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Can you ID this writer's computer? Probably Spain -- 1990s

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Posted on Monday, September 18th 2023 by TangerineLanky9317 to r/retrocomputing | 21 points

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@ Monday, September 18th 2023 by penkster | 10 points | Reply

It's going to be a pretty generic PC - that's a PC101 keyboard - pretty normal for every pc clone ever. The mouse looks like an old logitech. I think that's as far as you're going to get.

3 1/2" floppies - i think it's a generic PC, sorry.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by harrywwc | 1 point | Reply

have to concur - fairly common beige tower against the wall with a bunch'o'paper on top. certainly appears to have 5¼" floppy diskettes as well as the 3½" ones. fairly standard crt monitor - possibly 19" and what appears to be a dot-matrix printer between the computer case and the monitor.

all in all, nothing "special"


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by F54280 | 1 point | Reply

Yeah, generic PC. Random 486 or more probably pentium in a metallic gray case with a generic mouse and multisync vga monitor.

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by r_sarvas | -4 points | Reply

Call me crazy, but I want to say that's not a PC. There's no PC case, and the keyboard seems kinda "thick". The mouse also seems like it dates from the "anything goes" 80s period I use to describe mice before the MS Serial mouse set the two button standard (and looks to have about 3 buttons).

Is it possible that this is an Amiga 1200 setup? I want to say that's an Amiga Workbench logo on one of the floppies, but I could be wrong.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by PM_me_your_gangsigns | 3 points | Reply

I'm confident this isn't an Amiga. The keyboard has a PC layout and isn't actually that thick, but its feet are folded out in the back.

There actually is a PC case; there's a mini/midi-tower on the desk next to the wall on the right. That's probably a generic beige box. Those were extremely common, and apart from their innards, one Taiwanese IBM PC-clone vendor's box was virtually indistinguishable from another's.

There also appears to be what looks like a simple printer, possibly a dot matrix or inkjet printer, between the CRT and the actual CPU unit.

I agree the 3-button mouse might be the most identifiable peripheral. The 3 buttons sort of date it to a time when that was more or less standard in PC clone-land, before mouse wheels ubiquitously replaced the third button. There might be vintage keyboard/mouse/CRT enthusiasts who might be able to identify those. To me the mouse looks like an early Logitech 3-button model, but I'm not sure.

The 3.5" floppies also date the machine. In the eighties and early nineties, 5.25" floppies were still more common, so this is probably a generic Taiwanese PC clone, probably running Windows (3.0, 3.1 or) 3.11, probably from the mid-nineties. It could also be a Windows 95 or 98 setup, but it's probably slightly earlier than that.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by AnBearna | 5 points | Reply

The case is against with wall with paper on top of it.

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DonKosak | 2 points | Reply

Looks like a NEC Multisync SVGA monitor. The keyboard, monitor and those 3.5” floppy discs lead me to believe that this is an early Pentium PC clone. The beige tower at the far right is rotated away from us and has papers stacked on it making identification difficult.

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by F_H | 1 point | Reply


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