Pointlessness warning! I found an old file stating in way too much detail what my computer configuration was in 1998. Figured I’d post it here as a backup/old-school-computing memory, so that I could delete the file without a feeling of loss.  I’m gonna add some comments in red (11 yrs later!) to make fun of the past.

My Computers

  1. AMD K6-233 64M (“HELL“) – Heh. My current/2nd computer named “Hell” was born in 2004… Almost forgot I reused the name.
  2. Intel P-75 64M (“HADES“) – Heh. My current/2nd computer named “Hades” was born in 2007…
  3. Intel P-150 24M Laptop (“STORM“) – Heh. The 2nd “Storm” was born just a year or two later, in 2000, died in 2007.
    [property of my company but also my primary computer…]
  4. Shared hardware (keyboards, printers, external devices)
  5. Networking hardware
  6. Unused hardware


PRIMARY DESKTOP COMPUTER

("HELL")

PROCESSOR: AMD K6 233MHz – Hah! I operate at over 10X the clock speed these days.

RAM: 64M — EDO– Hah! I have 64X the RAM in my current computer Hades.

MOTHERBOARD: something with TX chipset — should support up to 266MHz

2-D VIDEO CARD: ATI All-In-Wonder PRO (4M)– Hah! My 2nd ATI card? I’m up to like my 8th or so now.

– outputs computer to television screen, cable/VCR to computer screen– Hah! I bothered with cable and VCRs back then!

– bidirectional exchange of video between computer and television

– INPUTS: 1 NTSC-Cable, 3 RCAs (video,left,right), 1 S-Video– S-Video in was really good for VHS->AVI .. IF your VCR had s-video out!

– OUTPUTS: 1 RCA (video), 1 S-Video, 1 mini-jack (to soundcard line-in)– Hah! No DVI???

– sizeable television window – instant replay

– closed captioning – scheduled viewing– I miss closed captions.

– P/N: board says “109-41500-00”, sticker says “102-41502-00”

– S/N: AT 7 51 15629

3-D VIDEO CARD: Diamond Monster 3-D (4M)– Hah! I have 32X the video RAM these days, and that’s conservative.

– fast, truecolor rendering at 640×480– Hah! 640×480?!?! SDTV quality? Pfft. I operate at 1920×1080 now.

SOUND CARD: Guillemot MaxiSound Home Studio Pro 64

– INPUTS: RCA (gold:left and right), S/PDF (gold:digital), 2 mini-jacks– The RCA inputs were actually very nice. For analog audio capture, they can’t be beat.

– OUTPUTS: RCA (gold:left and right), S/PDF (gold:digital),– Hah! No digital output! Say hello to GROUND LOOP BUZZ!

3 mini-jacks (front 2 speakers, rear 2 speakers, line-out/headphone)

– 64-voice GM/GS wavetable synthesis in hardware

– expandable to 96 voices and to 32 multitimbral channels w/daughterboard

– 16 track direct-to-disk studio

– 64 MIDI tracks– Hah! Do people even give a shit about MIDI tracks anymore?

– 16 realtime effects on cd-audio, line-in, mic, and midi– Those were indeed fun.  (click this link to see Mark playing with the effect)

– reverb, echo, delay, chorus, pitch

– automation of level, pan, and effects

– 355 real musical instruments with 128 general midi sounds, 189 variation

sounds, 9 drum sets and 1 SFX– Hah! They bothered to list such things back then.

– enhanced full duplex: simultaneous 2-way playback and recording or

conversation over the internet, at different sampling rates

– takes 2 slot cover bays for the additional jacks, but only 1 ISA slot– Hah! ISA!

