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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mapexmbirch, Dec 11, 2011.

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  1. mapexmbirch

    mapexmbirch Thread Starter

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    Things I know: it is about 10 years old that has windows 98, 20GB HDD, CD drive, DVD-RW drive and a floppy disc drive.
    Two USB sockets. Not sure if 2.0 or 1.1, but I plugged a 2.0 memory stick into it yesterday and it recognised that it was 2.0 but couldn't find the driver for it so couldn't connect.
    I think it has 128Mb of RAM but I opened it up today and found one 128Mb and one 64Mb. But windows tells me it only has 128Mb. What is using that 64Mb?

    I tried putting Damn small Linux on it this morning by putting it on a CD-R. When I booted it up it said that it found a disc then said failure. According to this I need the dsl-syslinux.iso <reference to illegal process removed>
    The dsl.iso was the one I tried first and it failed.

    I have no idea what the CPU is I tried taking of the fan but I couldn't get the screws undone.

    From the badly focused pictures can you tell me if I can upgrade the HDD, RAM and CPU so I can put Linux on it and give it a new lease of life. I think the motherboard might not be compatible with today's CPUs etc.

    Ask me anything to check to see if the parts are compatible/useable

    Thanks
     

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  2. prunejuice

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    Try a different Linux distro. Like Puppy, for example.
     
  3. mapexmbirch

    mapexmbirch Thread Starter

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    I just had a look a the system requirements they recommend 128Mb of RAM, so I will give that a go.
    Thanks
     
  4. mapexmbirch

    mapexmbirch Thread Starter

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    After putting the RAM back in and starting it up again windows is now saying 192Mb of RAM so I guess the 64 was just not connected right.
    I found out that I have a 800MHz CPU.

    Anyone know how I can see if the motherboard is compatible with modern parts.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Note: I have edited your first post and removed the reference to a process considered illegal on TSG. Please read the rules with regard to P2P in this forum.
     
  6. Triple6

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    Absolutely not, to install any modern parts...well you can't; you'd have to start completely from scratch. Technology has changed a lot since this was new; probably about 12 years of change.

    Use it like it is if you can get some basic version of Linux to run on it or purchase a new or newer used system. For example most computers stores can sell you a way more modern used Pentium 4 system for $100 or less.
     
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