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.


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.


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.


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