– 4M RAM of instruments, expandable to 20M

– 50 MIPS DSP for realtime 4 band equalizer, mix, and multi-effects with

on MIDI and audio tracks with no extra CPU usage

– 100% compatible GM(tm), GS(tm), DLS, MPU-401(tm)

– compatible with all sequencers

– signal-to-noise ratio: S/NR >= 91dB A (A weighted at -3 dB)

– compatible with: General MIDI(tm), General Standard(tm),

Roland(tm) MPU-401 mode UART, DLS, Microsoft Direct Sound(tm),

Direct Sound(tm) 3D hareware accelerator (under DirectX5.0),

Maxi(tm) Sound 3D Positional, Windows(r) Plug & Play, MS-DOS 5/6/7,

Sound Blaster(tm) Pro

– S/N 441186000396, Product Number 4769002, Date Of Purchase: 9/8/1998

– internet phone reg#: VC:4375-3251-6332-7A78-C9E0-258B (5064072)

SCSI CONTROLLER: Adaptec 2940U/2940UW Ultra Wide PCI– Hah! SCSI suuucked so bad and wasted so much of my money!

– 40M/s – up to 15 devices

– 68-pin external connector

STORAGE: HARD DRIVES:

4G: Western Digital Caviar 34000– Hah! My latest harddrive is 384X the size of this. That 4G crashed, and parts of my soul are still missing.

– partitioned to two 2.0G partitions, C: and F:

– S/N: WT 351 078 2308 – model Num: AC34000-00LA

– DCM: BMCBYVWOBATA – CCC Code: AA 15 Aug 97

825M: Seagate– Hah! Tiny!!

– E: ?

STORAGE: FLOPPY DRIVE: 1.44M floppy drive

STORAGE: CD-ROM:

Plextor 12/20 Plex internal SCSI CD-ROM — digital audio extraction at 8X!!– Hah! Plextor sucks, I’m glad I stopped buying their products.

– CAV drive, 12X min (on outside), 20x max (on inside)

– model#PX20TSI, s/n 20TSi118459 – bought 7/98 for $125

– top of line, very compatible with all cd types

STORAGE: CD-R:

Plextor Plexwriter — 12X CD-ROM, 4X CD-R– Hah! Plextor sucks!

SUMMARY: 50 pin SCSI-2 4X CD-R with CAV 8/12X read (8X min, 12X max)

– caddy loading – special caddy->tray converter-caddy

– S/N: R412Ce013099 TLA#0604- model num: PX-R412CSe External Plexwriter

– RCA stereo output – headphone jack

– self SCSI terminating – up to 10M/sec burst speed

– purchased from: D.S.S. of Reston, 9/21/1998

MONITOR: Proscan 15″– Hah! Piece of crap eventually broke, like all monitors. Now I don’t bother. HDTV is suitable for monitors; why spend more money?

– interlaced at 1280×1024, 8 on-screen control funcs incl picture rotation– Hah! Interlaced sucks! 1024i 4:3???

– microphone, external microphone jack, weight=27.5/30.8 Lbs. net/gross

– moderately good shielding from electromagnetic fields– Hah! I actually bought and returned like 3 monitors to find the one with the best EM-shielding, to get the least interference from all my other technology. Having ONE HUGE SCREEN is so much less complex!

– auto-scanning 30-64Khz horizontal, 500-100Hz vertical

– 10 factory preset modes, 10 user programmable modes

– auto-switching power supply, 100W max power consumption– Hah! 100W? My TV was usually on. Now I save power by ONLY using my TV.

– power saving w/VESA/EPA compliance, meets Swedish MPR II standard– Hah! Haven’t heard VESA in awhile.

– display=260x190mm(adjustable), cabinet=385mm(L) x 359mm(W) x 366mm(H)

– detachable swivel base, tint non-glare glas, detachable speaker mounts

NETWORK CARDS:

– Linksys Instant EtherFast Series EtherFast 10/100 LAN card Model LNE100TX

– SUMMARY: 32bit PCI 10/100 100Mbps plug-and-play ethernet card

– SPEED: 100 Mbps – four rear LEDs

– boot ROM socket – no jumpers to configure; software only

– addresses up to 4GB of RAm at 33MHz

– uses multimaster concurrency to operate independent of PC’s CPU

– Windows 95 plug-and-play compatible – generic S/N: 45883-54736– Hah! Win95!

– N-way technology automatically optimizes traffic speed

– free tech support and software upgrades, limited lifetime warranty

POINTING DEVICE:

– Crystal Trackball (3 buttons)– I still wish I could use these, but they stopped putting serial ports in computers! Lame!

