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Omnios
September 13th, 2006, 06:43 PM
Well I finsally came up with one use for a very old computer. This could be done with Xubuntu and even smaller windows.

Anyways it may be possible to load fuse or another emulator or even multiple emulators onto a old P2 or what ever you have and use it as a clasic arcade box.

Anyone else have a interesting and usefull use for an old box

mips
September 13th, 2006, 07:03 PM
With a light DM it could make a perfectly usable desktop machine.

A MAME arcade box would be great. Especially if you could build your own arcade case with the buttons & speakers & whatever else is required.

Could also be used as a server, router, firewall. The choice is yours...

joeljkp
September 13th, 2006, 07:05 PM
Some things I've thought of:

* File server (movies, music, etc.)
* Firewall
* Put freedos on it and use it as a classic game box
* Serve a simple website off of it

djsroknrol
September 13th, 2006, 07:17 PM
Anything under 133MHz makes a great door stop...;)

Brunellus
September 13th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Anything under 133MHz makes a great door stop...;)
http://mark.is-a-geek.org/

O RLY?

this dude's running a webserver on an ancient mac. neat!

joeljkp
September 13th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Anything under 133MHz makes a great door stop...;)
No way, man. Slap freedos on that baby and play DOOM the way it was meant to be played!

skymt
September 13th, 2006, 09:45 PM
* Do a full, everything-from-source Gentoo install, including GNOME, Firefox, and OpenOffice. Post how long it took.

* Rip out the innards, replace them with the guts of an XBox 360, and tell all your friends "I'm running Oblivion on a 486!"

* Find as many old clunkers as you can and cluster them.

djsroknrol
September 13th, 2006, 10:33 PM
http://mark.is-a-geek.org/

O RLY?

this dude's running a webserver on an ancient mac. neat!

Maybe it's time to yank my old Quandra out had have a go at it...:)

xhaan
September 13th, 2006, 10:34 PM
http://mark.is-a-geek.org/

O RLY?

this dude's running a webserver on an ancient mac. neat!

NO WAI!
That is sweet. I want one.

chaosgeisterchen
September 13th, 2006, 10:35 PM
And it's still a great doorstop WHILE being a webserver ;)

Yossarian
September 14th, 2006, 12:29 AM
I have a clone P2 233 MHz which makes a good Xubuntu desktop machine. It has 192 Mb of ram, though.

I also have an old HP 733 MHz/128 Mb RAM/200 Gb hard disk which is going to become a FreeBSD samba server.