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Message 1477000 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 8:51:39 UTC

Wow, I thought I started out with a SLOW machine, even though I loved that
little "E-Machine", LOL!!! Some of you guys really had it rough.

Thought I was big time when I FINALLY was able to upgrade to a mid size tower
with my MSI K7N2 delta motherboard. Sporting an AMD 2500 chip. The one that
would overclock so well. But I don't remember what I got it to overclock to.
DDR 400 memory. And my GeForce 6600 GT video card. Still on dial up. I still
have the board, processor, and video card. But it's all in the box the
motherboard came in.

I am still amazed at what the newer systems will do though.
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Message 1477005 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 9:01:24 UTC - in response to Message 1477000.  

bit an off-topic, but i still have my first motherboard, with whoo i start in PC world in about 1994 - 286 with 1 Mb ram ( in SIPS modules?), 80286 12 mHz processor, and 8 mHz mathematic coprocessor (80287).
some years ago when i check it, it working! i put it in case, get a ISA 512 kb video, multicard, 120 mb ide hdd.... great computer! :)
sadly, but i affraid, seti not work on that old harware at all, because 286 not have some specific things for "protected mode" or so on - hardly remember...:)
i also have my pentium 166 mmx ( it was very fast under win95isr2! much faster than nowadays core2 on xp!), and pentium 3 533 mhz:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_user.php?userid=705516
but it is out of service for many years. sit and wait, where i have more time ( when i retired?) and got to some quake sessions, x-beyond the frontier and so on :)
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Message 1477006 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 9:03:35 UTC
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Intel 233mmx and a hard drive as big as a cinder block.
As I recall, it was something like maybe 250 Mbytes.
Seagate. Spun up like a demon, you could hear it a mile away.

Kittyman's first computer.
Before he even HAD kitties.

I bought the components with the help of a geeky friend who was WAY ahead of the curve.

And you know why?

Because I had found the Seti project on my work computer and wanted to do it at home. I never had a computer at home before that.

And the rest, as Paul Harvey used to say, is history.

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Message 1477030 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 10:23:50 UTC - in response to Message 1476502.  

@Siran - The SETI "Classic" executable was a Win32 application and could not run under 16bit Windows 3.1. Even the "command line" version of SETI Classic was a Win32 application and required Windows 95 or later.
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Greetings,

You are correct. I went way to far back in time when I thought this out. 3.1 was the first Windows I had on that computer back in 1996. I was probably running Win 98 SE or Win ME in 1999. I never had 95 and cannot remember when I went from 3.1 to 98 SE. Does anyone remember when Micro$oft released Windows ME? That would help in narrowing this down for me. :)

Keep on BOINCing...! :)
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Message 1477033 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 10:33:47 UTC - in response to Message 1477030.  

@Siran - The SETI "Classic" executable was a Win32 application and could not run under 16bit Windows 3.1. Even the "command line" version of SETI Classic was a Win32 application and required Windows 95 or later.
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Greetings,

You are correct. I went way to far back in time when I thought this out. 3.1 was the first Windows I had on that computer back in 1996. I was probably running Win 98 SE or Win ME in 1999. I never had 95 and cannot remember when I went from 3.1 to 98 SE. Does anyone remember when Micro$oft released Windows ME? That would help in narrowing this down for me. :)

Keep on BOINCing...! :)

September 2000 was when MEss was released. ;-)

Cheers.
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Message 1477106 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 12:59:30 UTC - in response to Message 1477033.  
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@Siran - The SETI "Classic" executable was a Win32 application and could not run under 16bit Windows 3.1. Even the "command line" version of SETI Classic was a Win32 application and required Windows 95 or later.
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Greetings,

You are correct. I went way to far back in time when I thought this out. 3.1 was the first Windows I had on that computer back in 1996. I was probably running Win 98 SE or Win ME in 1999. I never had 95 and cannot remember when I went from 3.1 to 98 SE. Does anyone remember when Micro$oft released Windows ME? That would help in narrowing this down for me. :)

Keep on BOINCing...! :)

September 2000 was when MEss was released. ;-)

Cheers.


