don't know what to use really old computer for.

Compaq deskpro pc / Ep c400
June 8, 2012 at 14:46:15
Specs: linux puppy., intel celeron 400 mhz-slot 1//288mb ddr /
what could a old pc be used for?-
specs
Intel celeron
400 MHz
Slot 1
288 MB DDR SDRAM
4.3 GB HHD.
CD- ROM drive
Floppy drive
Nvidia Geforce2 MX AGP
Intel Ethernet card.



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#1
June 8, 2012 at 15:00:54
Birdcage !!!

Sorry, sometimes I tend to get carried away.

In best case, you can install Windows 2000 on it.
But it's not funny, to work with it.


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#2
June 8, 2012 at 15:34:45
LOLWUT

I have already put linux puppy on it, it runs kinda fast on it but i personally think installing Win 2000 on it will make it slower and windows will use more resources,
its not my main computer if thats what you mean by 'but its not funny, to work with it'.
just thinking of ideas of what i could use it for which doesn't include selling it, giving it away or chucking it away.


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#3
June 8, 2012 at 15:45:56
Also there are no updates available anymore for Win2000.
Puppy is surely your best choice.

But what else can you do with it, except browsing the internet?

Low memory, low disk space, slow processor...

I've no idea.


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#4
June 8, 2012 at 15:56:02
Do you know any games it could run, i know it couldn't obviously run anything like crysis or even halo combat evolved.
LOL

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#5
June 8, 2012 at 16:02:18
I have no idea.

The games I have played on my computer, can be counted on the thumbs.


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#6
June 8, 2012 at 17:15:48
The first ipod touch was underclocked to around 400 MHz.

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#7
June 8, 2012 at 17:23:31
And were running only small apps.

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#8
June 8, 2012 at 17:26:54
You could run a web server on it, use it to edit text files, host media files on it such as mp3, dvd iso's, explore programming languages, use it as a back up pc in case your main pc fails (used to do that a lot in the 90's when my win 95 pc became unusable, I fell back on a 286 dos pc), and so forth. Even old Pentium pc's could have potential uses under linux.

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#9
June 8, 2012 at 17:30:47
Well thats true, i wish there were things made to run on old pcs these days the only thing i can do is go with a suggestion you said before, which is use it for browsing the internet, the problem with that is linux uses different file types ( tar. instead of exe.) so i have problems installing flash, anyway thanks Paulsep

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#10
June 8, 2012 at 17:34:53
Arcosanti

keep in mind, it has 4.3 GB hard drive.
Not only one DVD, only a small amount of CD ISOs, and a web server may run just for playing arround with it.

When making the web server public to the internet, you have to make it secure.
And in that case, 400 MHz processor and that small amount of RAM may reach it's limit very fast.


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#11
June 8, 2012 at 17:38:42
yeah, i could try to turn it in to one of those if i can figure out how to do it, im more of an hard ware guy than an software so i will know alot more about hard ware that software.
pentiums are faster than celerons for most things, i have a spare P3 lying about but it doesn't work with the chipset in my computer and it doesn't have its heatsink.
i would have to find software that is able to run faster on this comp and using this as an web server would probably be overkill.
I have a spare pc already, well not exactly spare but it works fine, this could be my spare x2 pc even though my main pc is a laptop which i got for christmas and i upgraded my other computer so it will be a very long time until i can use this as a replacement.



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#12
June 8, 2012 at 19:03:48
Could run slitaz, could use it as a terminal server client or thin station.

Could use it for a firewall.

The problem is that even a $250 new computer is so much more useful and much more easy to use and do stuff with it makes this old system kind of a waste of time and energy. A small atom or similar amd system might only use 24 watts or less.

Hang up and live.


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#13
June 8, 2012 at 20:11:06
yes i know but i don't need a new one i want to try and reuse this one, this is not my main computer.
this computer consumes less then around 80 watts which is a little bit for an old computer.

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#14
June 8, 2012 at 23:47:07
Run **-DOS and learn about single tasking and text only web browsing:

http://glennmcc.dyndns.org/download...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#15
June 9, 2012 at 10:31:42
Try QNX on it. Last free was 6.2 disk.

Freedos may be a choice.

Old BeOS might work.

Hang up and live.


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#16
June 9, 2012 at 10:40:37
whats QNX?

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#17
June 9, 2012 at 13:38:10
http://www.qnx.com/

Hang up and live.


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#18
June 9, 2012 at 16:21:56
What can it be used for, is it any good?
Looks like a car computer OS.

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#19
June 10, 2012 at 10:00:32
It can be used for a number of things. Many common apps have been ported to it.

Some cars do use a version of it.

It was one of the best real time OS's for a number of years. Still one of the most fantastic single floppy disk OS's ever made.

Also you could play with the old menuetOS. They stopped work on the 32 bit sadly.

Hang up and live.


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#20
June 10, 2012 at 12:01:15
How about QNX compared to beOS.

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#21
June 11, 2012 at 10:04:04
Other than the word POSIX, not much under the hood is the same.

From a user point of view it might appear similar.

Hang up and live.


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#22
June 11, 2012 at 11:59:49
Well, ill try beOS and see how it goes.

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#23
September 11, 2012 at 12:13:56
run call of duty one?

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