Fixing Upping some old PCs

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May 11, 2008

Fixing Upping some old PCs by gizmo_gal at 4:35 PM (1,853 Views / 0 Likes) 18 replies

  1. gizmo_gal
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    We have a couple of old PCs hanging around, to make a long story short. and I'd like to fix them up to use. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good site/ forum where the common theme is PC's?
     
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    A fair few people around here are more than competent with computers: what did you want them to do (old pcs make good routers and firewalls) when they are fixed and a rough spec list would be handy.

    As for sites/forums: if it ain't porn or computer games chances are it is a PC site.
     
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    Fire away with your questions sure i can help i have built 10-15 PC since 1996.
     
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    If it's more than 5 years old, a good choice is to make it into a downloader. Bare minimum OS needs and just the software needed to get online and do the downloading. Needs a reliable burner likely. But good dvd burners are cheap as water.

    Needs a large hard drive, but those are cheap too.

    Doesn't need fancy video or audio cards, you are not playing on it.
    Likely needs minimum ram, as you ain't playing on it.

    Doesn't need anything other than a junky mouse or keyboard.
    And you can use a crummy monitor too as you only need the basics.

    The benefit is if it's just a downloader you don't need to fret over performance. You can have firewalls running and antivirus on full bore because it's not going to mess with gaming.

    As long as you have all the key pieces already, it will be fine as a downloader. Because downloading is about your service, not the quality of the computer.

    You can also call it a homework computer. And then all you need is a good word processor and internet access. And all of the above is still fine.

    Now if you are in need of advice for where to get any needed missing pieces, that's different.
    If you were Canadian, I would send you here.
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/
    That's the retailer of choice (my opinion).
     
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    I don't have a spec list available but their windows PC. One of them took to the shop, and "upgraded" but it never worked sense I think it may just need an OS.

    The other one has like...no memory. Putting too much Text on it makes it say "the hard drive is full you need to erase etc..." Its a skeleton.


    I basically want a PC that will function likes it about 3-5 years old but I only want it to type long stories, web design and development and try C++ and C programming on it. I dont need high powered video cards and such.
     
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    Ubuntu Linux.

    Enough said.

    Actually, a little more than that: I just put Ubuntu 8.04 (just released) on a 6 year old Toshiba laptop, has a Celeron 2.4 Ghz processor and I upgraded it from 256 to 768 MB of RAM just to get better performance. Worked like a champ right out of the box, and snappier than Windows XP ever was. You can get all your software you need right out of the Add/Remove button in the equivalent to the start menu, and you have yourself a great machine that will work great for email, web browsing, word processing (using Open Office) and whatever else you want. I've switched to Ubuntu as my primary OS on my desktop too and it's so much cleaner and faster than any Windows OS I've ever used regardless of the power of the computer. No worry about viruses, spyware or hard drive fragmentation either. If you have a spare box sitting around it's the ideal time to experiment with Linux, seriously.
     
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    I have a downloading PC, I control it through VNC (a form or remote desktop)

    It works really well!
     
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    here are some sites you can buy seperate parts from:
    www.newegg.com
    www.pcclub.com
     
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    SSH works just as well for a downloading Linux box
    LAMP + Torrentflux + DVD Burner = torrent downloading web server.
     
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    Never mind this topic. My dad trashed both PC's...**grrr**
     
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    Probably the most bloated distro available.

    Zenwalk >
     
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    Take out the hardware of your worst computers and put them in the best one and it'll be a Super (Old) Computer
     
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    i hope it went to a recycling depot.
    Too much computer waste is being thrown out. all that copper and gold plates.
     
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    Yes but the best user friendly Linux distro for non Linux, Microsoft windows user's to get used to using a Linux operating system.
     
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    I'll have to agree. All versions of Ubuntu after and including 7.04 are poorly suited to running on old machines.
    I recently upgraded a pentium III Coppermine 800mHz with 1.25GB of RAM, and Ubuntu was unbearbly sluggish.
    If you must use a flavour of Ubuntu on an old PC, use xubuntu.

    Edit: I have no opinion on Zenwalk.
     
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    Zenwalk looks pretty good. I have Xubuntu running on a 1GHz notebook with 256MB of ram and it runs ok too. You can try both these without installation since they come on Live CDs. There's also Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux but I find these pretty clunky in term of looks and ease of use.
     
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    zenwalk looks like a KDE? Compiz Fusion + Emerald here. looks clean and wobbly! I like ubuntu regardless!
     
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    I believe it's XFCE.
     
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    It is. DSL and Puppy Linux are two good choices as well(I would say DSL over Puppy Linux, but Puppy was easier on my wireless card)
     

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