Exploring a MASSIVE Retro Computer Warehouse!


Allow me to tell you
about a dream that I have, a recurring one as a
retro computer collector. Perhaps it’s one that you’ve had, too, if you’re into this hobby. Where, in your dream,
you’re just going around looking for cool things in the area. Maybe looking at thrift
stores or what have you. And you come across a forgotten corner, or perhaps even a whole building full of amazing rare old hardware. Computers and software and games and all sorts of things
ready to be taken home and be done with as you
please for a good price. And then you wake up. And you’re inevitably
disappointed that it’s not real. Well, what if I told you
that that place exists. I’ve been there. Let’s get right to it. I am so excited to show
this place off on LGR. This is the one and only Computer Reset! [cassette tape clunking] [laid-back jazz music plays] [tape loudly stops] And before be go too much further here, I do want to provide a bit of context. A little bit of backstory of
how I discovered this place. How I got in, how I got there. There’s a whole lot of
things to go into here before we actually get to the warehouse. So if you do want to skip just to the showing off of the place itself, you can go to this time code
right here in the video. But I do encourage you to listen to what I’m about to say
because I’m about to say it. And I think it’s interesting. It really all started last year. And at this point last year, it was 2018. So it was around September or something and I got an email… That was the mic. It was going so well, too. So yeah, I got an email from David Murray, also known as The 8-bit
Guy here on YouTube. And he just sent me an email letting me know about this place over in Dallas, Texas
called Computer Reset. And he attached some pictures and gave a brief description of it being packed to the brim full of old computers and tech and stuff. And I’m like, yeah, cool. Thanks for letting me know. It’s always nice to hear from David. And cool to hear about
places like this that exist. And then a few months passed though. I wasn’t gonna go right then
because I had stuff going on. And once I posted my video on
the IBM PC 5140 Convertible, another person got in contact with me that was also a YouTuber. His name was Stephen. And he does the channel
Texas Nerd House on YouTube. And he got in touch and said, Hey, there’s this place
called Computer Reset. Don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but they have a lot of stuff
for your PC Convertible that you just got and
unboxed on your channel. I’m like, Oh, cool. Well, is there anything individually that you’re looking for? Maybe something that’s hard to find. I’m like, pssh, okay. There’s a whole bunch of things for this that I’ve never once
seen show up for sale. He emails me back like a day later this photo and saying, “Here you go.” It’s just all there and they had way more of this stuff, too at Computer Reset. I’m like, hooo-okay. This place is more legit than I thought. But, at the time, I still
couldn’t make my way out there. So I just said, Thank you. Would you be willing to get that stuff and send it my way? I’ll pay for it, and I’ll
pay for shipping, too. So we did. And it ended up being like a
hundred bucks all together. It was nothing considering
the rarity of the stuff and the value of it, if
it were to go for sale. So already I was really impressed. But I was happy just to have
some stuff for the Convertible because I plan on doing
that video at some point and I’ll get to show
all these cool things. Well, another month or something passes, and then I hear from
Rob who runs the channel Obsolete Geek on YouTube. So, yeah, another Texas
YouTuber getting in touch about Computer Reset. He was like, “Have you heard of it? “Here are some pictures.” And I’m like, Yes, I have
heard of it from David and Texas Nerd House and
all these other people. In fact, a few viewers
from the Dallas area got in touch to tell me about it, too. But Rob mentioned the owner
was in really bad shape, and the place was deteriorating rapidly. And maybe the place might
be shutting down soon. So perhaps you should
think about going there. I’m like, oh, yeah. Wow, I would, except at the moment I was injured myself and had an ankle injury
where I couldn’t walk. I hadn’t been able to stand
at all really, normally for about a week. And then a bit more time passed, and then Stephen from Texas
Nerd House got in touch again and said, “Dude, the place is
not only closing down soon, “but it’s closing this Saturday.” And this was Wednesday morning when I got this email from him. And I’m like, Oh, no. Well, I don’t know what to do because I’m still kind of injured here. I had recovered a bit more,
but then he’s just like it sounds like they’re not only going to close the place down but
it’s gonna be bulldozed. All the stuff inside of it, too. All the rare computers and anything that may happen to be in
there just sold for scrap. Aw, man. I looked down at my ankle. I look at the calendar. I think about it. I go get some coffee and
wait around in the afternoon. And by around 6:00 PM, I’m like, You know what, screw it. Let’s see what kind of flights there are. So I go online, look at the
flights from here to Dallas. And there’s one available. There’s a couple of seats left. So I’m like, Oh, okay. So I get the ticket,
pack a very quick bag. And then haul it over to the airport. And at this point, it was 6:45
when I had gotten the ticket and I think it was in the air by 7:45. So I just completely
hauled it over to Dallas when I heard that this place is gonna be bulldozed in three days. Three days? Like, what in the world? I knew this was once in a lifetime, potentially, opportunity to
see a kind of place like this. One that I had only seen in my dreams. And a few photos through email. Sure, I was injured, but
I just got an ankle brace and said, Screw it. Let’s make this happen. And so, yeah, I made it happen. And I got to Dallas. And by the time I got there,
well, it was night time. So I just grabbed a hotel. I got into my room. Saw that it was an okay room. And yeah, that’s fine, whatever. Time to plop into bed. Grab some sleep. And just see if I can get
over there in the morning. [breakfast] Hi. So here is he nature of
this situation this morning. Unpredictable! It doesn’t exactly have hours. Yeah, it is just a guy. Apparently he kind of lives there. He just kind of opens the door whenever he wakes up or something. So that’s interesting. I’m also absolutely not sure what I’m gonna do about
getting any stuff home. I mean, a U-Haul, that’s an option. It’s not a cheap one. There’s also shipping stuff out. We’ll see what happens next. Probably just grab an Uber
and head on over there. And that is precisely what I did. Thankfully a pretty quick
trip over from my hotel. And turns out Computer Reset’s actually a little bit closer to
