Post beautiful vintage computers in this thread.
And no, your 2005 alienware doesn't count. 2000 or before.
>tfw no one makes cases like this one these days
Nehalem-era ThinkStations are similar to the PS/VP cases.
Fujitsu FM Towns II. Tower case and CD-ROM as standard in 1989.
I'd love to have one of these, don't really think AIX has as much of a hobbyist following as Solaris or IRIX though.
I always wondered what niche the workstation RS/6000s even had.
Retro overloado, I have an old pentium 3 Gateway 2000 buried under a cupboard somewhere too.
With how small and useful SBCs are getting now, I've been thinking lately that it would be pretty neat to try and replicate your kind of setup in a PCMCIA card form factor.
There's probably enough room in here to fit a decent low-power ARM or MIPS chip, wireless connectivity, maybe an I/O dongle or two if needed. Perhaps the card itself can appear to the host as a serial port that can be accessed with any old terminal client?
I know its not vintage computer but fuck me gets me every time, first memory of using a computer.
Man, i remember those Area-51 pc's. They used to get shipped with a copy of Area-51.
Also just googled it, apparently it's a lineup that's existed for a long time, and they still make them. Shows you how much i know about Alienware.
Plenty of 44Ps on Ebay if you've got $500-$600 to burn.
It's little brother, the 43P, can be had from upwards of around $200, though the black versions are very uncommon.
Just kill me
Anyway, there's also the F80, if you want something more big-irony, but good luck finding one for under a grand, let alone shipping the damn thing.
The trash can is also the power supply, with huge multi pin connector to the cable going to to the computer.
>"Post beautiful vintage computers"
>scrolling through thread
>so many average pcs
>so many pieces of shit
>holy fuck if there's not at least one photo of a NeXT machine i'm going to go outside and slap a bitch
>anon to the rescue
>I feel pretty bad about PowerPC disappearing from desktop systems overall tbqh. Thanks Steve.
Also for IBM not cranking the G5 up to 3GHz like Steve promised. That's why Apple went to Intel.
>Too bad BeOS died the way it died
Gassee had the chance but overplayed his hand. He wanted too much for it.
Steve's price was lower and he got the job.
Can you imagine where Apple would be now with Gassee running the show?
Nah, the problem is that Microsoft's ludicrous monopoly practices prevented Win98/BeOS dual boots from being able to actually boot into BeOS by default or offer a boot menu. Had the US's justice system slapped Microsoft around like they deserved, BeOS would have come preinstalled on millions of PCs and dethroned Microshart at the height of its power.
>"We want a smaller Connection Machine but with the same awesome design and blinky LED's"
They also made the FM-77, the god emperor of 8-bit micros.
>TWO 6809s, with the second one as a GPU
>OS-9 Level 2 available
They're perfect for when your wife's son is using your computer to look at porn.
But seriously I think they're a great piece of whimsical nostalgia and I have idle fantasies about buying one and gutting it for more modern hardware (maybe just a board from a smartphone+a big battery+linux
an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age
You could also just put Debian or OpenBSD on the original hardware. Chuck on a lightweight WM and some terminal stuff and it makes a great little client machine. Hell, it can still run Emacs just fine so you can use it as an IDE.
would be remiss to include this without also posting it's freon based successor. that glow, man
Some anon posted this beauty a couple of years ago.
I've heard the power supplies are shitty and have to be replaced or repaired.
Also there was or will be a project to produce replicas of the case for modern computers, but I don't have the link anymore.
>Also there was or will be a project to produce replicas of the case for modern computers
Macs once looked more like computers and less like fashion accessories.
The russians used them on the space station Mir IIRC
All this power for under 100 pounds. This right here is the reason home computers are so cheap today.
And then the ex employees of Sinclair came out with their one thing, the Atom. Sinclair computers was founded by these guys, who were later fired when Sinclair wanted complete control of his company
The Acorn Atom was apparently marketed at tech convention under "a much better keyboard than the ZX80"
Sinclair dominated the home market with cheap computers with a lot of games. Sinclair hated games (Sinclair also invented the pocket Calculator and portable tv btw)
Acorn made the BBC micro and dominated education
they both failed when they tried to take on each other's markets, and eventually collapsed after saturating the market with cheap computers.
Watch MicroMen, a docudrama about it, it's really good
They still exist, you own one of their products right now i guarantee it.
What was Acorn is now known as ARM.
Not quite. Acorn proper became Element 14 in 1998 (after they discontinued their computer division), which was subsumed into Broadcom as their DSL division two years later. ARM Holdings plc started off as a joint venture between Apple, Acorn, and VLSI Technology, before becoming an independent entity some years later.
