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    Angry What to do with old laptop?

    Hi everyone!
    I got a _huge_ problem with a old laptop I own. It's an Compaq Armada 3500 with 133Mhz and 16MB Ram, it's display broke off once so I 'hacked' it: I took the display off completely and mounted it on the backside of the laptop and re-connected it. It works, looks like a fat tablet-pc-something and is ridiculously useless.
    Did I say already that the keyboard is broken too? Well, it is - so I ripped it out - I'll post some pictures soon.
    The display supports 800x600 at 256 colors and is *surprise, surprise* not touch-sensitive.
    Firefox takes about 10 minutes to come up.
    I once installed lighttpd on it to have an local testing-enviroment for my web-apps - too slow.

    I've put so much work into it - I just can't throw it away ... What can I use this for please!

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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    Convert it into some sort of server with no GUI

    maybe a print server?
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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    some are just not meant to live.
    try-> http://damnsmalllinux.org/
    it's built for specs like those.

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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    Sling Smoothwall on the HD and use it as a hardware firewall?

    http://smoothwall.org/

    No keyboard is a bit of an obstacle. Can't wait to see those pictures.
    Sudo aptitude install brain common-sense reason FUDfilter patience persistence sheer-luck sense-of-adventure

    Don't sudo rm -rf! Read the manual page: $ man command. Good luck!

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    Re: What to do with old laptop? [pics]




    Sorry for the bad quality ... k550i camera

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    Re: What to do with old laptop? [pics]

    If you keep toying with one day you will be using only ones and ceros to get it to work or you will start to see the world in green code letters all over the place.

    Have fun.
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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    Oh! I was wrong! it has 32 MB ram!!! w00t!
    A keyboard can be connected via PS/2. Alternatively I can connect via SSH. Currently it runs Debian in a minimal version. Actually I can't even remember how I installed this ... must have been done while it was in a better shape.

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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    Jesus christ. Put Damn Small Linux on it, donate it to some charity, and buy a new laptop...

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    Re: What to do with old laptop?

    I don't think any charity wants a laptop that can't even browse the internet - you can't even write on this!
    I am writing this on my new laptop ...
    I wish I never cleaned my room, finding this ... I'll _never_ do that again!

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