¥220,000 Japanese Laptop from 1999: Unboxing a Sony Vaio PCG-777/BP

¥220,000 Japanese Laptop from 1999: Unboxing a Sony Vaio PCG-777/BP

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[piano-laden jazz tunes] [computer buzzing, beeps] - Greetings, and welcome to an LGR thing showing physical evidence of my increasing lack of impulse control when it comes to buying computers from Japan! Yeah, we've got a computer in here, although at the moment it's just a box straight from 'Yahoo! Auctions.' I'm gonna go ahead and get into this thing. Oh buddy. [goofy chuckling] Look at that. Heck yeah, Sony VAIO.

Well! That you don't see every day. So what we got here is a complete in box, or pretty close to it, Sony VAIO laptop from 1999 from Japan. And it is a Japan-exclusive model, the PCG-777/BP. Don't actually know what the 'BP' stands for, but the 700 series, well, if you know anything about earlier Sony VAIOs you'll know it's an earlier one of those.

But this one in particular was released in Japan in January of '99, and it was part of the second generation of Sony VAIO laptops. More or less, but it seems to be like the second wave compared to the ones launched in 1997. With those model numbers ranging from PCG-705 to 748. So yeah, this 777/BP was sold in '99 under the Open Price model in Japan. So there was no suggested manufacturer retail price or anything like that. It was up to individual retailers around the country to decide on the pricing in yen based on current market conditions and what they paid for it upfront and all that.

But according to what I found from some Japanese coverage, from back then you could expect to pay around 220,000 yen in 1999 for one of these things. Around the equivalent of $1,800 or so US, which matches up pretty closely with similarly-specced machines from Sony here in the US. Making it around a $3,000 laptop adjusted for inflation in 2022, give or take, depending on your calculations and what you wanna convert from what to the other.

But anyway, it wasn't super expensive, but it wasn't cheap either. [chuckles] And in terms of the the range of Sony's VAIOs, this particular body style anyway that they were selling back then... this was at the very bottom of the line actually, being the lowest-end ,lowest cost model of the 1999 A4 file-size notebook series which ran Windows 98. That is compared to the PCG-885 and 881s that had a Pentium II MMX processor, as well as DV capture of video, over FireWire, or Sony's iLINK as they called it. As well as a bigger LCD panel and hard drives, but yeah, this one right here doesn't have that stuff.

But it's still pretty darn cool, I think, especially being in the box. We've got a 266 megahertz Pentium MMX with 512K pipeline burst cache, ooh! 64 megs of RAM expandable up to 256 megs, a 4 gig Ultra ATA IDE hard drive, NeoMagic Magicgraph 128XD chipset for graphics running through a 12.1 inch TFT active matrix LCD with 800 by 600 native res, as well as integrated 56K dial-up modem, I believe.

24 speed CD-ROM, and a claimed three to six hour battery life. Although it probably won't have any cuz I'm assuming the battery is long dead. Whatever, let's go ahead and get this opened up. Although I did wanna mention this real quick, I love that AOL logo on the top of the box there.

Also just noticed this sticker. Is that where this came from? PC X Town, did they sell this? I don't know. But I like the Japanese stickers. Oh! They have opted for packing peanuts to fill out the space. How nice! And these are the, yeah, biodegradable ones.

Always appreciate when sellers do that. They don't always. [water-soluble chuckling] Okay, so this first box within the box, let's see what we got here.

Whole bunch of everything. My goodness! Wow. All of the paperwork, registration, warranty stuff, I guess. Oh yeah. Excel, Word, Outlook, more of that.

You've got a couple of guides here. So this is interesting. Oh dude, I've only ever seen scans of this. I've never seen one in person... Ohh. I've never had a VAIO computer

that was new or close to it, so I actually don't really know what they came with inside the box like this, in the US or Japan. But typical Sony stuff here. This is pretty darn good quality. Nice 'quick start guide' kinda thing. Awesome. Yeah, this is gonna go over like the whole VAIO line.

