Past and Current Computer Systems and Video Game Systems That Ant Owned
Note: There are emulators for these older systems for
- Early 1980s: Atari 2600.
- Unknown date (1983?): Texas Instruments (TI) 99/4A.
- Unknown date (late 1980s/80s?): Apple //c:
Apple Monitor II, external hookup to a color cathode ray tube (CRT)
television/TV/telly for colors, external drive #2, and a few analog Kraft joysticks (used one for PC for a few years -- love
those dual connectors).
- Unknown date (late 1980s/80s): Coleco's Frogger mini-arcade.
- Unknown date (late 1980s/80s or early 1990s/90s?): Was using Prodigy, playing and hacking Wolfenstein
3D, etc. New Desktop Machine -- IBM Personal System (PS)/2 Model 30 286 (Intel): 10 MHz, 1 MB of Memory, 12" VGA monitor, 30 MB HDD, IBM PS/2 2-buttons mouse, and an IBM ProPrinter X24e (loud dot matrix through a parallel cable). Ran IBM-DOS v4.0, Windows 3.0 and 3.1
(thanks Egghead), and Stacker software to make more free disk space, etc.). Added a Creative Labs Sound Blaster (8-bit),
an internal Zoom 2400 modem, and more memory up to 4 MB.
- December 1993: New Tower Machine -- Intel 486
DX2/66 MHz (Custom-built), 8 MB of Memory, 15" OptiQuest monitor, Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16, 2x CD-ROM drive, Diamond SpeedStar Pro (VLB), 3-buttons Genius CLIXes mouse, and a Conner
Peripherals IDE 340 MB HDD etc. Ran Microsoft DOS
v6.x and Windows v3.1.
- Unknown dates: Added an Hewlett Packard (HP) DeskJet 560C printer and other things. Also, upgraded things.
- Unknown date: Upgraded Tower Machine: Upgraded to an Intel
Pentium 166-S MHz (non-MMX) with a 128K CPU cache, Conner Peripherals
IDE HDD (850 MB), Western Digital Caviar EIDE HDD
(3.1 GB), new memory up to 32 MB, Diamond Stealth64 3000 (4
MB VRAM; S3 Vision 968; PCI), Diamond Monster 3D 1
(Voodoo 1/3dfx), a new HDD, and an USR 33.6k Sportster external Faxmodem (Model: 0413; Product Code:
000839-03). Ran Microsoft Windows 95.0a.
- Summer of 1994?: A 486SX AST notebook/laptop with monochrome screen, trackball, etc.
- 1995/1996?: ProStar 5200 notebook/laptop with Intel Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB (upgraded from
8 MB), 11.5" dual-scan display (8-bit; 256 colors max), 850 MB HDD, ESS Technology sound card, 2-buttons touchpad, etc. Added an used, external SupraFAX
14.4k modem. Ran Microsoft Windows 95.0a. It broke three
times and was charged to be repaired: keys died, hinges broke, and motherboard died. Never again! :(
- 1997/1998?: Compaq Armada 1585DMT notebook/laptop, Intel Pentium MMX 150 MHz with 32 MB (upgraded from 16 MB) of
DIMM EDO RAM, 256k cache, 12" 16-bit high colors active matrix display at 800x600, Cirrus Logic CL-GD7548 (LCD PCI) with 1 MB RAM, ESS Technology ES1878 AudioDrive PnP (without a true
wavetable card), 10X Matsushita/Matshita UJDCD8700 IDE CD-ROM drive, internal Compaq Armada 1500 series 336 FaxModem (33.6k), 2.0 GB IDE
harddrive, 2-buttons touchpad. Added a Kensington
2-buttons mouse and Netgear FA510 NIC (PCMCIA).
Running Microsoft Windows 95.0b (OSR2).
