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#1 old

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:56 AM

Hello, I have found my really old computer I used to have which dates back to 2003.

I have installed Bodhi 3.2.1 legacy (32-bit) on it because the parts in it are really old.

I'm unsure of the specs entirely, but I think it has a 1.09 ghz amd athlon processor with 512mb ram.

 

Anyways, what are some fun and interesting things I should try on this computer?

 

I have tried steam and I get the error of Moksha was unable to run the application /usr/games/steam which I assume means my parts are WAY to outdated.

I got minecraft alpha to run windowed on minimum settings on 9-15 fps.

I'm hoping I can make some use out of this computer.





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#2 Elw3

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:05 PM

This is still considered normal hardware. "Old" starts below 500mhz and 198mb ram. At this point the installer starts hanging. 

 

 

 I get the error of Moksha was unable to run the application /usr/games/steam

This error means nothing specific. Most likely the file was not found at all so the installing went wrong. 

 

Here is a random list of games that certainly runs on this hardware

http://repo.openpand...cat=Game&s=name

No, you can NOT download them, they wont run. But the device which uses this repo has about the same hardware power. 


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:14 PM

This error means nothing specific. Most likely the file was not found at all so the installing went wrong. 

 

 

Actually, Steam requires far more modern hardware than this. OP is likely correct that their old hardware is the reason steam is not launching.



#4 Elw3

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:39 PM

Programms that are killed due to hardware limits throw "stopped running unexpectly". At least normally.


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 05:17 PM

Thanks guys! I can definitely see why steam wouldn't work.

Also, thank you Elw3 for suggesting the emulator idea because I actually got ZSNES (Snes emulator) working really well on this old computer.

I'm just glad I was able to get something running on the computer since I am not the most linux intellegent.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 04:35 AM

It seems like I don't have the most suggestions for stuff to do on this, what will be a few things I should do to optimize this computer with then?

 

I can only run 1 or 2 things before the computer slows down alot.

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:35 PM

NTP server - Onion Tor node?


Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz Quad, ASRock Rack E3C224, 2x 8GB Kingston KVR16E11/8I DDR3-1600 ECC CL11 Intel Chips (Dual Channel), EVGA GeForce GTX 570, Samsung SM863 120GB OS SSD, 2x WD RED 3TB HDDs (Raid 0), Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, Antec Earthwatts EA-750 80 Plus Platinum 750w PSU - Bodhi 4.1.0 64

AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad, Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H, 2x 2GB Kingston KHX8500D2K2 DDR2-1066 (Dual Channel), EVGA GeForce GTX 570, Intel 30GB OS SDD, Seagate ST31000340AS 1TB HDD, Seagate STBD4000400 4TB HDD, EVGA 500w Bronze Plus 80+ PSU - Bodhi Linux 3.2.1 64


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:32 PM

Load it chock full of drives and use it for backup storage.



#9 Oblio

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 02:07 PM

Drill some holes in it make it a birdhouse?   :P

 

Not sure if this interests you, but I have a buddy that used an old PC on his network for an add blocking appliance.  I'm on the fence with adds...I don't like them, but they do support content that makes the internet tick... anyway, it was an old, low powered PC and so far his experience has been great!


Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.1GHz Quad, ASRock Rack E3C224, 2x 8GB Kingston KVR16E11/8I DDR3-1600 ECC CL11 Intel Chips (Dual Channel), EVGA GeForce GTX 570, Samsung SM863 120GB OS SSD, 2x WD RED 3TB HDDs (Raid 0), Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, Antec Earthwatts EA-750 80 Plus Platinum 750w PSU - Bodhi 4.1.0 64

AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad, Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H, 2x 2GB Kingston KHX8500D2K2 DDR2-1066 (Dual Channel), EVGA GeForce GTX 570, Intel 30GB OS SDD, Seagate ST31000340AS 1TB HDD, Seagate STBD4000400 4TB HDD, EVGA 500w Bronze Plus 80+ PSU - Bodhi Linux 3.2.1 64


#10 DennisD

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

I know I am late to the game ... but what about an NES/Atari Emulator system. I just really got into this myself an have been really enjoying it.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 04:38 PM

Put ScummVM on it and enjoy the LucasArts adventure games. :D


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#12 DOOMguy

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:25 PM

It probably still has a built-in floppy drive.

 

I will install FreeDOS on it or on the last floppy disc you will ever use, then boot different Linux ISO's--which could be the 10 lightest distros out there: link1, link2, and link3 then I'd try different window managers (FVWM, e16, Moksha,ratpoison, monad, i3, etc.) and even improve on my CLI by always using VT1 through VT4. Say you've decided that archlinux is the way to go, even that one has different flavors. In fact, I might just spend all my time trying things out :)

 

 

FreeDOS, of course, so I can play DOOM. If the PC cannot play DOOM, it's not old. It's prehistoric.



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Posted 31 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

I had installed msmtp on an old PC and with getmail4, got that little bitty PC to back up my gmail. That way, I could use any interface to deal with my email. No GUI necessary -- just mutt and the command line, the way email originally was intended. I could then deal with attachments, but if I get something that can only be viewed through a browser, or only with Flash, out it goes---advertising goes to the trashcan, not any Recycle Bin. Nor my Inbox. I got to practice setting up a local area network and have a shared internet connection--trivial now, unless you wanted to learn how the big boys did it.Or what the GUIs really did, under the covers.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

Why not learn bash? There's not much damage you can do on an old relic. There's plenty of stuff online, or get this ebook



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:19 PM

You could build Bodhi Linux up from scratch: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org.

Have always wanted this being tried out, but these days I rather do my meditation sessions leaving my Facebook on somewhere, somehow.


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