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 Post subject: What to do with an old P4 system?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:39 pm 
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it was my very first build when i started out...

it currently has an old DOS PC case, for those extra large old school motherboards

Intel single-core P4 @3.2GHz
2GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM
IDE HDD 320GB
IDE CD Drive
ECS Motherboard Pro800-M i think
No Stock Cooler, cause it broke a few years back when i transferred it over to another PC
Radeon x1600 PRO

Worth maybe sub 100$ at this point, if anything.

i wanted to do something to keep it going - to be used for something, i am just not sure what. if i upgraded it, it definitely will be the MOBO and CPU cooler first, and maybe switch to a SATA optical drive. Then a nice video card if i don't end up bottlenecking the system with today's plethora of parts.

maybe a good question for the doctor segment on the podcast?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:09 am 
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Make a home server? Put a Linux Distro on it? Pretty much whatever trips your trigger.

I have an old P4 that I set up a dual boot of Windows XP and Suse Linux 9.3 on and I use it. My old workstation with dual Xeons (about 8 years old now) will eventually get loaded with drives and a SATA controller card to be a home server.

I also do a lot with data acquisition and use old systems I have for running mundane task.

Last but not least, if it runs, clean it up and give it to someone who can't afford a computer and does little more than web surfing and wants email.

That brings us full circle to whatever trips your trigger.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:16 am 
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I think you posted in the wrong section this is better suited for help me build/help me buy.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:58 am 
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I should have caught that. Damn, getting old sucks. Thus we shall move it. Not sure that Help Me Build/Buy is right but I can't see it in the Modder's area either.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:12 pm 
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Get it folding, use it as HTPC - the joys of siting on the couch while surfing the net are endless. Or make it into a server to stream content/download media.


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I've got an old Soyo P4 board as my server...

I added two of these.

I used 6 of the older Seagate 1Tb but you could use these.

And created a server massive enough to hold the whole household's stuff.

I did two RAID-5 arrays - one for my music (I'm a DJ) and the other for all of the other stuff.

You don't need to use 6 drives, but it's nice. ;)


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 Post subject: A firewall
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:37 pm 
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I used a Dell that had a hard drive failure. I replaced the drive and downloaded the software. It's free to non-commercial users.


The software is at smoothwall.org.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:21 pm 
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iPood wrote:
Get it folding,


Agreed. That would make a decent single-core folder.





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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:31 pm 
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Let me fix Ron's take..

Put Linux on it (even trying something like a stage 1 install of Gentoo)...then make a home server out of it.


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This: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... ld_pc_pics

If you're really ambitious, I'm sure you can add a couple hard drives in there and it can do double or triple duty as a home server and F@H rig.


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furball146 wrote:
Let me fix Ron's take..

Put Linux on it (even trying something like a stage 1 install of Gentoo)...then make a home server out of it.


:) I don't know, I started with a Suse distro and it works for me as ancient as 9.3 is. I have a 10.0 version here I never did install.

On another note this thread hits home because today I resurrected an old Intel 875 PBZ socket 478 board. My brother destroyed the old P4 3.0 GHz chip making it a socket 477 board if you get the drift.

Before the holidays a friend sent me a 3.2 GHz P4 chip so I finally got around to putting things together in the wife's old Antec Plus View case. I shoved a few old PATA HDDs in and some RAM and the thing booted. Currently loading XP SP3 for updates but the damn thing works.

As to folding? I have folded on any and everything, however, using an old P4 isn't exactly a productive way to go. Then too, every WU helps the cause.

I like using old systems like this for server applications. Hell you don't need the latest and greatest as a home server.

Ron


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Reloadron wrote:
Hell you don't need the latest and greatest as a home server.

Ron


..unless it is also a folder (linux is good for folding) :D





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Do you know what socket type the cpu is? We need to know that in order to recommend a heatsink/motherboard.


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The socket size is LGA775. The specific model of the current MOBO is actually a ECS P4M800PRO-M. i am looking with a MOBO that has everything this one has, plus some more fan ports and better drive connector placement, with the FDD on the side near the drive bays/cages.

however...

i was thinking of turning it into maybe an PC that is for show: kind of like to remind me of how far my PC's have come along since i started building PCs way back when, like the time line section of the dinosaur bone collection - just something to reflect on, really. it would be nice to get it in a working condition, just in case i want to go back to play DOS games. i thought of this because i don't really have anything from this PC to transfer over. otherwise, i would use it for spare parts.

if i decide i keep it as a showpiece, i shouldn't really spend any money right, to keep it vintage in the years to come?

at the moment i am just tearing apart the PC to clean the parts, and assessing condition of parts. i thought about a small form factor case to house the old parts in, but maybe i should just clean it up first.

would the Antec Skeleton (mATX form factor version) be a decent case for a showpiece? it would defeat the purpose of keeping it old school :( . i do have my old dynex case, but wouldn't it make more noise because the sound would just bounce around in it? the PSU in this case is an ANTEC 400W SL400


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Reloadron wrote:
:) I don't know, I started with a Suse distro and it works for me as ancient as 9.3 is. I have a 10.0 version here I never did install.


heh..I hear ya..when I said that I was thinking of gentoo in mind, which IMO is probably the best learning tool out there, but not one of the better experiences one would have (heck, took me 4 or 5 whacks at it before I got it right...but hey, that why you're supposed to learn from mistakes)


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