- 7/1998: Upgraded Tower Machine: Upgraded to an Award Bios Intel Pentium II 300 MHz (DFI P2XBL motherboard (Revision A) -- 440BX 100 MHz bus tower with 128 MB of
SDRAM (PC100), ATX Full Tower Case, 300W power supply, 2 ISA, 3 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 Shared PCI/ISA Slot, and 512K CPU
cache. Added a Diamond Fireport 40 PCI (SCSI-3)
Yamaha CRW 4260 (6x4x2; SCSI) -- a CD burner.
- Unknown date: Replaced Conner EIDE 850 MB, due to a growing number of bad clusters, with a Quantum Fireball EX
- 12/1998: Replaced and added a Creative Labs 3D Blaster
(Voodoo 2/3dfx (12 MB/PCI)).
- 1/1999: Replaced and added an IBM P72 (6556) 17"
CRT monitor. Removed Diamond Monster 3D 1 to keep for other use.
- 11/26/1999: Added
Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1212 6X/32X ATAPI/IDE drive,
Matrox Millenium G400 32 MB DualHead,
Plextor PleXWriter 4/2/20 CD-R/CD-RW PX-W4220T (SCSI),
3Com FastEtherLink XL 10/100 Mb TX Ethernet NIC
Netgear FA510 NIC (PCMCIA) for Compaq Armada 1585DMT
24X Toshiba XM-6102B IDE CD-ROM drive to get a DVD-ROM drive
dying Yamaha CRW 4260 (6x4x2; SCSI) because it couldn't burn CDs correctly
Diamond Stealth64 3000 (4 MB VRAM; S3 Vision 968; PCI) since
it was too slow.
- 12/9(?)/1999: Got a Klipsch ProMedia v.2-400 speakers (4.1).
- 2/9/2000: Upgraded sound card to a Sound
Blaster Live! Platinum to replace my 7-years old SB16 ISA card.
- 8/5/2000: Removed old Western Digital Caviar due to slow read access
(0.1MB/sec - 0.5MB/sec) and growing bad sectors, and my Voodoo2 card. Replaced it with a Quantum Fireball Plus LM15 (15 GB; 7200 RPM) HDD. Upgraded the CPU to an
Intel Pentium III 600 Mhz CPU. Added another 128 MB of RAM for a total of
- 9/24/2000: Replaced the old DFI P2XBL Revision A motherboard
with an ASUS P3B-F motherboard due to computer problems (crashes).
- 12/31/2000: Replaced the dying Plextor
drive with a new Plextor PX-W1210 PlexWriter (12/10/32A; IDE).
Built a secondary/backup computer with old parts:
Intel Pentium II 300 Mhz CPU (Slot 1),
DFI P2XBL motherboard revision A -- 440BX 100 Mhz bus,
ATX full-tower Tower Case (Enlight 7237 with power supply; AMD approved; 250
watts), 128 MB of SDRAM (PC133; Micron),
Quantum Fireball Plus LM 30 GB HDD (7200 RPM; EIDE),
Diamond Stealth64 3000 (4 MB; PCI), Creative Labs 3D Blaster (Voodoo 2; 12 MB) PCI card,
Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 ISA,
Toshiba XM-6102B (24X) CD-ROM drive,
3.5" Teac disk drive,
3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 Mb TX Ethernet NIC (3C905C-TX).
Removed Diamond Fireport 40 PCI (SCSI-3) since it became useless with
the new Plextor IDE CD burner.
Belkin Omni Cube (2-port; KVM), 8-ports
Netgear DS108 Hub 10/100 base
for LAN, and a
Netgear Router RT311 for Internet
- 2/12/2001: Added an APC
Back-UPS 650VA (BK650MC) for the P2 and P3 systems.
- 3/10/2001: I got @Home with Adelphia cable modem service and a leased Terayon TeraPro cable modem (not DOCSIS).
- 9/9/2001: P3 box got a Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 Pro 64MB AGP, IBM Deskstar 60GXP 40 GB ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200 RPM; IC35L040AVER07-0), and 512
MB (2 256 MB SDRAMs; PC133; Kingston). P2 box got the old Matrox G400, old Qauntum 6 GB HDD, and
old RAM from P3 box. Removed Voodoo2 card as well.
