Later I played games with ZX81 and Spectrum at friends so I decided to save up and buy a Commodore 64
when I was in 3rd grade secondary school 1982 I dabbled with Basic, peeks and pokes (remember 53248 VIC base address?) and a little 6510 programming. Because I had lots of problems with the C64 (it kept breaking down if you switched it off for more than a week) I decided to upgrade to a Commodore 128 keyboard_attached model. This upgrade did not bring much.
While attending the HTS (1986-1990) there was a need to get acquainted with PC compatibles so my dad made me upgrade to a PC (thanks dad!) a LASER XT/3 with a 8086 running at 10Mhz with a 30MB Seagate RLL harddisk, 640K RAM (later with extra 1 MB EMS4.0 RAM to create a RAM disk). At that time I was programming in Turbo Pascal 5.0 and dBaseIII & IV.
When I started work at Ericsson in 1993 I made good on a promise I had made to myself to buy a decent PC from my first earned real cash. Enter the 486DX2/66 in august 1993 (approx. US$3000).
I focussed on work related programming skills after this point. PLEX (Programming Language for EXchanges) a procedural language for realtime applications, ASA : Ericsson assembly language for CP, EMRP assembly and RP assembly. I don't use the PC for much more then games, and as a tool for work. At work I have had access to the internet since late 1994.
The Asus T2P4 motherboard has died on me (Aug 1999). I've tried just about everything but it keeps giving problems. I have replaced it with an Asus P5A ATX board for which I also had to buy a ATX midi case and 128 Mb of PC100 SDRAM memory (siemens 8ns). And while I was spending too much money anyway I went for a 3Dfx voodoo3 2000 AGP too. And I went for one of these fancy CPU coolers that let you read out the RPM's of the fan etc. The voodoo3 is getting really hot though, I might fit that with a fan some time. I've tried overclocking it but the results were disappointing. I set it to 160Mhz (vs. standard 143) and it was only slightly faster in Quake2/Q3test, and crashes after a short while.August 1999 : In order to free up some spare parts for putting together a PC for a friend, I bought a new harddisk : an IBM DTTA 371290 : only 385,- dutch guilders!! (175 US$) I think these guys at alternate made a mistake :-) but I didn't complain. To enhance my webpage I bought a scanner : the HP 4200C with USB connection. From work I got ISDN at home and an external USB ISDN modem to make surfing faster (but mainly to be able to connect to telephone exchanges and be able to talk to the customer over the second line :-)) )
because the ASUS dvd drive makes way too much noise I replaced it with a Pioneer DVD-A106 slot in model and gave the asus to a friend.
In may 2002 I tried to make the main PC more silent so I replaced the processor fan with an Alpha PAL 6035 Silent and bought an Enermax 300W power supply with an adjustable fan. I destroyed the Athlon 1000 processor when installing the heatsink, so I have replaced it with an Athlon Thunderbird 1.4G. The Asus A7V133 R1.05 motherboard does not allow the current XP athlons, but a 1.4G is fast enough. I might even underclock it to reduce the temperature as it runs upto 60 degrees C
Nov 2002 : Added memory 512 MB CL2, making a total of 1GB. Also a 3COM officeconnect 3C16790 5 port ethernet switch to allow easy connection with the laptop.
March 2003 : sitecom PCMCIA CF reader and Sweex USB CF reader + 512MB CF card for laptop and camera (Canon S45, 4Mp).
Aug. 2003 : waiting for Athlon64...
Oct. 2003 : Replaced GeForce2 GTS with a Club3D Radeon 9800SE. This is a lowcost version of the Radeon9800pro, 325Mhz Core with 128MB 600Mhz Memory. 256bit memoryinterface, 4 pixelpipelines.
Oct. 2003 : I have assembled a small PC that will work as always on HTTP/FTP/SSH server and IP router with slackware 8. Motherboard is a mini-itx Via epiaV10000 with a Via C3 nehemiah 1000Mhz processor. It is equiped with 256MB SDRAM onboard sound/lan/vga and a 40G IBM harddisk. I am currently still setting it up. It is meant to replace the P133 linux server/router as soon as I have mastered the configuration of it.
Nov2003 : Harddisk 200G ATA Seagate
I've built a new extra PC as fileserver : Lian Li PC60+ midicase, Zalman ZM400 power supply, NEC ND3550 DVD burner, on a new mother board : Asus A8N VM-CSM micro atx. This board has everything I need on board (sound, VGA, Gbit lan, SATA2) with the Nvidia Nforce 430 chipset. performance is good with network transfer rates between 25-40Mbyte/sec. It has a new Athlon64 3000+ Venice processor and 1 GByte RAM. Initially 2x300G + 1x200G harddisks
I am preparing a PC for my mom with the remaining parts of the previous PC (Athlon64 3500+) and another Asus A8N-VM-CSM board.
April 2006 - Extra diskspace for fileserver 2x 320G sata2 Seagate 7200.10 + a Raid card to connect it all (Highpoint Rocket Raid 2300)
August 2006 - A new graphics card for the main PC (Geforce 7800GS AGP) and a Create Labs Audigy2 soundcard. + more storage for the fileserver (2x320G Seagate 7200.10)
October 2007 - Replaced the main desktop PC with something a little faster : Another Lian-Li PC60 plus2 case, Gigabyte P35-DS4 motherboard, Intel Core2Duo E6750, MSI 8600GTS silent graphics card, 4GB of MDT DDR2-800 memory, three 500GB Samsung sata drives, a NEC DD writer and another Iiyama 22inch LCD monitor. With a Zalman CPU fan (CNPS9500AT) and Zalman powersupply (ZM500HP) the PC is pretty quiet. I have also bought Microsoft Vista home premium but after struggling for 2 weeks with it with almost no result (nothing old works) I reverted back to windows XP.
