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August 2, 2010 6:34:34 PM

My brother in law recently dropped off 3 "broken" XP machines. I was able to revive all three. He took the pick of the litter, I donated another, and I am left with the runt.

Intel socket 478 3.0 Ghz Prescott
1 GB 400 mhz RAM
Fresh OEM install of Windows XP
120 GB IDE HDD
40 GB IDE HDD

I threw the system in an old Enermax Chakra case. it breathes much better.

My question is does anyone have any idea of what I could possibly do with it. I have two Quad systems, an Asus G72 laptop, a HP Athlon X2 5200 network file server. My wife is set with a Mac Book Pro, a recent Dual core desktop and an ipad. I am not bragging, I just can't for the life of me think of anything I could use this system for. I am dual booting Ubuntu on one of the Quad machines.

Anybody have any good ideas, or is this system doomed to languish in the closet next to the parts bins?

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2010 7:41:03 PM

You could give it to another family member: mom, dad, aunt, or uncle. They might enjoy it and would surely like to spend some time you, too. And you know they would call you if they had a problem with it. Shoot, I'll bet you could have some quality time with them, and even get a home-cooked meal.
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August 2, 2010 8:03:46 PM

All my extended family is set with systems. Maybe you are right treefrog, what I may need is a computer intervention of sorts. Get outside more often, but computers are so cool. It is apparent that I just can't use another system. Maybe some fresh air and sunlight.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2010 10:48:58 PM

Sounds like a solid system for a Stand up/Tabletop MAME Arcade cabinet.

-Wolf sends
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August 2, 2010 11:48:56 PM

I had no idea. I looked at cabinets, controls and emulators. As tempting as that is I just don't have the extra cash for a project like that as cool as it is. Definitely an idea I hadn't run across or thought of. I still look back on how many quarter I sunk into those games as a kid. Wolf thanks for a original suggestion. I was looking for something that wouldn't require that much money.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2010 11:56:53 PM

Donate it to a local school or to the salvation army. Take a tax deduction.
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August 3, 2010 12:04:11 AM

I donated one of the systems, a compaq to a local elementary teacher that I know, but it being in a "gaming" case, she wasn't as excited about it. I think I will just let it sit and find a good home for it. It seems well suited for a tweenage boy, I threw a couple red fans and a few 4 led lights in it for good measure.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 3, 2010 12:28:20 AM

henrystrawn said:
I donated one of the systems, a compaq to a local elementary teacher that I know, but it being in a "gaming" case, she wasn't as excited about it. I think I will just let it sit and find a good home for it. It seems well suited for a tweenage boy, I threw a couple red fans and a few 4 led lights in it for good measure.


Try selling it on craigs list. People will appreciate a great buy more than a outright gift.
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August 3, 2010 12:47:32 AM

Good Idea, but that's just not my style. I didn't pay anything for it, was a gift to me, and I think it should remain one.
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August 3, 2010 10:38:35 AM

Good news, my wife is a Visual Technology Major in college, she as decided to "adopt" the system to "stay in touch with Windows XP". Thanks for the suggestions, since I did not pay anything for the system I really didn't feel right selling it. I also have not had good luck with the P4 3.0 Ghz Prescott 478 processors, two died on me in the third year of use. No overclocks at all.
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August 3, 2010 10:38:56 AM

Best answer selected by henrystrawn.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2010 2:14:34 AM

henrystrawn said:
All my extended family is set with systems. Maybe you are right treefrog, what I may need is a computer intervention of sorts. Get outside more often, but computers are so cool. It is apparent that I just can't use another system. Maybe some fresh air and sunlight.


Yes, fresh air and sunlight! I have been looking at boats! Boats! Small boats without computers...does GPS count? Well, just looking. Computers are so much less expensive.
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