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very old laptop Answered

can I do anything with this old piece of crap other than scavenge parts from it? it has 1 floppy drive i think 64mb of ram 250-450mb HD space the ports you can see in the picture windows 95 and intel inside

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zack247
zack247

9 years ago

hack it!! find an interesting hack and imply it! the best way to reuse a laptop is to use it in a way that it wasn't supposed to be. the black connector closest to the keyboard and mouse connections is a vga port. you can plug an external monitor into it. next is a LAN connection, and then the paralel port, and i think the next might be a printer or scsi port

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Jordo
Jordo

10 years ago

lol my teacher would love that, we cant find computers anymore with serial ports to program our Cisco routers with.

always have to but those adapters

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Goodhart
Goodhart

10 years ago

Older computers make great "security" monitors.  That is, they have enough power to drive many security systems (especailly one built by one's self). 

I have used a TANDY Color Computer for such.

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welder guy
welder guy

10 years ago

you could give it to me im starting a collection

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Labot2001
Labot2001

10 years ago

You could boot DSL or another teeny tiny Linux and run a bunch of little scientific apps off of it, for calculations and graphs and the like. Tool's ideas sound great too, but I would definitely recommend Linux for something this old...

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the_mad_man
the_mad_man

Reply 10 years ago

which linux?

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 10 years ago

I recommend Damn Small Linux (DSL) for your particular machine. This takes up roughly 50MB of disk space raw and can run on wayyy older procs and as little as 16MB of RAM.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

10 years ago

You could throw it at a robber during a mugging. It would probably cause brain trauma.

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the_mad_man
the_mad_man

Reply 10 years ago

and hemorrhaging, AND still be in one piece for a second time

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

10 years ago

Presuming it works, you could just use it for the retro chic aspect. Or since it has a parallel port do a google for parallel port data logging, if the port is bidirectional you can build various add ons like oscilloscopes, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, etc.

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the_mad_man
the_mad_man

Reply 10 years ago

so your saying use it like a giant multimeter/scope?

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the_mad_man
the_mad_man

Reply 10 years ago

thanks