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Give new breath to really old pc

Post by JProgress on Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:22 am
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I found a really old computer in my uncle's house and I was thinking of install on it a linux-based os.The pc has never be used before and it has not an os yet.It has only serial ports and it has not a dvd/cd drive.In addition I can not find an ethernet port( does this mean,it can not connect the internet?) and the processor has not an air cooling system.any suggestions for what to do???
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Re: Give new breath to really old pc

Post by pretentious on Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:56 am
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JProgress wrote:It has only serial ports and it has not a dvd/cd drive.In addition I can not find an ethernet port... and the processor has not an air cooling system.any suggestions for what to do???

Sell it to a museum and use the money to buy a newer computer :P
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Re: Give new breath to really old pc

Post by JProgress on Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:57 am
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I want to gain experience by fixing this encient pc..! :-) So I don't fell like selling it.
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Re: Give new breath to really old pc

Post by cyberdrain on Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:10 pm
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JProgress wrote:It has only serial ports and it has not a dvd/cd drive.In addition I can not find an ethernet port( does this mean,it can not connect the internet?).


So here's what I would do to get it working and connected to the Internet (if that is your goal). First find a way to get an OS on it, this can be by floppy, by CD (add the drive) or by USB if possible. I recommend Damn Small Linux for the first of those options. Next, try to add an ethernet port by adding a card. If that's not possible, a serial port is also a data connection and could be used, given the right tools or hardware. Lastly, if USB is available, wireless USB is also a possibility. And first and foremost: check that the computer doesn't get too hot because the fan is missing (if it's not passively cooled) and if it is, add one.
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Re: Give new breath to really old pc

Post by JProgress on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:54 am
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Thanks for the ideas Cyberdrain.!.Unfortunately its impossible to connect usb but I think I can load the os on the hard drive by connecting it to an another pc...
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Re: Give new breath to really old pc

Post by cyberdrain on Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:09 pm
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Hmm, you would need a computer capable of connecting to the HDD. Then again, that's also true of the floppy drive, which is rapidly becoming extinct. I would be interested to know how the project went, as I did something similar on a machine running a Pentium P5 equivalent which worked great for browsing and basic text editing. Although iirc that machine did have an Ethernet port on it, despite its age. Either way, good luck!
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