Got old PC. What to do with it?

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I just got a old Gateway PC, Pentium III 450 MHz, 64 MB of RAM, 4 GB HD (I think) and some nVidia graphics card (TNT2? Something). What should I do with it? Any ideas?
     
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Linux! Throw Linux on it and play around with it. I just bought an old PC exclusively for that purpose.

    You could also turn it into a server of some sort. Home-theater server, file server, webserver, etc.
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    Drive over it with your car.
     
  4. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    It's funny, those were the two ideas I had thought of! BUT, out of the two, I like the idea of a linux webserver the best. Or, use it as a FTP server. Nothin' better than free webspace.

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    Or you could just use it to play starcraft...thats what I use my old PM to do when it isn't running seti or being used to surf the web (like right now)
     
  5. iSaint macrumors 603

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    ...at a high rate of speed!!!
     
  6. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Forgot to note that I don't have Windows, either on it or on disc. It's wiped clean.
     
  7. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    Convert it to into a gerbil or hamster habitat. Then, add a gerbil or hamster. Delight in the symbolism and/or irony thereof.
     
  8. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    Dwarf hamster, and have a tiny wheel in it, then right next to it label it "Power Supply"
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    That's nothing... my brother and my sister and I bought my Mom a new machine for her birthday earlier this year, so I "inherited" back her old PC (which I had given her a LONG time ago). It's a 200 MHz Pentium Pro (predates the Pentium II), 64 MB RAM, can't even run Windows XP if it wanted to.

    Running over it with a car is a BAD idea, as you will damage the car. You might consider donating it to a charity and taking the appropriate tax deduction.
     
  10. chv400 macrumors 6502

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    Test the penetrating power of any firearms you happen to own...
     
  11. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    :eek: is that from personal experience? :eek:
    perhaps you could perform some creative case mods
     
  12. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    Put Linux On It and join the MacRumors Folding Team. That's the only idea I have. Or if your like me after I will get my iBook, take a sledgehammer to it! HA HA!
     
  13. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    1. give to a library or some place that needs it
    2. throw it off a bridge
    3. throw it off a balcony
    4. set it on fire / blow it up

    If it is 2,3, or 4, film it and put it on the web for us to see hahaha. :D
     
  14. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Visit zone.com and play their games. That's what I do with my 150Mhz Pentium.
     
  15. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Ooh, very nice idea. Should provide you with much fun! :D
     
  16. clayj macrumors 604

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    No personal experience, but running over ANYTHING that's big and metal is generally a bad idea. :)
     
  17. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Linux it is.

    I'm wondering, does anyone know how to change the bootsplash (the picture that comes up before Windows boots - the company logo usually)? I have a Gateway PC, so I have a Gateway splash screen at boot.
     
  18. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a

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    id throw it out a window not just because i would never use a windows computer but because it would be fun
     
  19. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Did you read his above post? He's running Linux on it...
     
  20. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    Nah...label it processor. Or better yet, get two hamsters - then it's a dual-proc. Twice as fast.
     
  21. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    The tax deduction would be less than the cost of gas to drive it to a donation site. :D


    Lethal
     
  22. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    It should be in the BIOS, I did it with my old PC. Screen logo or Screen name, whatever but look into the BIOS.
     
  23. witness macrumors 6502

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    I have an old PC that I use as a Suse server. I have a couple of old hard drives that I put together for a RAID 1 array so I can put my important files there, and I run a web server and some other bits and pieces. It's very useful.
     
  24. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Wow, I just hooked it up, only to find out it doesn't have a ethernet port! It has two USB ports, and yet no ethernet port! Only two phone jacks!

    Wow, I forgot computers like this ever existed!
     
  25. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    I've got one too :p It's a Dell Optiplex GX100 Intel Celeron 600Mhz w/ 64MB Ram. Yikes. I was wondering if Darwin would run on this thing. Or maybe Linux with an OS X theme :eek:
     

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