Garland, Texas than Dallas. It’s northeast of the main
city center by a good ways. Well, yeah, a short trek for me. And here was my first
glance of Computer Reset. An unassuming building in
an unassuming part of town. With a delightfully retro
hand-made looking sign. And another hand-made sign saying “closed.” But yeah, just looking in
through the windows here, you can get just a glimpse
of the retro awesomeness that awaits inside. Computers and monitors and
tech just stacked everywhere. But it’s closed, and there was no one
here to let anyone in. Not only that, but I soon received word that no one would be let
in, maybe ever again. So close but still so far! So yeah, in retrospect, here’s where things got a little silly. [cork] Now I went down there under the guise of there being someone
there to let people in. And well, apparently,
there was at one point. But somewhere in the process,
things got a bit misconstrued. Well, all these people were
emailing me about this place, the internet was starting
to catch on that it existed. And there were a few reasons for that. I mean, really, you
just can’t keep a secret about this kind of computer warehouse a secret for very long. And, especially when people
start posting pictures and videos and stuff. And in particular there was one video, really a livestream that
went up by YouTuber TX Dj. His name is Justin, he’s a cool guy, he’s got a cool channel with a bunch of cool tech. And apparently he had some cool permission to film there and post it online. And then, well you could
kind of guess what happened. People started showing up
to the place at random. And the video was spreading. Then it was on Facebook
and Reddit and Twitter and all sorts of places. And the family of
Richard, the guy that ran Computer Reset for so many years and was in such bad health now, they saw all this. And then they saw all these people just like showing up out front there. And they’re just like, “no.” Especially since the guy that
was there letting everyone in kind of maybe wasn’t
supposed to be doing that. Things just got really weird. And I had no idea any of this
was going on when I got there. And then when I did get
there that first morning, there were a bunch of people
already waiting outside. Some were LGR fans, some were just people
that wanted to get in and see the cool place. And when word starts spreading like this, you can’t really shut it down. But they shut it down. At this point, what am I gonna do? I’m already there in Dallas, Texas, so I just start hanging out with folks. I mean, Stephen was there. He had his vehicle, and there were a bunch of other
people that watched my show. Or we just all had similar interests. So we just started wandering nerdy computery places around Dallas. And I didn’t record everywhere we went, but the first location was the Goodwill Computer Works of Dallas. [rapidly-playing LGR Thrifts theme] Nope, nope, no, no, this is not a Thrifts! This is just a place I went. And honestly, as much as I’ve
wanted to visit one of these, it was pretty disappointing
I’ve gotta say. Mostly it was just the
standard selection of Dells and refurbished stuff from the late 2000s that Goodwill does at
almost every location. They just happen to have more of it. They did have a selection
of other computery and game technology related things. It is, at least, a
store dedicated to that. Which is more than a lot of Goodwills. You know, beyond a very
small selection of games and controllers and computer peripherals that were almost interesting, there really wasn’t anything to see here. Most amusing thing was this
Sega Genesis MLB Baseball cart with a very classy label. Otherwise, it’s just bins full of stuff electronically that nobody wants. Like I said, I had a
lot of fun hanging out with all the folks that were
along for the ride here. We went to a Micro Center. I’d never been to one of those before. Along with a Fry’s Electronics, which confused the crap out of me with its odd decor. I guess these are all themed stores. We just don’t have anything
like this around me. I also went to Dallas Makerspace. The place was absolutely awesome. I wish I’d gotten footage anywhere here, but I wasn’t really
planning on making a video. Eventually, a bunch of us ended
up back at Stephen’s house. Him and his wife Stacy
are very cool people. And very inviting. And they do indeed have a Texas nerd house filled with all sorts of nerdy things like this Russian Electronika DVK-3 PDP-11 compatible clone
personal computer type system. And yes, that is running
the original Tetris that was made for the Electronika 60. Alexey Pajitnov’s original
vision, or whatever man. This is so cool to play this on something that is appropriate and compatible with the original hardware. And, man, it’s a lot tougher than subsequent versions,
in my experience anyway. This was just a challenging game. And you know what? I was in the Dallas/Fort Worth area so I decided to stop
by and visit some folks that I know around there. Including 8-Bit Guy, David. And checked out the area
that he films and everything. We didn’t film anything together, although I did record
this little quick snippet of moving around his crap. There you go, fixed it. And big thanks to Justin and
his local area connections. He let me tag along to this
exceptional private arcade owned by a guy, Dr. Vance, who just, I mean, holy crap, it was an absolute pop culture geeky paradise. It’s like 5000 square feet. It’s absolutely amazing,
the selection of stuff here. And yes, that was a Polybius
machine that you saw there. In fact, if you go on
Wikipedia, the Polybius machine that you’ll see pictured, that was his. I mean, he made it. It runs the rogue synapse
version and everything, like, it’s, yeah. Just an exceptional place, so
thank you to everyone involved for letting me hang out
over the next few days there in the Dallas/Fort Worth area while I was waiting and hoping for any word on Computer Reset. [soft jazz segue] And then, finally, after all
the craziness and uncertainty, and honestly, a lot of fun
over the past several days, we finally got word that Computer Reset was opening back up, kind of. A lot of the public hype was scaled back. And that streamed video was taken down. Justin talked to the family, and really did a fantastic job of just making sure everyone
was on the same page. And organizing a small group of people, including me, thankfully,
to get into Computer Reset and go and explore. Really have unprecedented
access for an afternoon. And so, let’s finally
dive in to Computer Reset! [door squeaking] [low rumble of outside traffic] [door lock locks lockingly] Welcome, everyone, to Computer Reset. As you may surmise, from
the state of things, this has not been
an open-to-the-public kind of business in many years. Although back in the day, it was a used computer store, repair shop. They did software and