September 14th, 2000, specifically. So since Siran started in 1999, more than likely he was using Windows 98SE.
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Message 1477123 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 13:59:53 UTC

Thanks to getting a few bonuses in 1999 I started with two slot 1 machines, P2 350MHz and a P3 450 MHz. The thing that got me originally was the P2 was a fast as the P3. Then we worked it out the larger on board cache memory worked in its favour. Plus it also had a Matrox graphics card which auto switched off the graphics if you selected no screen saver. The red progress bar would have gaps.
So then we switched off screen saver on my sons P3.

Completion times were about 22 hrs.
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Message 1477202 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 17:31:06 UTC

First machine I can remember was a Dell XPS T600r that had a PIII in it (don't remember the speed) and used expensive RDRAM dimms, I think I maxed it out at 768M of ram after a couple of HW updates. It originally ran Win 98, but at some point I think I updated it to XP. Don't remember the time it took for classic units, though.

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Message 1477277 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 19:40:24 UTC - in response to Message 1477202.  

Wish I could remember, but I think it was a local made Windows computer. Got that after my CPM NorthStar finally needed to be replaced.

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Message 1477281 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 19:52:38 UTC
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I started with a Tandy 486SX66 with a built in Math Coprocessor which I upgraded with an AMD 586/133, It had DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 and 32MB of RAM and a 50MB HD.

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Message 1477291 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 20:04:18 UTC - in response to Message 1477281.  
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SX series, as i remember, do not have built-in math?
DX series be with enabled math coprocessor, sx series - with disabled one...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80486SX

and RDRAM ( Rambus) if i remember correctly was involved on P4 motherboards - in intel 820 chipset, not in P3 ?
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Message 1477304 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 20:43:25 UTC - in response to Message 1477291.  

SX series, as i remember, do not have built-in math?
DX series be with enabled math coprocessor, sx series - with disabled one...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80486SX

and RDRAM ( Rambus) if i remember correctly was involved on P4 motherboards - in intel 820 chipset, not in P3 ?

The i820 & i840 chipsets were released just before the introduction of the P4 which used the i850 chipset. As I recall all i8x0 were RAMBUS & i8x5 DDR.
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Message 1477305 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 20:47:40 UTC - in response to Message 1477304.  
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and RDRAM ( Rambus) if i remember correctly was involved on P4 motherboards - in intel 820 chipset, not in P3 ?

The i820 & i840 chipsets were released just before the introduction of the P4 which used the i850 chipset. As I recall all i8x0 were RAMBUS & i8x5 DDR.


The i820, i820e, and i840 were all PIII chipsets that used RDRAM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_II.2FIII_chipsets.

The rest of the 8xx series used SDRAM. The i820/840 could use SDRAM as well, but there was a known flaw in the translater hub that could cause data corruption and was pulled from the market.
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Message 1477309 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 20:53:49 UTC - in response to Message 1477291.  

SX series, as i remember, do not have built-in math?
DX series be with enabled math coprocessor, sx series - with disabled one...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80486SX

and RDRAM ( Rambus) if i remember correctly was involved on P4 motherboards - in intel 820 chipset, not in P3 ?


It May have been a DX and used 72 pin sims. Anyway that was way back in the 90's.

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Message 1477310 - Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 20:54:02 UTC - in response to Message 1477304.  

yes, i was wrong. now i remember, 815 chipset is for pentium 3, socket 370.
i also remember, for p3 i prefer 440bx chipset.
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Message 1477432 - Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 2:31:30 UTC

My host 1033899 is what I used all through SETI Classic and came to SETI_BOINC with. In that time period it had 80 MB RAM, I upgraded to 128 MB when SETI@home Enhanced was being tested at SETI Beta.
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Message 1477815 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 2:15:11 UTC

My first seti system? amd k6-2/450 with 64 megs of ram. Took forever to run a classic ( like 52 hrs. It died and I got a p2-300 slot 1 that made me cry cause it could finish a classic wu in about 36 hrs.....
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Message 1477818 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 2:22:24 UTC

After that 233mmx, I went to AMD toasters, believe it or not.

Ran the living shorts off of them.
That is where I made my name, because nobody else could get them to the speeds I could without burning them up.

And they ran REALLY hot. Really hot.

I never lost a one of them, regardless. Cooked a few mobos though.
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Message 1477844 - Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 4:00:14 UTC

Today is my 10th anniversary with the project.

I started out with and am still using this one: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=6984656

At the time it only had 256MB of RAM and ran WinXP.

I'm also posting with it right now.
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