That Dusty Old Computer

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That Dusty Old Computer

Postby thepeacemaker7 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:30 pm

Hey Guys,
When do you finally determine that an old computer needs to hit the dump heap? I have 4 Pentium 4 computers, and I am using one of them as a PFSense router right now. However, I have to admit, I am getting this sinking feeling that it is time to let these computers go. Why? Mainly because I could build a PFSense router for less than $200 dollars that uses less electricity and has more features.

Are there any distributed computing projects that use 15 year old computers in a meaningful way? :icon_rolleyes: If not, when do you guys take your old computer behind the barn and put it out of its misery? lol

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Re: That Dusty Old Computer

Postby USAFA82 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:55 pm

I have a customer that still has some Pentium 4 computers. lol The decision to retire a computer is based when when it's outlived it's usefulness. My personal opinion is that Pentium 4's aren't going to be as useful, productive or efficient as a newer computer. On the other hand, if you want a badge that shows time spent in a particular project, a very slow computer can help you achieve that goal better than a new computer.

I have a first-generation Core i7 that I built in 2009. I have the original specs somewhere on this board. Since then, I've added memory, replaced the hard drives a couple of times, upgraded the video card, and just in the past week I upgraded the drive to a SSD. It's still faster than most of the computers I work on for customers. I may try to build a 7th gen Core i7 next year but I also have to be a good steward. If my current machine keeps plugging along, I may wait.

It may be time to donate them to your local Goodwill :)

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Re: That Dusty Old Computer

Postby littlepeaks » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:57 pm

Hmmm -- I have an old Pentium PC down stairs. It was pretty beefy at the time, and has a separate video card from the motherboard. It still works pretty well, but haven't started it up in about a year. It has a large CRT monitor that' starting to lose its focus (it can run an HD monitor). It has Doom II, which runs real well on it. I uninstalled the Norton antivirus on it, since it is no longer connected to the internet. Think it has MS Office Professional 2003 on it. Also has Norton Ghost -- not sure if I got rid of that or not. Probably ought to dispose of it, unless someone wants it.
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Re: That Dusty Old Computer

Postby thepeacemaker7 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:34 am

littlepeaks wrote:Hmmm -- I have an old Pentium PC down stairs. It was pretty beefy at the time, and has a separate video card from the motherboard. It still works pretty well, but haven't started it up in about a year. It has a large CRT monitor that' starting to lose its focus (it can run an HD monitor). It has Doom II, which runs real well on it. I uninstalled the Norton antivirus on it, since it is no longer connected to the internet. Think it has MS Office Professional 2003 on it. Also has Norton Ghost -- not sure if I got rid of that or not. Probably ought to dispose of it, unless someone wants it.


Does that computer have DOS or Windows on it?

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Re: That Dusty Old Computer

Postby littlepeaks » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:38 pm

It has Windows XP, but I haven't done updates since I mothballed it. Don't know if the XP updates are still available or not. I used to run WCG on it, but only one WU at a time.
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