Re: How to use old CPUs (Not Debian Specific)
All of those machines will run some sort of linux, maybe a scaled down
version but sothing.
I'd get a KVM to share the boxes bwtween on Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor.
Several are avaliable wiht cables for around $50US.
There is a website has has directions for making old.old.old boxes into
linksys like hoem routers too. Try http://www.ipcop.org/ I have seen this
installed and running very securely in around 60 mintues.
>OK. Like I'm guessing is the case with many of the users on this list,
>I have a multitude of PCs around the house. Four to be exact. I used
>to have three of them up and running, but that was before we moved.
>Now, since I have a DSL connection, I no longer have my desktop
>connected to an old machine with ISA slots just to use the hardware
>modem. We also have not yet found room to set up my daughter's
>computer. So only one PC is in use and the others are not even out of
>their moving boxes.
>Like I said, I don't have enough space in the new apartment to set up
>multiple computers, but I dislike having computing power going to waste.
> Can anyone suggest a way to network/connect all four to possibly
>distribute the load among them? I am considering building a custom case
>to hold all the MBs and only have a single monitor, mouse and keyboard
>connected. The case would, obviously, have to be fairly large, but it
>could then act as a table, as well, so the space would still be more
>efficient than four seperate cases which serve no othere purpose.
>This is the equipment that I have:
>My current Desktop unit - AMD Athlon XP 2400+
> - 40 GB HD (less than half used)
> - DVD ROM / CDRW
> - 3.5" FD
> - Built in Audio
> - USB / Firewire
>Previous Net gateway - PII 350MH
> - 200 MB HD
> - 20 GB HD
> - CD-ROM
> - 3.5" FD
> - USB
>Daughter's PC - 486 SX 25
> - 80 MB HD
>Other inherited PC - 486 SX 25
> - 120 MB HD? (may actually be 80 + compression)
>The 486s are currently running Win3.1, but that can be remedied.
>I also have lots of cables of various sorts, extra mice and keyboards
>(that I hope NOT to use) a few small HDs (170 MB to 256 MB) a 10-BaseT
>card or two. Somewhere, there is also a 2GB HD that has a possibly
>non-funtional Win98SE install. It is probably in the PII box.
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