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Old 07-29-2007, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default What to do with an 11 year old Dell?

Yes, my mom has pretty much given me her old Dell. It's 11 years old and has a crazy 1GB HD, and I think 128MB of RAM and a less than 300Mhz processor. I want to do something really weird with it, but keep it useful. I thought about Folding, but considering how much power it would draw, that doesn't make sense. All I can think of is a budget case mod... and that's it. Any good ideas?
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Old 07-29-2007, 04:23 AM   #2
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Put a bigger hard drive in and use it as a home server. You could have it fold in the background too.
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:58 AM   #3
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to be honest that thing just isn't going to be usefull for anything. So.... umm.. for example overclock the video card (if you can find a bios flash tool for it) to the point where it just stops working.

Install linux on it for fun? Shoot it with a shotgun? Some crazy cooling modification?
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:09 AM   #5
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I think a home server would be the best thing for it . Just get a bigger hard drive put it in and use it as a home file or print server
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:18 AM   #6
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I say go outside, put it on the floor, stare at it like a bull for abit then get a crowbar and go wild rofl.
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Wait! I know! Play simcity on it! Sadly, I know you can...don't ask me why

Orrrr

Warcraft 2

Okay, I'll explain. I had a computer with less than equal specs.

I mean, worse! It ran those games haha
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i gotta agree with most ppl here that comp really isnt worth doin n e thing with,

maybe donate to a charity shop ? or school

u could try overclocking it as far as possible,

if your really patient you could use it as a test machine like if you download a torrent with no comments you could test it on their to save you own pc ?

you could as ppl say have it as a storage server / print server.
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yea a server would be good for it, depends what size hdd it can support, not a very big one im guessing, get windows 2k on it or even 98. 1gb just aint gonna get xp on it
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to be honest that thing just isn't going to be usefull for anything. So.... umm
I have to disagree with you on this one. Me personally, I would just throw a distro of 'Linux' on it (slackware) and install 2 NIC cards one for monitoring incomming traffic and the other one for monitoring outgoing traffic and install iptables from http://www.netfilter.org/ and use it as a *firewall* box.


I have an old dinosaur box 168mb of ram, 398mhz, running XP PRO it's fast for all the crappy specs. Also, I tweaked(customized) the OS so it runs faster than one would assume.
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