Same people, it was just a better idea to form a new company. a company is determined by it's people, not the company name.
Science of Cambridge
All Clive Sinclair's companies, all basically the same company with his key people moving with him to escape debts and other issues companies have as time goes on.
I want to do something similar to this. Where can I get one of these cases?
Dell Inspiron 3700
My dad had this computer back in 1999. The build quality was fucking crap which I guess is why I never bought a Dell myself.
Intel Pentium II 450MHz
64MB RAM (I think, can't really remember)
Came with Windows 98 I think, then my dad upgraded it to Windows 2000, then after that Windows ME
Side of the road? The trick is where to get the blank front / back IO covers
just put a card reader or cd drive or something in it
a late 90's/early '00's case with no cd drive would look more out of place than with nothing installed
the point is to make a sleeper, right?
166Mhz Pentium MMX (overclockable to 200 with soldering)
32mb of RAM (expandable to 64mb officially, 96mb unofficially)
800x480 active matrix LCD.
It uses a tiny trackpoint on the front of the lid and mouse buttons on the back, its so small the screen fits into your hand.
Pentium MMX clocked at 233 mhz, 32 megs of ram, and a 4gb hard drive (stock). There's no trackpad because there wouldn't have been space for it. Instead, a nub at the side of the screen is your cursor, and the mouse buttons are at the back of the screen. Another favorite design of mine in that regard is the early Omnibooks, with the pop-out mice.
Acorn computers were such a pile of shit. I still remember using them at school when I was about 4 or 5 years old.
At that time my dad bought a Gateway 2000, Pentium 133 MHz machine with Windows 95, and Acorns seemed absolutely ancient in comparison.
On that note, an Omnibook.
saw these in a vintage junk shop
among typewriters and wooden cabinets and phonographs
In case anyone is wondering, the person in the picture is Seymour Cray circa 1974. Probably had the tunnel elves elves tell him something special that night, considering how smug a mug he has right there.
owyeah. a machine built to make Art can only be an artwork of its own.
dat price tho, even as a collector it's hard to find one.
There was good things that came out of DEC's design department. I never though black and green could be so sexy when contrasted with white tape reels and colored rocker keys.
I found the case through a friend, it came with pretty plain Athlon XP internals, old hospital PC.
Just look at used old PC's off your "graigslist" or whatever, that's how I found a case identical to the original one
Pic related, a little peak under the covers :)
if you can guess enough of the psu output voltages you could wire in a modern ITX power supply (of at least 170W)
while 5 minutes of searching didn't land me any details, in a lot of computers black is ground, yellow is +12v, and red is +5v
the video connector can be wired up to a VGA monitor, either you could use a premade adapter or just cut a VGA cable and wire it in there
You lucky motherf...
okay, as long you take care of it it's fine. these are rare beasts. PSU's wiring colors are all standard. 3.3 ,5 . 12v and grounding. you can adapt a mini atx supply into one, it's just like an ATX.
for the VGA adapter it requires a 13w3 to standard VGA adapter, lurk on ebay.
yep that's my best guess, otherwise
Looking at this makes me wonder, with all computing sticks flying around if it would be a good idea to make something looking like this.
All the usual connectors, and a keyboard to boot. Still smaller than a laptop, more mobile than a tablet+keyboard combo.
yeah like the microcomputers like Atari/Commodore era, you carry just a keyboard, plug it on any TV you want. that's the idea.
yeah Apple always been trying too hard.
i'd just love to find a sgi230 or one of these win2K stations built on ATX format, and upgrade it just for the case. and eventually use 4DWM on gentou. just a project i got in mind.
to add to your link;
he should keep in mind not all adapters are suitable, if he gets an adapter it needs to be an *SGI* 13W3 to vga, not a *SUN* one
SUN monitors use sync-on-green, barely any PC monitors support this (they use seperate H and V sync, which the SGI connector also outputs, just the adapters differ in how they're wired up)
Would be great in my chop shop. Instead of running full and mid towers, checking customer disks for errors i'd just plug this bad boy. I'm sure there would be a way to slip a sata or even ide port in there.
Try replacing capacitors in the PSU. Also do some googling, I seem to recall one of the PSU vendors was prone to failure, there might be a repair guide.
I won one of these in a (free) drawing and it was interesting to mess with. Unfortunately the HDD failed on me and I haven't got around to buying a replacement (garrrr, SCSI).
The blanks are very often interchangeable. The rear definitely, the front one sot always but close to. If all else fails, it should be possible to just force them in or mod them, because just the front matters.
I know it isn't a great photo, but could anyone please tell me the name/model of this computer? Late 90s I think.