You kinda see these listed as like a brochure or an advertisement. And then look at that, just check out the entire Sony VAIO range of the time. So you can see slightly more models than I thought there were. Yeah, look at all those. You got the higher end ones right there that I was talking about, and then all the way at the very bottom, you have the 777/BP. It's just great seeing this in person.

[chuckles] Look at those beauty shots. That camera, mm! i.Link FireWire goodness. I did do a video on a Sony VAIO desktop that had that a while back, but don't actually have any of the Sony Handycams that would connect to that anyway, so it's not like I'd be able to make much use of it. All of the accessories, all the swappable drives.

Yeah, I love those swappable drives. That's so cool. Even more documentation. Some water damage on some of these. There is a manual for the Microsoft Office-y type of things.

Some more in depth instructions and documentation for the computer itself. Yeah, explaining where all the ports are, start menu, the software that it comes with... some of the reason I'm quite intrigued to try this out because it's supposed to have all its original software still on there, and those can be really hard to come by, an original installation. But it's also got the recovery media, which I will be absolutely archiving and posting in the video description. But yeah, we got some Outlook, and Bookshelf, and other things.

Yeah, that Office-y software. It's not exactly Microsoft Office, it's just like a selection of things from it. And then these. The all important Sony VAIO recovery CDs. Thing is each one of these, they only ever work with the one exact model, so this is only for the PCG-777.

Doesn't work with others. These will do for this one. Let's see what we got in this one.

Oh okay, so this is just going over each of the individual programs that are pre-installed on there or can be installed. [chuckles] Quite a selection. I'll be curious what some of these actually do.

Let's see here, "Don't drop it onto the floor", eh, CD-ROM stuff. Wow, look at all these like warnings and like advisory, official-type things. FTP server stuff. Microsoft Windows 98, lovely.

Japanese version of that. [laughs] That's just awesome. And that was just the first box. What do we got in this one? Okay. Oh, computers, other computer things. All right, look at this.

Yeah, for being and whatnot, they put this back together pretty well. All right. Power supply, power cord, phone line there for connecting the modem. Got a cable here, this looks like it might be for the floppy disk drive.

Ah, so this goes into the drive bay there, the modular bay. Just sort of a blank, I guess. And there is our modular 3 1/2-inch floppy drive. I love the outside of this. Sometimes they look really terrible, but this one looks fantastic. You got the embossed Sony VAIO logo there, oh man.

There is the connector for that. So yeah, I think that's what this does. This should turn it into an external drive. Yeah, look at that.

How awesome! So if you don't actually wanna swap out the CD-ROM for the floppy, here you go. Finally, the notebook computer itself. Oh! Look at that! Beautiful condition. Wow. Way nicer than any of the other VAIOs that I've come across here in the US. But this looks lightly used at best, right? Little rubber feet there have come off, but that's about it.

So presumably memory upgrade right there, battery over here, modular drive bay over there. Hard disk maybe. Yeah. Nice.

We got our audio connections right there, power switch, headphones. Then you get the in-line control connection there like you saw in MiniDisc player remotes. And there is some tape here on the back holding on one of the flappy doors.

Okay. So that, yeah, little bit of damage. Parallel and also floppy, USB 1.1. You got infrared right there.

I don't think that... Yeah, that's just a panel. And what do we got here? Ooh, I always like the way that Sony illustrated the connections. PS/2 keyboard or mouse right there, serial and VGA output, as well as the place to plug in the power supply. And over here, oh yeah, couple of PCMCIA Card Bus slots and our modular drive which should come out.

Yeah, it's just as easy as that. So there is the CD-ROM. XM-182B.

1999, March. That's lovely. [chuckles] I hope it works. So satisfying. This is great. Nothing on the front.

Oh, baby. Oh. That looks so good. Again, for being used? Oh it's ugh, so well maintained.

Even the Pentium MMX and Windows 95 reflective sticker there looks basically untouched. [Duke voice] -Well, I touched it now! -And a delightful row of LEDs, indicators for all the locks and the battery, hard disk, and power, and such. I guess that's probably a microphone. And then that keyboard.

