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GRiD Convertible 486 by ppgrainbow GRiD Convertible 486 by ppgrainbow
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This is the first time that I've taken a photo of something and posted it here on my deviantART account. This is a photo of my very old pentop PC, the GRiD Convertible 486 Model 2270.

I had it for over a year now. The colours on the monochrome display are inverted. But if you look at this screenshot taken using the 16-bit version of Paint Shop Pro 3.11, the display isn't inverted and if you look closer, you'll find a few useful apps running in the background including TriPeaks and Crystal Caliburn.

Anyways, does anyone of you own a old desktop, laptop or a tablet PC? If so, I want to see what it looks like. :D
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:icontandyman100:
Tandyman100 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yep, well, I'm immensly jealous.
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have it, but it doesn't work anymore after more than two years. :(
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Goodyob Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty cool! Is that Windows 3.0 or 3.1?
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Windows 3.1 w/pen extensions. :)
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recluse57 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Strange you would ask...

Still being used:
486sx25mhz Intel tower with monochrome monitor. This has been logging my weather station info for many years. The program runs on DOS 6.22. It needs 801K of continuous RAM to run, so anything VGA or EGA will not work because color uses memory in the 700K range. Monochrome used a higher area of RAM. The monitor is a 9 or 10 inch screen gleaned from some ancient Apple one piece thing.

Also still have my PC-XT 8mhz case although it's been internally upgraded to 233MHX MMX and used as a print server. This is as far as the old AT power supply and AT motherboard footprint will go. To upgrade further, I would have to modify the back of the case. Since the XT was my 1st computer, it has some sentimental value, so I keep the case in tact.

Pentium 75 laptop from the late 90's still being used at work running WIN 95 because the TFT screen can be seen well outside in daylight. In runs terminal emulation programs to connect to roadside communications equipment.

I also have some still working 486 laptops but no longer use. But as a pack rat, I still have them.
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:iconppgrainbow:
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good story that you have there! :hug:
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CPUIceHeart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
old school i love it, plus u reminded of a site where there are tonnes of old computers
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:iconppgrainbow:
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment! I got it from eBay. :p
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CPUIceHeart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
sure np
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:iconppgrainbow:
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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CPUIceHeart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
sannkyou
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:iconppgrainbow:
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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:iconcpuiceheart:
CPUIceHeart Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
kay
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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:iconmr-bigmouth-502:
mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Now that's an awesomely oldschool laptop. ^^
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:iconppgrainbow:
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Computers with 486 processors can't run Windows XP, but can only run operating systems up to Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium Edition respectively.
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mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Well, it would be kind of silly trying to run XP on a 486 (or anything lower than a Pentium III for that matter) in the first place anyhow, so on my oldschool 486 DOS gaming rig, I just use the classic combination of DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 :XD: I was tempted to install 95 on it at one time, but I remembered that most 95-era games need atleast a Pentium to run well.
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Although Windows XP is optimised for a 233 MHz Pentium II processor or better, it is still possible to run Windows XP on early IA-32 compatible motherboards made as early as late 1994. XP can be optimised on a computer with a original P5 Pentium processor that lacks basic MMX instructions with as little as 24 MB of memory.

Windows XP is incompatible with processors older than a original Pentium (such as a Intel 80486 processor) because it requires basic CMPXCHG8B instructions. Windows Vista and Windows 7 both require a Intel i686 or a AMD RISC86 compliant processor (such as a Pentium II or a AMD K5 processor).

I also don't think that Windows 2000 is compatible with processors older than a Intel 80486 (such as a Intel 80486SX processor) either, because it is memory hungry with 32 MB of memory and it requires a floating point unit (FPU) present on the motherboard.
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recluse57 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
I was able to make Vista work on a 1.1GHZ Celeron c.1999 or so maxed out with 512M of RAM. It was a complete accident because I installed a hard drive I thought was blank but when it booted, it was my old Vista install from a P4 box before I upgraded it to a SATA drive. It actually booted, I logged in and it WORKED! Now it is a Ubuntu box. Lowest I ever got XP to work was a MMX 233mhz with 256M RAM. (Still using)

Win 95 was supposed to work as low as 386 with 4 meg RAM. Never proved it though..
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. The only problem is that Firefox 4 won't run on Windows XP, because it hard requires a processor with SSE2 instructions.