hardware and wholesale, and who knows what else. Just all kinds of computer-related things. Now there is a warehouse as well. But I’m just gonna show the front section of the store here first. Because, honestly, there’s still a lot of fascinating stuff to
see even just up here. Though, for the most part,
this is somewhat newer than what you’ll find
out in the warehouse. A lot of stuff from the 90s, early 2000s. But it is still like stepping
into a kind of time capsule for an old computer repair shop. Like this area in the corner that appears to have been
kind of a software store at one point. Filled with shelves of
new old stock applications and software and games. Screen saver packs, word
processing and office packs. I mean, just a ton stuff, most of it still sealed right here. As you’ll be seeing, there are lots of loosely
organized piles of things. Maybe not organized but just
kind of jumbled together by type in a way. Lots of rooms have kind of
a specific theme going on. Like this laptop room in the back here. I mean, it’s more than just laptops, but that’s mostly what
it is, is what I mean. Just tons of portables from most every company you an imagine. Lots from Toshiba, but
largely from Compaq, as you might imagine being in Texas. And just because they
were popular as balls. And I found this whiteboard
particularly poignant, aw man. And then, yeah, this room behind that, we ended up calling it the drive room being that it is mostly filled
with drives of all kinds. Floppy drives, optical
drives, hard drives. All kinds of storage, really. Mostly of the internal variety. And we’ve just begun to see this place. Oh, my goodness. So many hallways and weird
little rooms to check out. Not gonna show absolutely everything, but I’ve gotta show you
certain places like this here. As far as we could tell, this hallway was filled with repair orders that were just never picked up. Stacks of desktops, keyboards and monitors that were, apparently,
fixed but the customer just never came and got them. Or they were parted out and
left for who knows what. And then all just kind of stacked here. And, yeah, tons of stuff from the 90s in this hallway. Little box of new old stock IBM game control adapters over here, too. I mean, yeah, it’s just a free for all. You never know what you’ll find any room. And on the other side of that hallway is this room here. It’s kind of the main repair
area, lab kind of set up. Just mountains of partially
completed projects and displays and drives and cords and screws and mounting things and just a little bit of everything. You can tell there was a ton of work that happened in this
room back in the day. I was also particularly
interested by these stacks of disk drive holders
filled with tons of drivers and software and who knows what, all for restoring specific machines. And then back here is sort
of the main parts room. At least for the front
part of the store here. And, again, you could tell this was very meticulously organized at one point, but has long since
fallen into dishevelment. Of course, this has been picked through by a lot of people over
who knows what amount of time in the past when people were just being let in at random. But yeah, there’s still a ton that is here and is somewhat stuck together by type. This is definitely the room to come to if you’re looking for expansion cards, add on cards, upgrades
and things like that. A lot of it new old stock. This is where a lot of
that PC Convertible stuff that I ended up receiving came from. It’s all stuck here. This whole shelf is
just Convertible stuff. And yeah, just a whole
lot more in the back here. I spent a long time exploring this room. Later on, looking for
hard to find sound cards, video cards and add ons. That’s the majority of
the downstairs front part of the store, but if you go upstairs here, past this delightful
looking IBM all in one, you’ll get to the second floor
of the front of the building. Again, we haven’t even
gone to the warehouse. You can see a few of the guys down there as Justin and Rob and a few other dudes. This was the group of us
that got let in that day. Yeah, upstairs were a
selection of interesting rooms. Like this one here, everybody kind of
referred to as the museum. Which, at one point, were items Richard really
wanted to hold on to. But yeah, there’s a lot of interesting different kind of stuff up here. A lot of A/V equipment. Rack mount and server stuff. In fact, there was a server still up and running here in the back corner. Really not sure what it was doing. The website was long since gone. This area here actually almost looked like a recording studio. It was an interesting set up. And yeah, going through
to the other side here. And you’ll se a lot more A/V stuff. For all kind of formats. I mean, just a ton of things. Mostly film and tape related. Boxes and boxes of media and VHS and Beta and film reels and who knows what. A highly water-damaged copy
of Ultimate Doom, and yeah. And of course, just a smattering
of personal computers, mostly from the 90s. Everything is really just kind of stuck wherever it would fit. Though, again, you find groups
of things every so often like this back corner
here full of Trinitrons and broadcast television
and security monitors. Oh, yeah, good stuff. And kind of behind here was another room filled with a lot of stuff from the 80s and even late 70s. A whole ton of terminals, especially. I wish I had got more
footage of this room. I thought that I did but I guess I didn’t. We’ll be revisiting some of this later. I’m just doing a quick overview here. I like this other back room that was filled with a whole bunch of fascinating stuff, honestly. Really is one of those free for all rooms just filled with absolutely everything. Mostly desktop computer
related from the 90s but also into the 80s. And some terminals and
word processors as well. Even a couple of cash registers. And stacks of brand new keyboards. Boxes of floppy disks. And, hey, even on top of here, I found an eMachines eOne accessories set. I did not have the mouse for mine, so yeah, I’m gonna pick
that up really quick. But, yeah man, I was drawn to
a lot of stuff in this room. I don’t know, it’s just a lot of things from the era that I’m interested in. Bunch of Acers and Compaqs, and whatever these cat machines are. There’s a lot of stuff in here. Scootin’ on through to one
of the other back rooms. And yeah man, just more
and more and more stuff. The more I look through this footage, the more I realize I
didn’t see a lot of it when I was there in person. Oh, my goodness. It’s absolutely dense with stuff. And, unfortunately not
every room is well lit. Or lit at all. Highly recommend bringing a flashlight. But yeah, all these upstairs rooms are just an absolute free for all. Like, there really doesn’t
seem to be any rhyme or reason to any of this. Again, I don’t doubt
