Exploring the Sierra On-Line "Super-Junior" Computer

26 lip 2019
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While diving into the Computer Reset warehouse, this oddly-configured IBM PCjr stood out from the crowd. Because Sierra Online! Yep, turns out this is the "Ken Williams Super-Junior," used by Sierra QA in 1989.
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  • Turns out all those ICEMANSG.* files are just savegames! I initially assumed they were something more interesting since they were ~40KB each, but I guess not haha. Seems the game just creates some pretty beefy save files. Still, it's neat to have a bunch of old saves from the Sierra QA department though.

    LGRLGRRok temu
    • 2:04 Haha ha! "No magic _smoke_ being let out", of a _Sierra_ workstation.

      AlexSchoolerAlexSchooler6 dni temu
    • Al Lowe used this? I need to hit the free clinic for tests......

      DaveFuDaveFu8 miesięcy temu
    • windows vista,XP, 98,95,1.1

    • There is a youtuber called metal rock jesus, might be some variation on that, him and his friends are ex sierra employees who may have info for you

      Nat KnutsonNat Knutson11 miesięcy temu
    • Save games in Sierra's SCI games were just a compressed version of "the heap" (if I'm remembering the terminology correctly 30 years later). That was a 64KB memory segment that included the currently loaded code and all variables. So a 40KB file was just lossless compression of 64KB of data.

      Hero-U: Rogue to RedemptionHero-U: Rogue to RedemptionRok temu
  • have you tried to confirm if this was Ken Williams machine? if you could you have a great piece of history and something that could probably set you up for a very comfortable retirement.

    Mark DymekMark DymekGodzinę temu
  • i have never heard of this game and i thought i had played all of sierra's games. looking through the screenshots on abandonware it does look familar i may have played it at a very young age. cool find.

    Mark DymekMark DymekGodzinę temu
  • Finally found an address, rode my bike up and the location is a used tire shop now.

    don't binkdon't bink2 dni temu
  • Super-Junior? Sounded like those South Korean boyband that my friend talked about back in the day...

    Adrian MardiantoAdrian Mardianto5 dni temu

    TheDwarvenDefenderTheDwarvenDefender7 dni temu
  • I had that same HD, let's just say stiction with the heads was an issue

    1DwtEaUn1DwtEaUn8 dni temu
  • As its a dev version It could be running slow because its unoptimized.

    that linux guythat linux guy8 dni temu
  • IMagine finding something insane on a old hard drive like this like some Deep state secrets, that was the vibe I got when you were getting all gitty about copy old files off that hard drive.

    Chad BednarczykChad Bednarczyk8 dni temu
  • It's always worth it to backup these old hard disks because it could contain stuff like early Windows pre-releases, like DR5. Especially when it sounds like its at the brink of death, haha.

    spacenetworkspacenetwork12 dni temu
  • Anyone else noticed programmed by Carlos Escobar at 16:33 lol

    Nathan SandenNathan Sanden13 dni temu
  • the fact you cannot sleep is you loved your childhood ... How lovely bro i would not sleep too

    valentinbeholdervalentinbeholder18 dni temu
  • It's the middle of the night here too 😂

    Joshua SteeleJoshua Steele21 dzień temu
  • Faulty or warn out power supplies can catch on fire or even explode frying everything. Had this happen with a desktop in the 2000s. But that was way worse than what I'm seeing here. Was like a firecracker going off in the computer. I wasn't there. Someone else was working on my old desktop while I was away when this happened. But I remember smelling the smoke and that's the story I got before trashing it because toasted computer. Couldn't save it. It's dead, Jim. Can't remember the model but was a Gateway. Like to think Dell but no it's a Gateway.

    Davellope BersweetzDavellope Bersweetz22 dni temu
  • I’ve never seen anyone oil up a hard drive before ...

    Azmi ShahAzmi Shah24 dni temu
  • Casually swapping emails with Ken Williams, nbd

    PrismGuyPrismGuy25 dni temu
  • Now, Iceman, wow! That brings back some memories.

    The PDX Skeptic - Changing MindsThe PDX Skeptic - Changing Minds27 dni temu
  • The Ice Age of computing.

    DVCAM_NLDVCAM_NLMiesiąc temu
  • Lgr: "welcome to a lgr thing, in the middle of the night!" Me: ...how does he know?

    OrangetangyOrkaOrangetangyOrkaMiesiąc temu
  • I remember Fastback. It was on a CT computer my dad brought home from work in 1990 or perhaps a year later. It had a 5.25" backup drive with cassette size takes. Think they were 20MB each. I played with it and even made backups on our from a 386 using a parallel port connection between the two computers. My first entry into the PC after the Atari 8 bit died of hardware failure.

    weustweustMiesiąc temu
  • I also think there should be a retro computer museum. but you would have to be able to touch the keyboards.

