Thursday, March 09, 2006

I Have a Problem.

*Commence Techno Babel*

It isn'’t a problem, but more of a curiosity that happens to be driving me NUTS! I have this old Compaq Presario 2286. One of the very last that had the Cyrix processors before they made the jump to the Intel chips. The specifications on this thing are as follows:

Cyrix 6x86 processor @ 250mhz. (The fastest ever produced.)
64mb of pc133 ram
12gb 5400rpm WD hard drive
Voodoo 3 16mb video card
(Yes, I am aware of the Cyrix bug.)

Some of the sources for that processor rate it as 333mhz. This isn'’t true. 333mhz was a equivalence rating. Like AMD chips with their ##00'’s series. All the numbers are the Intel equivalents.

It was originally a windows 98 machine and it didn'’t really run that. I have resurrected the thing because I found a Linux Distro called Damn Small Linux. The operating system is 50mb in size. It is designed to run FAST on older hardware. The hardware works fine. It will run windows xp sp2 with a CPU load hovering just above 98% at idle. Ubuntu runs a lot better (CPU at idle is 15%) but it will not reboot for beans. I have a feeling it has something to do with the video card.

Anyway, my problem isn't booting the kernel, but more along the lines of setting the thing up as a slave. Giving control to another computer to use it for mindless tasks or something? The main reason I want to do this is to see if I can and the second is to have a working, useable computer that I don't have to hook up a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to actually use it.

Then I tune back in to reality and realize this is a fairly impossible task.

Does anyone have any ideas? Spring Break is coming up and I need something to do while everyone else goes to the beach.

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