there was at one point, but as it is now, you could find just about anything in any room. Often half a dozen or more
of the exact same item just piled all together. That’s all I’m gonna show right now of the front area of Computer Reset. Now let’s go back downstairs and head through this back door and into the warehouse. Oh, yes. This is 38,000 square
feet of computer goodness. And trash, but a lot of computers. Really just a phenomenal
amount of technology stacked on top of each other with who knows what stacked in between it. And despite this area being
not the most protected from all the elements, and of course, extremely hot. There’s no air conditioning
in this entire building, but especially not out here. Yeah, this is just a maze of insanity. A technological paradise. This is the kind of thing
that I was dreaming of in all my dreams for who
knows how many years now. You just walk into a place like this and you don’t know where to start. Every single inch of this place is packed with something interesting. Whether it be a keyboard or a monitor or a desktop or some weird little sealed piece of software or documentation or an electronic tidbit or an add on. Like, who knows, man? I have found things in here that I have never even
heard of, of course, but also things that I have heard of, and assumed that were extremely rare because they’ve never once shown up on eBay or anywhere like
that that I’ve looked. And yet, all of a sudden there were like a hundred of them on a pallet. And this is, again, I’m
just down here on the floor. This is eye level that we’re looking at. Once you start digging deep or vertically or even underneath stuff you will start uncovering things. Peeling back the layers,
the years, the decades. And finding stuff that
is just unthinkable. The fact that it’s been sitting here just untouched forever. I mean, these stacks of
things that you’re seeing, these are often pallets. And there’s like four
pallets deep underneath each of these shelves. And the shelves go up three levels. And then again, in between those pallets there’s often stuff, too. Not to mention just the piles of things that are haphazardly
scattered all over the place. So even though this
has been picked through for months now. In a way, it looks like
it hasn’t been touched. I mean, there’s a ton of the things that were on the surface
that were really interesting. People have snapped those up long ago. But the things that are still here are positively mind blowing. Even if it’s not the most sought after or valuable thing,
there’s just do much of it in one spot that it is… I don’t know, man. I get speechless even just watching this. When you’re there, it
is absolutely insane. It’s really hard to get the scale of this. It’s really hard to get how
cramped it really is, too. Because I was using a wide-angle lens on my phone camera here. I wish I had brought better equipment, but like I said earlier, I came down here in such a rush that I didn’t bring any of
my bigger camera equipment. Honestly, I thought it would be too bulky and I didn’t yet have a gimbal. This was before E3. So yeah, sorry about some of
the shaky, ridiculous footage here that hopefully
isn’t making anyone sick. But it’s just so amazing. I do my best, man, because
it’s an absolute hazard walking through here in
many more ways than one. I saw many of these piles fall over. Nobody got hurt, thankfully. But yeah, you gotta be careful. Use common sense. Preferably bring a mask,
absolutely bring some gloves and some things to wash yourself off with because a lot of this
is just covered in gunk and rat pee and turds and
all sorts of nastiness. It’s not a clean place, but if you’re into this kind of thing, it is still a paradise. And the further back you
go and the deeper you get, the older and more obscure things become. Like in the back here, you start running into some
really serious hardware. Big, rack-mounted networking
mainframe type stuff. And who knows what else, man. Ended up finding some things from late 60s to definitely mid 70s. Again, though, just so
much of it is piled up and really deeply hidden
that it’s gonna take a lot to get to it. But you’re absolutely
rewarded for persistence and getting your hands dirty,
and your whole body dirty. Man, you’re gonna get absolutely nasty going through this whole place. I know I did. Not to mention sweatin’ mah balls off. I went through 10 bottles of water. And I still needed more than that, man. Do not get dehydrated. But yeah, I could wander
through this warehouse all day. I mean, I pretty much did. There was stuff in here that I, you know, you wouldn’t
even think you’d ever find. Apparently what happened was at one point they were purchasing all sorts of pallets of businesses that had
gone out of business, computer businesses or
stuff that didn’t sell. Or things that were no longer in use. I found pallets full of computers from UPS and several banks and
various institutions. A lot of them still with
hard drives in them, so you know, you never
know what you’ll find on some of these things. And, of course, there was
an absolute ton of stuff from IBM in here. A bunch of it being new old stock. And then a bunch of these things. It is labeled as one thing or the box has one thing
but it’s not that inside. You really have to dig
deep and dig into stuff, open things up to see what it actually is. Like Justin here climbing
mount printer, as we called it. Going into these boxes and opening them up to find brand new old stock
PCjrs still in the box. Yeah, there was a ton
of PCjr stuff in here. Apparently they kind of bet
on that back in the day. And, well, that did not pan out seeing it was one of
IBM’s biggest failures. But, you know, if you’re into PCjr stuff, there’s a ton of it here. And just in general,
IBM stuff from the 80s, of an unbelievable variety. Many of these boxes are
full of unsold stock of software applications,
and even some games. As I discovered once I
climbed up to the top of one of these shelving units here. And, oh yeah, great view. Look at all that IBM blue
out all over the place. Oh, my goodness. And again, this is hardly
getting the scale of things because I’m 25, 30 feet up or something. And it just keeps going. This place is insane and
filled with a ton of printers. But, you know, a lot of other things, too. Found several boxes of
new old stock software for retailers like Best Buy and such. Unsold games like Gunmetal here. And some Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles stuff. The more you look, the more you find. And yeah, it extends outside as well. Though, of course, baking
out here in the Texas heat and weather, for the most part, this is not gonna be
worth anything at all. It’s just baked to death out here for who knows how long. Yeah, man, even just out here. If all this stuff were in
