[Novalug] VDQ : what to do with an old P2
jhart at kevla.org
Wed Jan 10 17:49:26 EST 2007
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> Bear in mind, always, that I don't speak hardware.
> I've been known to get the case off a computer -- and,
> invariably, break something trying to get it back on. I suspect I
> have seventeen thumbs -- and the invisible ones get in the way
> even more than the ten old trifocal ones that fight my arthritic
> Anyway, a friend in California is building me a new machine; I
> expect it to get here in about a week.
> That means my old pentium2 (my first PC) is now superfluous. I
> just wiped it with DBAN : it still has a BIOS -- and that's all.
> It'll need an OS before it's good for anything again.
> It has run everything from W98 to RH7 to FC6, with no real
> problems; it has just under 400 MB of memory, two hard drives (20
> GB and 30 GB) -- and one problem.
> When it runs a little while, it starts making an unpleasant noise
> -- fan, from the sound.
> I took it to the local shop (PCLand), where they told me there
> were two fans (neither of which, of course, would make the noise
> for them) -- and at my behest replaced one -- in the power
> supply, iirc. Brought it home, and of course it still did it.
> The two alternatives I can see are just to give it away; or to
> buckle down and learn enough to make some sort of LAN server of
> it; I could use a printserver, if I could get it to work. (And if
> I could get at least one of my printers to work.)
> In either case, it's going to need an OS, though maybe not a GUI.
> I have media here to install Puppy (if that can be installed, not
> just run as a live CD), Knoppix, Ubuntu, or anything in the line
> from RH7 to FC6.
> Bearing in mind that I don't speak hardware, what would any of
> the rest of you do??
> Beartooth Staffwright, Neo-Redneck, Double Retiree,
> Not Quite Clueless Linux Power User
> I have precious (very precious) little idea where up is.
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