    ThadThadMiesiąc temu
  • Dude feels like me yesterday when I got a 20 year old CD-R with so much damage on it and somehow got my duke3d level from 20 years ago off of it that I made when I was 14. Was so exciting

    ThadThadMiesiąc temu
  • happend to me also the capacitor blow up on my Victor SIRIUS , but was able to get a new one and make it work again.

    Mike WielandMike WielandMiesiąc temu
  • Great video.

    Mark AbeleMark AbeleMiesiąc temu
  • Impressive that it still worked after all this time!

    Jungle ExplosionJungle ExplosionMiesiąc temu
  • 7:05 look at the date on the files XD

    ONormanOONormanOMiesiąc temu
  • I love LGR things. Your excitement is contagious. You perfectly captured the adrenaline of putzing with a drive that coute bite it at any moment. Real edge of your seat stuff right here lol.

    Darrick BaconDarrick BaconMiesiąc temu
  • That's quite the haphazard stack of PC equipment

    Jericho KornwolfJericho Kornwolf2 miesięcy temu
  • I was a tech back in the era and can tell you that the white plastic ring around the HD LED was made my MiniScribe (MiniScribble, by those in the know). That nasty hard drive sound was common in those hard drives. It also is an indicator that "disc double-ing" was used. Back then, you bought a hard drive AND a specific controller for that drive. The white ring indicates that the drive was actually a 10 Meg, but the compression chips on the controller allowed it to be formatted to double the capacity. It was trick shit back then and when a hard drive was easily $200-$500, double-ing made sense. About 2-3 years later, the tech was deemed too risky, as "natural" hard drive space became more readilly availble.

    AnObserverAnObserver2 miesięcy temu
  • I really wasn't around in that era but i was around in the Windows XP era of computers, nice to see PC's older than me!

    THE TECH GUYSTHE TECH GUYS2 miesięcy temu
  • I've been thinking of building a desktop that's "top of the line" for 95 or 96 just to play old Sierra games.

    Keith SchwerinKeith Schwerin2 miesięcy temu
  • I was hoping Babylon 5 was on it lol

    jeff zehnpfennigjeff zehnpfennig2 miesięcy temu
  • It's like a time capsule, a DIGITAL time capsules

    Stevie JoStevie Jo3 miesięcy temu
  • That's why you should always recap before using vintage gear... Panasonic's fm and fc and Nichicons uhw, uhe are great eletrolytics and wimas mkp4 caps are the best poly propylene capacitors.

    analogaudio rulesanalogaudio rules3 miesięcy temu
  • fascinating piece of history.....wonder if there will be youtube videos in 40 years time of someone finding an old dev computer for any of todays AAA titles somehow I doubt it anyway i wont be around to find out lol

    Chris RobsonChris Robson3 miesięcy temu
  • 7:24 And a mixture of delight and panic ensues.

    Fedor SteemanFedor Steeman3 miesięcy temu
  • I had PC Juniors on my mind once

    Tone ThiccTone Thicc3 miesięcy temu
    • Lewd.

      Legendary Super SemiteLegendary Super Semite2 miesięcy temu
  • pisss of shit iodot go tu work laizi mdf

    iosef francisciosef francisc3 miesięcy temu
  • You repair it to ssd/cf yet Clint?

    Jay BrooksJay Brooks3 miesięcy temu
  • It is amazing that you get hold of Ken Williams and got a response of what it possibly was. Cheers.

    movax20hmovax20h3 miesięcy temu
  • Do you suffer form insomnia frequently? I used to be a bad insomniac it's a horrible disease. Thanks goodness I have it under control now.

    Justin HalladayJustin Halladay3 miesięcy temu
  • finds old porn..recognises his mother from 1985.. wipes drive

    rob brob b3 miesięcy temu
  • i love the little easter eggs you put in your captions

    i Duncani Duncan3 miesięcy temu
  • Amazing find. Nicely done sir 👍

    SteDubyaSteDubya3 miesięcy temu
  • You run a channel for techies with alzheimers. But you disrespect all the very advanced and expensive technology and act like some snob.

    Narayan TaniwaNarayan Taniwa4 miesięcy temu
    • That old tech was built like a tank. They probably expected it to last 50-100 years. You could literally drive a Sherman over it. Tech today breaks if you fart near it!

      Narayan TaniwaNarayan Taniwa4 miesięcy temu
  • The sounds that drive makes is making me want to make seppuku

    Foxtrot149 StudiosFoxtrot149 Studios4 miesięcy temu
  • You may be able to send the drive over to DriveSavers.