one spot anywhere else, it would be absolutely shocking. But you get here and
then you see everything that’s actually inside and everywhere and it’s just like, oh well. you know, you can just
safely ignore all this. Who cares? But, yeah, there’s just
an unimaginable amount of technology even just
hanging around outside in the open air here. Along with a ton of signage and boxes and other things that, I don’t even know. But yeah, let’s waltz on back inside here even though I think it’s hotter inside than it is outside. But yeah, Rob was actually
filming with his camcorder at the same time I was going
around recording with my phone. And he got some footage of me
just looking around in awe. Taking everything in. Being absolutely amazed and
seriously not knowing where to look but just looking at everything. In fact, we were all together
for a good part of this before we all split up, like the footage you were seeing earlier. And just kind of taking
the tour and going through and checking out every room briefly. Talking about the things
they had gotten in the past. And what you might be able to find in certain rooms today. Like, I was curious about
all these VIS2000 boxes here. There were no VIS2000 machines, but each of them were full
of new old stock stuff. Found boxes and boxes of RAM boards and expansions and micro
channel architecture things. They have an absolute ton
of IBM PS/2 related stuff in this entire facility. Again, though, I was super enamored by the portables and laptop room here. I could’ve easily picked
up 20 of these things and taken them home just
to tinker with for years. Love old laptops. Oh yeah, that one room
earlier I wish I had gotten more footage, that I swear I recorded. And I don’t know what
happened to the footage, but yeah, it’s got a lot
of terminals and what not. This is one of the most
densely packed rooms, but it ended up having some
of the most fascinating finds of the entire trip. We’ll come back to that. Oh, and that other room where I found the eMachines accessories. Check it out. There was also a Hot Wheels
computer or two lying around. Somebody else picked that up. Yeah, you could seriously
find everything in here. There was a brand new old stock IBM PS/1 just hanging out over there. I thought maybe it was
full of something else, but no, PS/1. And back on out into the warehouse there. And this row in particular
was one of my favorites. Just seeing how full it was
of new old stock IBM software. And really programs of all kinds that were IBM PC compatible,
mostly from the 80s. For instance, these stacks
of IBM TopView that… And I actually ordered a copy off eBay just like the week prior, and here there were tons of them. I was also shocked at the sheer mountains of new old stock IBM disk drives. Of all capacities, too. Everything from the
original IBM 5150 drives up through the PCjr and the PS/2 era. Even found stacks of
newspapers and magazines from back in the day
like this Compute issue from 1984. -“1984!” Or like these pallets
where you just peel back a bit of plastic and you’ll see that it is a complete army of computers. All the same type of computer. It was a bunch of these
Zenith Data Systems laptops. Maybe none of them work. Maybe all the screens are
messed up like this one, or who knows what. Really, you just gotta dig through here and see what you can find. And, man, I had a lot of fun hanging out with you guys there even though
I was sweating to no end. That was not gonna stop me. But, yeah, back up in that upstairs room that was so densely packed with things, Rob found this. It was a box labeled Sierra Online, 1990. Apparently Robert Fischer sent
in one of their IBM PCjrs. Like a development station, maybe? Who knows! Computer Reset had it and
they had a repair order. So I’m taking that home. Back on into the warehouse. And the more that I
looked the more I found. So many clone computers and
Compaqs and HPs and things that, I would take any one of these. I would be so excited to
find even one of these in so many other circumstances. But when you get here, it’s
like it all blends together. And you’re like, of course that’s here. Of course there’s a hundred of them. Even things like Compaq Deskpros, you know, like the first Compaq desktops. I mean, just tons of them. And a bit later on in the day, I was joined by Alex. He was one of the guys
I was hanging out with on the first day I was here. Then just started getting on
ladders and diving into things. He pulled down this box here. He was like, “what is Hercules?” I’m like, “oh my goodness, really?” It was filled with Hercules cards and all sorts of pretty obscure
video hardware from the 80s. He also got some more overview
footage from the top here of that ladder he was on. So, thank you very much, Alex. Again, the view is spectacular and almost unbelievable. Yeah, I don’t even know
how long we were here. Maybe eight, nine hours. We were definitely there until it was starting to approach dusk. Those overhead hanging
lights don’t do much, especially for some of
these back rows here just filled with things. Especially underneath the
shelves and everything. So yeah, it’s just a good idea to really bring a head-mounted light. I had one of those. Turned out I needed a more powerful one so just stuck to the handheld, but yeah, dude. Way too much to explore. Honestly feel like I
didn’t see half of it. Sorry if the footage looks
completely scattered. I mean, my mind was just
racing this entire trip. I didn’t know what to look at. Oh, man, what an exciting thing, though. Again, I’m glad Alex joined
because he just started opening up everything, man. He was like, “These
doors slide open, right?” I’m like, “I don’t know, let’s try ’em.” Check it out. All of these loading
bay, garage door things opened up as well. They were seriously disgusting, bringing down a bunch of nasty
dirt and grime on everyone, but it not only brought in way more light, but it revealed so many
more goodies hanging out. I mean, who knows when the last time some of this stuff was seen. Some of these IBMs and Macs. Tandys and interesting clone machines. And one offs and weird
late 70s, early 80s stuff. And not to mention keyboards, holy crap. I haven’t mentioned the keyboards yet. There were hundreds and hundreds of IBM Model Ms and Fs and everything in this whole building. Justin even found this box of unused, like new old stock 3M Scotch 701 tape. Reel to reels used for
mainframes and whatnot. This is so cool. – [Justin] That’s different
than what I thought was gonna be in there.
– [Clint, Alex] Auughhwooo! – This stuff is amazing. Tandy TRS-80s. I mean, yeah, the deeper
you look, the more you find. The only thing I didn’t
run across personally were Amigas and Commodore stuff. A lot of that had been taken already. But in subsequent days, I heard from other people that they found a lot of Commodore stuff. Even found these boxes and boxes of ICs of who knows what kind. Different controller chips
