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Old 06-22-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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I'm getting excited. Today at work we were getting rid of a bunch of old crap that no one has touched in about three years. Well, since they were going to be thrown out, I grabbed three laptop shells to part them and see what I could come up with.

I got myself a nice (assuming it works) socket 478 P4 @ 1.7 GHz, 128 MB PC 2100 and a 20 GB hard drive. No CD drive at all

If it works it won't be too bad, just gotta buy more ram and a CD drive and it will be a dencent system. I would fire it up tonight, but there is no thermal paste on the p4 and I don't wanna fry anything. What is nice though, is the case I'm using has a XP Home edition key on it
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Wow, that is great celegorm. It is perks like that that really lighten up your day.

So are you going to put that all into one case, or separate it?

What about the mobo? Anything interesting?
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:56 PM   #3
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Yeah, you can say that again. I was expecting maybe a stick of RAM or two but not enough to build a computer with.

I'm putting everything into the case that has the XP key on it since that case is the only one that has a battery and power cord with it.

I don't know much about the mobo right now. I'll figure all that out tomorrow when I turn it on.
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:51 AM   #4
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celegorm, Where do you work? And why that long, with no use?

Let us know how it's working.

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XP key on it since that case is the only one that has a battery and power cord with it.
Xp key? Doya mean, So it's legal?
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:52 AM   #5
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I work at a local computer store (Sorry, but I don't say the name of it here). Why they weren't used I don't know, but right now I'm not complaining.

PC 2100 is kind of RAM. It's speed is somewhere around 267Mhz if I remember correctly. The XP key, is the product key you need to register XP, so yes, it's legal.
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:22 PM   #6
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Thats great, I wouldn't mind a free laptop!
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:19 PM   #7
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wow lol free stuff is always the best , i remember when my cuz gave me this mobo and half the ram in it for free , it also had a 1.7ghz celeron in it but i replaced that with this here 2.8ghz p4

also pc2100 is 266mhz
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:47 PM   #8
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It works! The hard drive was sys-locked (how you get it from dells and such so you can enter all your own names and all that fun stuff) and ready to be sold to a customer but never was. Upgrading it to SP2 took some time though.

I added another 256 MB of ram since the 128 just wasn't cutting it. On a free system, the $20 I paid for the ram was worth it.

Not to bad for what I payed for . I'll be using it primarily for a portable Itunes library so I don't need to bring My Ipod (which is worth more ). The only problem is I need to connect it to my network to get more music added to it since it doesn't have a CD drive. Oh well though, I can't complain.


This made my week.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:24 PM   #9
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All you need is a nice CD drive.
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The company my mom is working in always sells older systems. 60$ Canadian per computer!!!!! And I think it was pentium 4, 1gb memory, and probably an average videocard. But $60...now thats cheap. lol.
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All you need is a nice CD drive.
One of my co-workers thinks he has one for it, so I might just get that to. If he doesn't, I don't know if I'd buy one. I'd much rather buy a cheap USB wireless adapter and "acquire" everything I need from the net.
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Should have grabbed it all lol
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its a pity it doesnt have built in wireless, but its free so if even if it had windows 95 id be chuffed
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Should have grabbed it all lol
I would have, but they got to the stack before me. However it looks like I'm the only one who got something good out of the deal. "First is the worst, Second is the best"

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its a pity it doesnt have built in wireless, but its free so if even if it had windows 95 id be chuffed
Yeah. Lol if it had 95 I would put ME on it. I have like 5 OEM copies lying around my room somewhere. They are still shrink-wrapped from Microsoft, and coincidently another thing we were going to throw away and I ganked.
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lol i bet microsoft would give away ME cds and keys
i would suggest downloading 98 much better IMO
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Wow, I wish I would have been at your place.

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Yeah. Lol if it had 95 I would put ME on it. I have like 5 OEM copies lying around my room somewhere. They are still shrink-wrapped from Microsoft, and coincidently another thing we were going to throw away and I ganked.
I wouldn't install ME for personal use, I'd much rather use 98. ME is terrible, unless it just hated me. I formatted the drive I had with ME and installed 2000 on it.

I got a free laptop with 95 on it once. It didn't come with a power cord however, and I wasn't going to pay $40 for a new one, so I just dissected it. I got another free laptop with 98 on it w/ power cord, I reinstalled Windows and I sold it for $40.
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Lol yeah, ME is bad, but it can't be as bad as 95. 95 has caused nothing but problems for me.
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95 is poor i will admit as it dosent support much not even usb , but 98is better then me imo
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