Oh, look at that. I love that it still has the display stickers like you'd have if it was just set out as a demo unit in a store or whatever. And of course you got it home, most people took them off. These are still there showing all of the specs. And the software bundles and just all the selling points.

That's lovely. I love when those are still on a computer, especially laptops. Oh yeah, dude. I love Japanese computers. Although it's kind of a pain sometimes when you get the tiny little space bar and the scrunched up keys. A lot of them are narrower than what you'd get here on the US equivalence.

Although this one being a Japanese exclusive, there wasn't any US equivalent exactly. There were a lot of things in the 700 range, but I believe Sony had kinda moved on from the 700 series here in the US, somewhat, by 1999. In fact, something like this here is kinda the closest thing that I could find in terms of a comparable laptop in this form factor. But uh, yeah this... [delicate key touching] Mmhmm.

Can't wait to use it. And on that note, let me go ahead and get this set up, yeah, give it a better camera angle and we'll sit down and enjoy some Japanese Windows 98 computing on a Sony VAIO A4-sized machine. [chuckles] Oh this is great, dude. I'm really happy that this arrived in such good shape. I mean overall, y'know. Hinge is a little loose, but so it goes.

Yeah, let's enjoy this thing. [lid closes] [music fades] All right, before I get it turned on, actually just wanted to check if there was even a battery, and there is not. And I also wanted to clean up these little areas where it's missing the rubber feet.

So I got a couple of these cut out really quick. I just use these like, 3M rubbery mats. And you can get them, they're self-adhesive things. Just some isopropyl alcohol.

Still got some gunk there, so I'm gonna use some of this. Not perfect, but it is a lot better. Just wanted to get most of that grime and gooey stuff off so we can put more gooey stuff on.

Right. Here we go. Nice new rubbery, grippy feet.

Oh yeah. Not sliding around at all anymore. All right.

It is time to get this thing going, get it all plugged in. Floppy drive connected externally, so let's see what we got. And it needs to be plugged in first. I thought I'd already done that. Okay. [chuckles] [laptop chimes] Oh yeah, got that nice Sony VAIO startup sound and the lovely logo.

And I am fully expecting some kind of error if there is no battery. Or we have a dead... Yeah, the dead CMOS battery. That's entirely expected. But yeah, all the specs seem to be dead on. 266 megahertz Pentium MMX.

I don't see the memory... There is memory. 64 megs, so it has not been upgraded. So yeah, usually these just have like a little CMOS battery somewhere either on this side or this side, and it's like six little button cells spot-welded together and plugged in somewhere.

You can get those normally online, I've replaced some others. Let's just put in a time and date anyway because we can. Eh, I don't even know what time it is.

Let's just say it's 11:00 AM. It's close enough. All right. TV mode? Huh! NTSC. I didn't think there was...

Yeah, I don't think there is analog composite video out on here. All right, Windows 98. Ooh, I heard the floppy drive. And we got Windows 98. Ah, dude. So this is as it was described in the auction.

In fact, I think they used those recovery discs that we also got. Either wiped it clean or put it back as close to it as possible to the original factory spec, which is just great. Taking a bit of time with that hard drive, but so far so good. It sounds good too. It's not like...

[Windows 98 startup sound plays] Dang it, McAfee. [chuckles in bloatware] I was gonna say, I'm not hearing any problematic clicking or head knocking or anything, so that's a positive when it comes to those old drives. Screen is looking pretty good too. Maybe a couple of dead pixels at most. Oh man! Yeah, this is looking really stock. So I think that they actually did wipe this or just used the recovery CDs to get it back to...

Oh yeah! [Windows 98 "Getting Started" music plays] Speakers are a bit crackly. [music continues playing, stutters] [laughs] It's trying its best. So much stuff loading. Oh my goodness, it just keeps going. Oh no. All of the bloat, the default Sony bloat.

It's kinda cool to see the channel guide have different things than you'd see here in the US. It's pretty awesome. Oh my goodness. Yeah, so this is definitely loaded down with way more stuff than it needs for sure. This is just everything default that I guess I would've had straight out of the box.