– completely clear trippy trackball

– crystal trackball glows red when active, green when button pushed




SECONDARY DESKTOP COMPUTER

("HADES") (my test box)

PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium 75MHz– Hah!  My clock speed is like 34X this now.

NEW RAM: 64M / 2 8x32M– Hah! I have 64X this ram in my computer now.

Model#: 32F72-P / 1 year warrantee / support 1-800-234-4597 / www.pny.com

OLD RAM: 8M (2 banks of nonparity 72-pin 70ns 8x512k 4M simms)

MOTHERBOARD: AsusTek PCI/I-P54SP4– Hah! Asus blows! Only company to ever make something that caught on fire in my computer. They also screwed up an RMA, not knowing where to send my stuff back despite my address being on it. Screw Asus on all counts.

– supports 75, 90, or 100Mhz P54C Pentium CPUs w/one Socket 5 ZIF socket

– SIS 85C50X PCI chipset – uses 72pin DRAM up to 128M

– write-back L2 extrn cache using mixed-mode or +3.3V Static Ram (256/512/1M)

– 4 16-bit ISA slots, 4 32-bit PCI slots (Bus Master capable), 1 shared slot– Hah! ISA!

– power management

– On-board Multi-I/O connections using the SMC 37C665GT Super Multi-I/O chip

– 2 serial ports, 16550UART compatible– Hah! I remember people paying extra money to get 16550UARTs. Connectivity was such a pain back then!

– 1 parallel port with EPP and ECP capabilities, all configuarable as

primry or secondary COM and LPT ports

– support for 2.88M floppy drives

– BIOS: Award 03/26/95-SiS-501-503-PI-54SP4-00

VIDEO CARD: Trident 9440 PCI 2M video card (1280x1024x16 / 1024x768x256)– I think I finally threw this away in 2009.

SOUND: SoundBlaster PRO– Was not recognized by RedHat Linux, which basically made me install Windows.

MONITOR: Super View 1024 14-inch 1024×768 $15 yardsale monitor

STORAGE: FLOPPY DRIVES: 5″ floppy, 3″ floppy– Hah! 5-inch floppy!

STORAGE: CD-ROM: Teac 4X CD55a internal CD-ROM (connects to SB Pro only)– My first CD-ROM.

STORAGE: HARD DRIVES:

Western Digital 340M Caviar – Hah! My latest harddrive is 4,626 times bigger.

NETWORK CARDS:

– Linksys Instant EtherFast Series EtherFast 10/100 LAN card Model LNE100TX

– SUMMARY: 32bit PCI 10/100 100Mbps plug-and-play ethernet card

– see entry above for full specs




LAPTOP / PRIMARY COMPUTER

("STORM")

LAPTOP MODEL: AST Ascentia A Series– Hah! Piece of crap brand! Getting 640x480x16 with Slackware Linux took TWO DAYS.

PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium 150– Hah! 150mHz?!?!

VIDEO CARD: Cirrus Logic CGLD 7548 (?) true color graphics card– Back when they bothered to say “TrueColor”.

– not supported under Linux as of 12/1997

SOUND: generic Soundblaster-type sound

STORAGE: HARD DRIVES: 1G harddrive, removeable floppy, removeable CD-ROM

STORAGE: CD-ROM: removeable CD-ROM drive

STORAGE: FLOPPY: removeable floppy drive

PCMCIA CARDS:

– USRobotics MegaHertz 28.8 modem card

– Xircom 10/100 Ethernet card

– 3-COM combo ethernet card (supported by Linux) (don’t use this anymore)


SHARED HARDWARE:

MODEMS:

Practical Peripherals PM288MT II v.34

– 28,800, but always connects at 26,400– Haha! I connect to the internet at 116X the speed these days… And I could get faster if I wanted.

– Win95/Win98 drivers do not function

– must use generic drivers with no flow control

KEYBOARDS:

– MouseSystems generic

– Cirque Wave Keyboard2 — with trackball (used on laptop)

– Microsoft Ergonomic (at work on Sun Sparc5 workstation w/$75 converter)– Hah! I use wireless keyboards, these days…

– old 2001-brand keyboard (used with my CD player’s direct keyboard input)

PRINTERS:

– may be using old dot-matrix (can use any paper)– Hah! Dot Matrix! Haven’t heard that since watching Spaceballs.