- 9/16/2001: Got an Epson Stylus
Color 880 Printer to replace my dying Hewlett Packard DeskJet 560C printer.
- 7/6/2002: I swapped the outdated cable modem to a COM21 DP1110XB-N (DOXport) cable modem due to Adelphia PowerLink DOCSIS migration.
- 7/7/2002: My IBM P72 monitor malfunctioned from trying to suspend/sleep
overnight. Its OSD menus and screens failed to
work properly. Immediately and with limited choices, I had to buy a 17" Samsung SyncMaster 763MB CRT monitor (still preferred my former IBM one).
- 10/5/2002: Moved old Pentium III 600 Mhz CPU to replace the Pentium II 300 Mhz CPU. Change the NICs on both systems. The former P3 box got new items: AMD Athlon
XP 2200+ (1800 Mhz) CPU, Thermaltake Volcano 9 (for CPU), ASUS A7V333 (VIA KT333 chipset; Revision v1) motherboard, Kingston DDR DRAM PC2100/DDR 266 (512 MB), used Enlight
Powersupply (250 watts), and Leadtek WinFast A250 LE TD (MyVIVO Edition; NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200; 128 MB of RAM).
- 12/30/2002: Got an Apple PowerBook G4 15" (1 Ghz; 512 MB of RAM;
SuperDrive; 60 GB HDD; USB 1.1, and Mac OS X 10.2). More details.
- 4/12/2003: Added Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick (USB) to my gaming machine.
- 5/2/2003: Replaced my dead 3.5" disk drive with a new Teac disk
drive on the tower Athlon XP system.
- 5/31/2003: On my Athlon XP tower system, I replaced my problematic Toshiba
DVD-ROM SD-M1212 16X/48X ATAPI/IDE drive with a Toshiba SD-M1612 rev. B 16X/48X ATAPI/IDE, noisy 80mm case fan, and added a Kingston DDR DRAM PC2700/DDR CAS 2.5 (512 MB) to make 1 GB of RAM total.
- 9/16/2003 - 10/11/2003: Replaced Athlon XP's Leadtek video card with an ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro (128 MB), replaced old
Enlight power supply with Antec model SL400 power supply (ATX12V; 400 watts; 80mm and 92mm fans), and
added a new Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus ST3120026A 120 GB (8 MB cache; 7200 RPM) HDD. Replaced P3 box's CD-ROM drive with
the Athlon XP's former Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1212 drive due to read problems (can't read CDs).
Also, got a Linksys Instant Wireless Network Access Point (802.11b; 2.4 Ghz; 11Mbs; v2.6; WAP11).
- 9/24/2004: Moved ASUS A7V333 motherboard, its AMD Athlon XP CPU, RAM, and SB Live! card from
primary/gaming box to the old Linux box. Also reformatted the big HDD to install 32-bit Debian. For primary/gaming box, it got an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.2GHz 512KB
Socket 754 single core CPU, ASUS K8V SE Deluxe (VIA K8T800 Socket 754 ATX; VIA VT8237 South Bridge; Revision 2; onboard sound disabled;
onboard NIC not used/connected (using 3COM NIC for network) and can't be disabled or else
Promise Raid won't be activate), a 3 fan HDD Peeze cooler, 1 GB of PC3200 Kingston RAM (CAS
3), and Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. On mini-tower box, retired Matrox G400 video card to use Leadtek WinFast A250 LE TD (MyVIVO Edition; NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200; 128 MB of RAM).
- 11/2004 (Thanksgiving long weekend): Replaced Epson Stylus Color 880 Printer with a Hewlett Packard Photosmart 8450 printer.
- 12/22/2004: Deactivated Adelphia cable modem service.
- 1/3/2005: Bought a Hawking Technology's Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Adapter (Model: HWU54D) for stronger wireless connections.
- 1/17/2005: Put in a new Toshiba DVD-ROM Drive SD-M1912/TMAG 16X/48X for mini-tower box to replace the old Toshiba DVD-ROM that refused to close after opening. Got an Arctic Cooling
VGA Silencer, revision 3 for ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AIW (128 MB) card in Athlon XP 2200+ box since the video card was overheating (e.g., DOOM 3 showed dots). Removed SB Live! card from the mini-tower and enabled the motherboard's onboard CMEDIA 6 channels audio.
