What to do with an old Pentium Pro

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  1. caddymac

    caddymac New Member

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    I have an old Gateway 2000 Pentium Pro - 180MHz, 32MB RAM, 40GB hard drive. I just put Windows 2000 on it a few nights ago and it is up and running. Question is, what exactly can I do with such an old beast?

    Also, in before "Sell it, use the money to buy a bullet and rent a gun!"
     
  2. cp5184

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    first, take win 2k off it. second, everything you can do that's networked, it can help. there's really nothing else it can do, so either stick with the router you bought at walmart or best bou and throw out the gateway, or put that on the high shelf, get some more RAM for the gateway, install openBSD, linux, or something like that, set it to act as a dns server, web cache, mail server, file sharer, dhcp server, router, firewall, torrent box, and, if you want, honeytrap.

    I may be forgetting some things. if you want to skip buying the extra ram and beefing up it's hard drive space, then just use openBSD or some version of another operating system that is built for systems with that little RAM.
     
  3. caddymac

    caddymac New Member

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    Windows 2000 seems to run okay on it. I had PuppyLinux on it at one time, but, with so little RAM, it was unbearable to do anything. Windows 2000 seems to at least let me Remote Desktop and even surf the web.

    EDO RAM is next to impossible to find new for a reasonable price. I'd really hate to try eBay for some used sticks.
     
  4. eideteker

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    I had a 200mhz P-pro with 1mb L2 cache and 256mb EDO RAM...it ran Win2k wonderfully, but it ultimately became a linux dialup router/server of sorts. Served me well for years with no problems. Solid little chips, those were.
     
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    I can't imagine win2k is happy with 32MB ram, but I suppose I can't unequivocally say it's impossible.

    that said, yes. you can use it as a win2k based thin client.

    OR... you could put something like monowall on it.

    I'd suggest something like monowall, openBSD, or a version of *nix suited for such a low memory environment.
     
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    Put they *nix on it. Use it for something.
     
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    Throw it away, seriously.
     
  9. Fase

    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    Give it to the Salvation Army or something.
     
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    what are they going to do with it other then recycle it?

    you can use it as a nice firewall/server
     
  11. Chris

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    yeah, pop a second nic into it and run dd-wrt for x86 or one of the other similar softwarez
     
  12. 7960

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    give it to your mom for email/internet.

    my mom has been using a P2-333 for about 8 years and it's fine because all she does is internet and email.
     
  13. caddymac

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    Mom has a 1 year old laptop, so I think she would kill me if I gave this old beast back to her for her to use.

    The ISA cards are causing some IRQ conflicts and now my serial ports don't work. This computer certainly has brought back some of the frustrating parts of computing in the early to mid 90's.
     
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    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    I meant as an easy free way to dispose of it.
     
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    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    My mom is making me build her a new comp with core two duo, 2 gigs rams, and an SSD for her email and web surfing needs :rofl:
     
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    I'd sell it component by component on eBay or Craig's List. A lot of business POS terminals will need some of those parts.
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    Drill a hole in one corner, pop the cap off the underside, install a polarizing filter from a camera lense, and put it on a gold chain.
     
  18. crontab

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    donate it to goodwill.

    $400 write off.
     
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    DOS games bro
     
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    and welcome to auditville..............population, YOU
     
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    Audited for what?
     
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    computers depreciate at around 50% per year.
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    Well...if the hardware alone were worth $400 now, it would've had to cost $1638400 in 1997 -- but, if you subtract the cost of a retail copy of Windows XP Pro, it only had to cost $901120 in 1997. That's a lot more reasonable.
     
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    for taking a $400 write off on a 12 year old computer.
     
  25. crontab

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    Thanks for the advice. Are you a CPA?
     

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