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mechmike

Joined: 29 Nov 2005
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Location: Pelham, AL

PostPosted: Thu 02 Nov 2006, 12:27    Post_subject:  Cheap machines ideal for Puppy  

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I have no affiliation - Just saw this on Digg and Gizmodo at $75 USD (+/-) shipped and thought it a good deal for anyone that wants a dedicated Puppy Machine...

From Gizmodo:
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It's really bare-bones, with a 700 mHz Celeron, 128MB of RAM, a 10GB hard drive, Windows 2000 (not installed), onboard Video and Audio, two PCI slots, one AGP slot, and four USB slots.


RAM is expandable to 512MB (2 X 256MB SDRAM)

OTOH, I have a buddy in Nashville that bought a whole pallet of working PIII and Celeron boxes of about the same vintage for $60 at a county surplus auction...

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mechmike

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PostPosted: Mon 06 Nov 2006, 16:07    Post_subject:  

Want to "roll your own" Puppy box for cheap? Here's another deal:

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Trigem Como III Slot 1 ATX Motherboard w/ Intel 300MHz CPU for $15.99

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raffy

Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Mon 06 Nov 2006, 16:49    Post_subject: Talent  

You have a talent for spotting bargain PCs just right for Puppy. Keep 'em coming. Smile
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mechmike

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Location: Pelham, AL

PostPosted: Mon 06 Nov 2006, 17:20    Post_subject:  

Thanks, Raffy...

I am what is referred to in America as a "cheap SOB", and I'm proud of it! Very Happy

Surely other countries / cultures have a similar term...
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Mon 06 Nov 2006, 17:53    Post_subject: Retrobox  

Retrobox is another source of "cheap iron":

Edit 02/2014 - they were, and now that domain serves up malware...

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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Nov 2006, 12:26    Post_subject:  

Here's another - a 2 gHz Celeron/256MB for $110:

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Not as cheap as some of the others, but worth a mention...

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Sage

Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Posts: 4833
Location: GB

PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2006, 01:03    Post_subject:  

Your aint no cheapskate, Mike-ie. Always ask how much they'll pay to have you take their junk heaps away. Hire a Jetstream for a weekend and I'll fill it up with whatever you need - no charge.
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HairyWill


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Location: Southampton, UK

PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2006, 10:40    Post_subject: armada 1530d  

I got given a compaq armada 1530d laptop from freecycle last week. After a weeks worth of poking and toying with DSL I've finally got puppy to set the display to 800x600 8bit colour. For anyone else with one of these dinosaurs the crucial bits were:
editing my generated xorg.conf so that the only option was 800x600 and 8 bit colour <edit>sorry I left this out
the other crucial bit was specifying
Option "NoAccel"
as the graphics card can't handle acceleration
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processor - intel p133
RAM - 80MB (maxed)
hard drive - NTFS with NT4, and a 60Mb linux swap
graphics - cirrus logic GD-7548 1MB! ram (much agravation)
network - PCMCIA wireless card that I ripped out of an old broken wireless router.

WinNT only shows 640x480 8 bit so I was really pleased at managing to up the display by poking at xorg.conf.

The processor is a bit slow for serious use, but I only want to use it as a CLI radio streamer which works fine.

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Sage

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Nov 2006, 11:14    Post_subject:  

I've got a later Cpq Ar-murderer. Many of them have a regular cpu inside. Could try replacing it with 233 or 266? I think there's even a way to clock it to 150 (Wire trick? Most of those 133 were multiplier locked so you'll have to work on the FSB), but I'm not into laptop clocking.
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Mon 21 May 2007, 12:08    Post_subject:  

Here's another cheapie ($60 USD):

Dell Optiplex GX100 PIII 866Mhz / 128MB / 10GB / CD Edit 02/2014 - the link originally posted no longer exists...

Also, a couple of Socket 370 mobo/CPU combos for cheap money:

700 Celeron: Edit 02/2014 - the link originally posted no longer exists...

PIII 800: Edit 02/2014 - the link originally posted no longer exists...

