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    Question spare computer - what should i do with it?

    I have many computers and devices that i use so its hard to keep them all synced up and i have a desktop that i don't use so i wanted to use that as a media server but then i later decided my raspberry pi would be better for the job because of its small size and its low power usage.
    but i really want to use this computer for something that will make things a bit easier i fancy making it into a server or i was wondering if there's anyway i can combine its power with my laptop for better gaming .
    anyway i would like some recommendations on what to do
    here's the specs:
    2.8ghz inten pentium 4
    200watt psu
    16mb ati graphics card
    256mb ram
    40gb 7200rpm hard drive
    dvd drive
    multi card reader

    i don't mind upgrading it if i can find a use for it, it does have 2 DIMM slots and a few sata ports but its in a slim case so can only get one hard drive in.

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    Re: spare computer - what should i do with it?

    With only 256 MB of RAM, it's really only suitable as a server. If you upgrade to 512 or 1 or 2 GB, then you can test some other distros or use it as a dedicated music recording station, or some other purpose that doesn't require much for graphics.

    Otherwise you can test out the slim operating systems: slitaz, tinycore, puppy, etc.
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    Re: spare computer - what should i do with it?

    If you have any batch processing that needs doing. Such as rendering video overnight.

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    Re: spare computer - what should i do with it?

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    Re: spare computer - what should i do with it?

    Well , freind of mine used 286 as alarm clock in time of pentium one.

    PS. I think can be used as online radio player for some shop/garage etc (switch radio station with cron and vlc or any browser).

    PS. Not worth a wihle until You need this Desktop for bussnies use and VERY HIGH POWER USEGE COMPARE TO MODERN CHEAP LAPTOPS

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    Re: spare computer - what should i do with it?

    i dont really want to turn it into another computer because i have plenty of them
    i was thinking could i use it for screen recording for my ps3 or my gaming computer?

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