what should i do with this...

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by VenomXt, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    what should i do with this old laptop a friend gave me for free! lol

    its got windows 98 on it at them moment.. i kinda want to turn it into a noet taking machine... what OS and progs would ytou put on it....

    or would you use it as a coaster.


    i think its a p133

    ps its from a old cop computer lol has a program on it acually labeled racial profiling.
     
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  2. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Does it say "Property of Police Department" anywhere on it? :rolleyes: :p


    Put Linux on it as second OS and learn it. :D
     
  3. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    Unless a person plans on playing games on the go (and with something that old, it could be tough, unless one wants to go retro)...Linux could work just dandy for note taking and the like. One can also get a lean install, that without the bloat, can perform OK on older hardware...

    If one doesn't know, and doesn't want to bother learning vi, one can just load Pine and use pico... Text only, really is sufficient for some short notes...
     
  4. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Firstly you should do whatever anyone should do when you get given an old computer. -- Search for incriminating evidence!!
     
  5. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    indeed credit card#, the secret porn folder............................. :p
     
  6. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    door stop?? paper weight?? planter??
     
  7. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    That cuts it, I give a HD away, I take the military route, and use a program that not only deletes, but shreds all the files on that drive, so every last sector is thoroughly (and yes redundently) wiped :D
     
  8. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Hey wasn't someone on the forums desperate for a laptop?

    I smell a sale. :D
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Laptop, not door-stop ;p

    Anyway, put linux on it :)
     
  10. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    it will aslo run 2k :D i spent 2 weeks putting 2k on similar machines that were ooooooold. onky had like a 133 processor etc but ran 2k really well :eek: some thing likie freebsd would be fin to play with though :cool:
     
  11. ThePatriot

    ThePatriot -=[BOHICA!]=- Political User

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    Hmmmm. 4th of July almost here...lots of rocketry and explosives available...I could think of a few fun things to do with it! :rolleyes:

    Linux or a lean Win install would prob work out well for you...heck, even Win95 would run well on it just for notes and such.
     
  12. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    hmm all good ideas what lean linus install would you guys use. im a linux newby.
     
  13. ~bk

    ~bk I Political User

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    Sell it on Ebay! :p
     
  14. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 I Like Cheese

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    If in fact it is a old police laptop, I may be VERY interested in it.
     
  15. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Why? It will have been securely wiped and is no different from any other old laptop :confused:
     
  16. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    We used to have a comp in the networking lab, where the HD, (mobo?), and lots of things were replaced, but it would never seem to work. The teacher wanted to paint it black, and put it out on I-40 for an early funeral :D

    OK, all joking aside (not to mention the traffic problems "ran over black laptop, lost control of car" could cause; whatever distro you get, I wouldn't go with a default install. If you're not familiar, you might try a distro such as Fedora or Mandrake. Others no doubt can think of leaner distros for that laptop, though these might be good for you to learn off of.

    The install should be trimmed though, with a custom install and what not. You'll need the essentials (such as the core and stuff, no doubt), you'll want X, a desktop (Gnome, KDE, or whatever you would prefer), and xFree86. If you want to get online, you'll want the graphical Internet, aka a web browser, and if you install Pine, you can use pico for an editor to take notes in, and skip having to learn vi for the time being altogether.

    Also, you might not need it for now, but for latter make sure to install gcc. Many linux apps are released as source code, and you'll need this to install many other programs should you chose to do so latter on (unless you can find an rpm). Perhaps someone can think of some other things you'll need. The default is to throw a lot of stuff on there you might not want though.

    BTW, for someone relatively new to Linux, you might want to make sure to select the graphical boot option, or have it boot to run level 5. This will give you the X Windows interface off the bat, without having to do a startx and all...
     
  17. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 I Like Cheese

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    It has already been wiped? If it was a laptop out of a cruiser then it is possible that it could have been used as a MDT (mobile data transfer). I have been looking for one of these for years. As you can guess, they are very hard to find.
     
  18. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    it was out of a crusier. and has been altered... programs simply deleted. as you can see the shell of of the programs is still there. i could recover if i wanted toi imagine but i dont really want to.
     
  19. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 I Like Cheese

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    Thats to bad because I would have offered you a nice chunk of change for it
     
  20. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    boo, place mat for me lol