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Old Pentium 4 PC - use for Linux?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by OM2, Dec 11, 2018.

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  1. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2007
    I have a Dell 2.8Ghz P4 laptop lying around somewhere...
    I was thinking of installing Linux

    I want to add an SSD hard drive
    I assume I need a bracket? Assuming SSD's only come in 2.5 inches?

    Do I need just the bracket?
    Or should I order a kit?
    I've seen kits with an assortment of cables

    Anything else I need to consider?

    How long is a piece of string question: how fast will the machine run?
    Would I be better of getting a recent laptop (say 5 years old) and installing Linux on that instead?

  2. SpywareDr


    Mar 30, 2014
    We need to know the model number of the laptop in order to try and determine if it has an IDE or SATA hard drive.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    You indeed would be miles better off getting a used laptop, even a decent 5 year old one will massively outperform an ancient Pentium 4 based system.
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