Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!
I have an old Compaq 5630 which I've maxed out. Was given to us a few years ago. It originally had Windows 98 on it before I got ahold of it (lol)
· Pentium II 400 Mhz
· I've maxed it out with a whopping 384 MB RAM
· 2 hard drives: a 16GB 5400RPM (my test side) and a 120GB 7200RPM hard drive (husband's side)
· A hand-me-down nVidia Geforce3 Ti 500 video card
· 1 DVD+RW & 1 CD-ROM (It originally had a zip drive but I removed it to put in the DVD+RW in it instead--another hand-me-down)
· Wireless card. (I'm amazed it worked!)
It is currently using Xubuntu 7.04 on each hard drive. Although my testing side also has IceWM, FVWM-Crystal, Open/Black/Flux-Box, E17 for me to play around with. The computer sits in our kitchen, and not only for testing stuff out, I use it for music, internet radio, surfing, recipes, etc, etc.
This thing amazes me every day. With 98 it was slow, took at least 5-7 minutes to load up, and a BSOD appeared if I had more than 2-3 programs opened. But, now, for its age, it takes only about 2+ minutes to boot up (yay!) and is actually pretty responsive once the desktop comes up. And more impressive, when I get Beryl working on it I swear, the response time of programs opening up decreases by quite a bit. (I'm sure the graphics card is overkill, but the ATI card it originally came with was crap, and the only other card I had available, which was free, was the Geforce3.)
This went from a computer we were going to give away to Good Will to one that is now used just about every day...(when I tell some people about it...they laugh and really think I'm crazy for using it as often as I do)
Last edited by Sunflower1970; June 20th, 2007 at 07:22 PM.
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