Description

Well here it is, a 200 MHz Pentium II, for the fastest computing experience since the Pentium FDIV bug.
384 MB of SDRAM clocked at 100 MHz for running all the memory intensive programs you like.
2 MASSIVE 40 GB Western Digital IDE drives to store all those dank memes, yo.
An STB Systems video card to run Quake 3 arena at a cinematic 24 FPS.
The sexy Gateway case.
The Uber Powerful 200 watt Astec Power Supply so all your components get clean dependable power.
2 DVD drives for watching all the movies at once.
2 Floppy drives for playing your DOS games in compatibility mode.
And finally a 56K passthrough modem so you can play your games and mom can make her phone calls.

kek.

This computer is one of my teacher's old computers, and she brought it to school for me to look at. I love retro builds and wanted to post it here as an April Fools joke, but I was too late because the teacher got sick. :(
And that's it. Enjoy!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 11 points

Pfff 384MB RAM... I have a system running 4K with only 256MB storage! By 4K I mean 87x46p which is 4002 pixels XD

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

I bet it could run Crysis III at 120 spf (seconds per frame)!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

XD LOL well perhaps we should find out soon.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahaahha

+1 for dual 40gb IDE drives lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, that's good. :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget the classic Windows sticker on the front.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 98.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

gg

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I had one of those! This is so awesome to see again! :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad. I've got an old Compaq Presario. It has an AMD Duron 700, 64MB of RAM, 4.3GB + 20GB PATA/IDE HDDs, a 56K dial-up modem, a crappy Nvidia GPU of some kind, a CD reader with a volume slider and headphone port, a floppy drive, a HP Pavilion M50 CRT monitor, a ball mouse, and a HP keyboard with really stupid buttons on it like "Shopping", "People", "Finance", "HP", "Shortcut 1", "Shortcut 2", "Connect", and several other ridiculous things, though I currently have this keyboard in use with these buttons mapped for other functions. It ran Windows ME, the WORST version of Windows ever (MSDOS was only half there.), and Windows NT4.0 (Japanese). I remember playing Minesweeper while waiting for pages to load (Pinball wouldn't run due to the low specs). It had Microsoft Works instead of Office, so I had a bit of compatibility trouble with several school projects. And it had the AOL browser. I remember cursing the MSN butterfly and screaming with rage when a daily BSOD appeared destroying the spreadsheet edits I was working on. I had a school project where I was told to watch the weather report on TV (Had no TV) and interpret the information presented. The teacher told me to go online instead. It turns out that I needed at least 128MB of RAM to view the webpage (First time I failed to do my homework). This machine was finally replaced in 2009 with an Inspiron 518c running Vista. I think I would still be using it today except my grandparents in Japan kept hassling my parents to upgrade so we could use Skype. I'm not one to talk though as I'm currently using an old XP-era laptop with an Intel Pentium M, 512MB of RAM, and a lot of swapping running on Debian. Running "sudo lshw" is enough to make the computer freeze-up (not really). It is hooked up to the aforementioned CRT, and the Wi-Fi antenna which was originally in the forcefully removed broken LCD resides in a taped-on cardboard toilet paper tube wired through the hole where the hinge was. I know I need to upgrade, but my computer works well enough for me, so I haven't. Still though, neat retro computer. I actually don't feel like that computer pictured is too bad. It might be possible to make it a really low-powered server. It easily has enough RAM to run Tiny Core. Though it is much better than even older DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) I've got in a box somewhere with ancient DOS floppies and early copies of Windows (I think would take it a couple weeks for it to process cracking the Enigma-encrypted messages of WWII.). Too bad its not older. Then NASA would have given me $10,000 for an 86 processor for the space shuttles. I think I've got a Trash-80 machine too though I'm not at all sure where it is. Someone else may have thrown it out.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point
sudo: lshw: command not found

???

also, I think it may be an UPGRADE to go to a raspberry pi 3, which is impressive.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