Wow. Oh yeah, dude. That's awesome. So it's all intact. [laughs] Oh, there is a lot of things to check out here.

Wow, look at all this crap installed. Some good, some not so good. Yeah, this is clean. It's like it's been totally wiped, which is great. So I don't even have...

I was gonna do that myself, but I guess I don't really need to. Yeah, it's just registered to like the basic VAIO user, nothing personalized or special. It's like traveling back to 1999, just pick this right up off of the store shelf somewhere in Japan and take it home to your little place and got your little laptop and still got the stickers on here -- this is really exciting, gettin' really excited. So I'm gonna turn off some of these dumb programs and we'll just start exploring the hard drive and then install some things on here ourself. Some games and whatnot, ooh! Hope you're excited. I sure am. All right, first up, gotta test this Sony floppy drive with a Sony floppy disk really quick just to see if we get anything out of it.

Ohh... [floppy drive buzzing loudly] Oh, you hear that? [drive continues buzzing] Ah yeah, that sounds like there might be a problem with either belt or gear. Yeah, motor doesn't sound happy. [drive clunking, Windows ding sound] Nah.

That is one dead drive. [painful drive noises] Well, poo! [laugh of inevitable repairs] All right. It was not entirely unexpected. My other Sony VAIO drives from the time are the same.

All right, let's hope CD drive fairs better. Usually they do. But you never know.

A little bit forceful, but that sounds okay. I see it is set to the Q: drive designation. I've seen that on other VAIOs as well from Japan. I don't know if that's just a common thing on VAIOs in particular, or just Japanese PCs.

Haven't had enough of either to really know, but, hey, it is totally working. So [chuckles] awesome. Probably won't be able to do this though. We'll see. 'Cause I think, yeah, we're gonna have to change this over to the different language set for DOS 'cause this is using DOS/V in Windows 98. There's different ways you can do it depending on which mode you're in or whatever, but we're just gonna go to the DOS prompt, and then from here you can just type in "US."

It changes things over. And now we have the characters as they should be. Or close enough to it that you can actually see what you're doing. I don't know why I'm opening setup. I don't have the game installed yet. All right.

Well, before we get to any games or anything, I'm just kinda curious what we got on here. Ah. Some familiar wallpapers. Oh yeah, this is one of my favorites with these Sony VAIOs. Love those 3D objects just floating in the clouds. The fire one is always quite pleasant as well.

In terms of screensavers, eh, mostly just your standard things from Windows. Japanese names of course. And I think there's gonna be, yeah, a few picture things in here.

Picture Gear, Pic Saver, Easy Photo Slideshow. Yeah, they were really like, "Oh man, you better be buying a Sony camera." 800x600 is the native res. We can go up to 1024x768, apparently. Oh, it's gonna do this. Where you're like scrolling around the edges.

That terrible. No. I'm assuming if we go down any lower, we'll probably have an... Yeah, it stretches it, but look how bad that scaling is. That's really bad.

Oh man. It looked bad in the BIOS even, too. Which means DOS games are probably gonna look pretty terrible if they're not running at the right resolution. In terms of the stuff that's pre-installed, a lot of normal things. MSN, your online services, and Briefcase.

We have AOL with a red icon. [chuckles] I was just kinda curious seeing that AOL logo on the box itself. I've never run Japanese AOL -- I don't wanna do this.

Oh, look how cool that looks. So it does actually have a different kind of logo. It's red! Got this crumpled papery background. That looks incredible. Oh, if only you could still use this. What is this? Looks like some AV playback settings configurator thing.

Okay, yeah, so we got the Media Bar, Sony programs. Yeah, let's just do the default settings. Why not? Oh, there is the Media Bar.

So this is how it does it on this one. [laughs] Yeah, it's slightly different than the others that I've used on, well, my only other Japanese VAIO. What is this? IntelliLight. So you could have it on or off, depending on if you have a compatible display. I don't think we have anything that's gonna take advantage of that.

So anyway, it is just a thing where you can play back media files, video CDs, regular CDs. There's no MiniDisc. Really I just wanna test out something real quick.

