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Old 12-18-2003, 02:33 PM   #1
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New comp v's old comp


This may sound a little strange but a couple of months ago i built a new system. I ordered the parts, built the thing and then dumped it in the corner and installed linux on it....new comp in the corner, cool. Don't really think of it as anything special now...it's just a comp in the corner.

Anyway i was at a friends house a couple of weeks later and she had an old Intel P133 laying around, the fan inside rattled like hell and the psu was full of dust, there was even bird feathers inside the case...it was a piece of crap. So she said she was throwing it out, i'm like...I'LL TAKE IT, PLEASE. So then i took it home and stripped it down, got new cables, new fan, cleaned it all out properly, now it's like brand new and runs really sweet. Next i decide to hunt for a distro that i could put on in. I have spent hours on this thing.

Getting to the point, why does a comp that was manufactured in the mid 90's or before take prioroty over a new, very fast machine that cos me a packet to build?

Weird or what? Maybe i need to get out more!!

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Old 12-18-2003, 02:45 PM   #2
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Get Vector Linux for it. I upgraded my P133 to P166 with a CPU that I got from a friend last week. That machine runs Vector Linux and it really works pretty well.

I don't have the heart to throw away a machine that works so well. But I have no idea what I should do with it. Same goes for my 286 (!) laptop.

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Old 12-18-2003, 03:15 PM   #3
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I myself love getting older machines to work... not sure what it is but yeah, I tend to tinker more with my old machines rather than my newer one's it seems most of the time.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 03:34 PM   #4
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I myself love getting older machines to work...
Me too, it's more challenging that way

I have p133-128mb-10gb which runs Slackware 9.1 and 2.6-test-something and Windowmaker. It's really smooth works pretty well with Gimp too.

Also have i nice small 386-laptop with 6mb-80mb. For the moment it runs small Linux, haven't fiddled with it so much tough. It may be possible to surf the net with Lynx and a plip network connection.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 03:38 PM   #5
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I have p133-128mb-10gb
Just as an experiment; try removing half of the memory. There was a bug in the Intel Pentium chipsets. This bug caused cache memory to be turned off if you had more than 64 MB of memory. Thus the rumours that Windows couldn't handle large memories very well, when the problem really was with hardware.

Edit: the problem came with the Intel 82430TX chipset.

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Martin

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Old 12-18-2003, 05:02 PM   #6
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Then i'd better check up what chipset it is. Wouldn't it be extremely slow without cache?
The change to 2.6 made it so fast that the mouse was hard to control, before i fiddled with the options.

Oh, and in case you haven't noticed Windos handles all hardware bad
 
Old 12-18-2003, 09:48 PM   #7
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Oh, and in case you haven't noticed Windos handles all hardware bad
so true... (I'm speaking from experience) I'm getting a new computer in about 2 weeks on which I'll install Linux on - no more Windows for me
 
Old 12-20-2003, 08:48 PM   #8
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Man i wish i could get some old comp to work on lol i want to but i dont no were i could get an old one
 
Old 12-21-2003, 02:05 AM   #9
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>Getting to the point, why does a comp that was manufactured in the mid 90's or before take prioroty over a new, very fast machine that cos me a packet to build?

>Weird or what? Maybe i need to get out more!!

Nah, you just love tinkering. Same reason I spend a good deal of my time with my head gooped up with various auto greases and oils. I could spend a whole lot less time and money on a flashy new car, but I'd lose the thrill of rebuilding an old sports car. On the other hand, you won't catch me relying on a 20+ year old car to get to work.
 
Old 12-21-2003, 10:47 AM   #10
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I have several cpu's, motherboards, ram sticks and hard drives lying around yet I cannot make them work... If anyone is willing to pay the shipping, I can send them to you.
 
Old 12-21-2003, 11:26 AM   #11
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Do they work at all or are they all broken?
 
Old 12-21-2003, 11:33 AM   #12
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how much is the shipping?
 
Old 12-21-2003, 11:39 AM   #13
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yeah, and where are you?

also, details would be nice
 
  


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