Firstly, let me apologise for the terrible lack of blogs over the past number of weeks. This time of year brings with it a rather heavy workload, in the run up to some of the biggest exams of my life😦
Therefore, posts will be more sporadic than they already are, as I simply neither have time to write, nor to experiment.
Either way, a few weeks ago, an ex-teacher of mine (one of my favourites) sent some old machines my way.
When I use the term “old” I do so loosely. I got five 2.4Ghz Celeron machines, a couple of harddrives ranging from 10 to 41Gb, a stick of RAM or two, and a number of CD and floppy drives.
One of the 5 motherboards has been used to replace the 1.7Ghz Pentium IV board in my server, but that’s a story for another day, as it’s not been very successful.
As for the rest of them, I stripped what I thought would be useful and put the rest in storage for the moment. When I have more time, I’ll take them out and test each motherboard and CPU to see what works and what doesn’t. Floppy and CD-ROM drives have been added to the stack
As for the harddrives, I’ve yet to have any success. All have bent pins, two having pins that have been shoved into the casing. Another is labeled “Bust”, and has a chunk of the chasing missing. I am convinced however, that given enough time and a bit of care, that at least two, if not three, of these drives can be coaxed back into life.
Finally, the last thing I received was an 8-port 10/100 D-Link switch.
Like the rest, I’ve yet to test if it actually functions as a switch, but at the very least it powers on, a fact easily discernible from the rather noisy rear fan. Ebay should be able to find a cheap replacement.
Phew. That’s it for now. I’ll do my best to keep posting, but for the next two weeks or so, I can’t make any promises😦
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