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    Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    I thought it would be an interesting idea to see what kinds of old computers that we all had would be able to run Linux. Mine is a HP DV 4000 from 2005.
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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    define older. all mine are p4's
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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    Could be any old computer including P4's...was thinking of ones from old computer stores or ones gotten from friends, trash piles, etc..(I didn't want to limit anything)
    "There is no failure, just ways that don't work" And when this is realized, people are much happier in life because if they stop trying, they fail as to give up. If people take this approach in life, they will never ever fail"

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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    I've had P4 3.0Ghz HT enabled from what seems to be forever, that cheap chip was also the sole survivor of the entire original config which ran its life little by little and part by part.

    Nonetheless, it ran all the Ubuntu versions quite decently (Other than Ubuntu, it also ran manjaroOB and fedora XFCE), would've had more luck with it if I had dedicated graphic card, but oh well, I eventually upgraded the chip for couple of bucks to 3.0Ghz c2d and its running even better.
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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    Still running Lubuntu 12.04.4 32-bit on my old 2002 Dell D800 Latitude notebook with 1.4 GHz Pentium-M (low-power Pentium 3) with 32 Mb FX 5200 video card. Will upgrade to Lubuntu 14.04.1 32-bit thanks to forcepae boot option now available.
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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    Pentium, 188 MHz (overclocked from 166 MHz), 256 MB RAM (maximum for the board), running freenas 7.2 with a ZFS RAID pool (http://www.nas4free.org) --1997 vintage. I also have Damn Small Linux on an HP Omnibook laptop (bricktop) with 64 MB RAM, 166 MHz, Pentium, also 1997 vintage. Nice keyboard, connects to the network with an ethernet pcmcia card. I also have a 95 vintage psion 3a palm computer that I'm trying to shoehorn linux--that's a challenge because the LCD screen is failing.

    My wife says I have too many computers. Thankfully RaspberryPi's don't take up too much room and are easy to hide. I am now starting to dump anything below a Pentium III.
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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    Installed xubunu 12.04 64bit on HP Pavilion s7210n which was sitting on the corner of the server room for a while. It ran without any problem as a headless server. I loaded 2GB of DDR ram on it and upgrade the network card to a gigabit one. It ran pretty stable as a fileserver and the longest time I kept it on was around 4 months. It has built in wireless card if one would like to hook it up to the network without wire. The front panel also come with multi memory card slots which comes in handy to transfer digital photo from my camera. I also attached the box with external 4TB harddrive as extra storage and the harddrive was recognized and functioned without any problem. An other function I added to the box was to pair the banshee music player with an android remote app that I can use the box as a music jukebox. Gotta thanks the community for providing every great app and tutorial for free.
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    I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop from 2003. Pentium 4, upgraded to 1GB RAM and 60GB HDD. Runs Lubuntu OK. The Wifi adapter card has to be reseated every once in a while.

    Edit: About the only thing it is good for is a foot warmer during the winter.

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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    My Lubuntu runs on an Asus S96J. It's a great little laptop. I love it dearly.
    CPU: AMD FX 8120 8-Core Black Edition OC'd to 4.3GHz | Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 | Graphics: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 WindForce | Memory: 16GB G.SKILL Ripjaw Series DDR3 1600 | Storage: 3TB total

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    Re: Share your older computer revival success stories here!

    Well, It's not super old, but it has the power of an older computer.

    I recently successfully installed MythBuntu on an 18w AMD E-350 as a front end. It's performance is essentially equivalent to an Athlon x2 1.5Ghz. Surprisingly it is more than sufficient to play back 1080p mpeg2 streams.
    Desktop: Intel Core i7-3930K@4.7Ghz, Asus P9X79 WS, 32GB Corsair DDR3-2000, 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, Sound Blaster Titanium HD, GeForce GTX TITAN
    Laptop: Dell Latitude E6430, Core i5-3360m, 8GB
    NAS/ESXi: AMD FX-8350, 32GB RAM, 28TB

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