How did you get your first Atari computer? Another Poll.

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How did you get your first Atari ST computer?

My Mommy/Daddy bought if for me
42
47%
It was given to me by family or friend
11
12%
I scrimpted and saved until I could buy one
26
29%
I used spare change laying around the house to get one
2
2%
I picked it up cheap in a Flea Market/Yard Sale/Etc.
4
4%
I was diggin' at the dump and found it
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No votes
I was burglaring a house/business and stole one
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4%
 
Total votes: 89

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How did you get your first Atari computer? Another Poll.

Postby WillieSea » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:08 pm

I wonder at the ages of people who had the Atari ST when younger. And a question came to my mind, how did you people get introduced to the Atari ST computer, how did you get your first one?
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Postby PaulB » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:31 pm

I was only 14-15 at the time so my mum and dad paid for it. 520STFM. Later I actually managed to get a 1040STE all by myself on the catalogue. It was £499 at the time and being from a catalogue I paid for it monthly. Took forever but it was mine in the end. Only downside was that by the time it was paid up it was way out of date.

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Postby teh3pwner » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:47 pm

my dad bought it before i was born, than the 1040ste died, he put it in the basement, and then i was born, and when i was 13 i found it, i opened it and me and my friend fixed the keyboard and the power supply, and it was working again..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Grunaki » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:50 pm

I got a 520 STFM for Christmas '88. I was 13 at the time.

In about '01 I got a 1040 STFM motherboard from a car boot for about £10.
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Postby maergrey » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:51 pm

I scrimpted and saved until I could buy my friends Atari 520 ST which was supplied with 100's of games etc when I was 16. :)

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Postby simonsunnyboy » Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:55 pm

My brother bought a 520STM in 1987, I took it over in 1991 when he decided to buy himself an Acorn Archimedes.
I was 11 at that time...
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Postby MetalSnake » Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:02 pm

My dad had an Atari ST 1040 later when he bought his first Mac (a Mac LC I think) I got his old Atari ST, I was around 8 I think. I remember when I got my very first Computer, a C=64 I was 6 and I got it on X-Mas so it was 1990 when I got that one, and maybe one or two years later I got the Atari. Had so much fun with it. :) After that I got the Mac LC and the Atari ST got sold. And a few years later (August 2004) I got a new one and a few months later I got another one. Both with a HDD. :D Now I'm only missing a colour monitor for them. :(

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Postby RetroGamerUK » Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:15 pm

My Mum and Dad paid for part of it (520STFM) and the money I got from flogging my speccy 128 with loads of games paid for the rest of it.
As I recall (and I may be wrong) it cost about £300.00.
The year was 1987 I think.

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Postby Tomchi » Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:16 pm

My parents bought me an amstrad cpc 6128 colour when i was 13.
Two years later i sold it the highest price i could to buy my 520 ste, then my parents bought me the cheapest tv to plug my computer in and they're still linked today ... snif snif what a nice story :)
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Postby Zorro 2 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:29 pm

An Amstrad CPC 464 + color monitor at 14 years (offer by my familly for y anniversary).

1st STF at 17 years, in fact I buy it from a friend who leave France.
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Postby Avanze » Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:39 pm

My father bought the Atari 400, 800XL and ST, ect.

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Postby bullis1 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:15 pm

I didn't cast a vote because there is no option that matches my experience.

My Atari STs were given to me by the president of the National Capitol Atari User Group, because I thought they were cool and it got one more person to be active in their group.

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Postby caffeinekid » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:25 pm

I bought one from a friend of a friend in 1989 after my mate had been lording his over me for ages and ages...

The STFM I bought only had a single sided drive, so had a DS one fitted - then it blew up after less than a year... probably because it was on a LOT and got soo much use.

Then I was totally STless and computerless for about 6months while I saved up (from my dole/YTS money lol) for a nice new Atari STE.
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Postby Mug UK » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:40 pm

None of the above apply as my first one came from converting the graphics from a Commodore 64 game across to the ZX Spectrum & Amstrad machines.

I got £800 cash-in-hand (as I was just about 16 at the time) so spent almost all of it on a new 520STFM (with the joystick ports underneath), a 14" colour TV (which parents still have in their bedroom - complete with embarrassing stickers of metal bands from the late 80's over it!) and an external drive.
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Postby techie_alison » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:26 pm

My parents bought me a 520STFM for Christmas in 1988 I think it was. It had a SSDD drive.

