Crazy to believe that RAM used to be only 256kB

Crazy to believe that RAM used to be only 256kB

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Somewhere in my junk pile, I have some 4164 DRAM chips.
    I have no doubt they don't work anymore, being older than your parents.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My mom is 31, same as my older sister.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >My mom is 31, same as my older sister.
        Man, what your grandfather did was pretty disgusting...

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My dad is 72 butthole

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        no need to call your dad an butthole

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why would they not work anymore? I have an Apple II with 4164 chips and it works perfectly. Semiconductors have pretty much an infinite life. They will at the very least outlive you.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Silicon does fail.
        It's actually a big problem with bad chips being salvaged and re-etched to sell to people repairing their vintage systems

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Semiconductors have pretty much an infinite life
        Nice propaganda you fell for there. That's assuming absolutely perfect conditions, which no chip in the real word is being stored or used in.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Semiconductors have pretty much an infinite life.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Reality is a perception of the mind, so "infinite" essentially just means until the end of your life.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw doing embedded shit, where you sometimes fight hard to save a single KB of RAM

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I used to do that, but then 1990 happened.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You won't find many embedded FPGAs or CPUs that have more than some hundreds of KBs of builtin memory. You can add external DRAM, but it uses up pins and PCB areas and raises the product cost.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >here's your 64MB ram board bro.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Each individual bit can be seen, they're each about the size of a tic-tac

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My 1K ZX81 had a 16K RAM pack which, due to a design fault, had to be braced at the back with a copy of the 1980 Beano Annual to hold it in place. Good times.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It wasn't a design fault. It was simply cheaper to put the female connector on the cartridges, so that's what Clive did.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It was a design fault because it kept falling off the back. If it was a feature then Sir Clive should have bundled the machine with a copy of the 1979 2000AD annual.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You don't understand anon - it's not a design fault when the entire design document consists of "do it as fricking cheap as possible".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I always admire British minimalism and being able to manufacture a home computer for so cheap in the 80s is very impressive but man that machine is such a piece of garbage.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I always fathomed why brits worshipped these pieces of shit and all the other cheaply made shits that proceeded it but then I realized they where often the only option for a computer

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yes, pretty neat how far we have come.
    what is that taken from?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most likely a 386. Most 386s had 1-2MB of RAM, consisting of 4-8 256KB SIMMs.
      By the time 486s rolled around, 4MB was the standard configuration, consisting of 4 1MB SIMMs.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i miss my 486.
        was just thinking about that bad mother the other day.
        25mhz packard bell beast

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I had a 486SX-33. Little did I know that it was actually a remarked 25MHz, just like yours. It didn't care though - bastard of a thing kept working until the early 21st century.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I had a 486SX-33. Little did I know that it was actually a remarked 25MHz, just like yours. It didn't care though - bastard of a thing kept working until the early 21st century.

          We had a PCpartner 486 sx 33mhz unit growing up. One popped up on eBay but he’s asking way too much for it. Id buy it for a lower price but there’s no Ram and it only has 4 slots and only has a 47mb hds

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Speaking of, anyone know what a CGA/MDA switch would be doing on a 90s clone PC? It looks to be attached to the motherboard but there’s no dedicated VGA out to support it

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >there’s no Ram
            See

            1MB 30 pin SIMMs aren't particularly expensive, anon - especially compared to most retroshit. Random ebay search turned up 4MB of them for a tenner, and I live in a third-world country with near-worthless money.

            .
            >and it only has 4 slots and only has a 47mb hds
            I'd recommend an IDE<->CF/SD adapter. Chasing down period-correct hard disks is, quite frankly, stupid at this point.

            Speaking of, anyone know what a CGA/MDA switch would be doing on a 90s clone PC? It looks to be attached to the motherboard but there’s no dedicated VGA out to support it

            It probably does have onboard video, but they didn't populate the TTL/VGA header. The 1990s were a hotbed of utterly insane cost-cutting, which lead directly into the capacitor plague, searching for that way to save $1 in batches of 1,000.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Of course, I have one of those. I would use the broken HD as leverage to get this guy to lower his price down from $780 for what he says is an untested system sold as-is. I live about an hour away so I’d just drive there and pick it up in person to save him the packing fees

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I had a 486SX-33. Little did I know that it was actually a remarked 25MHz, just like yours. It didn't care though - bastard of a thing kept working until the early 21st century.

