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Re: Reviving/testing legacy computers
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From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 14:31:49 +0000
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Thread-topic: [CRTech] Reviving/testing legacy computers
Hi Willy

Thanks for the tips. I will check on those things. I was able to find a copy of Win95. The computer is an old Del Inspiron 7000.  It will be interesting to see if it works.

From: Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:18:09 AM
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Subject: [CRTech] Reviving/testing legacy computers
There are a number of Linux distros that are optimized to run on older hardware like that laptop. Definitely worth looking into.

Some will even boot from a floppy! Here's a link: http://www.linuxbootdisks.com/distro16.asp

As for older versions of Windows, you would be better off with 98SE, rather than 95. :) (Unless the machine is REALLY limited!)

BTW, it's ALSO possible that the internal HD has died, or was removed. That will give a similar error. Better check that, first. :) There are some versions of Linux that can be run from a CD, albeit very slowly, which can be used to see if the machine is at least somewhat functional.

If there is no HD, I don't know if the CD versions would fully boot, but at least you WOULD see the self-tests running, as Linux tries to get its footing on that creaky platform. ;) If you can get a floppy bootable version going, then at least you'd know what the machine has for CPU, RAM, etc.


On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 9:46 AM, Mike Shane <mshane@salemomaha.com> wrote:
Put Linux on it?

Mike Shane

On May 2, 2017, at 15:28, Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1@hotmail.com> wrote:

I was doing some spring cleaning around the shop and storage rooms and unearthed an old laptop. The tag on the bottom said it was 2000 year compliant. I fired it up and it says there is no OS on it.

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