- 4/16/2005: In gaming/primary computer, replaced all 80mm case fans with cooler/better ones and Athlon 64 CPU's retail/stock fan with a Thermaltake Venus A1838 (Silent Boost K8).
- 4/24/2005: Replaced dead Enlight 240 watts power supply unit (PSU) in Debian/Athlon XP box with an old PSU (Enlight EN-8341934; Model: HPC-340-101; 340 watts) I kept.
- 6/4/2005: Got Adelphia's High Speed Internet again and with its
leased Terayon TJ715X cable modem.
- 6/5/2005: Replaced ASUS A7V333 motherboard (lock ups and no more boot ups) and Quantum Fireball Plus 30 GB HDD (circuit controller died) since they were damaged by the recent PSU melt down. Got a refurbished MSI KT4AV-L (Socket A/Socket 462; VIA KT400A ATX AMD) and an used Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40 (53073U6; 7200 RPM; 30 GB ATA/EIDE) HDD. Also, added another 80mm case fan. I think I installed a new Debian on this PC.
- 9/25/2005: Replaced the old UPS, that kept shutting down when powered on a few times, with a new APC Back-UPS XS BX1500.
- 11/25/2005: In primary/gaming box: Removed ATI Radeon 9800 All-In-Wonder card and old Antec model SL400 power supply.
Also, added Air2PC-ATSC-PCI (warning: Portable Document Format/PDF file) HDTV card (r0.2) connected to a DB2 bowtie antenna (30 miles), an used 500 watts Seasonic S12 PSU, an external Kingwin HDD Enclosure (MS-350U-S) with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250 GB HDD (ST3250823A; 7200 RPM), XFX NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (128 MB; AGP; dual DVI), and added 1 GB of RAM (Kingston PC3200; CL3).
- 12/18/2005: Added an used Asus TV Tuner Card 880 NTSC (cx23880) to primary/gaming box. Linux box gets a new Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 (ST380011A; 7200 RPM; 80 GB) HDD to replace the dying and super slow Maxtor 30 GB HDD.
Successfully migrated old datas as well.
- 12/28/2005: Removed 3Com NIC from primary/gaming box since it wasn't working and having an IRQ conflict.
- 6/30/2006: Replaced the old SeaSonic PSU with an used
600 watts model due to possible damaged voltages (instability), the old XFX video card that died (overheated? and sparked), and
changed computer case (now, an Antec P180).
- 7/21/2006: Replaced Linux/Debian box's dead Enlight PSU (died on 7/17/2006 at 12:30 AM PDT) with an almost new Heroichi (HEC) Orion HP585D (585 watts) for
temporary usage and replaced Leadtek video card (leaked, buldged, and unglued capacitors; had a video signal loss in
the past) with an used NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 AGP card (128 MB).
- 7/29/2006: Replaced Linux/Debian box's PSU with an Antec SmartPower SP-350 PSU (350 watts). Also, swapped IBM HDD to a Seagate ST380011A 80 GB HDD
due to a write delay error and SMART error (Reallocated Sector Count) in gaming box.
- 12/24/2006: Moved gaming box's old ASUS motherboard, Athlon 64
3200+ CPU, and GeForce 6800 AGP video card to the Linux box while retiring
the old Athlon XP motherboard, CPU, and video card. Everything else
(e.g., network) was the same. In primary/gaming box, upgraded core components with: AMD Athlon 64
X2 (dual core; 2.4 GHz) 939 4600+ CPU, MSI K8N NEO4-F (MS-7125) motherboard (nForce4), EVGA e-GeForce 7950GT KO (512 MB; PCIe; NVIDIA), Seagate 320 GB SATA 7200 RPM ST3320620AS HDD (3 Gb/sec.; replaced the old Quantum 15 GB HDD
due to lack of free disk space). Everything else (e.g., onboard network, sound card,
and TV tuners, etc.) was the same as well.