          [...]
          We had a PCpartner 486 sx 33mhz unit growing up. One popped up on eBay but he’s asking way too much for it. Id buy it for a lower price but there’s no Ram and it only has 4 slots and only has a 47mb hds

          We had a custom built 486 dx/2 66mhz with a 300 Meg hdd that dad built. It was in use until the mid 2000s. Dad scrapped it without letting me know 🙁

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I feel that man, my dad threw away half my computer stuff when I was at college. 5 CRT monitors and 3 towers. It wasn’t worth much then, but now..

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Im going though my boxes of old computer parts this week and found a littl bag of 30pin SIMM chips. I was hoping they would be more than 256k because I’m trying to fix a 486 machine and I only have 2mb worth of ram here

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        1MB 30 pin SIMMs aren't particularly expensive, anon - especially compared to most retroshit. Random ebay search turned up 4MB of them for a tenner, and I live in a third-world country with near-worthless money.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          How? I live in the US and I’m seeing $10 for a single 1mb chip..$40 for 4mb..

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm seeing 4x1MB for between $10 and $30 on my local egay. Most are 80ns chips though, so not really suitable for >25MHz operation, but will keep a sufficiently slow 386 happy.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Could I just use a single 4mb stick in the upright bank 0?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Nope. 30 pin SIMMs are only eight bits wide, so if your processor has a 16-bit bus (286 or 386SX) you need to install them in pairs, and if it's 32-bit (386DX or 486), you need four.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            it is so cool to see this again.
            thanks for the memories anon.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It’s a shame they’re so expensive now for what is very nearly obsolete hardware. PcEM and 86box can pretty much emulate whatever weird combo of hardware you might’ve had

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i spent days straight on that machine, only taking breaks to reluctantly go to the bathroom.
            it really was my first ass kicker with a modem in it.
            my parents would never let me have a modem (because they knew better) with my apple 2c, and that hand-me-down old office 486.. when i discovered it had a 14.4 modem in it.. so happy.
            we had some lively times together.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Soul

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous
          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Soul died with that TFT.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Rip Hdd

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            some random image from ebay, guy wants $250.00 i believe

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Those batteries in the middle don't look so good

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Probably exploded 20 years ago. Hopefully it didn’t corrode the motherboard

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        very cool

        I had a 486SX-33. Little did I know that it was actually a remarked 25MHz, just like yours. It didn't care though - bastard of a thing kept working until the early 21st century.

        [...]
        We had a PCpartner 486 sx 33mhz unit growing up. One popped up on eBay but he’s asking way too much for it. Id buy it for a lower price but there’s no Ram and it only has 4 slots and only has a 47mb hds

        they were awesome, i want mine back just for the memories.
        i should have held onto it.
        kicking myself now.

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  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Crazy to believe that RAM used to be only 256kB
    crazy how zoomers and other low iq monkeys don't know anything about the past, and most frightening of all is how you know nothing about technology in current year. stick to picking ticks and fleas out of your wife's boyfriend's fur. these low iq threads are for moronic Black folk.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      To be fair, they weren't conscious for the "everything doubled every 12 months" era. It's like trying to tell Henry Ford that his 1950 model will have a top speed of 5,000mph.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    its only because you nerds are too lazy today and dont optimize your software

    My gameboy has only 8KB ram and 4Mhz CPU and the games still run at 59.7FPS

    I can imagine if you really optimized the software well, today in 2024 we would need like 512MB ram TOP and CPU at 1Ghz and i could do the same things i do now the same way...

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this
      thank frick there's still sane people in this world when it comes to this

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      nobody want optimize coz everyone know that the people that will play ur game will have 16-32gb ram, or 8 and the people that have less, dont play game, they work or even if they play, they will crack your game on a russian/romanian forum and be happy with 15-20fps so frick it its useless to optimize, and then you have the 0.2% of player that pay the game (i have the minimum requirement for a lot of games) launch it and i see that no the requierements is a fricking lie, cant even launch it with my 4gb ram desktop, intel core i3-2310m so i bought a game that i cant play

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Crazy to believe that RAM used to be only 128 bytes

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How can I make this

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        all you need are some toroidal ferrite cores and copper wire

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    From 2004

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >256kB
    KiB

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it took 8 chips to give the commodore 64, 64k of ram
    how far we've come

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Woah, you cant even run a calculator program on that. Computers must have been pretty worthless back then huh

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Frick off kid. the earlier TRS-80 models had as little as 4KB

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    genuinely think RAM was a mistake and crutch for computing

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