Things to Do With a Old Computer

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Updated 31/01/2012
Thanks to MrJentis for some extra concepts.

Before you go ripping it open keep in mind which you can reuse the entire pc and never simply among the elements.

1.-Install Linux
Linux is an open supply OS which you can set up in your previous pc and use it as a on a regular basis pc, for these of you on the market that aren’t geeks that simply principally means its a OS like home windows XP that individuals give away free that you should use. You may do limitless issues with linux and there’s a distribution to go well with each pc.

Ubuntu
This is for among the higher spec computer systems on the market. Its is probably the most like correct a OS and it’s the most consumer pleasant. It can simply do on a regular basis duties like Surfing and sending e-mail’s. I wants:
1 GHz x86 processor
1 Gb of system reminiscence (RAM)
15 GB of hard-drive area
Graphics card and monitor able to 1024 by 768
Either a Cd/Dvd-drive or a Usb socket (or each)
Internet entry is useful

Ubuntu’s system necessities have escalated over the previous few launched however there’s a various model primarily based on Ubuntu known as Xbuntu

500Mhz x86 Processor (At the very least!)
 256 MiB of system reminiscence (RAM)
 2 GB of disk area
Graphics card and monitor able to 800×600 decision

Puppy Linux
This is a barely much less consumer pleasant model of linux. Is is for these much less practical PC’s with not pretty much as good a spec. It wants:

CPU : Pentium 166MMX
RAM : 64MB
CDROM : 20x and up

Damn Small Linux
OK if not one of the above choices have labored for you, you should actually have a scrappy pc. It may be very primary and isn’t consumer pleasant. It requires
486dx or 100% appropriate processor
16mb ram (24mb really helpful)
dual-speed CDROM (quad-speed or higher really helpful) (thats 2x or 4x)
1.44mb floppy drive (for boot floppy, if wanted)

There are hundreds extra distrabutions strive http://www.linux.org/

Now I’ve by no means carried out the next choices earlier than so I can not go into element on easy methods to do them however you’ll be able to google them:

Turn it into a server (web, printer, file etc.)
Put an enormous arduous driver in it and make it a jukebox
Put a TV tuner into it and an enormous arduous drive and make it a PVR
Use it as a firewall
Use it as a stress reliever
Automate Your Home
Use it as a answering machine
Make the monitor into a aquarium
Make it right into a rendering farm
Trade It in
Put it in your car
Give it away/Donate
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