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I really want to get into F@H but I can't dedicate my Q6600 Athena system to it because I constantly play games and use it for school stuff. But I do have this ancient Dell system that I just got from my grandpa after I built him a new system for gaming.

This old Dell is an obviously un-upgradeable motherboard
Pentium III (I don't know the clock)
PC133 RAM 128MB (That made me chuckle)
It had Winders ME on it but I'm hoping it will handle XP.

So could I use this for a F@H machine? Would each WU take like 19 years? I just kind of like the idea of me having a system in my basement that is chugging away all scientific like and contributing to the greater good of man kind!! Even if you can calculate faster with an abacus.
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So could I use this for a F@H machine? Would each WU take like 19 years? I just kind of like the idea of me having a system in my basement that is chugging away all scientific like and contributing to the greater good of man kind!! Even if you can calculate faster with an abacus.
I wouldn't say 19 years. Maybe something more like 18 years. Completing a WU on my 3.3GHz Pentium 4 takes about a week since I turn it off at night. I wouldn't even want to think about how long it'd take on a Pentium 3.
 
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I asked a very similar question for a similar machine (actually sounds like an identical Dell).
I was going to run Linux on it, but the MoBo fried, so I gave up on it.
Basicaly just do it. Every little bit helps.
I had it running on an old 1ghz machine under windows and it took about a week running 24/7 for a WU. Linux should be a little faster.
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I don't have Linux, and I don't really know much about it. Maybe I could use this as an experiment. I'm just now getting into the PC hobby so my knowledge is very limited. I have a buddy who is a CSE major so I think he should be able to help me out.

I may start pouring some money into this project. Maybe just build a cheap system for fun and use it for F@H.

This thing doesn't even have a LAN port. Is there a PCI card for that?
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I don't have Linux, and I don't really know much about it. Maybe I could use this as an experiment. I'm just now getting into the PC hobby so my knowledge is very limited. I have a buddy who is a CSE major so I think he should be able to help me out.

I may start pouring some money into this project. Maybe just build a cheap system for fun and use it for F@H.

This thing doesn't even have a LAN port. Is there a PCI card for that?
Now I know it is the same machine. Has a PCI soundcard and modem?
2 USB ports on the back, AGP video card? I don't remember the model #, and I just trashed it.

Yes, there are PCI LAN cards for ~$5-15.
Look into Ubuntu for Linux. It installs very easily and works well on older machines. Decent graphical interface and if you have any questions, ask in the Linx section here, lots of good help there.
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Dude, if it doesn't even have a LAN port, there's really no use in putting any money into it at all...
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Now I know it is the same machine. Has a PCI soundcard and modem?
2 USB ports on the back, AGP video card? I don't remember the model #, and I just trashed it.

Yes, there are PCI LAN cards for ~$5-15.
Look into Ubuntu for Linux. It installs very easily and works well on older machines. Decent graphical interface and if you have any questions, ask in the Linx section here, lots of good help there.
Yup. That's the one. I'm going to try and get into the BIOS right now to see what the processor is running at. I think I will just do the $5 LAN port right now and throw this old girl into my basement and get it going for awhile until I can build a cheap system with a decent processor. It will give me something to do. There's a small private computer store downtown that should have a small HDD and the LAN port. He could probably use the business.
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You can run Linux with folding from a thumb drive (but I don't think that MoBo will boot from USB).
Look in the for sale section here for a small HDD. Smallest you can really find now is ~40 gigs, and new they are $35-40. I just got 2 used ones (a 60 and 40 gig) for $30 shipped here. Same for the LAN.
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i have a old duron amd 1.0 folding right now and it takes abut a week 24/7 for each wu. every little bit helps like the others have said. id bet that system would take about a week and some odd days for each wu.
    
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I have a old p3 1ghz i fold with using the gui it takes 7-20 days to get a unit done and thier usualy 300 points or less.
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