Quick computer question!!!

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by tKo HaXoR, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. tKo HaXoR

    tKo HaXoR GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 16, 2008
    United States
    Los Angeles
    My neighbor was tossing out an old computer so i asked her if I could get it, she said yes so now i have an old out of date, compaq..
    699 Mhz Processor
    10GB hard drive
    256 ram
    Windows 2000

    the question is wether it can handle windows XP.. i have my installation disk and stuff, or should i just strip it down and use it as extra parts. It runs well, but doesn't really meet my Computing standards [​IMG] [​IMG] lol.
    Any recommendations are gladly appreciated
  2. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

    Jan 14, 2006
    It can handle XP, but I wouldn't recommend it.. keep Windows 2000.
  3. gov78

    gov78 Ha made you Look

    Feb 14, 2007
    Put a Linux OS on it Nuff Said.
  4. tKo HaXoR

    tKo HaXoR GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 16, 2008
    United States
    Los Angeles
    linux? where do i get this?! i will probably keep windows 2000 cuz it has office 2003 installed and validated. Probably give it to my sis, since she needs a computer to type up her homework.
    that computer is nothing compared 2 mines! lol [​IMG]
    Here's my specs
    Lappy Top
    2.41 GHz Processor
    2 GB Ram
    320 GB Hard Drive
    Windows XP SP2..

    Post your specs
  5. Phynx

    Phynx Advanced Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    United States
    Definitely keep 2000 on there, functional enough to do most modern computer activities while being able to play some decent older games, assuming it has a decent video card. It's probably go nicely with a geforce 4200 or so, that'd only cost all of ~$10 on craigslist.
  6. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

    Apr 21, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    It can handle XP but it'll not handle it very well. You can download a light build of Linux if you are feeling up to the task.
  7. strata8

    strata8 Look! A pointless distraction!

    Jun 18, 2007
    over there
    Get a linux build with XFCE. Runs well on older computers.

    I use Linux Mint, which you can download at linuxmint.com.
  8. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    if you want xp, get a nlited versoin of it like tinyxp or something. retains basic functionality but requires much less hardware wise
  9. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    If it has 2k on there then I would leave, nothing that requires XP will run on that anyhow. If you do Incomplete has the right idea although I would be reluctant to download a fully hacked version like that (the original version sure but it is a gamble elsewhere (if you can get the md5 hashes and match them then great)).

    Back to linux while linux mint is great (one of my favourites) I am not sure that machine can handle even the xfce version.

    Have a go with puppy linux.
    It has a web browser (mozilla, note not firefox which can easily get though), office apps capable of MS office reading/writing (abiword but open office is available) and all the other trappings of a modern OS.
    Most linux distros run off a CD/DVD these days and this one goes a step further and is geared towards it.

    I have got it working on a similarly specced machine (700Mhz athlon with 192 ram) and aside from high end H264 video (which makes most machines think twice) I was happy to use it as my main machine for a few months while this one was down and I was too lazy/poor to fix it. Better it did the same thing on a old pre pentium machine I tried it out on.
  10. Raki

    Raki GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 16, 2008
    Gambia, The
    or fo nlite yourself...I did this for my eeePC and it works very well (although my messed up desktop PC crashed so often...)