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I was given a ten year old laptop: payment for setting up and transferring files to a brand new Acer laptop running Windows 8.1 - which oddly enough, runs slower than:

Dell Latitude D610
Pentium M @ 1.6 GHz
1GB Ram
Windows XP Home, SP3

I have a few ideas on what to do. First one is to wipe it clean and use it for some oldschool games. The previous owner used it predominantly for Facebook games, so that's why it still runs well. I'm writing this message on the Latitude. Heck of a sense of nostalgia, as I owned one ages ago.

Idea two: Upgrade the memory and hard drive, put Linux on it and use it as a media centre.

Idea three: Use it as a learning tool. Put Unix or OpenBSD on it.

Idea four: Get a C++ compiler and a lesson bool and try something new.

I'd be very curious to know what everyone here would do with a ten year old laptop. Do we go with 1, 2, 3, or 4? Or is there a better idea thats worth lookingo into.

Lets talk!



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Idea 1 would be the cheapest of the group.



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Read it and weep, fella


I say 1+2. How upgradeable is it?



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
    Originally posted by both DJ FrostyFreeze and CEOIII
    I say 1+2. How upgradeable is it?

    Idea 1 would be the cheapest of the group.

Well, I have spare memory sticks, and an old hard drive from my broken PS3 that I haven't repurposed yet. Whether it will work or not in this laptop. As for the OS: OpenBSD is a free operating system. I also found a free C++ compiler included in a textbook at a used bookstore...if you'll pardon the Mad Magazine reference, only ten dollars cheap!


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Our home server is a Lenovo 07682CU (which I believe came out around 2006) running Gentoo Linux. The only upgrade I made was the purchase of a couple of external HDs. I have ownCloud, subsonic, and mediatomb all running - as well as a couple of scripts on both our Mac laptops to handle the backing up of critical files. It's a very 'paper clip and bubble gum' setup, but for now it works fine and as fairly easy to maintain.
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I successfully upgraded the memory: inside a bottom compartment was a 512MB DDR2 stick installed, I replaced it with a 2GB stick, with no issues. So far. I think this will work well with my old 500GB hard drive.

    Originally posted by Leroy

    Our home server is a Lenovo 07682CU (which I believe came out around 2006) running Gentoo Linux. The only upgrade I made was the purchase of a couple of external HDs. I have ownCloud, subsonic, and mediatomb all running - as well as a couple of scripts on both our Mac laptops to handle the backing up of critical files. It's a very 'paper clip and bubble gum' setup, but for now it works fine and as fairly easy to maintain.
Thats a very good idea. Can any Linux distro be used as a home server? I've had some experience using Ubuntu and Linux Mint.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.43
    Originally posted by Oliver
    Thats a very good idea. Can any Linux distro be used as a home server? I've had some experience using Ubuntu and Linux Mint.


Personally, if the whole 'server' setup is new to you, I'd probably go with a GUI-less installation of Mint or CentOS.

I'm a big fan of Gentoo/Funtoo, but it's not really a 'user friendly' installation (unless you use the LiveCD, but what fun is that?). You'll learn a lot, but you'll likely have periods of frustration (e.g. compiling a kernel from scratch, etc) - and a lot of things don't come for free like they do with other distros.
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Try a few live-CDs if you are going to try Linux. Try to find one that picks up all of your wifi / chipset stuff without any configuration.

Linux Mint is what I'm running on an older Lattitude E6500 and it picked up everything right off of the bat.




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After giving some thought, I'm going to use the laptop as a classic games slash emulator system. I just need to find a good wireless controller that I can connect via Bluetooth...maybe a PS3 controller...?



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Don't know about Bluetooth, but an Xbox 360 controller's going to be your best bet for compatibility.



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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    Don't know about Bluetooth, but an Xbox 360 controller's going to be your best bet for compatibility.
I quite dislike the 360 controller - give me the PS3's anyday.



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