View Full Version : What to do with my old P3 Thinkpad

January 29th, 2012, 11:24 PM
I have an old pentium 3 thinkpad that I would like to convert into a cheap touchscreen tablet. I'm planing on buying one of those resistive touchscreen kits off ebay and rebuilding it into a bedside/around the house tablet. Just something with a nice heads up clock weather email news type thing. probably home theater pc control too.

January 30th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Expensive paperweight?

January 30th, 2012, 03:24 AM
Attach it to a wireless controller and output it to your TV, and run it with Gelide and some emulators for old games.


January 30th, 2012, 03:26 AM
I would install Lubuntu 11.10 and see that old thing screem :D

January 30th, 2012, 04:14 AM
send to museum

January 30th, 2012, 08:49 PM
Give it to me

January 30th, 2012, 10:10 PM
I have an old PII Thinkpad myself that was running Puppy Linux like a champ. It's been finally laid to rest, but Puppy gave it a nice long and happy life.

[-o< R.I.P. trusty old PII

January 30th, 2012, 10:14 PM
I also have an old Thinkpad with a 700Mhz Celeron, runs elinks like a boss! :)

The 10GB HDD's S.M.A.R.T data only shows about 60 days of power on time. :shrugs:

January 31st, 2012, 12:19 AM
dunno, a Raspberry Pi costs about 25$ and has 700mhz

maybe sort of "provide everything on wifi" (usb printer and stuff shared through wifi network 'n firewall) + media center?

February 6th, 2012, 10:34 PM
i think i'll install lubuntu, i just want something for network monitoring and managing my routers.

February 7th, 2012, 08:35 AM
Upgrade the RAM to 1GB+ and install Arch + Openbox ;)

February 7th, 2012, 09:22 AM
I would install Lubuntu 11.10 and see that old thing screem :D

I have a PIII 1.1Ghz R31 w/512 RAM running Lubuntu 11.10. It doesn't 'scream' but it's usable for basic web browsing(no flash) and running office apps.