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  1. Abriam26

    Abriam26 Thread Starter

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    Hey,

    I found this really old computer in our garage.
    Specs:
    Pentium S - @133mhz (Socket 7)
    16MB EDO RAM (where 1MB goes to the video memory)
    Harddrive 1275MB harddrive
    8x CD-drive (685A)
    Windows 95
    SiS5596
    200W power supply

    Computer works perfectly.
    Only Windows 95 is missing files (a lot of .vxd files)

    It has a 3-number digit display on the case of the the computer (for numbers..)
    It also has a turbo switch on the computer.
    If the switch is on then the digit screen shows 133
    If it's off then it shows 16
    I thought it displayed the CPU clock, but I'm not sure.

    What can do with this computer?

    Thanks in advance,
    Abiram26
     
  2. valis

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    wow. Not much, I'm afraid. I've got a similar box that I ended up giving to a school or some such. Unfortunately, nothing currently will run on that rig; it's just too dated.

    You could donate it, set up a small linux OS on there, or start a museum. According to my wife, that is what I did with mine. :)
     
  3. Abriam26

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    Can Windows ME work on it?
     
  4. SUEOHIO

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    Windows ME wont work on it because its way to old and doesnt have enough ram. the best you could try might be windows 98.and finding ram for a computer that old will cost a lot more than that computer is worth.as was advised donating it might be your best option.
     
  5. Simba7

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    I'd suggest a Linux install, but 16MB is kinda pushing it.

    I have an old Vectra VL with a P166 in it. I threw on 384MB of EDO RAM (thanks to the HX chipset) and it runs rather well with Linux and FreeBSD.
     
  6. Abriam26

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    Is it possible to have file sharing? Since the computer has a working network card... I think it should be possible
    It doesn't have USB though.
    I tried an USB PCI card, but the BIOS didn't detect it... It's an Award BIOS thingy.
    I want to move the files on the 1275MB harddrive to my Windows 8 computer. Since I have some valueable pictures on it...
    Which OS is best for file sharing? I hoped for Windows XP.... but it is way too slow for that.

    (Also, since yesterday I'm having CMOS checksum errors at bootup.. It loads default settings automatically... Do I have to replace the CR032 battery)
     
  7. SUEOHIO

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    What you can try to do is remove the hard drive and use a usb sata/ide connector and hopefully salvage what you dont want to lose and then put it on a cd so that you will have whats valuable when needed.it sounds like the CMOS battery needs replaced but i dont think its worth it to put any more money in a computer that old even tho those batteries arent that expensive.
     
  8. Simba7

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    The BIOS wouldn't detect it (doesn't have a ROM, etc), but the OS would.

    A BIOS that old wouldn't be able to boot from USB anyway.
     
  9. Abriam26

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    Hmm, in that case I'm going to donate it to a museum or something. It's useless anyway
     
  10. valis

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    Pretty much. they are nice to keep around as museum pieces, but other than that, the functionality is pretty shot.
     
  11. Abriam26

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    Well this thing is useless compared to modern computers...
    The funny thing is that the computer is actually older than me o_O
    My dad is going to donate it :)
     
  12. valis

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    awesome. :)

    wait until you get my age; one finds ANYTHING older than I and I have to respect it's longevity. :)
     
  13. Simba7

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    I still have my old Atari 800XL with its 1010 and 1050 drives. Still working like a champ after all these years.
     
  14. valis

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    niiiiice.......:)

    somewhere we got the old 2600 laying around; surprised the kid hasn't dug it out yet. :)
     
  15. Abriam26

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    Wow, that thing has an about 1MHz processor lol :D
     
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