– at least you don’t have to put the holes into spokes

MISC:

– 6′ keyboard extention, 6′ mouse extension, 6′ monitor extension– Hah! Extension cord madness!!

– various sound Y adapters and extentions (headphones, stereo, speakers)


NETWORKING HARDWARE:

HUB:– Hah! Hubs instead of switches!

BRAND: Linksys Instant EtherFast Series Fast Ethernet 5-Port Workgroup Hub

SPEED: 100Mbps

CONNECTIONS: 5 RJ-45/10baseT hubs plus uplink hub

FEATURES:

– auto-partitioning – LED indicators – Hah! Nobody bothers to think about auto-partitioning anymore.

– TOPOLOGY: star – WEIGHT: 1 lb. – POWER: 7.5VDC/1A

– IEEE 802.3u 100BaseTX Class II compliant – PROTOCOL: CSMA/CD

– advanced data collision control & auto polarity correction

– free technical support, 5 year warantee (expires 9/5/2003)




HARDWARE NO LONGER IN USE:

SOUND CARDS:

* SoundBlaster (original SB, no cd-audio capability)– This used to be the shit! Nowadays OSes don’t even support it! WTF!

* LaserWave Nucleas 16-bit sound card– I remember this badboy.

– crappy “16-bit” sound card — only works as a SoundBlaster Pro

– cd audio interface

VID CARDS:

* some card of Brent’s that he left at my place until it became obsolete

NETWORK CARDS:

* BocaLanCard 2000 Plus 16-bit ISA combo 10Mbps ethernet w/boot ROM socket

MISC CARDS:

* old parallel port IO cards– Whoa

* MFM controller card (possibly thrown away)– Dobule whoa

STORAGE: FLOPPIES:

* the cursed evil floppy drive orig from Hades back when Hades was hell– Hades was Hell? Sometimes I even confuse myself…


My Computers

  1. AMD K6-233 64M (“HELL“)
  2. Intel P-75 64M (“HADES“)
  3. Intel P-150 24M Laptop (“STORM“)
    [property of my company but also my primary computer…]
  4. Shared hardware (keyboards, printers, external devices)
  5. Networking hardware
  6. Unused hardware


PRIMARY DESKTOP COMPUTER

("HELL")

