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post #11 of 22
donate it.
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post #12 of 22
I've given away 3-4 machines like that on Craigslist in the last 6 months, even better ones actually.
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post #13 of 22
recycle it ! save the mother earth ! crt monitor can be recycled
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post #14 of 22
Upgrade to XP and Magicjack?
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post #15 of 22
1. Wipe Win98
2. Install favorite Linux flavor
3. Turn into dedicated firewall/FTP server
4. ????
5. Profit
post #16 of 22
Well, to make it a server, you'd have to buy a Hard Disk, and if you don't want to spend money on a Sata controller card, you'd have to buy an ATA HDD, which will not work with some newer motherboards that no longer have an ATA interface, so in the future it would only work in a small selection of PC's.

But even if you are OK with that, a P3 450 probably only has an ATA 66 interface (I used to work with one, 440BX chipset), and that will limit the performance of the PC as a server.

The second thing is, you probably need more ram than just 96MB. You could try to max it out.

In all honesty though, I only think of one thing to do with it: a legacy gaming machine, provided it has a decent graphics card for it's time.

Or, you could try to sell the components to some legacy PC parts collector.
 
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post #17 of 22
I would just turn the thing into a router......find a nice small case for the components (or leave in the old case), install a linux distro, and then you don't have to pay upwards of 100 bucks for a decent router with tons of functionality. You may or may not need to buy a network switch for this though.
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post #18 of 22
Take your favorite weapon and go bananas.
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post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ehh... I don't think it has a decent graphics card. Couldn't run Maplestory or Lego Racer, if I recall (oh, childhood and its crappy games).

I don't think it can upgrade to XP, and even so, it wouldn't do much - I have a Dell from 2006 that runs XP w/ a Pentium 4, albeit very slowly.

I don't know how to work Linux or servers, and therefore see no use for them. D:

Thanks for all these suggestions, though! Might end up craigslisting them as Sheyster said... beats driving to far away trash dumps.
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post #20 of 22
Do you live near a best buy? They recycle old computers for free. Sometimes they charge $10 but they give you a $10 gift certificate in exchange so it turns out to be free if you buy something while you are there.
    
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