and all sorts of things. Yeah, at this point, it was
getting pretty late in the day and everyone was dead
tired and completely gross. So we decided to close
up shop, so to speak. The place is already technically closed, but you know what I mean. And yeah, this is the pile of things that I decided to take home. And actually, I didn’t take a whole lot. I was mostly just here
to have the experience, but there were a few items
that seemed really useful to LGR in the future. And really the only question left was how to get them home. Yeah, I got a one-way ticket here. I just took everything back to the hotel. And loaded it up in my
little front room area. And went to bed. Woke up the next morning and got an Uber to the closest shipping
place that was open, which just happened to be FedEx. That works. I just wanted to make sure that they packed up everything as nicely and protective-ly as possible. Especially that PCjr. Who knows what’s on there? And yeah, that was it. Went back to the hotel,
grabbed my luggage. Hopped back into my ride sharing thing and off to the Dallas airport. And yeah, man, all the stuff was on route with the shipping company. I was on the plane myself and well on my way back home and I really, immediately started thinking about what in the world I
was gonna do for this video. Obviously I’ve got a ton of footage. And yet at the same
time, I still feel like I didn’t show enough of it. Whatever, man. It was a whirlwind of a trip. And a couple days later,
my packages showed up. So you know what? Let’s unbox ’em, see what I got! Okay, been lookin’ forward to this! So very first one here was
just shipped in the box that it was originally
packaged in from the factory. Only briefly kind of opened it up when I was there, but yeah, check it out. Documentation here. And as far as I know, there we go, yeah. Aw man, it actually comes
with the cable and everything so you got the edge connector here. And the little front panel to go on there. Yeah, if you remember when
I did my IBM PS/2 Model 30, I was looking for the proper hard drive. It is a new old stock
Type 33, 30 meg drive. If I don’t use it in that computer, PS/2, I’ll definitely use it in another one, but I think this is exactly
what I was looking for. Okay, got a box full of randomness here. Ah, yes, I thought this was an interesting thing to come across. This is Lemmings for the Mac, but this is the Junior Edition. ’12 challenging levels.’ There was a whole box of these brand new. Lemmings demo disks. Junior Edition, yeah, I’d
never hear of Junior Edition. So, neat. Let’s see, right here we’ve
got a Sound Blaster card. This is a CT2940 Sound Blaster 16. A later one, 1995. This was a new old stock,
a little bit dirty, but yeah, it was a new
old stock topping… Topping? I dunno The top cover, the back part that actually goes on the PC Convertible. The one I got was little
bit scuffed, scratched. But this one, other than
being dirty, was brand new. Oh, yeah. Got some lovely video cards here. This right here is that Hercules card that you saw that I found in the box. Found it interesting because of this full-length extra bit of
PCB here is not cut off, but it still is made to fit
into a full-length 8-bit ISA bus. And here’s a Hercules card
that’s a little bit older. 1988 one and it is a full length, but you know, it actually
takes up the entire card. Ah, that’s awesome. And then this is one I’d never had before. Never come across one. This is a Video 7 board. It got a little bit beat up when it was crammed in that box there, but yeah, I don’t know. Hopefully it still works
because I’m curious. Never used one, but I remember seeing it in a bunch of DOS set
up programs and manuals and stuff back in the
day, like 1988 or ’89. Yeah, this is the accessories here, the ones that I needed for
the eMachines eOne computer that I’ve already covered. But yeah, there’s the original mouse. And here is the crazy looking power cord. And then here is the cable, the PS/2 pass through for the keyboard. Dude, this is so cool to have. And, I mean, the fact that this computer was pulled from the market. And they had multiples of these there. That’s just insane. Oh, also got one of these. This is extremely useful. As a PCjr user, this converts PCjr output just to standard CGA. So you can use any CGA
or EGA monitor with it. Any nine-pin compatible TTL. Don’t actually know what’s in here. Huh, this is just a power cord. I don’t know where this came from. Okay, another box of random goodies here. I believe this one is
mostly gonna be software. So I found a whole box
filled with brand new unsold copies of McAfee VirusScan. I don’t know. This is a slight later version, but I’ve always kind of wanted this box. It’s VirusScan, whatever, I wanted it. Something here for early IBM computers. This is Zyll, a text adventure game. I’d never heard of it, and there was an entire
pallet of them, new old stock. So there you go. Ah, yes. This one should be useful. It’s nothing too crazy, but IDE controller with one parallel and two serial ports. And just a Boca Research
thing, new old stock. So I don’t know. I’ve used these in a lot of 486s and such. Here we go, this was a fun one to have. So Microsoft Windows for Workgroups. Includes Windows 3.1. Did not have this at all. In fact, I think I
mentioned wanting a copy in my Windows 3.1 video that I did for the upgrade to the wood grain 486. Yeah, hopefully you’re starting
to see the pattern here. I was really trying to get stuff that would be very useful for LGR things I’ve already done or wanna revisit or wanna do in the future. Here we go. IBM OS/2, just OS/2. Standard edition, 1.0, 1987. Brand new, oh my goodness. How cool is that? Dude I wanted to cover
that for a long time. Here we go. Here’s a copy of just Windows
3.1, sealed, brand new. I wish I had this when I did my video. But anyway, cool to have another copy that is all in the box. Another Windows 3. Well, not really. This is Windows NT
Workstation version 3.5, but it’s you know from that era. Something else I’ve
always wanted to cover, mess around with. Never have been able to. Never come across a copy before. Again, new old stock. Same with this right here. Here’s OS/2, version 2.0, still sealed. So got the couple of
main versions of OS/2 now that I really wanted. Let’s see, we got some Microsoft. This of MS-DOS version 4.01. I’ve always been curious about this because it was kind of a failed thing. And I’ve actually never used DOS 4. Everybody just says to skip it. And I’m like, I don’t know. I wanna try it for myself. See if it’s really bad. And, yeah. These are still sealed, like
everything else in this box, IBM things here. So you have the original
PC guide to operations. So this will go with my IBM 5150. And here’s a guide to
