Things to do with old PC?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by extra pc, Nov 2, 2005.

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  1. extra pc

    extra pc Guest

    Hi everyone,

    Could you please suggest what I can do with my old PC. It is an AMD running Windows ME.

    Thank you
  2. trickyricky

    trickyricky Registered Member

    Mar 27, 2005
    London, UK
    In terms of what, exactly? Protecting it from malware as is, or giving it a new lease of life by installing Linux on it?
  3. old pc

    old pc Guest

    right sorry, I have purchased a new computer P4 3.2 gig etc, so I am wondering if I could do anything with my old PC as it still works fine? like maybe linking them together etc...
  4. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

    Jul 21, 2003
    10 Things to Do With Old PCs

  5. old pc

    old pc Guest

    thanks ron i've just stumbled across it my self.
  6. Beef

    Beef Guest

    Old computers make great firewalls.
  7. curiouSS

    curiouSS Guest

    how? could you explain or give links
  8. Blackspear

    Blackspear Global Moderator

    Dec 2, 2002
    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  9. Beef

    Beef Guest


    Sorry to inform you:

    *** project has been freezed.
    We are not available for questions, and the download sites have been shut down.

    We thank you all for your support and hope to be back again as a real open source project. See you then ! ***

    **its a live CD. It does not use a hard disk, while all the settings are stored on a write-protectable diskette, making it virtually inmune to intrusions and power failures. **

    unfortunately I am down with a real bad case of the Flu......but if you and others are interested then later I'll try to locate a download site for you.

    of course its open source and freeware.
  10. tuatara

    tuatara Registered Member

    Apr 7, 2004
    Or install a Unix version on it and use it as a Internet client instead of
    your Windows.

    This way it will prevent your Windows system from a lot of spyware/malware etc.

    Or keep Windows ME on it, and use it as a trial sofware testing system.
    or as backup or file server.

    (make a disk image before testing).

    Or perhaps a good MP3 system?

    etc. etc.

    Router ? Firewall ? Honeypot ? Webserver ? FtpServer ? etc. etc.
  11. iceni60

    iceni60 ( ^o^)

    Jun 29, 2004
    you could try this out and let us know what you think :D
    you need XP for it to work i think. :mad:



    Ubuntu was the idea of Mark Shuttleworth, he's one of the people that became a Russian space tourist. -

    MAC Tiger install
  12. Beef

    Beef Guest

  13. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    West Yorkshire, UK
    My old P3 450 sits upstairs as my drone machine. Runs windows xp fine (with the classic 2k style user interface).
    I use my laptop as my main machine downstairs.

    Drone machine is used for downloading, file sharing, converting music, backing up my dvds (slow but not an issue for a mostly unattended machine) internal webserver for my development (im an developer), file server to the laptop, Runs 24/7, doing the long term stuff, so that my laptop can be left as a lean mean websurfing, emailing machine. Also is great for having a machine for testing new software on (data is stored on a 2nd partition and backed up occasionally, so if it goes belly up I wont be stuck without a machine.

    Both machines are sat behind a router on cable broadband.

    Even though my laptop is only a 866mhz p3, and my drone machine a p3 450 it is a far more productive setup than the 1.8ghz athlon that I traded them in for.
  14. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
  15. Arup

    Arup Guest

    Also add Astaro to the list, its free for home use and runs great, can be found at
  16. AvianFlux

    AvianFlux Registered Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    I'd use an old computer as a gateway/server appliance to the Internet with firewall, traffic monitor/logger, malware/adware/spam defences, etc., loaded up in it.
  17. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

    May 28, 2004
    Portland, OR (USA)
    I like nickr's suggestion, that's what I've been wanting to do for some time now. Now that I've got a couple old systems to set up, though, I've got one set up as a beta test machine, and the other is waiting until I have room to set it up full-time. The test machine is on a KVM switch, which is veeery nice (two computers on one keyboard, monitor, and mouse) and not expensive, either. At some point I may just get a 4-way KVM.
  18. Mr2cents

    Mr2cents Registered Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    I've also got a windows me computer. I'm considering purchasing a new computer. If I do, I think I will try and learn about linux on this one. Lots of good suggestions here.
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