Like a MIDI file. And I got Canyon or Passport and of course, your classical music and stuff. I gotta do Canyon. [CANYON.MID plays softly]

I don't actually know if there's a physical volume control on here. I don't remember seeing one. [MIDI music continues playing] [chuckles] Well.

Speakers do at least sound a little better than it did on startup there. It seemed to have some issues playing that little Windows 98 thing. I did also just notice this. Does this have like little... Oh it does. Like flip down feet.

That's cool. One on each side. And yeah, puts it up -- oops, at an angle. That left one is not very well held in place, but.

Well, that's nifty. What else we got in here? Something called SO-NET. So what is it? Oh, online things. Okay.

So we got our Japanese ISP here. Look at all those phone numbers you can dial into. Is that Sony's thing? I don't actually know. This appears to be a customer service or registration kinda thing.

Oh, technical assistance. It's just there. It's just gonna go to the website or an offline version of it. Okay. We'll see what this one is.

What a funky little icon! Nifty Manager. How nifty! Internet with Nifty Serve? "It's a lot of fun" and you can join it. Some kind of Sony network with emailing and whatever else. Get this last one on the desktop at least, and this just goes to another offline website.

Nothing too exciting there, but I'm assuming in here is gonna be much better. Usually is. In terms of like the pre-installed software and yeah, Media Bar, Library, and Showcase. Ooh, Media Showcase.

Welcome. Package, Top 10, History, Artists and oh, whoa whoa, okay. It's gonna have like samples maybe. Like sample audio perhaps. And media files even. I am intrigued.

[MIDI rock music plays] Oh, we got all kinds of things in here. What in the world? We got some jazz. [MIDI jazz plays] [MIDI jazz plays intensifies] Oh, yeah. Yeah! I like how there's a top 10 and 40 and a bottom 10 and 40.

Who chose that? [laughs] We got a techno thing in here in the bottom 10. "Techno and Dance - Chat Show." ["techno" music plays] [laughs] All right, well. I saw there was an MPEG in here. Yeah, "VAIO Film."

What is this? Maybe it's like a nice little intro to the VAIO or some crap. Ooh. Seems to be.

"Year of 1997." Oh dear. Sorry about the flashing imagery, but it's what it is. [chuckles] What an odd thing. That's pretty great. Oh this, whatever it is I don't actually know.

You got two different options, but yeah, I saw this on the box for the system as well. Curious if we can actually play it or if it's yet another online... Oh no, well... Yeah, actually, maybe. Oh, don't tell me this is like VRML or something. I bet it is.

It's like a virtual space. So it is a VRML thing. vrml.sony.co.jp. Apparently wasn't able to connect to whatever it was trying to. Wow. Oh, this is pretty nifty.

Okay. It's very slow to respond. These things always were.

Oh my goodness. See if that's any better. yeah, that's definitely a little better. The technological dead ends, man. They were trying to do Meta before Meta. They were like, "Oh, let's have an online space" or whatever, where people can just go in a virtual environment and hang out and do things like commerce, and tour virtual museums, and play games together in a virtual world space.

I've been meaning to do a video on VRML for so many years. I've never seen this one though, SAPARi COAST. [chuckles] It's pretty neat. It actually has like an offline version of it. I wish I could find somewhere interesting to go, but chances are even if I did, it probably wouldn't be able to access it.

Yeah, it's all kind of hit or miss because a lot of it relied on things that are no longer there. So yeah, you basically just wander around and click on various objects, and it's like a first person perspective and you can sometimes create an avatar, sometimes not. Sometimes there's other people walking around, sometimes not. And you just kinda click on various objects within your browser or in like a viewer like this, and yeah, you could just go and look at virtual storefronts or hang out in a hammock. [chuckles]

What else we got in here? Okay. Smart Label. Smart Publisher. it's like a file finder perhaps. Some kind of finder application. Yeah.

Battery Scope. Oh yeah, I've seen this on another VAIO I have. It's not gonna know show anything 'cause we don't even have a battery in there, but it's actually pretty cool.

