Compy 386

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A spectacle of graphics and sound.
The Compy 386 logo.

The Compy 386 was Strong Bad's second computer, and in his words, "a spectacle of graphics and sound." He used this machine to answer his emails after the Tandy 400 was thrown out at the beginning of invisibility. This machine was built by Compy, Inc. and seemed to have something against The Cheat. Strong Bad did 78 emails on the Compy, more than double the number of emails he checked on the Tandy. If seen from the side or from the far front, it is noticable that the keyboard is wireless even though all other features of the computer are of lesser technology. Every Compy 386 email had Easter eggs, with the exception of lures & jigs, which didn't have any when first released, but had some added to it later.

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[edit] Quick Facts

Debut: invisibility

Interactive Feature: Click on the wheels on the bottom of the computer repeatedly to change the screen contrast gradually from black to blue and then back to black again. There are 18 levels of contrast.

Virus Death: Damaged by Bubs's shotgun after being infected by 423,827 viruses in the email "virus." Bubs later sold it to Homestar Runner as seen in the Broken Compy Menu. Strong Bad replaced the Compy with the Lappy 486.

Retirement Death: The damaged Compy later appeared with the Tandy in retirement, lappynapping the Lappy 486 in order to check one last email. It was killed and presumably fully destroyed when it was eaten by Strong Mad. Its ghost lives on.

Font: Commodore 64

Error Screen: The Compy had a blue Flagrant System Error screen that appeared when it encountered a major problem. Resembling the Windows '9X famous Blue Screen Of Death, it gave Strong Bad some vague information as to what went wrong. This screen first appeared in "50 emails" when Homestar's many failed attempts to delete an email crashed the system. It later appeared in "virus" after Strong Bad learned that the Compy was infected with 423,827 viruses.

Emails checked on the computer: 81

[edit] Programs

Some of the programs Strong Bad had on the Compy 386, most of which were started by typing the filename only after the prompt:

  • strongbad_email.exe (Used in emails 41-118, with the exceptions of email 78 (anything), (see below) and email 87 (mile), which The Cheat answers. Also used in 159 (retirement).)
  • Message Thyme (marzipan - an IM similar to AOL Instant Messenger)
  • take-a-break.exe (huttah! - a relaxing animated beach scene)
  • spellchecka.exe (autobiography - checks the spelling of the email Strong Bad is reading)
  • print_of_it.exe (autobiography - prints out the email Strong Bad is reading)
  • M4RZ1P4N, bu-hubs, undabite, no-neck, dacheese, mr.smith (big white face - These bring up pixellated pictures of Marzipan, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and The Poopsmith respectively. Each of these is run by typing run "M4RZ1P4N" etc.)
  • b/w (big white face - converts display to a black-and-white Macintosh; run by typing run "b/w")
  • fightsong (mascot - plays the Crazy Go Nuts University fight song: run by typing run "fightsong")
  • In funny, Strong Bad accidentally types:
    • stongbad_email.exe (File not found.)
  • sb_enail.com (anything, which is entered by Homestar Runner who actually uses this command to get an email)
  • hsramerdsxr.exe (date - Dating simulator; run by typing run "hsramerdsxr.exe")
  • In couch patch:
    • Strong Bad tries these unaccepted commands:
      • print out million dollar bill.exe (Bad command or file name.)
      • no for real, print me out a million dollar bill, man.exe (Syntax error.)
      • um, this time really print me out a million dollars bill.nofoolin' (Cut it out, you.)
      • make homestar's head explode.exe (No can do.)
    • print out million dollar bill, please.exe - This one is accepted and the computer prints out an ASCII art million dollar bill.
  • Peasant's Quest - (for kids)
  • Edgarware.exe (virus - runs Edgarware virus scanner)
  • strongbad_eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee_windows98desktoptheme (April Fools' 2014 - displays a Windows 98 desktop with Strong Bad's desktop theme)

[edit] The Real Computer

The Compy (or at least an Apple II monitor and a Dell keyboard) appearing in Puppet Time.

Like the Tandy 400, this was an almost-reference to a real computer. There was a 386 processor made by Intel, which was very popular in its day, but there was no company called "Compy" that made a 386 version of their computer. The "386" logo in "invisibility" is most likely a reference to the IBM logo. The blue startup screen is a reference to the IBM PC-XT, which ran DOS like the Compy 386, but did not actually have a 80386 CPU.

The design of the computer itself seems to be a take on the old Compaq Deskpro 386, which has a similar monitor and keyboard. It also seems to spoof the IBM Personal System/2 Model 25 due to its generation and that the PC is integrated with the monitor. However, the monitor in the Puppet Time movie is an old Apple II monitor. The keyboard is a recent model of the Dell QuietKey keyboard that came with earlier Dell computers.

Interestingly, both the exploded Compy 386 and Tandy 400 contain identical gears and fans, despite being built by different manufacturers and being different generations of computers.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • The hole in it has been greatly downsized between virus and retirement. This is so they could fit an email on the screen.
  • According to Strong Bad in Baddest Of The Bands, the Compy came with a free album entitled "Left-Shift Alt Delete".
  • When the back button appears on the Compy 386 screen at the end of all emails from invisibility to 2 emails, the clickable area extends to the left significantly further than the word "back", off the left side of the screen itself.
  • The Compy 386 is thus far the only computer that Strong Bad lost unintentionally; he threw out the Tandy 400 and he blew up the Lappy 486.
  • Strong Bad was emotionally distraught after the Compy was shotgunned; however, he seemed to have no problem destroying it in retirement.

[edit] Variations

[edit] Appearances outside Compy-era Emails

The following Compy 386 emails are only available on strongbad_email.exe Disc One and Disc Four respectively and are outside the normal numbering scheme:

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