I'd have to look. I'm out of town on training. I'll be back on Wednesday. I'll let you know. It has a date of 1998-1999 on some stuff. It is old enough that is says it's 2000 compliant.|
From: Radio Doctor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:44:13 AM
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Reviving/testing legacy computers
Inspiron 7000 is a modern machine. What's the service tag on your oldie?
On Mon, May 8, 2017, at 07:31, Roger Moyer wrote:
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 <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:18:09 AM
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.
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.
Put Linux on it?
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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