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Nightowl59


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Location: Eppstein, Hessen, Germany

PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2007, 14:07    Post_subject:  

Hi, all

I like the older specially cheaper stuff to.

I just got a Compaq 510 USDT (means Ultra Slim DeskTop) with a P4 1.9 Ghz 256MB Ram and a 20GB HDD.

But i was the luckyone i got one with a DVD/CD-RW Combo drive (most of them have a CD or DVD Rom only). The videocard is a shared Memory IntelExtreme with up to 64MB. So it's ok, even for a 3D-Desktop (with PCLinuxOS, hopefully with Puppy in the future).

It's only about the size of a closed Laptop but twice as thick (it fits in my Dell Laptopbag incl. the Minikeyb. i have). The processor is passively cooled and the power supply has only a rated output of 50W !! I upgraded the RAM to 1Gig and the HDD with my old 40Gb WD i had left. Now it runs nicely and with Teenpup or Puppy 2.16 it's a real blast. And the cost was only 133Euros + Ram 55 Euros.

The other nice PC for Puppy i think is a Compaq iPaq. It's a small client with Processors between 500 and 1000 Mhz. They use SD-Ram, a normal 3.5 inch HDD (it's cheaper) and most of them have a slim CD-Rom. At Ebay/Germany their was one for only 69 Euros (733Mhz/256MB/20GB and CD). Some of them have a small powersupply and others a laptop powersupply so they aren't really noisy.
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LOF


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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2007, 14:48    Post_subject:  

For anyone in the UK. I'd take a look at http://www.speedie.co.uk/. Haven't tried them personally but hope to soon.
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jun 2007, 16:05    Post_subject: NEW and cheap!  

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Details
    AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+
    FreeDOS™ included in the box, ready to install
    FREE Upgrade! 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
    80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    16X DVD-ROM Drive
    No Monitor
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU
    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio


Accessories
    No Floppy Drive Included
    No Modem
    No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
    Dell USB Keyboard
    Dell® 2-button USB mouse


Support & Services
    1 Year On-site Economy Plan


Prefer Intel to AMD?

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Details
    Pentium® D Processor 925 with Dual Core Technology (3GHz, 800FSB)
    FreeDOS™ included in the box, ready to install
    FREE Upgrade! 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
    80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    16X DVD ROM Drive
    No Monitor
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000
    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio


Accessories
    No Floppy Drive Included
    No Modem
    No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
    Dell USB Keyboard
    Dell® 2-button USB mouse


My Support & Services
    1 Year On-site Economy Plan

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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jun 2007, 16:45    Post_subject: OOPS!  

The two Dells above are $279 each shipped - cheap money for new, modern boxen...
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Nov 2007, 23:27    Post_subject: Here's another one to bring the thread forward...  

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    IBM NetVista 6648
    Intel Pentium 3 933Mhz
    256 MB RAM
    10GB Hard Drive
    CD-Rom Drive Installed
    1.44 Floppy Drive Installed
    Integrated Video and Audio Installed
    Two (2) PCI Slots
    Two (2) USB Ports
    Two (2) COM Ports
    One (1) Serial Port
    On Board Network Installed
    Windows 2000 Pro Loaded
    Keyboard, Mouse, and Power Cord Included
    30 Day Warranty (Parts, Labor, and Shipping)
    $80 shipped


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    IBM NetVista
    Intel Pentium 3 933Mhz
    128 MB RAM
    10GB Hard Drive
    CD-Rom Drive Installed
    1.44 Floppy Drive Installed
    Integrated Video and Audio Installed
    Two (2) PCI Slots
    Two (2) USB Ports
    Two (2) COM Ports
    One (1) Serial Port
    On Board Network Installed
    Windows 2000 Pro COA Only
    Keyboard, Mouse, and Power Cord Included
    30 Day Warranty (Parts, Labor, and Shipping)
    $60 shipped


Give a kid a cheap Puppy box for Christmas!

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