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Old 11-24-14, 01:29 PM
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So I have this older pentium XP box...

I just bought a new computer, and I hate to just trash the old hardware... it has SATA II and USB 2 and 8G of memory... I am trying to think of things I can do with it... I am thinking linux machine... but not sure what to do with it.

I pulled the HD, but those are fairly cheap... I could plug almost anything into it.

So any ideas?
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
I just bought a new computer, and I hate to just trash the old hardware... it has SATA II and USB 2 and 8G of memory... I am trying to think of things I can do with it... I am thinking linux machine... but not sure what to do with it.

I pulled the HD, but those are fairly cheap... I could plug almost anything into it.

So any ideas?
I use my 6 year old Dell Vostro with XP as my main computer. Free Avast anti virus works fine as well as the XP gets updated by Microsoft because I applied the registry hack for Point of Sale XP boxes Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP | ZDNet

None of my hardware or software has needed updating. Office 2000 with all my macros developed over the years since Word 1 still works (plus I can register it with Microsoft on as many computers as I wish); nothing new to learn as far as where did the menus or Start button go, etc., etc.
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I vote for a linux machine, they have uses, the ones I have used are pretty fast, might make a good web surfing machine.
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Old 11-24-14, 02:36 PM
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black Friday you can buy a 10 inch tablet with more power for 70 bucks. I just hate old technology im weird I know
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I vote Linux on the old machine. I've put Linux Mint on an older laptop that kept crashing with Vista and no problems so far.
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black Friday you can buy a 10 inch tablet with more power for 70 bucks. I just hate old technology im weird I know
Details? I just got a 7" HP Stream w/32GB and W8.1 for $70, but the kids are gonna end up with it...
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Old 11-24-14, 02:57 PM
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it don't have the best specs but it is priced right would be reat to play angry birds and surf the web they also have a 7 inch for 40 bucks Black Friday 2014 Deals - Best Buy
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Old 11-24-14, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
I use my 6 year old Dell Vostro with XP as my main computer. Free Avast anti virus works fine as well as the XP gets updated by Microsoft because I applied the registry hack for Point of Sale XP boxes Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP | ZDNet

None of my hardware or software has needed updating. Office 2000 with all my macros developed over the years since Word 1 still works (plus I can register it with Microsoft on as many computers as I wish); nothing new to learn as far as where did the menus or Start button go, etc., etc.
Yeah, I kept it running as well as I could over the years... but it didn't have the horsepower to do the CAD work I do for a living... so I went to an i5 core machine with win7, 16Gb Ram and a 480Gb SSD. That machine does the CAD well.

But the old box is at least good enough to browse the web. I just keep thinking that if I strip off the win bloatware, it might be a pretty good browsing machine. It did netflix with an occasional stutter.
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Old 11-24-14, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
black Friday you can buy a 10 inch tablet with more power for 70 bucks. I just hate old technology im weird I know
eh. I've got tablets and smart phones and a new fast computer... and an old PC, just sitting around... just looking for a use. Heck, I actually have 4 old computers sitting around, of various vintages... the last thing I need is a new tablet.

For $28 I can put a 320GB HD in this thing... just what to do with it.
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Best buy has a 120 gig sad for 80 if I recall .sssd makes any PC seem way faster
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I'm about as bad a pack-rat as they come, for old computer technology. But I've about reached the point where I'm with windchaser on this one. I do my web-surfing mostly on a 10" tablet with a monitor kb and mouse plugged in. It's at most 2 watts, silent and takes no space. I've got an older desktop that I fire up for dev work but other than that I'd rather recycle an old XP machine than have it running all the time, as a network file server or home security system for instance.
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I'm about as bad a pack-rat as they come, for old computer technology. But I've about reached the point where I'm with windchaser on this one. I do my web-surfing mostly on a 10" tablet with a monitor kb and mouse plugged in. It's at most 2 watts, silent and takes no space. I've got an older desktop thae ligt I fire up for dev work but other than that I'd rather recycle an old XP machine than have it running all the time, as a network file server or home security system for instance.
yeah I watch the watts of all my stuff I use led for home lighting. Them old Pentiums love to use the watts I think some pulled over 100 watts .I also have a device you plug ya stuff into and it tells me how many watts its useing
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But the old box is at least good enough to browse the web. I just keep thinking that if I strip off the win bloatware, it might be a pretty good browsing machine. It did netflix with an occasional stutter.
I can't understand anyone watching a good movie on a small screen (<40") unless restricted by prison rules or poverty.
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I can't understand anyone watching a good movie on a small screen (<40") unless restricted by prison rules or poverty.
Oh I tend to agree... Both the old computer and the new win7 machine had/have good enough video to drive my 55 inch monitor... The difference in quality between the old and new is night and day though. The old machine drove a 35 foot VGA cable... and the video board made video with an annoying faint moving bar, and it never quite fit the screen just right. While I ran two monitors for CAD work, the TV screen was just mirroring one of the two monitors.

With the new comp, I run two monitors (for CAD) and the TV... the latter which it technically a 3rd screen for my set up... I can stretch work across all three screens... or have some movie in the background while working on the foreground tasks. The video to the big monitor is through an HDMI cable and is now crystal crisp, perfectly fitting the screen. Now this might sound just down right weird, but this set up allows me to show models, drawings etc to clients on a large monitor, while I still have work on the other monitors. It helps folks visualize. It's also nice for at home slide or video shows. So my computer room is my media room, and my meeting room.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
I can't understand anyone watching a good movie on a small screen (<40") unless restricted by prison rules or poverty.
I watch movies every night, in bed, without glasses, on a 6" or 7" Kindle Fire HD, or Samsung 10" tablet. Makes it easy to fall asleep, watch movies, and not use my glasses. I love it as a way to watch movies....
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off the top of my head...
1. Linux file server
2. Stream movies and tv shows from the internet to your television
3. Give it to relatives or local kids that need a computer
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