Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2017 15:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

There really is no rational reason to restore a late 90s NEC-manufactured Packard Bell computer. Which is exactly why I'm doing it. Join me in getting this unloved machine back to factory fresh condition!

LGR is one of the best and most entertaining technology channels on YouTube, and his latest video from today hits home particularly hard, since these kinds of crappy, low-budget late '90s PCs defined my early teens. Nobody in my family, town, or school had Macs or other types of computers - it was all PC, as cheap as possible, fully embracing the race to the bottom which for many people still defines the PC today.

It's good to see that there are people willing to preserve these otherwise forgettable machines for posterity. They may objectively suck, but they did make computing accessible to an incredibly wide audience, and they served an important role in the history of computing.

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RE: I wonder...
by zima on Wed 8th Nov 2017 15:11 UTC in reply to "I wonder..."
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a 2MB Cirrus Logic video card

Cirrus Logic? Matrox Millenium II or Number 9 Ticket to Ride! (Beatles names! ;) ) And in the soundcard department, Aureal Vortex SQ2500 - its positional 3D audio is probably still unmatched.

Seems almost crazy that I've thrown away almost every piece of PC based hardware I've owned since 1995.

Not me, I've got a coffer of old PC junk (large part of it broken ;) ...expansion cards typically work, but motherboards can be problematic, and PSUs even more) (oh, there's also my first computer, Commodore 64 ...also broken ;) / but I have no heart to just throw it away); one day I'll get to building a retro PC ...well, moe retro than a dual Pentium2 or an Athlon XP 1700+ (my last stationary PC ...the PSU gave up the ghost 2,5 years ago; and it's on its 4th motherboard)

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