so I Recently Aquired A Few Computers...

So at my dads work there were around 7 pretty old computers and he brought them home for me to try to get them to work. 3 of them is said I could have. Now here is the catch: Only one has a working operating system. the other two don't really boot up(i made the mistake on one of trying to install windows NT on to the hard drive in one computer and then take it put the hard drive back in)the other computer says it's missing some system file. Now, here is the hard part, none of those computers have a CD drive or Floppy drive, so is there any thing i can do? If it helps, I can take pictures of the computers(Can you believe that one of them has a 5 GB hard drive?).

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Sypran7 years ago
recently the same thing happened to me my friends knew I love to upgrade my old windows 95 computer so they gave me the towers. Now listen to this... I have in my hand atm... a 1.4GB hard drive. 3.5 inch and everything. (min later) now I have the strangest HD i ever saw in my hand, a 2.5GB hard drive... but not any average hard drive.a 5 1/4 size. the thing is basically half as thick, but the disks you can tell are CD sized. (if you want pics i can show ya) - oh anyway. yeah outa the 4 i got 3 CD drives were jammed and even when I got the thing to pop out the disks would not spin. all their windows 95s are missing 3 files that is common when you turned the computer off by just cutting the power, or so Ive heard. My windows 95 disk is shattered (cries) and 2 of em have 24 mb RAM to small for even puppy sheash. But hey! I got an AMD K6! little faster and better (300mhz) , and fits my socket 7 nicely. I also got this motherboard that online says it supports up to 512mb Ram total (2 slots) (way better then the one I have atm... ) even has a turbo switch. only one flaw... doesn't have ... well anything on it. fair enough that I gotta have a sound card, and video, but I can only attach a keyboard with a 6 pin. and i need a card just to have a mouse. and that all the card slots... ahh w/e time to play some more Total Annihilation on original hardware. (and games that dosbox cannot play, and 64bit is incompatible with)
Labot20018 years ago
Take pics and post stats. The following information would be lovely so we could help you out some more:

  • Processor type and Speed (ex: Intel Celeron 600 MHz)
  • Memory/RAM Capacity and, if you can find it, type (ex: 64MB DIMM)
  • Hard Drive Capacity (you already said one of them was 5GB? Wow. You're working with Windows 95-era machines, boy)
  • Original OS (ex: Windows 95, 98, etc)
  • Number of USB Ports, if any
I also wonder if any of them have Wifi or bluetooth? lol

Post as many pics as you can, front and back of the machines are most important.

Whenever I acquire old PCs, I usually upgrade them with parts I have lying around or find or (gasp) purchase and then sell them on craigslist. This is just me, though.
dsman195276 (author)  Labot20018 years ago
well, i don't really have a easy way of getting info on ram and processor since two of them don't boot to a spot where i can view the info. all of them have one old usb, and the working lab top has access to two 2.0 usb drives via pcmcia card. like i said the one that works has win98se on it, and i just set it up to dual boot a variant of puppy linux. the other two i don't know. one is stuck on the winnt installation screen(long story) and the other just says "Can't find OS"
So there aren't any stickers or anything on them? Look for stickers. Towers usually have stickers with information on them.
dsman195276 (author)  Labot20018 years ago
there all labtops(sorry for the late post). i did find i external floppy which i used to install MS-DOS and then a lite version of Linux that runs from MS-DOS.
They are a laptop? Ok, We really need pictures now, i thought you where dealing with desktops.
USB eh, Don't know the Ram and Processor specs? Get into the bios, it usually tells you the specs.
ReCreate8 years ago
Show me a picture of the Computers, case open if you will. Also, First, Acquire a Cd drive and cable, And A Windows Xp(only is they are 400MHz or faster, with at lest 64MB of ram), Windows 2000(if they are 200MHz or faster with at least 32MB of ram) Or MicroXP (If they are lower than 200MHz, no lower than 150 though XD and at least 32MB of RAM) Installation Cd. Connect the Cd Drive to your first victm, make sure it has an HDD with no important file of at least 1GB(512MB if you are installing MicroXP) and connect the CD drive to it, Install OS, Switch to the Next PC, and so on, You should get all of them working that way, as long as they are 200MHz or higher, and they all have an HDD of at least 512MB. ;)
DJ Radio8 years ago
You should ask your dad to buy you some working CD drives, then install Ubuntu linux on them all.
Oh no, Big big no, Ubuntu is by far too heavy, I reccomend XP, MicroXP or 2000 just as long as they have a clock higher than 200MHz
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