The first games I think I had were Tai Pan, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

Later an external 3.5" DSDD drive was bought and I did some kind of mod to enable it to be booted from with a switch on the back of the ST to swap the drives over. Also had a Romantic Robot Multiface, a VIDI-ST, and a Star LC-10 printer (which is still in the loft).

Dad bought PC-Ditto and spent months trying to find someone to make a SSDD 3.5" DOS boot disk, which was an absolute nightmare (3.5" was still quite rare). And then bought a Power Computing external 5 1/4" FDD.

Very very fond memories of the computer shows at Wembley and Alexandra Palace in London. They were fantastic.

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Postby bj » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:47 pm

I paid £300 for an 520 STFM, mono monitor & dotmatrix printer mainly to do my accounts but also so my daughter could mess about with a computer & music. She never really got into it. erm .. I got kinda hooked.
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Postby Maartau » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:53 pm

For me I stolen the money from people & was drug dealer at the beginning (like everybody after all). But as it wasn't enough (I have to pay my own drug too). I killed an ATARI owner & hidden it before the cops went house. [smilie=greencolorz4_pdt_11.gif]

As I was minor & in France, they let me free. That's how I started ! Believe me !! I can kill for an ATARI, I'm really dangerous [smilie=greencolorz4_pdt_16.gif] ...

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Postby tobe » Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:01 am

I buyed mine from Maartau when he was my drug dealer.
It was all covered with blood but the cops told me it was ok because I was minor in France. They told me to wash the blood anyway. I buyed it 10 euros because Maartau was in a hurry to buy drugs.

Yes he can kill for an Atari, and sell it to buy drugs Oo
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Postby Maartau » Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:41 pm

Infernal circle of the drug 8) .

I stole an ATARI, I sold it for drugs.

When I haven't enough money, I kill people who don't want to give me their ATARI & steal their ATARI (and money of course :wink: ).

I'm obsessed by two things in life:

DRUGS & ATARI

I'm psycho-TARI in medical words & ATARI addicted :lol: .

Ooops, I forget to say you can pay my drug by giving me your ATARI for free too.

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Postby manicx » Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:07 am

Sold my CPC6128 and bought a ST by adding a fair amount of money. I got a 1084 monitor because I plugged in my video too on it and had a TV as well.
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Postby 030falcon030 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:45 pm

had the st since i was like 2, had 100s of games then my mum took it all to the skip cos it was a ?waste of space? Now i got my dads falcon instead
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I have an ste 4mb... with a 20mb powerdrive slimline and a cumana external fdd.
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Postby WillieSea » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:31 am

I was out of college when I bought my first one, and I scrimpted and saved to get it too! I was living on my own and only making about 10K a year, so money was tight. But I HAD TO HAVE IT since it was so much better than the Atari 800XL modified I had (built my own memory chip for it with the help of friends).

The first one, an Atari 520ST cost around $300 I think. I have no idea what my first game was. I have had too many different computers to remember that. (Got my first one in 1982, before some of you were born.)
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Postby alephnaught » Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:20 pm

I put "spare change lying around". The spare change in this case being a malfunctioning BBC Micro that was insured, the insurance money contributing heavily to my first ST. :)

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Re: How did you get your first Atari computer? Another Poll.

Postby calimero » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:54 am

My dad bought (he bring me with him) Atari ST in 1986. with SM124. Before that we had ZX Spectrum...
and we used Ataris as only computers in home until 1998. (than we bought Apple PowerBook...)
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Re: How did you get your first Atari computer? Another Poll.

Postby Arawn » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:19 pm

My father bought me a 1040STfm and a SM125 mono monitor after I visited my cousins in Germany in 87, they used Atari there. Already had a ZX Spectrum, learned how to program Basic and assembly on it.

Then in 88 my father bought me an Olivetti PC1 with dual floppies, CGA green monitor, no hard disk. When I went to the university in 89, sold the Olivetti and my father gave the rest to buy a 386SX@16MHz, 2MB RAM, 125MB HDD, VGA 512KB graphic card and a 14" multisync monitor. First assembled computer, the guy at the shop supervised me, and quite a beast for a teenager to have at that time. :)
1040STfm (Spanish), SM125 monitor, Megafile 30, 520STe (4MB), 520STfm (XtraRAM 1MB), Mega STe (4MB, 120MB HDD), Mega ST4, TT030 (4MB+64MB, 1.2GB HDD)


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