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    What is the oldest computer you are using?

    My oldest computers are:
    1. A Dell laptop with a P-III 500mHz with 384MB RAM and a 40GB HDD. It is running Lubuntu 12.04 and is used for playing music in the small "comendor" of my wife.
    2. A HP Vectra Small Forms Factor with P-III 650mHz also with 384MB and a 250+300GB HDD. It is running XP and it is down in the cabinet and used as file server and it is running "The Dude" using SNMP to monitor my network.

    In the cabinet I still have a working 486DX66 with 16MB and 500MB HDD. It runs WfW 3.11 using TCP/IP. Currently I have no space for it.
    Last edited by BertN45; November 16th, 2012 at 07:26 PM.
    Desktop: P-IV 3.2gHz, RAM= 1.5GB, Disk=80GB+500GB, LCD=22", Bought 2012 $90
    File Server: P-III 650mHz, RAM = 384MB, Disks 240 + 300GB, Bought 2005 $60
    File Server HP Vectra VL8i SFF, 2 cables connected: Ethernet and Power

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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    The Acer Aspire 5101 I am currently using as my surfing machine is about 6 years old. It has a 60GB HDD and 2GB of RAM and it zips along quite nicely on Lubuntu 12.10 running XCMPMGR + Cairo Dock with Nautilus instead of PCMANFM.
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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    Currently, a mix of some broken computers I found with a pentium 4 and 512mb of ram.

    A while ago, I tried to put lubuntu on a 14 year old IBM aptiva with 64mb of ram and an AMD k6-2. It didn't work, but I put tinycore on it with the LXDE interface, which was good enough.

    I currently have in my possession a 16 year old IBM aptiva with 32mb of ram and a pentium CPU at 133mhz. I may or may not put tinycore on it, most likely I'll just take it apart, smash it, and take the magnets out of the hard drive...
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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    Oldest is an old Micron circa 1998 with a 333 Mhz PII CPU and 512MB RAM.

    It'll run a minimal Lubuntu install but it's better with Puppy ...... I rather prefer MacPup

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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    I was running Xubuntu (10.04 i think) on a Hitachi Visionbook Plus 5000 which has a 166MHz Pentium MMX CPU upgraded RAM to 128mb. Upgraded HHD to 10gb. PCMCIA Wifi netgear card or PCMCIA Ethernet card. Recently tried booting it and the CMOS battery must be dead cause BIOS shows some weird error.

    Next oldest machine is a Dell Dimension 8200 2.4ghz P4 with 256mb RAM. Headless 10.04.4 Ubuntu Server with Mythtv Backend, Sabnzb+, Transmission-Daemon.

    I have a lot of old hardware sitting around celeron and p4's, DDR ram.

    Believe it or not, I haven't purchased new hardware since the 1.8ghz Core2Duo came out.

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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    My home server is a Dell Dimension 2400. It's about 9 or 10 years old.
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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy79 View Post
    Believe it or not, I haven't purchased new hardware since the 1.8ghz Core2Duo came out.
    I believe it, my last new one was an Dell Inspiron 1521 also with a 1.8gHz processor, but an AMD64 X2 dual core processor. Vista had just been released. Shortly after that I started using Ubuntu more and more frequently.

    I did not mention an old Philips P3105 an XT clone with 784KB of memory, black/white monitor, 20MB disk and a 384KB floppy, because it is incomplete. That one has a missing video cable with some old connectors. One day I will make time to reproduce the cable again, since I know the pin allocation of the two connectors. In the mid 90-ties the XT was networked with my 486 using NETBEUI over coax cable Ethernet.

    The last time I had everything installed in a spare bedroom in 2009. I detected that Windows for Workgroups on the 486 booted much faster then Windows Vista on my dual core processor. Progress?
    Last edited by BertN45; November 17th, 2012 at 05:49 AM.
    Desktop: P-IV 3.2gHz, RAM= 1.5GB, Disk=80GB+500GB, LCD=22", Bought 2012 $90
    File Server: P-III 650mHz, RAM = 384MB, Disks 240 + 300GB, Bought 2005 $60
    File Server HP Vectra VL8i SFF, 2 cables connected: Ethernet and Power

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    Re: What is the oldest computer you are using?

    The Oldest i used is Pentium Celeron with 256MB RAM and 40GBHDD.
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