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Geiger Counter Pc Casemod Can’T Play Half-Life

by Paul Strauss

Before all you budding nuclear physicists attempt to correct me, I know this isn’t truly a Geiger Counter. It’s actually one of those Cold-War era Ion Chamber radiation detectors. But that’s not what most of us think, so I’ll stick with the more familiar Geiger name. Regardless, this computer casemod won’t actually detect radioactivity, but the nuke gauge will kick in when you power on the PC with a flip of the original sensitivity dial.

Geiger Counter Casemod

Because of the cramped quarters inside the box, the Russian-built Fallout Terminal [UPDATE: Turns out that it’s actually the brainchild of a guy going by the name Widefault — see comment #2 below] Civil Defense computer isn’t very powerful — running an anemic 300 MHz CPU, 256MB of RAM and a 4GB Compact Flash card for storage. Heck, it probably isn’t even powerful enough to play the original Fallout or Half-Life. But with the proper Atari 800 emulator installed, it might be able to play a game of SCRAM (Remember gaming genius Chris Crawford? Ah, memories.)

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Comments (3):

  1. Kb says:

    Actually I have played the Original Half Life on a 233 MHz with 96Mb of RAM,so yes it will play the original Half Life. You have to remember that was the days when coders still thought about optimization instead of just throwing more hardware at it.

  2. widefault says:

    As the guy that actually built this, and not the Russian site that swiped the pics, it was built to be a Win2k3 Terminal Server client. Doesn’t need more than the CPU and memory it has for that function.

    I have a write-up and more pics here, http://www.widefault.com/ft/ft.htm

  3. technabob says:


    Thanks for setting the record straight. I’ll be sure to add a link and credit directly in the article above so you get the props you deserve.

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