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AMD K5/100
Processor AMD K5/100
Motherboard Yellow Dragon/PC Partner VX
Case Mini Tower AT
Ram 48 MB RAM (2x16 MB + 2x8 MB SIMM)
Videocard S3 Trio64+ 1MB PCI
Hard Disk Western Digital Caviar 850MB IDE
CDROM Creative Labs 4x IDE
Floppy 1.44 MB
Sound 16Bit SoundBlaster Clone
Network NE2000 (bnc/aui) ISA
Network 3Com Etherlink III 3c509 (utp/aui) ISA
   
OS Slackware 3.6
Function

Server


Extra Information
Purchase Date September 1996
Purchase Cost 38000 BFR (940 Euro)
Upgrades

February 1997:
16 MB (2x8 MB) SIMM (3000 BFR (75 Euro))
April 1997:
Wingman Joystick (1400 BFR (35 Euro))
June 1997:
Processor Swap (Warranty)
August 1997:
Hard Disk Swap (Seagate exchanged for Western Digital, Warranty)
NE2000 NIC ISA (1000 BFR (25 Euro))
July 1998:
3Com Etherlink III ISA (Donated)

Retired February 2000 (Sold)

Description

This is the first computer I payed for myself (with the income from my summer job). Even though it was a fairly low-end configuration at this point, it served as primary workstation for a year until it was upgraded to what became chimaera. About six months after the upgrade it was reassembled and eventually turned into a dedicated linux server (router) that was used at LAN parties as a dedicated quake server or network gateway :)

The machine suffered 2 big failures during its lifetime: less than a year after the purchase the CPU was showing signs of problems (software would crash showing a full CPU register dump on the screen) and it was eventually replaced under warranty (coupled with a better cooler). Not too long after the CPU was fixed the Seagate drive suddenly died, taking all my data with it ...

The K5 has been used as testing grounds for several operating systems such as plain old MS-DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.11 / OS/2 Warp 3.0 / Slackware Linux / SuSE Linux / Windows 95 / Windows 98.

Good old days :)