November 2007, I traded the 22" IIyama with a friend an bought a new 24" model Iiyama TFT Monitor B2403WS-B1 1920x1200 resolution.
December 2007, Added 2x750G Samsung Spinpoint F1 to the fileserver replacing 2x320G that I used to build a new PC for a friend. I also replaced the existing 3com gbit switches with netgear. The 5 port 3com was slow. I added a 750G drive to the linux PC, experimenting with LVM. Another 750G drive for the tvix 6500 network mediaplayer which should be available end of Januari.
I have stopped recording the addition of harddrives. They keep coming in larger sizes and more of them all the time :)
March 2010, A new screen again : now 1920x1080 27" : IIyama 27" B2712HDS-B1, moved the 24" into the attic for the linux PC.
April 2010 : A new sata extension card for PCI slot : Promise FastTrak TX4310 with 4 additional sata ports to be used in the Linux firewall/webserver/NAS PC which now holds 1x 300G (boot) and 4x 1.0TB, 4x 1.5TB disks.
June 2010 : A color laser printer to replace the old inkjet printer and HP scanner. The HP CM1312nfi is a color laser printer with scanner / copier function. Also a fax is incorporated but I do not use that. It is a fully networked printer so it is accessible from all PCs.
June 2011 : New PC speakers without subwoofer : AudioEngine P4 with AudioEngine N22 ClassD amp
December 2012 : To increase the capacity of the NAS PC and to be able to concentrate all disks in one PC I've bought a large Lian-Li case PC-D8000 that will fit 25 harddisks. I bought a Highpoint RocketRaid 2740 PCI-E-16x sas/sata controller with 16 sata interfaces and 6x 3TB disks.
August 2013 : Another Highpoint SAS controller (HP2720SGL, 8 ports) to add more disks to the NAS PC. With 6x4TB and 2x3TB extra. Now 10x2TB, 8x 3TB and 8x 4TB in the NAS PC with ZFS on Linux.
November 2013 : A nice 27 inch Dell U2713HM high resolution screen IPS 2560x1440 and a 480GB Crucial M5 SSD for the main livingroom PC.
Spare hardware :
|Mainboard : Gigabyte P35-DS4 rev 1.1, socket 775, 8x SATA, 1x PATA, 6x USB2.0, 1x 1394, GB lan||Core2Duo E6750 @2666MHz Conroe,
4MB L2 cache, 1333MHz FSB bus,
1066MHz memory bus, Socket 775, TDP 65W
|Graphics board : MSI N210-MD1GD3H/LP:
1024MB GDDR3 memory - 64bit memory interface
589MHz Core / 1000Mhz mem / 1178MHz Shader
DirectX® 10.1 , Passive cooling, PCI-E 16x
|Coolermaster i430 430W power supply|
|4096 MB : 4x 1024 MB PC6400 5-5-12 MDT DDR2-800 ram||CPU cooler : Zalman CNPS9500AT Silent heatsink|
Socket AM2, NF430, onboard Geforce6100
|Athlon AM2 X2 EE SFF 3800+ 35Watt|
energy efficient, small form factor
|Network 1 onboard (internal)||Highpoint RocketRaid 2300 (PCI-E 1x single lane)4x SATA2 interface|
|HighPoint RocketRaid 2740
PCI-E 16x 2.0
4 sf8087 / 16sata interfaces
|Intel pro1000gtPCI-E x1 gbit LAN controller 82572EI|
For dual gbit bonding
|Sata card : Promise TX4310 (PCI) with 4 extra sata ports||Iiyama E2209HDS 22inch LCD monitor 1920x1080|
Old PC hardware(no longer in use discarded or sold):
Previous casing / setup for the NAS PC
|Motherboard||Point-of-View ION-MB330-1, mini-ITX||:|
|Chipset||Nvidia MCP7A-ION chipset|
|connections||4x SATA intern of which 1x optional e-SATA, 1xGbit lan,|
6x USB2, video VGA, DVI and HDMI,
1x PCI , 1x mini PCI-E slot
|CPU||Intel Atom-Dual Core N330 1.6GHz CPU|
Level 1 Cache 2x 56 KB, Level 2 Cache 2x 512 KB
Core 45 nm, 8 Watt, Socket 441
|Memory||4GB DDR2-800 CL5 Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/4G||:|
|Graphics||Nvidia onboard (GeForce9400M)|
core 580 MHz, Shader 1400MHz, 16 Shaders
|Sound||Onboard Realtek ALC662|
|Network :||Nvidia 10/100/1000 Mb network onboard|
|Harddisk||Samsung 750GB HD753LJ + Samsung 1TB HD103UJ|
|DVD Writer||NEC/Optiarc AD7240S DVD writer SATA|
|Case||Coolermaster Centurion5 ATX|
|Power supply||Power supply Zalman ZM400B|
Previously a miniITX viac3 based PC was serving on this spot. It is now retired and replaced by the MiniITX atom / ION based PC.
This PC now serves as router and/or try-out system
For reference the config of this low power (30Watts total) mini-ITX PC :
|Via EPIA Nehemiah 1000Mhz|
|512MB PC133 SDRAM CL2 memory|
|Via onboard graphics (Trident Blaze 3D)|
|Via EPIA V10000 motherboard|
|Harddisk : Hitachi T7K250 : 160G|
|Via Sound onboard|
|NEC DVD5200 DVDROM (not connected)|
|Via RhineII 10/100 Mb network onboard towards adsl modem|
|3com 3C2000T gigabit lan connecting to main PC|
|compaq mouse and compaq keyboard|
|Aopen MicroATX case||Iiyama A902MT 19inch flat screen monitor with USB hub and speakers|
Linux Slackware 10.2 kernel 2.4.31 with iptables firewall