Twenty years; that's how old my Gateway 2000 is today, and it's making me nostalgic for '90s computing.

A fair amount of my early computing was done on various Gateway 2000 computers. This was mostly in early grade school, at a time when computer based learning was becoming popular. The first CNC I learned to use (which was somewhat recently) was a Gateway 2000 system. We even had an early 486 Gateway 2000 when I was really young (but I don't remember that one too much). As a result, I'm a big Gateway 2000 fan.

Roughly four years ago, I ended up with this P5-90 out of a group of many computers of various ages and in various states of disrepair. A lot of those computers were fixed up and found new homes, but I just couldn't part with the Gateway. It is a bit yellowed and needed some help, but with a bit of work I ended up with an awesome vintage system.

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The specs are not impressive by today's standards: 90 Mhz Pentium processor, 96 MB RAM (originally 16 MB), 1.1 GB hard drive, and a 4 mb STB PowerGraph 64V graphics card. However, this was a fairly nice system for 1995, and retailed for ~$3,000. I added the 5.25" floppy drive and 100mb Zip Drive when I got it, and accumulated the other peripherals over the last few years.

It's currently running DOS 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.1, which are both extremely light on system resources. As a result, the P5-90 is very quick. I even had the original 5.25" install floppies for both from the old 486. It does have the Win32s 32-bit runtime environment installed, which means it also has FreeCell.

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As you may imagine, it's not the most useful computer anymore. However, I still enjoy using it. I fired it up last weekend to play some SimTower and SimCity. It's also found use recovering files from long forgotten floppy disks and tape backups.

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The full system in all of its yellow and beige glory.