It gives you some detailed information on how many cycles your battery has gone through, how much is currently left on a charge, how much you got left to go. It's actually quite a detailed application. Very handy if you have a battery. Same with the power panel which is... Actually this just puts it all right here on the side, but we don't have much going on, we're just plugged in, so...

We have a Sony Notebook Setup. Hey, nice detailed information here. Yeah. So we got 2 megs of video memory, 4 gig hard drive, all the other stuff. 64 megs RAM.

Neat. Disable and enable all kinds of things just right here. Instead of having to go and manually do it through Control Panel or BIOS and whatnot. So I guess we got PDFs here, the documentation. Acrobat Reader 3.0J.

Interesting. Yeah, that's literally the same stuff that we already have in the box. Navin' You, I think that's the same... Oh, so it's this? Right.

It's a map app. I've used another version of this before, so let me see if we can actually... I don't know. Can we actually open anything? It might not have stuff on here. Yeah, I guess we need a CD-ROM.

And that's not one of all the CDs in there, I didn't see one for that. So it goes. Anyway, it's -- okay crap. I didn't wanna do that.

I got Picture Gear. Seems pretty self-explanatory. Digital photo manager. Indeed.

Oh, we got some TIFF files. What a selection! Seagulls, crocodiles, Grand Canyon, little kangaroo. Wow.

Pictures on your computer. How exciting! It really was super exciting. Of course they got the Sony building.

This was so cool back in the day. And then it's the same registration thing that we saw earlier. Okay, well, that seems to be the VAIO stuff, but then there is all kinds of things in here. Look at all this. EAST JOY viewing, Intelliframe, Intellisync, of course, McAfee they got. MiniDisc editor.

So if you had a MiniDisc recorder plugged in, then you could just use this to convert things over. Yeah yeah, this is -- That's awesome. So you can just straight up put things on here and get them written to your discs. Ah, man, MiniDisc authoring on PC is always so cool. If you haven't seen my video on the PCV-MX2, also from Japan, that is just an awesome experience with that particular Sony VAIO. Let's see here, "Plala Folder."

Plala Checker, Manager, and ViaPlala Browser, is this more VRML? It is! So much VRML stuff. That's pretty cool. I wasn't expecting all this. This is just, I guess more ways to -- yeah, to browse files if you have them. Here we go, PostPet.

What is this? Because I believe that was on the PCV-MX2. Okay. Okay. This is just like an email application.

I don't know if it's like Outlook or something else, but yeah, I couldn't get that working on the other VAIO 'cause it was missing the files. Well, now I know that I'm really not missing much. RealPlayer 32-bit. Smart Label. Is it literally just for making labels? What? It's recording? I don't wanna record.

What? [recording plays back] -"What?" "It's recording?" "I don't wanna record." "What?" - Okay, so it's like a voice memo taker. Okay, that's pretty cool. Smart Label. That's not what I would've called it, but hey, that's nifty.

I like that. So what is Smart Publisher? That's for publishing things, I guess to the World Wide Web. And the rest of this? Yeah, YAMAHA SoftSynth XG studio. Yeah, that's always nice. A mixer and the player.

This just alternatives to the Sony things, but they always looked really cool. Yamaha did some neat stuff. This is all media stuff making use of the built-in ESS Audio Drive sound chip. I'm gonna actually check to see if it's got DOS compatibility like Sound Blaster Pro emulation, but I'm assuming that it probably does. ES1879. Yeah, DMA 1 and 5, 220, IRQ 5, 388, 322.

So this should be pretty good in DOS, or DOS prompt or whatever. And on that note, let's go ahead and run some Duke 3D. [explosion] ["GRABBAG" theme plays] Nice. Sounds good man.

Yeah. [pistol firing] Yeah, runs well, sounds great. [chuckles] Usually these particular ESS Audio Drive chips always do a good job. I will take that. And I'll die.

- "Let's rock." [gunfire] - Yeah, this is awesome. Honestly, in terms of the scaling, I can tell it's off, but it's actually not too bad here. Maybe going from like an even lower resolution to stretching it to what this is for this screen, maybe it's not as noticeable. You still notice, but that's tolerable compared to what it was on Windows and things we're looking... Yeah, even that right there.

