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Old 06-09-2004, 05:47 PM   #1
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Old Computers

I have a Tandy 2500 RSX 25mhz(with a Tandy keyboard and Tandy VGM-225 monitor, it's kinda neat to have the set) at home and I have a friend with a newer 486 Dell computer, what can I do with these(other than sell them on ebay for ten bucks)?

My friend said file server.

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Old 06-09-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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you could do many things. I use a low end system much like the dell 486 as an apache web server, ftp server, time server, and a no-ip updater client machine. It has 16 mb of ram running debian 3.0 and it has been rock solid stable for me. The only problem is with isa cards. I have always had a problem getting these working. But after the install all you need is a network card anyway really and then just ssh into it to do all of your work.
Old 06-09-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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what are you kidding, old computers have many uses. includeing reliving many classic games. also they are fun to mess around with. to mod or over clock or other random projects

right now i am trying to get an IMB PS/2 to work, all i need to do is replace the floppy drive. however it is not your standard 3.5" 1.44MB drive.
Old 06-09-2004, 09:54 PM   #4
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Let's narrow things down here, then. I have no HD for this thing(I would have to find an HD that is only 512MB I think is what the BIOS support). I have a busted(don't know how exactly, BIOS doesn't like it) floppy drive jabberwock486 was talking about and a working 1.44". Whatever I'll have it will have to prolly be 1.44" bootable. This thing has a coaxial cable plug out, too. check out the specifications if you dare:


2500 RSX (2500-1620/1621)



Processor Speed


Chip Set


Video Chip Set


Maximum Onboard Memory


Maximum Video Memory




220mm x 220mm
I/O Options

Floppy drive interface, IDE interface, parallel port, PS/2 mouse port, serial port, VGA port, riser slot

NPU Options

Old 06-10-2004, 12:02 AM   #5
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The 486 would yield a nice router.
Coyote Linux takes a 486 as a very suited habitat. No hdd needed.



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