View Full Version : One Computer: Infinite Possibilities

December 21st, 2007, 02:32 AM
Ok, maybe not quite infinite possibilities.

Here's the deal; I found an old computer of my family's and basically I can do whatever on it that I want. It is very, very old though. We're talking 225Mhz processor, 31.0 MB of RAM, and Windows 98. So I tried installing Fluxbuntu, but there wasn't enough RAM (needs 32 MB...)

It doesn't seem to be working with internet right now either.

But anyways. I want to install some SMALL linux OS on it and put it in my room (no internet...) and play music from its (surpringly) large 18 GB hard drive and be able to practice some programming stuff on it.

What distro would you all suggest or it?
And what else could I do with it that would be cool?

Annnndddd, one last -optional- thing. I can't tell what kind of RAM it has, how can I figure out?

December 21st, 2007, 02:41 AM
Have you looked at DSL yet?



December 21st, 2007, 02:44 AM
Yeah, I looked at it but could not figure out how to download it and put it onto a CD :confused:
How do I do that?

December 21st, 2007, 02:45 AM
There's a thread just for you here:


And for ideas of what to do with it, may I be so bold ...


Have fun!

December 21st, 2007, 02:59 AM
Ooooh, ok, thanks! I think it would be cool to somehow make a server out of it... but I have NO idea how to even start that.
I found the RAM that I have here (http://auctions.overstock.com/item/23210374?nsa=1). What is that? SDRAM PC100 or what?

December 21st, 2007, 02:59 AM
It could be built it into a server. With a server a person could use mpd to stream music over a network. Gentoo works very very well for this. A basic server with all type of ablilities (firewall, samba, music... ) can be beneficial for a lot of uses.

December 21st, 2007, 03:02 AM
Probably the most obvious server Linux type thing would be Debian, but perhaps I'm biased. AFAIK it can even be installed from floppies.

December 21st, 2007, 03:12 AM
So I burned DSL onto a CD (figured out how, that wasn't hard at all) and I put the CD into the computer. From there, I'm lost. I can't seem to boot the computer from the CD from the BIOS. How do I do it?

EDIT: So it turns out I had just accidentally unplugged it sometime... now I can boot from the CD!

I have a second hard drive that I want to mount onto the computer sometime, I'll reserve this thread for doing that I suppose.

December 21st, 2007, 04:05 AM
Ok, I hate to be really annoying but I'll post again anyways.
I have the CD in, and I got to the point where I can press enter to boot from CD. I did that, and all it shows now is a blank screen. Is it just frozen or installing or what?
(Damn Small Linux)