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Ok so I have this old computer that a friend gave me for free. To be honest it really is not that bad, it gives me sub net-book performance. The only problem is I don't have any drivers. I want to make a thread about what to do with this computer.

Right now I have Ubuntu dual booted with Win XP, I thought about trying to put win 7 on it but to be honest I'm not really sure what to do with it.

Here are the specs I could figure out so far:

Motherboard: P4i65G
CPU: Willamette Pentium 4 @ 1.60ghz
RAM: 1280 gb Kingston PC3200 200mhz
HDD: 100gb and 20gb
Graphics: Intel 82865G Graphics Controller (I don't have an AGP card off hand)

Google keeps showing up threads on forums with people asking what CPU they should upgrade too, with answers saying "get with the times and go lga775."

So what can I do with this? I will see if I can post some pics of it.

EDIT: I found the drivers for it. I can run Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

EDIT 2: I just realised I have a spare T2500 lying around, it is the same socket as the Pentium 4. So I can upgrade the CPU.
Edited by james_ant - 1/15/11 at 8:23pm
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either run xp or build a cheap machine for <$250
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or get 3ghx p4 for dirt cheap......let start out by saying if you do it right even a 478 rig can run decently. i put together that could run bioshock! at good frame rates at that! that 1.6 ghz pentium 4 is slower than a high end Pentium 3.
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Actually you can build a good HTPC out of it.

Get a 3Ghz prescott add a 4650 AGP card & a high capacity HDD & you are good to go.
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What do you guys think of the T2500? Would that perform nicely? Maybe overclock it a bit.

But where would I go about finding a decent AGB graphics card?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
What do you guys think of the T2500? Would that perform nicely? Maybe overclock it a bit.

But where would I go about finding a decent AGB graphics card?
It will be better or equal to the Pentium 4, but make sure it is compatible.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by harishgayatri View Post
It will be better or equal to the Pentium 4, but make sure it is compatible.
Doesn't show up on the list, is there still a chance it will run?
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post #9 of 36
The T2500 and P4 share socket pin count, but are not pin compatible. If you run an old P4 478 desktop processor on it, there's no chance that a mobile Core Duo on a completely different lithography would fit, let alone support AGP or DDR1...
 
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One word: Linux

Install ubuntu on it and use it as a backup rig, that is after you put a 3.0Ghz P4 into the little guy.
 
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