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    Lightbulb REALLY old computer

    Just wanted to share this.
    I finally went out to the shed with my father and looked at all of the computer parts(omg there are tons), and I found this computer completely in tact. I had to replace Windows 98 though.
    Ubuntu 10.04 Minimal + LXDE
    CPU: Intel Pentium 200MHz with MMX
    RAM: 80MB SIMM
    GPU: S3 Virge GX(reverted to 2.1 Software Raster but oh well)
    Audio: Ensoniq AudioPCI(1370)
    LAN: Realtek 8029(AS) 10Mbps
    Modem: Some random Conexant 56k modem.
    1x 1.44, ZIP, CD-ROM.
    It even has 2 USB ports! An I/O in the back attached to internal USB connectors.

    I am also taking in suggestions for other Linux distros. I am comfortable with CLI.
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    Sounds like a good candidate for TinyCore.

    I spent some time testing operating systems on an old windows 98 computer or two a few months back, and blogged about it:

    http://www.alandmoore.com/blog/2012/...ossible-tasks/

    There are options outside the Linux world, if you want to try some interesting things.

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    Re: REALLY old computer

    actually 200mhz were quite good CPUs at the time.

    what about Slitaz? should also run a bit better as it has lower sytem requirements.

    DSL - though they are probably still using old kernel.
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    actually 200mhz were quite good CPUs at the time.
    Yeah, at the time. Now, not so much. If I were to guess the minimum processor speed requirement, it would be about 400-500Mhz. With 200Mhz I'm not sure if you can do much of anything with, even if you use a CLI environment. HOWEVER, you may be able to build a MAME Arcade machine out of the computer.

    http://mamedev.org/
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    i think the last Mars rover has 250 mhz pentium (pIII). so it seems you can use it for soemhting else than just acrade.

    edit: i was wrogn the PCU is equivalent or close to to 200-250Mhz pentium

    though DOS games do run nicely on such old hardware. and there was plenty of good ones back then...
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    A few days ago I had FreeDOS on it and was running a collection of DOS games, but with not a lot of audio goodness.
    I originally went out into the shed to find the 2 Sound Blaster 16s we had out there but came in with 2 machines. Pentium 200MHz and K6 223MHz.
    I'm probably going to have a 2 HDDs for the Pentium, for Linux and FreeDOS.
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    Old Build: Intel P4 3.0GHz HT 533 MHz, 2.5GB 400MHz, ATI Radeon 9600 128MB AGPx8
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    i think the last Mars rover has 250 mhz pentium (pIII). so it seems you can use it for soemhting else than just acrade.

    edit: i was wrogn the PCU is equivalent or close to to 200-250Mhz pentium
    Yeah, but I meant as a normal user you wouldn't be able to do much of anything.

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    Re: REALLY old computer

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    actually 200mhz were quite good CPUs at the time.

    what about Slitaz? should also run a bit better as it has lower sytem requirements.

    DSL - though they are probably still using old kernel.
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    Re: REALLY old computer

    it could also be used as some kind of backup maschine. though probably the size of HD isn't big enough to do that. maybe as a game server for an older game
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