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Windows 7: when is a pc too old to re-sell?

24 Jan 2014   #11
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Old PC's make excellent home file / multi-media / printer servers / Internet gateways etc etc. The only problem might be if you only have IDE disks -- however you can probably find SATA adapters.

Great way to learn something about Linux too -- Linux will run on just about anything.

Store all your backup data from laptops / tablets etc on the Linux server as your "Private Cloud" too - so you can learn about cloud computing as well.

The Linux server doesn't need a huge amount of RAM either - and even if it has hideous graphics it doesn't matter as you can use the Command line or even a REMOTE console. You don't even need to connect a screen to the server at all if you operate it as a remote console. !!

Decent Linux distros to try : Debian, SUSE, Linux Mint, Ubuntu ===> that's 4 decent ones's just for starters.

Linux has come on a LONG way in recent years -- your main problem might be in getting some of the newer wireless cards / wifi USB adapters to work but as a server I'd use a WIRED LAN connection -- most home routers have 3 or 4 LAN connections available as well as the standard Wi-Fi. You will still be able to access the server from a Wireless connection on your LAN.

For file sharing etc look at APACHE. (As with most things Linux it's all FREE !!!)

http://www.apache.org/

Cheers
jimbo


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24 Jan 2014   #12
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
I'm the type to keep anything and everything as long as it works. When my main rig is down, it's a comfort to know that I have a backup machine ready to just plug in and go, even if it's slow. If I didn't have a backup machine, how on earth would I order repair parts?
Hi Ovenmaster

It's called Telephone and snail mail !!!!!! -- still works sort of even in 2014 !!!!-- I agree though it's a pain when not having the Internet.

(Hope you aren't the sort who gets hopelessly lost if the SATNAV system fails -- Maps still work too !!!!! but I'd still draw the line at using Morse code for last ditch communication !!!.

Cheers
jimbo
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24 Jan 2014   #13
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

I find a second computer indispensable. If I have problems with the main PC I have a means of getting online for info, d/l drivers, email. A case of 1 is none and 2 is 1.
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24 Jan 2014   #14
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

tried installing Lubuntu on it, but it didnt work. cant boot xp or linux. "a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart". can't seem to get to my restore point. oh well I'm just playing and experimenting anyway. lol
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24 Jan 2014   #15
dperecky

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker
 
 

I installed wireless printer application/driver software on my old XP machine. This is because I found that printer software, at least historically... has been a big dent in performance.

I seldom print anything. Most of what I do with the HP printer is the opposite- scanning documents. If it's needed, the XP machine is fired up and the document is printed from there.

Heard of a way to 'share a printer' in the home network, but never had the incentive to research how that works. Plus with wireless printers, it may not work anyways.

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tried installing Lubuntu on it, but it didnt work. cant boot xp or linux. "a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart". can't seem to get to my restore point. oh well I'm just playing and experimenting anyway.
For Linux, try Ubuntu or OpenSUSE. Ubuntu has a 'Try without install' feature if you install it onto a USB. These worked good for me. I also like Puppy Linux. It's cute and has a VERY small footprint.
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24 Jan 2014   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
tried installing Lubuntu on it, but it didnt work. cant boot xp or linux. "a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart". can't seem to get to my restore point. oh well I'm just playing and experimenting anyway. lol
You can either get a cheap new disk or run it from a USB stick.

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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24 Jan 2014   #17
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Maybe just keep it for a garage wireless system for web searches, music, emails and light duty needs.
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24 Jan 2014   #18
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
I find a second computer indispensable. If I have problems with the main PC I have a means of getting online for info, d/l drivers, email. A case of 1 is none and 2 is 1.
I definitely agree with this as well; which is partially why i havent disposed of my previous system which is a very old dell tower with xp on it. It is definitely better to have a second one; than nothing more to turn to if your main system goes down for some reason.
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24 Jan 2014   #19
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

If you do or you thought about working with heavier programs (editing, design, etc.) The old pc can use for basic programs. Or you can give away or sell to someone who needs.
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