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    Greetings from Canada, just thought I would share some of my strange/Eclectic collection here in Canada.

    It's a little bit odd for some that I'm only 23 and collecting 80s and 90s hardware, but hey I like this stuff! I've only recently gotten into IBM PC compatibles this last year after purchasing an IBM 5150. But ive been collecting game consoles since I was 7 or 8. ATari VCS - Dreamcast

    here is some of the crap I have around here in no particular order:


    my 5150 when I first got it. man I love the looks of this machine. a truly timeless classic.

















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    That is a very nice collection there.

    I particularly like the "IPC 486" tower.
    My Packard Bell has never given me any problems which were it's fault, the Packard Haters can stuff it! :

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    Do you (or anyone else) have any really Canadian-origin systems? (e.g. AES, MCM, etc.) Those would pretty much date back to the (Pierre) Trudeau days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
    It's a little bit odd for some that I'm only 23 and collecting 80s and 90s hardware
    Not odd at all, and we're happy to have you. You've already got a really nice collection, and it looks like most of it is in working condition too.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScanDisk View Post
    That is a very nice collection there.

    I particularly like the "IPC 486" tower.
    Thanks!

    Me too, it's kind of a cheap crap system, or it was when I got it. PC chips Motherboard, ISA only. 30pin sims only.

    It's now got a DX2 66mhz Overdrive CPU, 32mb of ram, 2gb IDE hard drive, Sound Blaster Pro 2.0, and a 1mb Trident VGA card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    Not odd at all, and we're happy to have you. You've already got a really nice collection, and it looks like most of it is in working condition too.
    I've definitely been learning how to repair this stuff that's for sure, but I try to get everything working as best as I can. As we probably all know very often this stuff needs repairs.

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    Dude, I am turning 25 end of February, and have began collecting a few years ago, also have a friend my age, same thing. It's not odd.
    My Packard Bell has never given me any problems which were it's fault, the Packard Haters can stuff it! :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Do you (or anyone else) have any really Canadian-origin systems? (e.g. AES, MCM, etc.) Those would pretty much date back to the (Pierre) Trudeau days.
    Pretty much everything I have isn't Canadian specifically, but most of this stuff is EXTREMELY uncommon. There is very very little retro PC stuff ever offered for sale here locally. The recycling programs they ran in the late 90s early 2000s seem to have cleared out almost everything, and whats left people want big $$$$ for. Shipping stuff from the US is also a huge pain lately.

    My collection mostly consists of whatever I can scrape together.

    I recently added an IBM AT 5170 to my collection!




    thats a HUGE motherboard! WOW! now I really understand "baby" AT


    My 5150 & 5160 on the left (really need to find a 5154) & My generic 8mhz turbo XT

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    I want to add, I am very jealous for your collection, it is far better than mine.

    How much do you think you've spent on your collection so far? How do you get your computers.

    Unfortunately, I have to buy most of mine, so they on average range from $200-$450 CDN with the shipping counted, so I don't have all that many, and especially not many past 1990, in fact most of mine are mid 90's to 2002, with one Mac SE from 1986.
    My Packard Bell has never given me any problems which were it's fault, the Packard Haters can stuff it! :

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    It's great to see other locals around into vintage computing. I'm in Alberta as well and am a member of the Edmonton Vintage PC Tech Facebook group. Some good people there and some who seem to have a sixth sense for sniffing out some insane finds in and around the area.

    Awesome collection. I am really hoping to round out my own collection with an IBM 5150 and an IBM 5155 someday. I think at that point, I'll generally be where I want to be.

    Noticed you have a Compaq Portable too. Last blizzard of the spring this year, I slipped and slided my way to Kootenays to pick one up. Was rough around the edges but finally working.

    Hope you continue to expand your collection!

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