On what system did you run this command? Raspberry Pi? Which distro? I'm guessing that you don't have sudo installed and configured. If you don't have sudo you should. Try running "lshw" as the root user in a TTY or using SU. And yes, a RPi3 would DEFINITELY be an upgrade for $35, however I have no way to connect one directly to a display including a 3.5mm to RCA splitter, as I don't have an RCA input display accessible either. Throw in a microUSB power adapter and an SD card plus working with ARM, and I'm OK with what I've got. My display is the one seen here and will not work with the RPi3: http://www.recycledgoods.com/media/extendware/ewimageopt/media/inline/23/1/hp-d5258a-hp-pavilion-m50-15in-xga-138inv-028mm-15-pin--add.jpg. Also seeing how in 2009 I was still using a Compaq Presario 5000 Series (http://www.recycledgoods.com/media/extendware/ewimageopt/media/inline/36/b/compaq-5wv254-compaq-presario-5000-series-pc-tower-53a.jpg) as I mentioned in the above comment, my machine seems quite luxurious to me.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

sudo is configured, I am running Debian testing on a laptop. I'm not really sure what it is suposed to do (other than list something, list hardware?)

anything is possible, you should be able to install regular debian without too much hastle getting hardware to work, though I'm not entirely sure how you would go about installing it... Probrably should just stick to rasbian on the pi. (not really saying that you should... seems like a good bit of work for little gain)

I wonder how much of a difference it would make to put an ssd in your computer...

on another note, debian runs great on a lot of xp machines (I had it on an old netbook that was originally xp)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lshw Description from man page:

lshw is a small tool to extract detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine. It can report exact memory configuration, firmware version, mainboard configuration, CPU version and speed, cache configuration, bus speed, etc. on DMI-capable x86 or IA-64 systems and on some PowerPC machines (PowerMac G4 is known to work).

   It  currently  supports  DMI  (x86 and IA-64 only), OpenFirmware device
   tree (PowerPC only), PCI/AGP, CPUID (x86), IDE/ATA/ATAPI, PCMCIA  (only
   tested on x86), SCSI and USB.

My HDD is failing right now. Running my BIOS diagnostics yields error code 1000-0146. And several SMART data thresholds are exceeded. I removed my HDD and it's IDE/PATA, so SSD is not really an option. My monitor is already gone, so I removed it and the Wi-Fi antenna which was originally in the forcefully removed broken LCD resides in a taped-on cardboard toilet paper tube wired through the hole where the hinge was. So my computer is really patched together and I'm going to have to replace it whether I like it or not.

About the RPi VGA Adapter... It seems it isn't being sold yet. Anyway I've worked with ARM before and am comfortable with doing so, but it really can be a pain. My laptop which is not a laptop is well over 10 years old, looks paltry next to your netbook, and I should really just loop together a new system. I'm thinking of something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jhYRf7 running Arch, Gentoo, Debian, or Mint. For $550, I think it will last me a decade or so. My only complaint with it is that it doesn't have IR like my laptop does so I can't set up LIRC without adding a serial port and an Ira 3 or something like that. Do you have any recommendations for changes to this build. Seeing as how this machine would be an upgrade by an order of magnitude, I'm really not sure how much I need or really want. The objective is for this machine is to last as long as possible for the cost.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I wonder why it isn't installed on my machine.

You could probrably find adapter(s) to fit it.

It seems you're in pretty bad shape on that not quite a laptop anymore. :P

The desighn is open so you can make one for yourself, but once again it would be a bit of work.

The processor has similar performance to an upper p3 or lower p4, so it shouldn't be that far off.