    New CokeNew Coke4 miesięcy temu
  • Late reply, but I mourn the fact that I didn't know about the Computer Reset warehouse until this video. It just so happened to be close to where I live.

    Machiner6Machiner64 miesięcy temu
  • I would of hit the floor had you found porn.

    ISOHavenISOHaven4 miesięcy temu
    • I would've have of done the samen't.

      Legendary Super SemiteLegendary Super Semite2 miesięcy temu
    • @Einomar Not at all. BBS porn was all the rage back then. Especially from a tech company. However I was sidestepping a joke about Softporn Adventure.

      ISOHavenISOHaven4 miesięcy temu
    • On a work pc from 1989? Not impossible but highly improbable.

      EinomarEinomar4 miesięcy temu
  • That hard drive sounds like a lawn mower

    Rifah ShanjihadRifah Shanjihad4 miesięcy temu
  • Hey there I am wondering how you recorded the screen play mate.

    Jane HendersonJane Henderson4 miesięcy temu
  • Can't believe did not play ZZTOP.MID.

    NomoreidsleftNomoreidsleft4 miesięcy temu
  • To bad you didn't find the unreleased Sierra porn games.

    Gundam ForeverGundam Forever5 miesięcy temu
  • How much does it cost to Clint? Its awesome to see this piece of hardware!

    Milenio Oscuro Comics & GamesMilenio Oscuro Comics & Games5 miesięcy temu
  • I hear that No Computer Lives Forever.

    NekrosNekros5 miesięcy temu
  • I love the concept of that Legacy expansion box. Seems like a really interesting thing back in the day.

    Swift FoxSwift Fox5 miesięcy temu
  • PC Jr. Such a stupid name for a computer. I'm not amused that's IBM

    Jose CarlosJose Carlos5 miesięcy temu
  • That is an epic bit of history and restoration. Great work and as a developer absolutely fascinating.

    FSD DevelopmentFSD Development5 miesięcy temu
  • back when you could get your hard drive started by literally hand cranking it...those were the days

    Disent DesignDisent Design5 miesięcy temu
  • This was the first computer I have ever used which was my dad's. It is what got me fascinated with computers. If you type the command "speeder" it will double the game speed. I think you type that after the executable. It worked well and always used it. Man brings back so many memories. What was the the hard drive size? I think it was like 20MB, so small. I remember it had a switch on the back to switch between PCjr and PC. At the time I thought it just turned the hard drive on and more memory. I just remember my dad saying he spent $1000 for it.

    Jonathan BlaineJonathan Blaine5 miesięcy temu
  • If only there were like PLworld Oscars. “Voice of Gold.” I was really excited for this video. Sierra is totally my jam!

    Mark ConradMark Conrad5 miesięcy temu
  • This was fracking cool to watch. Thank You!

    John GentryJohn Gentry5 miesięcy temu
  • Your like a computer voyeur! Remind me not to give you access to my laptop

    Bradley ArsenaultBradley Arsenault5 miesięcy temu
  • Have you got wood grain walls now?!!!

    James HarmerJames Harmer5 miesięcy temu
  • Are we not going to discuss the ZZ Top file at 19:35? Date: July, 4 1988. Wow! Wonder what song(s). Also, really like the screen capture. Don't know how you did it, but keep doing it. Please and thank you.

    michael575538michael5755385 miesięcy temu
  • "The entire game is subpar." Ouuuuch. 30 year burn.

    Monk GamingMonk Gaming5 miesięcy temu
  • - I can't sleep. - Is there any problem, are you worried about something, tell me, what's on your mind? - PC juniors... - Okay, now I am worried.

    Norbert HorváthNorbert Horváth5 miesięcy temu
  • The fact that this worked at all is a testament to the superiority of Western engineering.

    Warren Lehmkuhle IIWarren Lehmkuhle II5 miesięcy temu
  • ?

    josh santonejosh santone5 miesięcy temu
  • the main problem is the hard drives are 20 years old

    Joel CrockerJoel Crocker5 miesięcy temu
  • As the hippie once said to me a blast from the past man

    Vincent HigginsVincent Higgins6 miesięcy temu
  • yup, no matter what the rifa cap is in its gonna go, i know many of the old computers came with it, my apple iie did not, it has a couple red miwa caps which i think are for filtering by where they are located, but also the power socket is also filtered.

    Than OliverThan Oliver6 miesięcy temu
  • 1.033 is my version of Codename Iceman

    berriebadslofberriebadslof6 miesięcy temu
  • Ken Williams (born October 30, 1954) is an American retired game programmer who co-founded On-Line Systems together with his wife Roberta Williams. On-Line Systems eventually became Sierra On-Line and was ultimately renamed Sierra Entertainment. The couple were leading figures in the development of graphical adventure games. At its height, Sierra employed nearly 1,000 people prior to its acquisition in 1996.

