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 PostPost subject: what to do with an old computer        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:01 pm 
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I've recently received my dad's computer as a hand-me-down, so my old computer serves no real purpose right now,

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350 mhz AMD k6-III
256 meg RAM (says its the limit, but it can handle 512 meg fine)
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any ideas on what to do with it? I was thinking of building a MAME cabinet, but I'm lacking space, time, and resources...

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:18 pm 
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You can install IPCop Linux and make software router 8)


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You can use the x86 distro of DD-WRT to turn it into a router... it's not the easiest to setup though. That hardware would make a great router. You would have to add another Ethernet card though.


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At that processor speed it would just kill its self as a webserver but as a BA server a maby if you get a couple of external hard disks and install windows 200 server

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Systems like that make beta testing systems, especially for old betas. I've used systems like that for testing old betas, and such systems are pretty good for that purpose.


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about the 1 gig thing, my memory was waaay off, it officially supports 256 megs, but AIDA32 reports that its max is a whopping 0 megs, so i put 512 megs in it, where i got the idea that i put 1 gig in I'll never know..

decisions decisions, i'm dying to get rid of my router, so the DD-WRT route sounds good (i didn't know there was an x86 distro), and newegg has the graphics card i need for $20(still searching though), and a MAME cabinet still sounds awesome!

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The only K6-III that clocked at lower than 400MHZ was the mobile version. Being that this isn't a laptop, either:

A) Not a K6-III
B) Underclocked K6-III

You decide.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:28 pm 
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You can turn it into a NAS. FreeNAS is a nice peice of software.


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wow a 5 1/4 floppy, i remember them! :o


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I'd use it as a way of installing some old operating systems instead of virtualizing them.

That machine is kinda slow for a MAME Cab.

So, Machine for Old OS's, a FreeNAS or a DDWRT Server. Yeah, one of those.


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If i had that old computer i would use it for old operating system testing. such as windows 1.0 :3 that would be great. I never got to use those :[


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That PC would be great for running NT5 Builds :P

There really quite fun to have a play around with

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If i had that old computer i would use it for old operating system testing. such as windows 1.0 :3 that would be great. I never got to use those :[


dosbox works great for that, plus when you get bored of windows you can switch to some classic abandonware :P.


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You could either stick some old Windows Beta's on it, or use it as a basic server. I would opt for the first option personally. Theres nothing like a vintage machine running a vintage OS. It's got a decent hard drive size for a spare, so you could get some dual-booting going on.


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Systems like that make beta testing systems, especially for old betas. I've used systems like that for testing old betas, and such systems are pretty good for that purpose.

For testing old betas, it seems that it is not old enough.


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For testing old betas, it seems that it is not old enough.


Not for anything too old if you want it to seem authentic. It would be okay for Beta Windows ME/Windows 2000/Whistler though.

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The best way is to install one of 'lite' linux and use for sport


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This thread was started in three months ago. I'm not sure if teriaki 511 even has this PC anymore.

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I still have it, its going to be a mini MAME cabinet, after i find a graphics card for it. until then, it'll just keep collecting dust

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teriaki 511 wrote:
I still have it, its going to be a mini MAME cabinet, after i find a graphics card for it. until then, it'll just keep collecting dust

Okay. I just wasn't sure as it was bumped from October 5th to November 3rd which is quite a while. Ironically it misses the 30 day bump rule by 1 day...

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