PC was HORRIBLE. It was slow and constantly rebooting. Onwards, we reverted my mom's PC with Windows ME (Yeah...). It worked much better than WinXP, but we had to go back, since I forgot that the 40GB new HDD was on it. And, for my PC, I gave it to my sister...I gave up on it.
Then, summer arrived. My mom and I went to a PC store, since I needed a complete PC formy school years to come. Well, we got arrived that I dug a Celeron 333MHZ, 128MB RAM (that I upgraded to 192MB RAM), 8MB Matrox card, and all other stuff. Well, it worked well with the new 17" CRT monitor. I upgraded mine at WinXP too, but this time, it was faster than anything else. This PC had Win98, XP, 98, ME, 98, XP (Kept going!)
Then, my mom got really mad at her PC, so we swapped. I got the PC's configured to run well with everything she had. Then, problmes tarted to happen with my mom's new PC (Originally mine)
On the other hand, I reverted to Win98 and went well until then. I apparantly got complains by my mom that the PSU was loud. I changed the PSU, but I also changed the CPu...to a Slot 1 PIII 600MHZ. The PC wouldn't boot. It fried. (SO I though...another noob)
My mom went Ok, we'll buy a new one. So she went and bought a new one. Cmplete PC. Then, when she found that a mobo, CPU onboard + 256MB was $183, she went and upgraded both my sis and mine's PC. When we got them, one PC was missing and the other wouldn't boot (I still miss it
I could have tried again and I could have had it with me ATM
Since then, We kept it. everything was solved and was well going.
I upgraded mine here form there by the store's thrown out HDD. I took 5. 2x120, 1x20, 1x160 and 1x40.
I bought in vrac, my P4 with my mobo after. 3 months later...ZAP. And nowdays, I rebuilt it and all PCs are up and running.
One day, when we went to get my sister at her work, we stopped, saying that I found a PC. As I looked at it, it was really recent. I picked it up, as well as the box sitting next to it. I investigated it and found the PSU was dead. I take a 250W base line PSU and try it. It works. I touch the CPU to see if it really works and I burned my hand. Got the heatsink and putted a fan on it. Now, it sits next to me...
Another PC was someone who found it in front of the store. He gave the mobo, CPU and PSU. a PII 350MHZ with a 8MB AGP card from Matrox, yadah yadah. Grabbed a case and it worked.
Another one was a Pentium 200MHZ that was to be thrown out. Booted and transfered to a case that I modified a bit. Now, it is pending for a new mobo, so I could put my K6-II 500 to work.
Other found were junk. I now sit with 6PCs.
I still miss my three PCs...