And some of the newer software might not work on a Pentium 4-based PC, unless you have SSE3 instructions.
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Cera-L-Hendry Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011   General Artist
Oh wow she's a beauty :3 I can't say I have any old laptops, well nowhere near as oldschool as this one!
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the compliment.
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! It's cool seeing such an old laptop still being used! Is this the early tablet PC you told me about awhile back?

I have a dozen or so old laptops and portables; the oldest is a luggable Osborne 1 computer, but it had an incident of smoking, hopefully only caused by a blown capacitor (which I have found behind the CRT assembly). I have some pictures of it in action, but haven't posted them yet out of respect for the possibly-dead. :,< I'm determined to get it working again though!
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
>> Is this the early tablet PC you told me about awhile back?

Yes. This is the early tablet PC that I had for over a year now...but unfortunately, it only has like 45 MB of disk space left.

I'm tempting to replace it with either a 210 MB or a 340 MB notebook hard drive...if it works though. But no larger than that as the BIOS will not support hard disks and other media larger than 504 MB.

Windows for Pen Computing extensions on top of Windows 3.1 can take up to as much as 20 MB+ of disk space in the \WINDOWS directory. I tempted to erase Windows 3.1 + Pen Extensions and put Windows 3.0 on it instead, but I'm afraid that OS isn't compatible at all due to lack of driver support. :(

Plus, did you know that I now have the Windows 3.0 diskettes? They're still readable after over 20 years and it still possible to replace the contents of the diskette with the original *buggy* versions of Windows 3.0. The files on Windows 3.0 was dated 1 May 1990 while the bugfixed version, Windows 3.0a have files dated 31 October 1990. :B
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t::heart:

It's no wonder why this convertible laptop has lasted so long...probably due to the stability and the slowness of the PC. :giggle:

However, the CMOS battery is dead and the size of the hard drive is awfully small. In the case I run out of disk space, I'm tempted on getting the hard drive upgraded to either 210 MB or even 340 MB. The BIOS does not support hard disk drives larger than 504 MB, because it was made in 1993. :B

I temped on putting Adobe Photoshop 3.0 on the GRiD Convertible 486, unfortunately 9 MB of extended memory and 20 MB of disk space or approximately 8,440 KB (8.24 MB) at a absolute minimum are required in order for it to run properly. An 80486 DX2 processor, 16 MB of memory and a 500 MB hard disk is recommended for optimal performance.

The product also included The Adobe Photoshop Deluxe CD-ROM which required QuickTime for Windows. However, at the time it came out, Windows NT 3.5 did not support QuickTime, Deluxe CD tutorials, trial versions of Adobe software and Acrobat Reader. :B

Adobe Photoshop 3.0 is purely a 16-bit application and may not work properly with later versions of Windows beyond Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51.

I believe that Adobe Photoshop 4.0 included both 16-bit and 32-bit versions of the software that were designed for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 before 16-bit support was removed in Photoshop 5.
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know the specs for running the first version of photoshop?
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I do. But on a limited basis.

Development began in 1987 and the very first version of Photoshop was version .63b, released in October 1988 and it was only available for the Apple Macintosh. But it wasn't until February 1990 when the initial release of Photoshop was completed. Photoshop 1.0 required Mac OS System 6.03 with a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, a colour screen, at least 2 MB of RAM and a floppy drive. It was successful despite it's bugs, in which it was fixed in later releases.

Most Mac users at the time used Photoshop 1.0.7.

But it wasn't until Photoshop 2.5 which ran the first version to run Windows 3.1 and was released in November 1992. I don't remember the exact system requirements, but I believe that it required a 25 MHz 80386 processor with 4 MB of memory. Support for IRIX and Solaris was also added as well.

So, there you go. :)
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very impressive.
:clap:
Thanks
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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