Got old PC. What to do with it?

ravenvii

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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?
 

MoparShaha

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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.
 

iGary

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Raven VII said:
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?
Drive over it with your car.
 

joecool85

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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)
 

joecool85

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CorvusCamenarum said:
Convert it to into a gerbil or hamster habitat. Then, add a gerbil or hamster. Delight in the symbolism and/or irony thereof.
Dwarf hamster, and have a tiny wheel in it, then right next to it label it "Power Supply"
 

clayj

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Raven VII said:
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?
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.
 

zflauaus

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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!
 

rockthecasbah

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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
 

Lacero

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

ravenvii

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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.
 

AmigoMac

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Raven VII said:
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.
It should be in the BIOS, I did it with my old PC. Screen logo or Screen name, whatever but look into the BIOS.
 

witness

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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.
 

ravenvii

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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!
 

Cooknn

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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: