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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kzap333 View Post
    I remember having something like that afew years back I was trailing it before it came out I thought it was so cool.
    To be honest, I think it is cool, it may be slow... But the little form factor case looks great (IMHO), it isn't exactly Mac Mini tiny, or Linutop cool... But it looks better than an anonymous mini tower.

    A guy at work bought a couple from Ebay, and when I found out you could get them for peanuts I got myself one too

    My other PC is still acceptable A Celeron D 2.53, 1GB RAM... Not exactly the lovely Xeons and Opterons I use for work, but hey... Good enough for home development, and running a virtual machine or two

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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    Ubuntu has so far been the first distro to recognize all of my hardware INCLUDING my winmodem!

    I tried updating to the 586 (or is it 686) kernel and I lost modem, so I returned to the base (386) kernel and the modem works fine (a requirement since I'm running on dial-up)
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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    Quote Originally Posted by nightfire117 View Post
    Haha, "I knew this thread was for me."

    Are you kidding me? 768 RAM in 1998? Haha, no one needed that much back then. Okay, maybe... Hollywood.

    ~Nightfire

    [EDIT]: I just noticed something: we all seem to be proud of our old PCs. Maybe it's because we have restored them with Linux and put such things to practical and good use. Hehe.

    ~Nightfire
    I am really proud of my old AMD K6-2 @533MHz with 256MB PC100, 40GB HD, 8MB Trident video card, ESS Maestro sound. Even though I used to ran it with Windows 98 SE, it was pretty usable (behind a router security flaws don't matter). I have not used it from a while due to lack of space.

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    I call this old beast a crapper, but i've got it to do just about everything. it took me alot of installs to find all the quirks and special settings to make it work just right. i can now even multi task on all 4 desk's without it freezing, i watch movies, no problems with flash on youtube as well as other sites, but i had to switch back to firefox from opera. opera just sucks at plugins. it may look bare, but under neath it all i'm running a full install, i just don't put it in my menu when most of the time it's acessed through my file manager or firefox or fbrun.

    some of the special settings i use.
    debian minimal+fluxbox

    added to boot> vga=791 noapic nolapic pci=routeirq elevator=deadline

    for xorg.conf, i also can only run at 1024x768x16 color.

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Generic Video Card"
    Driver "neomagic"
    Option "StrangeLockups" "false"
    Option "BackingStore" "true"
    Option "OverlayMem" "829440"
    Option "XaaNoScanlineImageWriteRect"
    Option "XaaNoScanlineCPUToScreenColorExpandFill"
    EndSection

    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "AIGLX" "off"
    EndSection

    Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Disable"
    EndSection



    there's like next to zero info for my vaio pcg-f430 when it comes to linux so everything was trial and error. i tried alot of distro's and alot of different setups and settings before i found what was exceptable to me.

    PS: i don't know why vlc show's a blue screen, i had a movie playing.
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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    I don't know why but I just love the old stuff . Could be because it was shiny and new and treasured at one time and is now cast off and considered garbage when it is still perfectly useful. Or else it's cause I'm cheap . Actually its because I like making broken things work again, particularly old computers

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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    If I'd seen this thread, I would have posted this here first -

    My second PC is a business cast-off - an IBM PC 300PL desktop which I picked up for a song. It only came with a 300MHz CPU and 128MB PC100 RAM, and no hard drive or optical drive. I'd just built a new main rig so I had some hand-me-down parts to put in this old thing - a CD-RW drive, an 80GB HDD on a ATA-133 PCI controller card, a 4-port PCI USB 2.0 card, and a 300W PSU (which necessitated taking a hacksaw to the chassis due to the different form factor).

    Then I hit ebay and picked up the fastest CPU the mobo would support (550MHz, fanless), 2 extra 128MB sticks of PC100 (max 384MB), a fanless 32MB RIVA TNT2 AGP video card, a dirt cheap Ensoniq AudioPCI sound card, and an even dirtier cheap 3Com ISA network card (the machine already had an onboard 10/100 LAN, but I wanted to use that for the internal interface).