Ahh, that particular mac. I remember when a place I worked at upgraded from the Macintosh 128K to those. Those were such a change from the boxy everything of the Macs they replaced.
Better yet, just hardwire in the VGA port. There's no magic inside the adapter. You don't even need a SoG monitor.
Indy Anon from earlier
Of course I have it.
It has not aged well, but I still have hope that I can get it running.
Nice, even has the XZ graphics board. Not too common an option to see on those systems.
It's a little rusty, but should be alright. If the power supply is actually dead, a new Sony PSU from Mashek would run you around $120. The Nidec is cheaper but has a shittier reliability record. If you don't feel like dumping that much on it and don't want to keep it around as a display piece, someone on Nekochan might still be interested in it. Can never have enough parts.
As far as the monitor goes, any sync-on-green monitor should work. I've used mine with a Sun-rebadged Trinitron GDM-5010PT (though through its VGA input rather than its 13W3 input) and a Samsung SyncMaster BX940
Saw one of these at a thrift store once that I think was like $20 or $30 including the external drive bank. Was like 13 or 14 just getting into collecting old shit and I passed it up because I couldn't justify spending more than $10 on a machine back then
Regret the shit out of it, 10 years and countless Suns, SGIs, Pentium Pros, Alphas and Itanics later and I've still never seen another one.
That's good to know. I have not opened the PSU as of yet on the other side to get a closer look but the fact that it does not turn on when plugged in gives me the assumption that it's dead.
I have took some more photos of the inside however if anyone is curious.
Damn, that's an early one, take a shot of some of those chips on the XZ board, I wanna see how old this thing is.
Check out the CPU too, can't remember where the model number was on the board but you should be able to find it without pulling it.
Wait, nevermind, I can see a 9425 date code on one of the chips, so it's probably from around June-July 1994? Not good at converting weeks into actual dates in my head.
I took most of these in advance, I still have a few more.
This may be funny, but I actually got my hands on a black IBM Aptiva system awhile ago at my local town thrift shop. For $20 as well. But it did not come with an external drive bank, or the hard drive for that fact. Was planning on using OS/2 for it, but IDE drives are a bitch to find these days.
Yeah so that's definitely mid-'94 vintage, figured out what CPU is in it? Looks like it might be a reasonably high-end config, dunno about the drive but it looks like there's two of them in there?
>but IDE drives are a bitch to find these days.
Shit, they're all over. Probably difficult to find locally though, you have to go through Ebay for that kind of stuff.
I would try to but I did not have my tool set on me to get to it right then and there. It might be something for me to do tomorrow or next week perhaps if I get a chance and can find my set.
Also with IDE, I try to find them locally only because I do not want to be scammed out of a dead drive. New IDE drives are not cheap either though, I am just looking for a used one that still works.
I hear you, but it still might be worth risking it if you're having difficulty getting some stuff locally, just check the feedback and their return/warranty policies. I don't buy parts often, but spending a little more on a guy with good guarantees on their hardware really pays off if you have problems. Drives themselves are pretty resilient as long as they're packed well and some faggot isn't throwing them at the wall (which with shipping is admittedly pretty possible)
Aptivas typically used Deskstars in around 4-16GB sizes depending on how old they are, you can score those for $10-$20 online if you're interested in trying to resurrect it.
Always happy to shitpost.
Poor little guy stopped wanting to boot recently. It might finally be his time.
I usually find crap tons of old computers on the side of the road during council clean up week (Australiafag here) and I just gut them and put modern components in. they make nice home systems for like kids or parents.
Mah knee grows!
inb4 hinv, she's in storage.
Motorola made a line of AiX desktops that weren't as aggressively ugly as IBM's. Instead, they look like the 80s and 90s shelf stereo systems you'd expect to see in a kid's bedroom. You know, the ones you could convert into a boom box and run off of six C cells.
We had one of these in our computing club at university. Not really a fun box to work on.
Anyone here follow any vintage computer collectors/restorers?
This guy happens to have a goddamn kingdom of old systems.
> *wakes up*
> Anon are you alright? I believe you had a nightmare :-)
> what? 2016? hahah no sweetie, we are in 1998, everything is fine...
> Come on, lets play Age of Empires II on the new Compaq Presario and eat some cereal
not quite vintage, but this is my oldish case.
came as a barebones kit with a keyboard and mouse using ps2, the mouse with a ball in it still.
Then you find out it's another dream because Age of Empires II wasn't out before late 1999.
I almost got one of those once, kind of balked at what it would cost by the pound though and instead opted to salvage what I could and leave it at that.
Looking at the going rate of them online, should have taken it for the probably $60-$90 or so it would have cost.