I'd reccomend This
The motherboared is a bit better featured for hardly more and includes more io including a serial port.
16gb of ram is a bit overkill still (especially when running linux)
I wouldn't trust the cx to last that long, so I replaced it with an oem seasonic unit.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I didn't say that they weren't

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

RPi3s are indeed wonderful, however I'm pretty sure that strictly speaking this is not correct: "They can run any ARM OS with RAM usage that is less than about 768MB." However in a practical sense you are correct. In any case on an RPi3 I would run Debian Testing or ALARM which both work great.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's more clean than most new computers.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I was honestly surprised that there was as little dust as there was. It was almost like new how clean it was.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You should really consider replacing that psu or it will like catch on fire or something.

lol, jk

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah 4k..... of VRAM!!!!!111!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The question is, can it run minesweeper at 4k?

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

LOL! That game was da bomb!

See what I did there?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The poster child for cable management too.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

And just look at that custom sleeving too.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If that case is ATX i want it +1 for being able to run 720p60

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it is.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Just needs a Custom Water Cooing Loop and you will be all set..

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for ripping off that quality seal sticker lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This retro rig looks too clean! Perfect shape! Too bad you broke the "quality seal" in the process :D

a couple of times per year we gather to play Starcraft and GTA2 and other old, very old, games. Up till recently we had junk computers dating back up to... Pentium II. Most of them are P3 really, and I think one of the very few P4 actually died, but who cares. We bring laptops in case the old computers won't start...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! P4's were terribly inefficient, and I remember watching an old Tom's Hardware video where they removed the heatsink from various AMD and Intel CPU's. The video was biased toward intel because we all know that a P4 won't stay at 80 F without a heatsink. It was proven later when it was shown that the motherboard for the AMD CPU was using an older chipset without thermal protection.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy Mackerel! I had one of those way back when before I started building my own. Wish I still did. Highlight of my day was calling their tech support and listening to the Gateway girl recorded prompts. Hahahahaha.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have dell latitude CPI and it has 200mhz Pentium 2 and I fixed the laptop had a bad HHD but put in a used 40gb HDD and put 98 on it and it starts in about 40 seconds. It has 128mb of ram. I used a floppy that gave the windows 98 able to read a new Kingston 64gb flash drive. I play simcity 3000, Timon and Pumbaa bug drop game, The CD ROM game of life , Microsoft encyclopedia 2000. Microsoft office 1997,and And it can play MP3 audio files very well for how old. PS it got 2mb gram and 128mb of ram . nice fined a heat that PC can play doom and many good old software. I have more games that run on 98,xp and none of the games I play are forts person shooting games like battlefield, halo,and others like that. Sorry for the long comment I just like!e old computers and game console or I wouldn't have n64 and like it better then an Xbox 1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the greatest because I legit had this PC, or at least this case, in my basement with a CRT monitor and a Rugrats desktop background for YEARS.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Future April fools idea: find one of these old cases, and mod it to make room for things like fans & a window but keep the front case the same. And make it an ultimate gaming machine c:

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I am actually going to do something very similar to that. Keep an eye out.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

*sees quality seal, laughs while playing minesweeper at 4K on the same pc

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious pc master race they said, can run all games at 4K they said.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it run crysis?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

At 10 seconds per frame.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

2x Optical drives, we are ready to start dubbing. Lets do this!!!

I'm not sure if that is 2x floppy drives. The bottom one looks like it may be a Zip drive, it is too big for a 3 1/2 floppy and too small for a 5 1/4. This could be a perspective thing due to the angle of the image, so I could be wrong.

I figured it out. All you need to do to get tons of likes on a build is use really old parts. I am honestly impressed that case is white still, most would have gone yellow by its age.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I might do a build in it with modern hardware.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

2 MASSIVE 40 GB Western Digital IDE drives

Sounds like those people trying to sell refurbished Core 2 Duo PCs with 80GB hard drives on ebay

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

For like 300 dollars.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 5820k, the motherboard is ATX, I don't have a good graphics card though, and the PSU isn't ATX.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How about should

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Massively powerful PC's in an understated case are great.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's funny. I built a Compaq Presario 5000 series into a Dell Inspiron 518c case. That's the opposite of what you are suggesting. I booted it up successfully into Windows NT 4.0 a couple years ago but never put it into use.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you read the title? It says (Late April Fools)

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