Things to do with an Old PC

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by frenze31, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. frenze31

    frenze31 MDL Novice

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    So I have this piece of crap lying around the house. Here's a quick spec:

    Pentium 4 2.8GHz(?) not sure of the frequency, but I'm sure it's the old one without the NX support (Tried Installing Windows 10 LOL)
    768MB DDR RAM (one stick of 256MB RAM crapped out)
    40GB IDE Hard Drive
    2 Optical Drives (I don't know why)

    currently it serves as the stand of my other PC. Can I grip some more features in this PC than being just a stand? :biggrin:

    EDIT: It's an OEM PC. HP DX2000MT to be exact.
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Scrap it? Find nearest tip & throw into electrical waste container
     
  3. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Follow this link to find out what others have done.
     
  4. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Borrow a welder and make a statue from it.
     
  5. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    We giving old stuff to the poor, mainly to some orphanages for to let the kids learn the How Too...... of to use a computer!
     
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  6. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    I have an older Dell pc that I put a Linux version called Qimo on it. It's designed for kids learning so my grandson uses it when he's here visiting. That old Dell box works great with Linux on it
    http://qimo4kids.com/download/
    There are other Linux versions that will work well for older pc's. Linux Puppy is another one
     
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  7. BadgerJoe

    BadgerJoe MDL Novice

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    Gut the poor thing and build a new PC in it.
    Take it to a LAN party and watch people snicker until they see it in action. Don't tell them that it's a new machine inside and they will think you are a tech god.
    I used to do this with old EMachine etowers, and I ended up selling a crap load of them to gamers.
     
  8. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #8 LatinMcG, Nov 4, 2015
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    install mame32 or similar and put usb joysticks to it behind tv..
    or
    (skip to 1:48)
     
  9. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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  10. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    YAY, simply brilliant choice congrats dude :clap:, myself also make donations around my humble home and I am very happy to see children's and old man learning something about computers ( without drugs and assaults) trust me :thumbsup:
     
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  11. blueis300

    blueis300 MDL Novice

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    If you itemize on your taxes donate to Goodwill and take $250 write off. I paid $10 for a computer and monitor I was gonna use and decided to donate.
     
  12. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

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    If you still want to use it, get rid of Windows and install a light version of Linux, like Puppy Linux, etc. Should be okay for surfing the net.
     
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  13. amanda

    amanda MDL Junior Member

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    Make a hardware firewall eg smoothwall or opnsense.
     
  14. M0rriss0n

    M0rriss0n MDL Senior Member

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    In our country we have similar projects to help the needed.
    Google around and they probably collect it somewhere nearby.
     
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  15. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Make a power hungry torrent box :D