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What Would You Do With an Old P.C


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#1 JJ2K

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:30 PM

Hi,

I have this old P.C monitor, keybord, mouse, pentium II tower (2 CD drives + 1 CD/Rewriter added to it) with Windows 98 installed on it.

However I don't use it as I have a newer P.C and also a laptop, can anybody give me any suggestions on anything to do with it?

Because my parents are suggesting taking it to the tip but i'm assuring theres better alternatives!

If it is pretty useless then how can I completly wipe it before I take it to the tip so theres no trace of anything !!

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:05 PM

well, you could use it as a tinkering machine for Linux distros or something.

if you want to whipe it completely, you can use DBAN
try googling for the link, I would post a link but I'm on an iPod touch right now and there's no copy&paste lol

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:29 PM

Maybe keep it as a printer server.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:44 PM

I have to agree with lhamil64. Learn Linux. An older PC is a perfect candidate
for the Linux operating system.
Linux not for you? That's OK. Consider donating it to help out someone
who can not afford one.
Wipe the drive(s) first. Dban works excellent.
http://www.dban.org/

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 03:28 PM

Thanks i'm interested in learning Linux, but i'm not very sure on what it does or is!
Is it a programming language and what can it be used for in the real-world?

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 08:42 PM

Linux is an operating system (sort of like windows)
Unlike windows though, most distros are free. For an older computer I would recommend Xubuntu or if you want you could try Ubuntu (they are the same basically except Xubuntu is lighter)

http://xubuntu.com
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:42 PM

In the "real world" i can surf the net, answer your posts,
send/receive email, import photos from my camera, edit
those photos, create a photo album for my site. http://www.rawcreations.net/gallery/TO/

I can rip/burn/play music, burn DVD's, encode movies for my PSP, watch TV, instant message friends.

Oh yeah...I can make my desktop look like Windows XP.
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With Linux you are only limited by your desire to learn and your imagination.
TinyMe is a light-weight distro aimed at older hardware. It will run on 400Mhz CPU and 128 RAM.
http://tinymelinux.com/doku.php/home

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 06:28 PM

Thanks, but i'm still confused on why I would install Linux, as in what would I do with it once it's installed?

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 06:49 PM

Linux is an operating system, just like Windows.

So by installing Linux, you would be able to learn how to use another operating system. I believe Linux is pretty different compared to Windows, but someone here can confirm that.

It's more of a enhanced-knowledge experience so you can learn more than anything else really.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:13 PM

I'd make an entertainment machine out of it. It would be perfect if it had a DVD drive.

Use a stripped down operating system - Win98 Lite or a light Linux.

Add a music player (Winamp) or use the built in player.

Add a video player (VLC) or use the built in player.

Add a bunch of "light" games (easy on the CPU) like DOSBox and some old DOS games, MAME and a few standalones.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:32 PM

I was going to configure a Virtual Machine on my current pc and use Linux as its OS......but now I think you gave me a great use for my old Win98 machine!!

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:21 AM

I was going to configure a Virtual Machine on my current pc and use Linux as its OS......but now I think you gave me a great use for my old Win98 machine!!


I would do that to my old ME comp sitting downstairs too, except I have no more space for it...all taken up by new comps :thumbsup: I'm stuck with VM for now, lol.


Oh and to the OP, maybe you could hook it up to your tv so you can watch movies, etc. Maybe even do some web browsing on the big screen.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:01 PM

Hell, send it to me! Sounds better than what I am using - and I like Win98!

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 02:12 AM

You didn't specify the specs of your motherboard or how much RAM you have, but it's likely that your PC could handle either a "live CD" or a smaller Linux distro like Puppy Linux.

I'm using Puppy right now, since I can't get online with my Win98SE installation. :thumbsup:

It's easy to run from a live CD--just make sure your BIOS is set up to boot from the CD before the hard drive--and then you just pop the Puppy CD into the drive, let it do its thing, and follow some simple instructions. It gives you the option to save your settings (a "frugal installation"), or just exit Puppy without saving.

In other words, there's no hassle of partitioning your hard drive for installing an actual Linux OS, because Puppy runs off the two files it saves onto your Windows partition. It's the easiest way to install a Linux distro onto your older machine! :flowers:
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:03 AM

You could always sell the parts for whatever it's worth.
Or Just keep it as a backup incase your... main computer blows up :thumbsup: (which I sincerely hope won't happen.)

Also mentioned above, donating it to those who can't afford one, they'll love you =]

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