A South African collection of retro and vintage computers, games, software, books and consoles.

This is my vintage / retro computer and games collection and has been keeping me fascinated for the past 13 years. The collection covers systems from various manufacturers over a period of more than 35 years and ranges from machines, consoles, games, software, magazines and books to just about any other retro or vintage computing related items. 

My primary area of focus is IBM and IBM Compatible machines starting from the 8088 up to the early Pentium II systems (last of the DOS days) but the Commodore Amiga 500, Commodore 64, Atari 520ST, Creativision, Apple II, Machintosh and Sinclair ZX Spectrum also make an appearance as many of the games from the IBM DOS days also appeared on these systems and it's awesome to see how the versions differ over the various platforms.

Some games were ported to and from Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Master System, Sega Megadrive, Atari 2600, and Sony PS2 so these also make an appearance in my collection.

I was never into the console game scene when I was younger and only really got interested in it later in life with the Sony PS2 so for me IBM PC games from the DOS era with a sprinkle of Windows 9x have the most prominent place in my collection.

If you don't see items for a specific system on the website it may mean that I have not had time to capture them or it's something that I don't have in the collection. Feel free to take a look around and please use the contact section if you would like to get in touch with me.

Contact www.oldcomputers.co.za

Please feel free to use the contact option if you just want to chat or if you are wanting to part with something that you feel might be of interest to me. The website is a work in progress and the task of adding all the items in my collection is never ending. If you don't see a system listed on the website it doesn't mean that I am not interested, rather that I may not yet have had time to start cataloging it. I am always interested in stories and information about South African based companies related to the very early days of computing. The same goes for pictures from the early days. Looking forward to hearing from you. 


January 2018 pickups / trades 2018-01-01

This months sees the addition of the IBM EZ-VU II software, Need for Speed III : High Stakes, Sam & Max and a boxed version of Blue Force On the hardware front a fair condition MECER keyboard with 5pin DIN and Gravis Blackhawk joystick with 15pin connector add to the growing collection of input devices. The full list of items for January is below:

  • IBM PS/2 System 30 286
  • IBM 8514 colour monitor
  • IBM M type keyboard (missing cable)
  • Phillips CM-8833
  • 2 x mechanical 101 keyboards
  • MECER 101 keyboard
  • Serial mouse
  • Clone desktop with Intel 386SX-16, ET4000, Conner 40MB drive, 1.2 and 1.44 drives
  • Atari 1050 diskette drive in box
  • Need for Speed III : High Stakes
  • Gravis Blackhawk
  • Sam & Max
  • Blue Force

Let's hope the year continues at the same pace :-)

Hardware items I am on the lookout for ... 2017-09-19

As with any collection there are always items that the collector is on the look out for. In my case this would be the following ...

  • IBM 5154 EGA monitor
  • IBM 5161 Expansion Chassis and related cards
  • IBM 5140 Convertable PC
  • IBM 5170
  • IBM 5162 XT 286
  • IBM PCjr
  • Early Microsoft "green eye" mouse with controller card and steel track ball
  • Diamond Monster Voodoo 1 4MB 3Dfx graphics card
  • STB Systems Inc. Voodoo 3 3000 16MB AGP graphics card
  • An original Creative Labs Sound Blaster Pro retail box ("black box") - Just the box and contents no sound card required.
  • Diamond Stealth 64 Vision 968 PCI 4MB VRAM graphics card
  • Creative Labs Midi Blaster (external)
  • Genius Serial 3 button mouse in "floppy style" packing case (GM-6)
  • Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum 16 sound card
  • LS-120 drive

I am also always on the look out for IBM PC software and games. A more complete list can be viewed here.

Sam & Max Hit the Road
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 3.5" (1.44MB) diskette | Graphical Adventure | Games

Eric the Unready
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 3.5" (1.44MB) diskette | Graphical Adventure | Games
Legend Entertainment Company

Blue Force
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 3.5" (1.44MB) diskette | Graphical Adventure | Games

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