    A custom install of Ubuntu using the Minimal CD and running the Openbox window manager was what this machine was screaming out for. And it runs beautifully. I even have it plugged into the VGA port on my 20" widescreen LCD, at 1680x1050 resolution (towards the outer limits of the TNT2 video card). I'm finding that I use it almost as much as my main rig, and it consumes about one-third the power! No DVDs, digital TV, or recent games, of course, but that's what the main rig is for (although an mpeg decoder card would make DVD/DTV a possibility, if I had a spare PCI slot). Everything else runs just as well.

    Of course, this is most definitely a false economy. For not much more than I spent in total on this old IBM, I could have bought say, a 4-year old P4 with a much faster CPU. But where's the fun in that? There's just something cool about plugging my cable modem into an ISA ethernet card, and playing Quake 3 on a TNT2 AGP 2x (which still looks good at non-native 1024x768 ) . I guess it's just the kind of guy I am.

    As for software, I use the following -

    Terminal: rxvt-unicode
    File Browser: rox-filer (takes some getting used to, but it's superfast)
    Email: Sylpheed (probably the lightest GUI mail client out there)
    Web Browser: Swiftox, with Dillo as local html viewer
    Chat: XChat
    Text Editor: nano for system files, leafpad for everything else
    Word Processing: Abiword, but Openoffice also runs reasonably well on this machine
    Spreadsheet/Presentations: Openoffice (GNUmeric has too much GNOME in it)
    Images: gqview (really fast and versatile) and GIMP (is there any other which works on Linux?)
    Music: XMMS (still can't go past it. Audacious is still buggy for me)
    Video: VLC (plays just about everything)
    Torrent: rtorrent (console-app, but the GUI torrent apps cost too much in CPU)
    Podcast/Radio: hpodder (see 'Torrent')
    Burning: Graveman (light, but a bit buggy, so I use mp3cd to create music CDs in the console)
    Package Manager: aptitude/apt-get via console (Synaptic runs OK but is slow to read the cache)
    Print Manager: CUPS web interface

    That's probably enough

    btw, for those with Flash problems on these old PCs, it's almost certainly due to its insanely high system requirments versus those for Windows. I'm no expert, but I suspect it's due to slack coding on the part of the Adobe developers. I can get away with Flash on my machine, but a YouTube video costs 90% CPU
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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    mmmmmhhh... very interesting thread.Lots of like-minded people here...8)

    I have a 166MMX Pentium with 64 Megs sitting there.......

    I was wondering what to do with it.

    Keep win98 for old games or throw Xubuntu alternate at it?
    Will it be capable of running it fine?

    ciao,
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    AMD K6-2 350/ 512Mb PC133/ATI Rage --> Ubuntu minimal+LXDE

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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    A 3 1/2 years laptop
    Dell I600M
    Intel 1.6GHz(forgot the model)
    512MB RAM(soon getting 2GB RAM
    ATI Mobiltiy Radeon 9000
    OS: Ubuntu 7.04


    those are the specs of my laptop.
    Last edited by LookTJ; July 2nd, 2007 at 10:58 AM.
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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kowalski_GT-R View Post
    mmmmmhhh... very interesting thread.Lots of like-minded people here...8)

    I have a 166MMX Pentium with 64 Megs sitting there.......

    I was wondering what to do with it.

    Keep win98 for old games or throw Xubuntu alternate at it?
    Will it be capable of running it fine?

    ciao,
    Andre

    Throw Puppy on it.
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    Re: Old/crappy pc/laptop users, come chat and share here!

    PIII 933 Mhz
    256 MB RAM
    40 GB HDD (the old one plunked out... that was 20 GB)
    CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive (this was a CD ROM drive which didn't work anymore)
    3.5" Floppy Disk Drive
    Windows ME/Ubuntu 6.06

    I actually like it... the old Windows versions (98, ME) are quite responsive even on computers like this...

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