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CyberAngel

My first was an IBM PS/2 with OS/2. To use AutoCAD, you had to switch to a Windows partition. Everyone was still waiting for NT to come out (this was 1991), and IBM capitalized on the frustration by calling it Nice Try. Back then IBM was still trying to remain a player in the personal computer market. A lot of museum-worthy history there, but not related to AutoCAD.

 

The first computer I owned had two floppy drives. You booted from the first drive, ran your app from the second, and saved your data to the first (once you replaced the disk). Yes, the disks were 5.25 inch. The monitor was one color (you could choose between green and amber). The printer was dot matrix. Good times. [edit: This one had an 8086 CPU, 5MHz, with 64K RAM, I believe.]

 

The first computer I ever used was an IBM 360 mainframe at the university. You handed in your program on a pile of punched cards, and you got back the results on 14 7/8" x 11" fanfold green-bar paper.

 

I found out later they would hand a dipstick to a new mainframe tech and tell him to check the oil. He'd go crazy looking for the tube to put it in....

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shift1313

I think the first thing i ran Acad on was a Packard Bell 486 in the mid 90s. I had a Comodore64 before that and various 286 and 386 machines but never CAD on them. I didn't really do anything in CAD until about the late 90s on a machine i built. It was a hotrod of a 500mhz machine:) I can't even imagine it now. I had that system until probably 5 years ago with various internal upgrades. Was able to run older version of Acad on the older ThinkPad laptops(the ones where the keyboard slide out in 2 pieces). It's amazing how far and fast tech has come in the last 10 years.

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ReMark

An IBM XT - 6MHz speed and 640 KB of RAM. Smokin'! The CPU was an Intel 80286.

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f700es
.... It's amazing how far and fast tech has come in the last 10 years.

 

This right here. I bought a cell phone at Christmas that has an 8 core CPU. A cell phone!?!?

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shift1313

Yeah my watch is 2 core :)

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rkmcswain

circa early 1995

intel 486/60DX2 with (get this!) 20MB RAM - not 8 or 16 like a lot of other CAD machines at that time...

I think the hard drive was 250MB, and we ran DOS 6.22, and AutoCAD R13 for DOS

We did have Windows 3.1 installed, but only used it to run the tape backup software for the HP Colorado tape drive :)

Video card? Couldn't begin to tell you.

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Dana W
An IBM XT - 6MHz speed and 640 KB of RAM. Smokin'! The CPU was an Intel 80286.
Mine was an IBM AT, had a Turbo button that would pop it up to 8mhz. Man that thing was like lightening, ROFLMAO.

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shift1313
circa early 1995

intel 486/60DX2 with (get this!) 20MB RAM - not 8 or 16 like a lot of other CAD machines at that time...

I think the hard drive was 250MB, and we ran DOS 6.22, and AutoCAD R13 for DOS

We did have Windows 3.1 installed, but only used it to run the tape backup software for the HP Colorado tape drive :)

Video card? Couldn't begin to tell you.

 

I know i put a voodo gaming graphics card in my machine :)

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ReMark
Mine was an IBM AT, had a Turbo button that would pop it up to 8mhz. Man that thing was like lightening, ROFLMAO.

I distinctly recall having a home computer with a turbo button. I also recall using a memory manager program, I think it was called QEMM, to squeeze out as much in the way of performance as I possibly could in my first 386 computer.

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