- 2/3/2007: Replaced the old 17" Samsung 763mb CRT monitor with a 19" Samsung SyncMaster 931BF LCD TFT monitor (4:3 aspect ratio and 1280x1024 native screen resolution).
- 5/14/2007: Replaced the dead Antec PSU in Linux/Debian box with a Fortron FSP650-80GLC PSU (650 watts).
- 10/13/2007: Replaced the old hub with an used Netgear FS108 switch.
- 1/26/2008: Removed 512 MB Kington memory module from Debian/Linux box due to computer hardware problems (two random hard lock ups and a random reboot; computer didn't boot up [not even a POST] after those).
- 8/20/2008: Replaced old keyboard (enter key not registering sometimes) with a new a Dell 104-key PS/2 keyboard.
- 9/7/2008: Replaced dying Quantum 6.4 GB HDD with my old IDE/ATA Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15 GB
and readded a return merchandise authorization/RMA'ed 512 MB Kingston memory in Linux/Debian box.
- 10/4/2008: Replaced Terayon TJ715X cable modem with an Ambit/Ubee U10C018 cable modem due to coax cable connection
- 10/18/2008: Replaced Netgear RT311 router with an old/used Linksys BEFSX41 v1 router because of random disconnections every 12-15 hours to the cable modem and Internet.
- 12/27/2008: Moved most of old Windows/gaming box hardware parts to
the Debian/Linux box except EVGA GeForce 7950 GT KO video card had to be
RMA'ed due to its fans stopping, showing display corruption in Norton Ghost
2003 DOS, and finally died [nothing on screen during boot up] and two
old HDDs. Windows/Gaming box got Intel Core 2 Q8200 (quad-core; 2.33 Ghz 1333 FSB) with a Scythe Andy Master 120mm CPU cooler (SCASM-1000),
MSI P43 NEO3-F (MSI-7514) motherboard, MSI R4870-T2D512
-OC (ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB), two 1 GB of Crucial RAM, onboard RealTek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E
Gigabit Ethernet NIC network, another Broadband
Technologies Air2PC-ATSC-PCI HDTV tuner card (dual setup now), Sony NEC Optiarc DVD-RW AD-7220S burner drive, and a new internal 500 GB
7200 RPM Seagate SATA ST3500320AS HDD.
- 1/3/2009: Swapped KVM with an used 4-port one (same brand and features) due to blurry display quality (got worse).
- 1/10/2009: Swapped DVD-ROM drives. Added an EVGA GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB; PCIe; NVIDIA) RMA replacement video card into Debian/Linux box.
- 3/7/2009: Logitech Z-2300 speakers (2.1 setup and analog) to replace Klipsch ProMedia speakers (subwoofer went bust and made horrible rattling noises with low frequencies for bass).
- 11/2/2009: Replaced broken Linksys router with a Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G 54Mbps router v1.1.
- 12/5/2009: Replaced Windows' old DVD-ROM drive with a
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner SATA Model
DVR-218LBK due to old drive being unable to read
burned discs (pressed discs were OK). Downgraded Debian/Linux box back to ASUS
K8V SE with AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 754 single core CPU, 2.5 GB of RAM (two
1 GB + 512 MB), GeForce FX 5200 (AGP; NVIDIA), etc. Also, replaced the
broken PSU with a new Antec Basiq BP550Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V
V2.2 Modular Active PFC PSU.
- 1/23/2010: Reupgraded Debian/Linux box back to MSI K8N NEO4-F (MS-7125) motherboard
with its dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ CPU, 3 GB of RAM, RMA'ed EVGA NVIDIA
GeForce 8800 GT video card (PCIE), used a stock AMD CPU fan, and downgraded/replaced PSU with an Antec Basiq 500 Watt ATX (BP500U).
- 2/15/2010: Removed a 512 MB of RAM due to failures (Kernel panics
and failing Memtest86+ v4.00) and replaced CPU fan with the old, cleaned Thermaltake Silent Boost K8
A1838. Now, down to 2.5 GB (swapped a 1 GB for two working 512 MBs to
regain $15 [didn't really need 3 GB]).
