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So I was given some historic (built in 97) PCs, four total. After doing some research I found them to be ASUS P/1 p55t2p4. They all seem to be working towers and come with network cards. I will do more research on them and see the amount of RAM they have, which I'd imagine only around 512 max but only thing I can think to do is installing XAMP and practicing with databases.
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Maybe you can use one or two of them for folding?
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I like making old computers into home media servers. Put some decent size HDD's on them and run movies, etc off of the network. With how old the computer is, it's pretty obsolete for folding in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by Doogiehouser View Post
I like making old computers into home media servers. Put some decent size HDD's on them and run movies, etc off of the network. With how old the computer is, it's pretty obsolete for folding in my opinion.
It is.

Clean them up, reinstall Windows OR install Linux and then hand them over to a local school that is in need? There are always schools that would appreciate any computer, but it might not be the one closest to you.
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It is.

Clean them up, reinstall Windows OR install Linux and then hand them over to a local school that is in need? There are always schools that would appreciate any computer, but it might not be the one closest to you.
+1 .. Great thought .. Many schools do not have the budget to buy their old stuff - and we need to think of the next generation that have to help usm when we get old
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post #7 of 17
I "refurbish" my old PC's and give them to charity (gotta wipe out the HDD throughly tho), make home servers, or, as in my C2D PC, a decent HTPC. You could even use them for BOINCing/folding.
   
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I was wanting to use these for work and also to educate myself.
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I use some old ones to run Untangle. Throw some networking cards in and viola!
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i usually either install linux and use it for trying different distros etc. or i just scrap it and add the intersting parts to the growing modern art installation on my wall.
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