PROCESSOR: AMD K6 233MHz RAM: 64M -- EDO MOTHERBOARD: something with TX chipset -- should support up to 266MHz 2-D VIDEO CARD: ATI All-In-Wonder PRO (4M) - outputs computer to television screen, cable/VCR to computer screen - bidirectional exchange of video between computer and television - INPUTS: 1 NTSC-Cable, 3 RCAs (video,left,right), 1 S-Video - OUTPUTS: 1 RCA (video), 1 S-Video, 1 mini-jack (to soundcard line-in) - sizeable television window - instant replay - closed captioning - scheduled viewing - P/N: board says "109-41500-00", sticker says "102-41502-00" - S/N: AT 7 51 15629 3-D VIDEO CARD: Diamond Monster 3-D (4M) - fast, truecolor rendering at 640x480 SOUND CARD: Guillemot MaxiSound Home Studio Pro 64 - INPUTS: RCA (gold:left and right), S/PDF (gold:digital), 2 mini-jacks - OUTPUTS: RCA (gold:left and right), S/PDF (gold:digital), 3 mini-jacks (front 2 speakers, rear 2 speakers, line-out/headphone) - 64-voice GM/GS wavetable synthesis in hardware - expandable to 96 voices and to 32 multitimbral channels w/daughterboard - 16 track direct-to-disk studio - 64 MIDI tracks - 16 realtime effects on cd-audio, line-in, mic, and midi - reverb, echo, delay, chorus, pitch - automation of level, pan, and effects - 355 real musical instruments with 128 general midi sounds, 189 variation sounds, 9 drum sets and 1 SFX - enhanced full duplex: simultaneous 2-way playback and recording or conversation over the internet, at different sampling rates - takes 2 slot cover bays for the additional jacks, but only 1 ISA slot - 4M RAM of instruments, expandable to 20M - 50 MIPS DSP for realtime 4 band equalizer, mix, and multi-effects with on MIDI and audio tracks with no extra CPU usage - 100% compatible GM(tm), GS(tm), DLS, MPU-401(tm) - compatible with all sequencers - signal-to-noise ratio: S/NR >= 91dB A (A weighted at -3 dB) - compatible with: General MIDI(tm), General Standard(tm), Roland(tm) MPU-401 mode UART, DLS, Microsoft Direct Sound(tm), Direct Sound(tm) 3D hareware accelerator (under DirectX5.0), Maxi(tm) Sound 3D Positional, Windows(r) Plug & Play, MS-DOS 5/6/7, Sound Blaster(tm) Pro - S/N 441186000396, Product Number 4769002, Date Of Purchase: 9/8/1998 - internet phone reg#: VC:4375-3251-6332-7A78-C9E0-258B (5064072) SCSI CONTROLLER: Adaptec 2940U/2940UW Ultra Wide PCI - 40M/s - up to 15 devices - 68-pin external connector STORAGE: HARD DRIVES: 4G: Western Digital Caviar 34000 - partitioned to two 2.0G partitions, C: and F: - S/N: WT 351 078 2308 - model Num: AC34000-00LA - DCM: BMCBYVWOBATA - CCC Code: AA 15 Aug 97 825M: Seagate - E: ? STORAGE: FLOPPY DRIVE: 1.44M floppy drive STORAGE: CD-ROM: Plextor 12/20 Plex internal SCSI CD-ROM -- digital audio extraction at 8X!! - CAV drive, 12X min (on outside), 20x max (on inside) - model#PX20TSI, s/n 20TSi118459 - bought 7/98 for $125 - top of line, very compatible with all cd types STORAGE: CD-R: Plextor Plexwriter -- 12X CD-ROM, 4X CD-R SUMMARY: 50 pin SCSI-2 4X CD-R with CAV 8/12X read (8X min, 12X max) - caddy loading - special caddy->tray converter-caddy - S/N: R412Ce013099 TLA#0604- model num: PX-R412CSe External Plexwriter - RCA stereo output - headphone jack - self SCSI terminating - up to 10M/sec burst speed - purchased from: D.S.S. of Reston, 9/21/1998 MONITOR: Proscan 15" - interlaced at 1280x1024, 8 on-screen control funcs incl picture rotation - microphone, external microphone jack, weight=27.5/30.8 Lbs. net/gross - moderately good shielding from electromagnetic fields - auto-scanning 30-64Khz horizontal, 500-100Hz vertical - 10 factory preset modes, 10 user programmable modes - auto-switching power supply, 100W max power consumption - power saving w/VESA/EPA compliance, meets Swedish MPR II standard - display=260x190mm(adjustable), cabinet=385mm(L) x 359mm(W) x 366mm(H) - detachable swivel base, tint non-glare glas, detachable speaker mounts NETWORK CARDS: - Linksys Instant EtherFast Series EtherFast 10/100 LAN card Model LNE100TX - SUMMARY: 32bit PCI 10/100 100Mbps plug-and-play ethernet card - SPEED: 100 Mbps - four rear LEDs - boot ROM socket - no jumpers to configure; software only - addresses up to 4GB of RAm at 33MHz - uses multimaster concurrency to operate independent of PC's CPU - Windows 95 plug-and-play compatible - generic S/N: 45883-54736 - N-way technology automatically optimizes traffic speed - free tech support and software upgrades, limited lifetime warranty POINTING DEVICE: - Crystal Trackball (3 buttons) - completely clear trippy trackball - crystal trackball glows red when active, green when button pushed

SECONDARY DESKTOP COMPUTER

("HADES") (my test box)

PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium 75MHz NEW RAM: 64M / 2 8x32M Model#: 32F72-P / 1 year warrantee / support 1-800-234-4597 / www.pny.com OLD RAM: 8M (2 banks of nonparity 72-pin 70ns 8x512k 4M simms) MOTHERBOARD: AsusTek PCI/I-P54SP4 - supports 75, 90, or 100Mhz P54C Pentium CPUs w/one Socket 5 ZIF socket - SIS 85C50X PCI chipset - uses 72pin DRAM up to 128M - write-back L2 extrn cache using mixed-mode or +3.3V Static Ram (256/512/1M) - 4 16-bit ISA slots, 4 32-bit PCI slots (Bus Master capable), 1 shared slot - power management - On-board Multi-I/O connections using the SMC 37C665GT Super Multi-I/O chip - 2 serial ports, 16550UART compatible - 1 parallel port with EPP and ECP capabilities, all configuarable as primry or secondary COM and LPT ports - support for 2.88M floppy drives - BIOS: Award 03/26/95-SiS-501-503-PI-54SP4-00 VIDEO CARD: Trident 9440 PCI 2M video card (1280x1024x16 / 1024x768x256) SOUND: SoundBlaster PRO MONITOR: Super View 1024 14-inch 1024x768 $15 yardsale monitor STORAGE: FLOPPY DRIVES: 5" floppy, 3" floppy STORAGE: CD-ROM: Teac 4X CD55a internal CD-ROM (connects to SB Pro only) STORAGE: HARD DRIVES: Western Digital 340M Caviar NETWORK CARDS: - Linksys Instant EtherFast Series EtherFast 10/100 LAN card Model LNE100TX - SUMMARY: 32bit PCI 10/100 100Mbps plug-and-play ethernet card - see entry above for full specs

LAPTOP / PRIMARY COMPUTER

("STORM")

LAPTOP MODEL: AST Ascentia A Series PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium 150 VIDEO CARD: Cirrus Logic CGLD 7548 (?) true color graphics card - not supported under Linux as of 12/1997 SOUND: generic Soundblaster-type sound STORAGE: HARD DRIVES: 1G harddrive, removeable floppy, removeable CD-ROM STORAGE: CD-ROM: removeable CD-ROM drive STORAGE: FLOPPY: removeable floppy drive PCMCIA CARDS: - USRobotics MegaHertz 28.8 modem card - Xircom 10/100 Ethernet card - 3-COM combo ethernet card (supported by Linux) (don't use this anymore)

SHARED HARDWARE:

MODEMS: Practical Peripherals PM288MT II v.34 - 28,800, but always connects at 26,400 - Win95/Win98 drivers do not function - must use generic drivers with no flow control KEYBOARDS: - MouseSystems generic - Cirque Wave Keyboard2 -- with trackball (used on laptop) - Microsoft Ergonomic (at work on Sun Sparc5 workstation w/$75 converter) - old 2001-brand keyboard (used with my CD player's direct keyboard input) PRINTERS: - may be using old dot-matrix (can use any paper) - at least you don't have to put the holes into spokes MISC: - 6' keyboard extention, 6' mouse extension, 6' monitor extension - various sound Y adapters and extentions (headphones, stereo, speakers)

NETWORKING HARDWARE:

HUB: BRAND: Linksys Instant EtherFast Series Fast Ethernet 5-Port Workgroup Hub SPEED: 100Mbps CONNECTIONS: 5 RJ-45/10baseT hubs plus uplink hub FEATURES: - auto-partitioning - LED indicators - TOPOLOGY: star - WEIGHT: 1 lb. - POWER: 7.5VDC/1A - IEEE 802.3u 100BaseTX Class II compliant - PROTOCOL: CSMA/CD - advanced data collision control & auto polarity correction - free technical support, 5 year warantee (expires 9/5/2003)

HARDWARE NO LONGER IN USE:

SOUND CARDS: * SoundBlaster (original SB, no cd-audio capability) * LaserWave Nucleas 16-bit sound card - crappy "16-bit" sound card -- only works as a SoundBlaster Pro - cd audio interface VID CARDS: * some card of Brent's that he left at my place until it became obsolete NETWORK CARDS: * BocaLanCard 2000 Plus 16-bit ISA combo 10Mbps ethernet w/boot ROM socket MISC CARDS: * old parallel port IO cards * MFM controller card (possibly thrown away) STORAGE: FLOPPIES: * the cursed evil floppy drive orig from Hades back when Hades was hell