That just looks pretty bad. So let's move on to some Japanese Windows games because why not? And this is a French game, but it's a Japanese release of it. One of my favorites, Ubisoft's POD.

Never actually tried this version, I've had it for a little bit. It's got really cool box art from the introduction video. Even get Japanese menus. That's just awesome. - [Japanese narration] - Dude.

That's awesome. The intro video is dubbed in Japanese. - [narration continues in Japanese] - Oh yeah. Look at this.

Oh, this looks awesome. [chuckles] Yeah, we'll go with Scorp. Nice quick loading there. [announcer] -"3, 2, 1, Go!" [engines revving] Once again you can definitely tell the scaling is really off. But just it's doing what it can.

It's just the limitations of this kinda hardware. Playing the game quite nicely though. Speed is good, frame rate is good for non-3D acceleration. The MMX-specific version of the install going. Yeah dude. Man, I love this game.

[laughs] It's so cool. And I love computers of this era, specifically because of -- oh yeah, there we go, being able to run games like POD. Just straight away, no hassle.

There's no 3D acceleration, but honestly that can be a huge pain to get working with this game anyway, so. And one more because I got it recently from Brandon, friend of the show, this is Asuka 120% Burning Fest Return. This is a beat-em-up, fighting, one on one, or three on three... I don't know exactly what it is but we're gonna try it. Now, when I first installed this, it was running completely terribly so looking in the instructions and requirements, it actually says to run in 256 colors of 640x480, so I'm gonna go ahead and switch that over and hopefully it will run better even though this looks at the moment. - Family Soft.

This is a family game. [playful music] - Yeah. Bust, waist, hip, and blood type. All very important things in this family game.

[fantastic menu music] - Fantastic music. I'll just do against the computer. Now, the controls from what I was reading, I was reading in the manual, it looked a little... well, not the most intuitive. Yeah, like T, F, H, B, Z, X, C. Kinda mimicking an arcade-ish layout here on the keyboard, so let me see if I can remember that. Yeah, this is still running badly.

It doesn't look any better than it was before. That sucks. Well, we'll try. Come on.

Wow, that's awful. Ah, man. I don't know why it's this bad. We meet the requirements, somewhat. Hmm. Did you just set that frog on fire? Don't do that.

Don't touch my frog. It's just bad. Well, I tried. Pentium 166 is the minimum. 640x480, 256 colors, DirectDraw. Maybe we're running into some stuff there and it's just the crappy little graphics chip that we have in here is just not up to snuff.

Runs POD though! Well, I'd say that the final word is that this computer is awesome overall. Oh my goodness. Clippy is a dolphin in Japan. Who knew? I had no idea.

How friendly! It's this little, little cartoon lady and dogs and cats. Is Clippy even here? There he is. Japanese Clippit.

Ah, buddy, I knew you'd be here even in Japan. That's amazing that it defaults to the dolphin though. Farts. That's definitely not 'farts.'

I don't know Japanese for 'farts.' I should probably learn. [AI voice] - "Onara!" - Oh dear, even the 3D Maze screensaver has a bit of trouble. [laughs] I'm gonna say the performance issues we were having in 120% over here were 120% the fault of the combination of graphics and possibly the processor.

But anyway, I think we should have been all right in terms of processor. But yeah, that's about it for this video. I hope that you had nearly as much fun unboxing this and exploring it as I did because I think this was just fantastic.

It's one of my favorite things to do, especially when it comes to importing machines that we never got here in the US. Just experiencing them fresh out of the box. Basically from the factory, for all intents and purposes, having been restored here with all of its original stuff intact on the hard drive, that is just an increasingly rare experience these days. And yeah, if you did enjoy, then do check out some of my other videos where I've taken a look at old laptops and computers. Some new old stock, some not, just lightly used like this one. But yeah anyway, it's the kinda thing I do here.

So check those out, or stick around for new stuff always in the works here in LGR. And as always, thanks for watching!

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