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Laptop with Windows XP

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#1 not2techsavvy


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 04:24 PM

I have an old laptop (HP Compaq nx7400) that's running Windows XP.  I know it's pretty worthless.  Any advice on what to do with it?  I've read some ideas online like installing Linux OS or something but I'm not bright enough to do that. 

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 04:28 PM

I would ask this question in the linux forum. There are BC Advisors in the linux forum that will be able to point you in the right direction. Puppy linux would run well on this computer.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 01:28 AM

- Use it as a portable DVD player. If you need a DVD player application I'd suggest VLC Media Player.
- Use it as an emergency computer (eg: Your main computer goes down, and you need to access BleepingComputer.com to get assistance). Install a browser other than Internet Explorer since IE8 is way out of date.

- Set it up as a webserver, connect it to your local network, and run something useful to you on it.

#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 04:01 PM

Looking at HP's specs for this laptop, most of them shipped with 512Mb of RAM. If you can increase this to between 2 and 4 Gb (4 being the upper limit) you would have a laptop more than capable of running say Mint 17.3 XFCE. This, the current version of Mint with a fairly light weight desktop, is running reasonably well on a notebook with a 1GHz processor and 1 Gb of RAM. But as JohnC says, for more advice ask in the Linux section.


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#5 Mike_Walsh


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 06:25 PM

I'll second the suggestion to run Puppy Linux; it would work quite well on a low-spec machine like that. I run multiple 'Pups', so I know whereof I speak! But as the others have stated, you will get a more satisfactory response in the Linux & Unix forum.


See you over there, perhaps..!



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Edited by Mike_Walsh, 05 June 2016 - 06:26 PM.

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