operations for my XT. So now I finally have an operations guide for my PC XT and AT. And I have been lucky enough
to get them all sealed. So I’m gonna be opening
all this, but you know. That’s just what I do. Because I make videos
and I gotta show stuff. Okay, getting to the two larger ones now. [miscellaneous box noises] Right here is the Compaq
battery for this Compaq… I got the power cord there, but yeah. Check this thing out. Got the original Compaq bag. And inside here is a rather lovely looking Compaq SLT/286. So, yeah. All things considered, it looked to be in pretty darn good shape. And the screen looked OK. I haven’t tried it powered
on yet or anything. Still has an overlay for
WordPerfect on there. But this thing is crazy. Look at all this. What a neat machine. As much as I love the
early 90s laptops they had, this is definitely more my jam these days. Really hope this survived. Yeah, looks pretty good to me. Of course, I don’t really know what was wrong with
this in the first place. I mean, I know what was listed, but I don’t know if it was repaired. Obviously, Sierra never picked it up. But check it out. It is the Sierra PCjr. Potentially some sort
of development hardware? I don’t know. These I’ve never come across before. I mean, I’ve seen them in photos. Most certainly never had on in person. It’s a Legacy hard disk unit. Which, I mean, hopefully it’ll be okay. Yeah, Legacy Technologies,
Lincoln, Nebraska. And yeah, everything was
just kind of stuck in here. Even the hard disk isn’t even really mounted fully. But yeah, there’s like a whole bunch of add on cards of some kind. I guess like hard disk
controllers and whatnot. But our disk itself,
that’s a Tandon TM-262. I’ll put the capacity up on screen here, but I’m guessing 20 megs. And yeah, it’s got this thing
going off to the side here. It’s like, maybe there
was an actual sidecar that this went into at one point. But as it is now, it looks a little hairy. [hairy computer laughter] I just, I don’t know! I don’t know what we’re gonna find when we turn this thing on. So, I’ll save that for another video. Because I really, I gotta go
over this and see what’s… Pffpblt! I don’t know! I have no experience
with this hard disk unit. Well that’s it for what I picked up on this trip to Computer Reset anyway. I could’ve easily taken
a U-Haul’s worth of stuff that I wanted. But I just wanted to get some things that I could really use. And have the space to
store stuff right now. I don’t have a lot of storage space left. So, anyway, thank you very much to the family for working
things out with Justin. And, of course, to Justin for working things out with them and making sure everybody
was on the same page after all the misunderstandings
and everything. I think it’s really in a cool spot now. That this place is
opened up so that people can come in there and
save some of this stuff. And it’s not gonna just
end up in a landfill or crushed for scrap
or anything like that. So that makes me really happy as somebody who cares
about some of these things being preserved and making
sure it’s in the hands of folks that can use it. Now, speaking of which, how can
you get into Computer Reset? That is one of the big questions here. Well, you can! Although there’s a lot of asterisks after that statement at the moment. And maybe even more so in the future. If any of this changes, I’ll leave an update in the
video description below. And make a pinned comment and stuff. But as it is right now. The way this works is that
there’s a private Facebook group, Computer Reset Warehouse Liquidation. Unfortunately it’s Facebook. I’m not a big fan of the service. But anyway, this is a way to get everybody on the same page. And make sure there’s an understanding in terms of when it’s open. How it’s open. You know, what the deal is
in terms of buying things. And there’s some really
good photos and guides and conversation on there to make sure that you know what you’re getting in to going into this place. But yeah, at the moment,
they’re just opening it up on certain weekends, certain times of day. And there are schedules and everything on the group there. And you can get in touch
with Justin and everybody rather directly that way. A few other things he mentioned that I could mention. We’re selling to collectors and donating to verified museums. So, if you’re like me
and you wanna go in there and get some stuff and take home. Then they will ask you to pay for it. And there is a PayPal. You can get the money to the
family directly that way. But if you’re a verified
museum, then, yeah sure. You can just go there and get some cool pieces for the museum. Scrappers won’t be able
to afford our prices, but collectors will find
the prices very fair. And that’s absolutely true. And, of course, if too many people show up they will limit how many people can be in the building at the same time. It’s just like basic common sense stuff. Wanna make sure things
don’t get out of hand. And people start getting in there and causing fights over
certain objects that they want, they’re probably gonna kick you out. But just be reasonable. And make sure that you
talk to the right people on that group and figure
out what’s going on. That’s the best way to
go about it right now. But if there are any other updates, like I said, I’ll update below this video. But that’s pretty much it. It’s an amazing place. And it’s a weird place. And it’s a weird situation. And I don’t really know
how this is gonna go over with the community, putting
this out there publicly. It’s one big reason I’ve
sat on all this footage for two months now. You know, I went there last May. And I’ve just had other things
going on in the meantime. But also just wanting to
make sure that this sat and everything was sorted out so that I can at least tell you how you can get in there. So yeah, if you do go in there, or if you’ve already
been to Computer Reset, leave some comments below. What you found and what
your experience was like. Whether or not you’d
recommend it to people. I mean, because there’s a lot of stuff, like I said, that’s already been taken that’s really cool. It’s on the surface,
but the deeper you go, I swear, there’s really awesome things that are still being found all the time. Just looking through that Facebook group, you can see a lot of the images. And people are digging out
things that are exceptional. Rare, weird items that… Man, it’s an amazing place. And this whole experience
has been incredible. So, again, much appreciation
to everybody involved. For working things out with me and helping make this video happen. And I hope that you enjoyed watching it. [energetic synth music] Yeah, this was quite a different
kind of video than normal, but I loved going here and seeing all this and showing it to you. So I hope you enjoyed. And, as always, there are
new videos here every week. So stick around if you like. And thank you for watching!