    DieselPLLDieselPLL6 miesięcy temu
  • "whole 'new' box of discs"

    39satcom39satcom6 miesięcy temu
  • There were a few of those IBM monitors at computer reset too. I saw them in you video.

    summer20105707summer201057076 miesięcy temu
  • I woke up at 3:00 am and the first video I watched was the Computer Reset video. I asked to join their FB page. Awesome. Cool stuff!!!

    Scott CuppScott Cupp6 miesięcy temu
  • There is a data recovery place linus on tech tips visited maybe they can extract any hidden drive info off of it

    Steven PlaskettSteven Plaskett6 miesięcy temu
  • Was expecting to see a frozen hard disk trick

    Papa NoelPapa Noel6 miesięcy temu
  • Can't you use some CRT filter when playing old games on dosbox? Clearly those graphics were not designed with LED screeens in mind.

    Ze RubenatorZe Rubenator6 miesięcy temu
  • This is soooo cool, and the fact that Ken verified it was his is just amazing. Great video, Sierra FTW

    Dar SureDar Sure6 miesięcy temu
  • That was so cool and interesting! Has now been shared to Sierra Gaming World FB group :)

    Ross VRoss V6 miesięcy temu
  • cancan.mid is incredible lmao

    -0melette--0melette-6 miesięcy temu
  • Whoever does your subtitles, well done sir or ma'am, well done.

    SandyRiverBlueSandyRiverBlue6 miesięcy temu
  • Wow! I worked with all the people on the credit list of Iceman back in the day. (Worked at SoL from July 1990 to early 1992)! I remember being in heaven my first day there and a brand new 486 at my desk- when many still were using 386's. I thought it was pretty badass! Sierra gave the newer 486's to the new graphics people coming in when I did, before upgrading their veteran staff. So wild to see that old machine!

    Jay ThunderJay Thunder6 miesięcy temu
  • Listening to this, I had to pause to make sure it wasn't my machines making noise.

    Ben GeorgeBen George7 miesięcy temu
  • 🤣

    Matthew TrumpMatthew Trump7 miesięcy temu
  • "Welcome back to, All Things Considered. This this is the show where we speak very softly and right into the microphone. Can you here that? I'm right in your ear. I'm right in your ear, buzz buzz." I think of that bit every time I watch one of your videos. Great speaking voice.

    Madmaxmiami AaronMadmaxmiami Aaron7 miesięcy temu
  • after seeing you showing this. i kinda wondered what @metaljesusrocks would say...

    Joseph ZehJoseph Zeh7 miesięcy temu
  • Just imagine what other treasures are in that warehouse. There could be all kinds of long lost stuff. People find stuff like paintings or lost videos like this all the time. Imagine if they just tear down that warehouse and there is a copy of Battletoads on one of those computers.

    excited boxexcited box8 miesięcy temu
  • ZZTOP.MID in the music folder! 😁

    StCerberusEngelStCerberusEngel8 miesięcy temu
  • First computer I ever laid my eyes on was a Tandy 1000... It belonged to my godmother's son. I was three and it was 1987... I was astonished with it... loved watching my godmother's son play all those OG Sierra games like Police Quest, Space Quest, Etc. This was quite a trip. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Ace AxelAce Axel8 miesięcy temu
  • When I saw "Ken Williams modified Super-Junior at your service" pop onto the screen... wow. This Computer Reset adventure was so worth it, this truly is PC archaeology. It gave me nostalgia goosebumps guys. Well done Clint, this is why we love this channel so much.

    SpladamSpladam8 miesięcy temu
  • So how does it feel to own the third model of only two known to still exist and the one that has more memory than was ever supposed to exist for that model??

    World TravelerWorld Traveler8 miesięcy temu
  • Thanks for the video, it was a trip down memory lane, my first PC was a PCjr back in 1984.

    TheSybermedicTheSybermedic8 miesięcy temu
  • Welcome from lgr in the middle of the night! And what we doing in the middle of the night? Watching lgr..

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe8 miesięcy temu
  • This is archeology for the computer age. You are a savior of the PC community. Good on you, sir.

    Spindash54Spindash548 miesięcy temu
  • A genuine artifact.

    Sandy BathwaterSandy Bathwater8 miesięcy temu
  • Rifa caps. Always fail to fail 😜😂

    Darcy BowyerDarcy Bowyer8 miesięcy temu
  • What’s the website that he goes to for pc junior info ?

    Timothy LodgeTimothy Lodge8 miesięcy temu