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386 DX/33
Processor 386 DX/33
Motherboard 386
Case Tower AT
Ram 4MB (4x1MB 30 PIN SIMM)
Videocard Trident 8900 VGA 1MB ISA
Hard Disk Seagate 120MB IDE
Floppy 1.44MB
Monitor 14" SVGA
Printer Epson FX80+ Dot Matrix
Sound n/a
Network Zoltrix 14.4 ISA Modem
   
OS MS-DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.11
Function

My First PC


Extra Information
Purchase Date June 1991
Purchase Cost 20000 BFR (500 Euro)
(286/12 / 1MB RAM / Tower / Green Hercules Mono Screen / 1.44MB Floppy / Keyboard / Genius Mouse)
Upgrades

Summer 1993:
286/12 with 2MB RAM / 120MB Seagate HDD / Trident 8900 1MB VGA ISA / 14" SVGA Monitor (27000 BFR (675 Euro))
Spring 1994:
Epson FX80+ Dot Matrix Printer (Traded for CD)
February 1995:
386 SX/20 + Motherboard / 1MB (4x256KB) RAM (2000 BFR (50 Euro))
May 1995:
386 DX/33 + Motherboard (Donated)
June 1995:
4 x 1 MB SIMM (6500 BFR (160 Euro))
July 1995:
Joystick (1400 BFR (35 Euro))
October 1995:
Zoltrix 14.4 ISA Modem (2000 BFR (50 Euro))

Retired March 1996 (Sold)

Description

In December of 1990 Sinterklaas brought me my first computer: a Commodore VIC-20, hooked to a tape drive and a nice small black/white TV set. Certainly a nice gift for a 12 year old! The VIC gave me lots of fun tinkering and quickly I wanted more computing power ... about 7 months later a good report card yielded a nice surprise: a 286 tower with 1MB RAM, 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive and a Green/Black Hercules Mono screen!
While this machine did not come with a Hard Disk, I spent a lot of time in MS-DOS 4.1: exploring Dr. Genius, BASIC and ... Sierra Games :)
About a year later the machine was upgraded with an extra meg of memory (the motherboard was actually swapped as the original board only supported 1MB), a Hard Drive and a colour graphics card with an SVGA monitor. Not only could I now play some decent games such X-Wing and the LucasArts adventure games, I also had MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.0 and Word 2.0 at my disposal.
In 1994 I finally acquired a printer, a loud 9pin Dot Matrix Epson. (I traded it for a Queen Live at Wembley '86 CD, if memory serves me). The ribbon was still in working order and many school assignments were printed on the old beast (imagine a printer which needs several passes for each line to actually make the print quality readable!)
1995 brought another set of upgrades as I reassembled the PC myself: first a simple 386 SX/20 board, then a 386 DX/33. A whopping 4MB of RAM was installed, and I finally got to roam some BBSs on a 14.4 modem by the end of the year.
Finally the machine was sold in 1996 to make some money for a summer trip. To serve my text processing needs a cheap XT was picked up as temporary replacement.