100 thoughts on “Exploring a MASSIVE Retro Computer Warehouse!

  1. Here's the group mentioned towards the end of the video, join there for info on how to get inside:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/627459117730981/

    As it is now, Computer Reset is open on certain weekends for a limited number of folks to explore.
    And yes, things are available for purchase! The goal is to save as much from the landfill and the scrappers as possible 🙂

  2. i would have a field day or two just digging trough this stuff and take random crap back home.. too bad im in germany and im not super into old old old computers but i love watching LGR and learning what was going down back then. The early 2000s computers on the other hand.. oh yes i would probably love those even more because thats my time 😀

  3. Wow! I remember Computer Reset advertisements – maybe in Computer Shopper back in the early 90's. I probably got some stuff for my model 100 there.

  4. 34:22 Wow, Softsel … I remember that distributor. Great distributor, had fantastic and fun conferences for us "little guys".

  5. AV a Deccan bonneville flats Savannah song gnu rubric repeat nerd geek yell mug sport core non buy oz eek pro sez?!!!Bit er infinite!!?v kinda rool back vid soup' EBay train en' www.all in win dough,when's!

  6. TODO ESE DESMADRE SERVIRA PARA RECONSTRUIR LOS PINCHIS USA, DESPUES DE LA GUERRA X CULEROS. ES UN TESORO.

  7. Im npt really into conputers but this cannot be demolished, i can respect someones passion and even tho im not into it it really sucks to see it all get demolished

  8. Your tangible excitement about this place in the first five or six minutes of this video is amazing. It made me very happy! So happy you got to visit it.

  9. LGR1 HAVE YOU
    Heard of the "COMPUTER MUSEUMN" in AUSTIN, TEXAS? IT IS AT THE AUSTIN LUNUX CLUB, not side Austin, Texas at the Goodwill Campus, I actual donated several things in 2002

  10. OMG! YOU FUCKING IGNORANT FOOLS!!! 4/chan and Kiwifarms.net PWNED your asses. FOOLS!Why did you BROADCAST the trip, DO YOU NOT BELIEVE IN TROLLS, LulzLOL, Trolling just BECAUSE!

  11. Man, i wish, i really wish i could get a ton – i mean literally a ton – of these forgotten diamonds and just keep them for eternities to come. It is such a shame that they will probably demolish this geek museum. Such a great shame.

  12. Very cool memory lane. Ribbon cables. I thought they were futuristic at the time. IBM M keyboards. Time definitely rattling the tea cup. Very cool.

  13. Someone should buy this place and cataloge the driver and software. An save it all and for retro repair on an site. For people to use. The sale off the old stock.

  14. Just looking at some of this old technology and some of the old computer casing especially that cat casing man that'd be awesome to have that nowadays maybe it's just me but I like those things in life that pop out and make people question what the heck is that

  15. I would easily spend a few grand but I am not flying out to a closed warehouse. I attempted to subscribe to the FB page… No response yet. Any advice?

  16. I came to this video at least 20 times… my god. I wish I lived even a single STATE away. I'd spend an entire day there. If not 2-3.

  17. I'm baffled! I may miss the point of embracing chaos but has anyone suggested forming a volunteer group to organize some of this? I'd move to Texas to be a part of that!

  18. Wow, thats amazing, I could spend days in there.
    I would love to do and see this but unfortunately I live on the other side of the world…

  19. i really want any of those flashy macs both imac's and those desktop units that are those flashy colors. I've got a project i've always wanted to do but have yet find one for sale that isn't asking an arm and a leg on a piece of 20+ year old equipment. lol

  20. I gotta say, that is a very 8 Bit shirt you are wearing. love it. well love all this, this was amazing! wtf? really, living the dream man!

  21. People who scrap all these historical items deserve to die a horrible death, i hope its picked clean by collectors before its scrapped.

  22. This is like my dream here. I would love to have this property and just spend months, and months, and months, and months organizing….

  23. When I was a child I had a dream I stumbled across a warehouse of video games and was locked in there after dark… with a flashlight going around from Zaxxon to Time Pilot to Tron etc…I still think its a cool dream. The sights and sounds of old school video games still attracts me.

  24. You had way more restraint then I would if I was there. My first computer was the Apple IIGS and I would love to get another one with all the accessories

  25. Just keep that in mind, 1 ton of electronics cardboards = 300/1000gr of gold) and 2.5 / 3 kg of silver per ton). How many ton of old processor and antics cardboard (with a lot more mineral in it than the newer ones) this place have? This is truly a gold mine… Maybe hard to extract but hey I think that worth it!

  26. Once I've been to a garage sale, well to be exact a whole-house-sale full of an deceased slot/gambling machine repair dude here in Germany. 4 stories full of parts, broken machines needing repair, arcade boards, panels, chips, data catridges … holy cow everything that one could imagine as a electronic component. We scraped for everything that we could identify because in such a mess you need to stay some kind of focused. We mainly got many arcade boards, some Neo•Geo stuff and even a sealed Amiga tower case. We took some real gems out there but a ton of stuff got lost due to decluttering services. I don't want to know how much really valuable stuff got lost forever.

    I can't imagine a nerd's heart bleeding when being in this warehouse …

  27. I was overwhelmed by only watching the video.. and many thoughts came into my mind on how people cannot let the past go.. (me neither) A psychological study on 'fear of missing out' could be easily written by solely listenening the narration … And few words been heard on the former owner of this place who (with his/her colleagues) put several lives worth of efforts into running/building this place. For me, this is a sad story overall… Sad story of our short lives and the limitations we need to live with.

  28. many concerns in the comments saying that organizing/documenting this huge stock would need 'unbeleivable' labor/efforts.. Ever wondered howtf this had been put together? ok a part of it is hoarding and the original owner might have been a bit of a scalper in some cases (yes.. face it) but having all these HW on this property involved HUGE amounts of time and labor.. Apart of dreaming how this and that could be acquired, I would be happy to hear the HISTORY OF THE PLACE AND THE OWNER.. So so sad that no f*k is given to the past and greedyness comes into play so easily..

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