- 10/1/2010: Again, downgraded Debian/Linux box back to ASUS
K8V SE with AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 754 single core CPU, 2 GB of RAM (1
GB + two 512 MB), GeForce FX 5200 (AGP; NVIDIA), etc. due to not
working again (CPU is probably finally dead). Also, replaced
eight months old noisy PSU fan (still under warranty) with a new Antec Basiq BP350 watts (ATX 12v v2.01) PSU.
- 12/20/2010 (major desktop upgrades): Windows box got an Intel i7
950 CPU, three 2 GB of Kingston HyperX T1 Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 2000 (PC3
16000) Desktop Memory Model KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX DDR3 RAM (6 GB total;
2.5 GB shown and using 3.5 GB for RAM disk drive with a 2 GB virtual
memory/pagefile in 32-bit old, updated Windows XP Pro. SP3, EVGA X58
SLI (132-BL-E758) motherboard, reused MSI R4870-T2D512 OC Radeon HD
4870 512 MB (S-video+composite cables and adapter connected to Toshiba
W-627 VCR to a January 1996 19.5" Sharp CRT TV), used one of two onboard
RealTek Gigabit Ethernets and onboard RealTek sound (no more sound card
due to lack of old PCI slots), swapped PSU for a new Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 watts ATX12V/EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
Certified Active PFC, removed a Pioneer SATA DVD burner to swap with an
old Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1612 Rev. B 16X/48X ATAPI/IDE drive (other box
doesn't have enough IDE/PATA connections). Removed the old 3.5" floppy
disk drive (useless these days and no connection to the new
motherboard). Debian/Linux box got the old Windows box's Intel Core 2
Q8200 (quad-core) with a Scythe Andy Master 120mm CPU cooler (SCASM-1000), MSI
P43 NEO3-F (MSI-7514) motherboard (latest BIOS), two 1 GB of Crucial RAM
(Samsung DDR2 800 (PC2-6400; 400 MHz), onboard RealTek
RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC network and RealTek
audio, 600 watts SeaSonic S12 PSU, ASUS TV Tuner Card 880 NTSC
(cx23880), Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash
Support, added an USB+memory card reader front panel, etc. Gave its
old Toshiba DVD-ROM to Windows box due to lack of more IDE/PATA connections.
- 3/25/2011: Replaced Windows PC's old Toshiba DVD-ROM drive with a LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS50 burner drive and PS/2 ball
mouse with a Logitech
optical mouse (still two buttons + one scrollwheel).
- 11/24/2011: Debian/Linux box lost (did not die) its IDE Quantum
Fireball Plus LM 15 GB due to very old and its annoying daily SMART error #9 (very old age), added a new 115 GB Corsair Force Series F115 Solid-State Disk (SSD)
(CSSD-F115GB2-BRKT-A), and moved the old IDE/PATA main Seagate HDD to secondary (now used for secondary/storage) for
SSD to take over as a primary/main drive with a brand new 64-bit Debian
- 11/27/2011: Replaced Windows machine's dying Seagate ST3500320AS
500 GB HDD with a new Seagate 1 TB ST310005N1A1AS-RK HDD.
- 8/27/2012: Replaced the seven years old APC Back-UPS XS BX1500
(drained/dead battery) with a new APC Back-UPS XS 1500VA 10-Outlet Power-Saving UPS (Model:
BX1500G; 865 watts; 5/17/2012 date).
- Beginning of August 2012: Replaced the old DB2 bowtie antenna with a
RCA ANT751R antenna.
- 12/22/2012: Cleaned both computers physically with no new upgrades
to break the every two year cycle trend. Also, replaced the old Enlight's Debian/Linux box with
a new Antec Sonata Proto mid tower ATX case. Replaced its
broken internal memory card reader+USB port due to bent needle pins
for CF slot.
- 1/20/2013: Replaced the old noisy vibrating dual case fan with a new one.
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