Quick computer question!!!

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  1. tKo HaXoR
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    My neighbor was tossing out an old computer so i asked her if I could get it, she said yes so now i have an old out of date, compaq..
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    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

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

    gov78 Ha made you Look

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    Put a Linux OS on it Nuff Said.
     
  4. tKo HaXoR
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    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
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    Lappy Top
    2.41 GHz Processor
    2 GB Ram
    320 GB Hard Drive
    Windows XP SP2..

    Post your specs
     
  5. Phynx

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    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

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    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!

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    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

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    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

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    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.
    http://www.puppylinux.org/
    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

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