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ajit555
2y

Started this machine for the first time after 18 years!!

IBM R51 (32 bit single core Pentium M), 1gb RAM, 40gb old mechanical hdd.

Installed Ubuntu 12 (32 bit from old iso) , installed some educational software to teach mouse n keyboard (my daughter is good in touchscreen on ipad), she is getting hang of mouse so quick, amazed how fast kids learn, wish I could be so fast too.

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  • 3
    Surprised still some juice left in battery after so long being discharged, keyboard still in pristine n I felt so good to type, miss the mouse buttons like these on my new Dell laptop.
  • 0
    Someone would probably pay 300 for that, it's a thinkpad™️
  • 0
    @beegC0de really! Not sure anyone in India would pay anything for it.
  • 2
    @ajit555 I actually definitely would
    Just because it's old and cool
    But have no space for it right now :/
  • 1
    These things are better than anything currently on the market in many ways
  • 0
    Seemingly old useless computers still have lots of power if right os/apps used on them, just recently converted old Android TV box to Nas drive. Can't figure out anything for my old Xbox 360 though. Nobody providing Linux distro for that :(
  • 2
    Are there non-mechanical HDDs?
  • 0
    @StefanH True, not much useful for us but nowadays, I tend to revive a unused PC / laptop and tend to make it available for kids / senior people for general use. Many a times, a slight RAM upgrade / SSD or battery replacement is enough to make it usable. Just upgraded mine Dell 9400 for my niece which was lying around unused. Where do you get nowadays a gorgeous 17inches 1980*1200 screen in laptops? Very good for reading especially documents.
  • 0
    @RememberMe I have a commodore 64 for you. Your offer? Too bad I don't have the VIC20, started out on that when I was a little boy.
  • 0
    So wholesome
  • 1
    @ajit555 I saw a ThinkPad and I immediately ++ed.
  • 1
    need to do this on my Eee PC 1005HA!
  • 1
    @pyaf Lenovo only acquired the PC business of IBM. That was actually a small part of IBM's total business.
  • 0
    @StefanH Computers with 1GB RAM can still be good media centers. You can install Kodi and watch 1080p video on pretty much any potato as long as it has a 100Mb/s connection.
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    @bittersweet I'm pretty sure the laptop in op would struggle even at 720p video.

    Oh, and you don't need 100Mbps for 1080 if it's compressed. 20Mbps is pretty good already.
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