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Aitch


Joined: 04 Apr 2007
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Location: Chatham, Kent, UK

PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 07:37    Post subject:  

Brand new/guaranteed 'New model' CNM minibook now being advertised @ less than £150 inc post!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=390049414950

also in Maplins [dearer @ £170

used - check amazon ~ £90!

CNM are already posting updates & the E220 3G modem works with it [though there have been issues with some routers/channels 12/13, maybe will get patched]

Runs a Linux OS, Firefox browser, has 400mhz X burst processor & 2Gb SD card

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http://linuxlaptopforum.ark2webdesign.co.uk/index.php/topic,126.0.html

anyone fancy dipping a toe in the water & trying puppy on one.....?

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jamesjeffries2

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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 08:58    Post subject:  

the x birst processor is, alas, MIPS based rather than x86 so would require a cross compile of puppy to run unfortunately.

looks like a fun little machine apart from that
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jamesjeffries2

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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 09:13    Post subject:  

technically not a machine, but i want to get hold of one of these boards stick some cheap ram in it and a ide-cf adapter for puppy. maybe make a case out of lego or soemthing. dual core energy efficient pc for about £120
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 12:31    Post subject:  

James

Have a look at the VIA EPIA & the Gigabyte 945/965 series too

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jamesjeffries2

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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 13:43    Post subject:  

@aitch I like the epia boards, especially the cryptography and mpeg acceleration stuff they have built in. not sure if puppy supports it out of the box but sure I could get the drivers to work.

Would prefer to go for dual core for now though so my girlfriend can run windows(booo...) on it a little more comfortably
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PostPosted: Sun 10 May 2009, 13:45    Post subject:  

also not sure where the powerpup project is up to yet but this could be cool.
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ecomoney


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Location: Lincolnshire, England

PostPosted: Fri 15 May 2009, 00:44    Post subject:  

Go to your local School/business/charity. In the UK (I believe it is the same in other countries) there is legislation that means that old computers have to be processed through a licienced waste disposal company. By taking their old computer off their hands for free, you will be saving them about £10UKP. You do not need a waste carriers licience, as you will be "refurbishing" the computers, not dumping them...just get a signed letter from them to say that all the items are "believed working". Windows Vista and its bloat has made these types of machines a big problem to get rid of.

Ive just picked up thirty-five 2.6mhz/512mb/40mb, and ten 2.4mhz/1gb/40mb machines from a school and they thanked me for saving them £450.

I felt like I was burgling the place! Laughing

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connealy

Joined: 09 May 2009
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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2009, 17:52    Post subject:  

This is my current setup.

Puppy Linux 4.2
Dell Latitude CS
Mobile Pentium II - 400MHz
256MB RAM
NeoMagic 2360 Video Controller - 4MB
13.3-inch extended graphics array (XGA), 1024 x 768 thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix color display
Toshiba HD 4327 MB
EXP 24X CD-ROM with PCMCIA
SMC Wireless Adapter SMCWCBT-G (Atheros chipset)
Linksys Etherfast 10/100 CardBus PC Card (PCM200)
Targus USB Card Reader TGR-SD20

I bought three of these Latitude CS for about $30 each, one from Craigslist and the others from ebay. One wouldn't boot, but I was able to assemble the parts into two good-working laptops with the addition of a $13.50 power supply, a $15 HD and two $25 wireless cards.

The Latitude CS won't boot from the USB port or the PCMCIA CD-ROM, so I connected the empty HD to my desktop with a USB-IDE adapter cable to do a frugal install. Puppy really made the whole process plug-and-play. The wireless card worked fine with the Puppy module, though it may be a bit snappier with the Ndiswrapper XT driver, and that does enable the link and activity green light display.

It has been great fun putting together this little system. My thanks to those who have made it possible.
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 31 Jul 2009, 16:50    Post subject: How about a cheap 15.4" notebook?  

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$250 USD

Features/Specifications:
Everex gBook2 VA1501V VIA C7-M 1.5 GHz 15.4-inch Notebook

General Features:
Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (hardy heron) pre-installed
VIA C7-M 1.5 GHz processor
400 MHz Front Side Bus
512 MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 GB max. supported)
120 GB hard drive
CDRW/DVD-ROM drive
Integrated VIA Chrome9 HC graphics processor
Integrated AC'97 audio with built-in stereo speakers
VIA VT6102 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Integrated Atheros 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
15.4-inch widescreen active-matrix display
1280 x 800 max resolution

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mechmike

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PostPosted: Fri 31 Jul 2009, 20:38    Post subject: No hard drive, $40  

Dell Optiplex GX P4 2.6, CD-ROM, no hard drive, 512MB RAM, $40 USD:

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug 2009, 03:04    Post subject:  

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.
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mechmike

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Dec 2009, 18:03    Post subject:  

Some ideas here:

http://gizmodo.com/5437251/do+it+yourself-pc-builders-guide-how-cheap-is-too-cheap

They show $131 for an Atom-based "low end" machine with a Foxconn 45CS mobo.

Plus, PIII 700mHz 256MB notebooks for $60:

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ZAPPDOG


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Location: CALGARY CANADA

PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2010, 10:53    Post subject:
Subject description: DELL LATITUDE PII LAPTOP
 

I GOT GIVEN AN OLD DELL LATITUDE CPi RECENTLY.
PII @400 MHZ , 128 MB RAM AND 6 G HD WITH WIN 98.
PUPPY 4.00 RUNS LIKE A SCALDED PUPPY IN IT. EVERYTHING WORKED RIGHT AWAY.

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rokytnji


Joined: 20 Jan 2009
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Location: Pecos/ Texas

PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2010, 12:38    Post subject:  

I have 2 of these. These boot up, run and install Puppy just fine. Puppy 4.0 Dingo works real well on em.

http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/3_notebooks_amrel_rocky.html

They can be picked up when found for about $50.00 US.

One I have is a Rocky II
500 mhz processor
256 mb of ram
savage video chip/touchscreen
11 lbs in weight/bulletproof/waterproof/dustproof

Other is Rocky II EX
800 mhz processor
256 mb of ram
savage video chip/touchscreen
11 lbs in weight/bulletproof/waterproof/dustproof

Both can run Puppy via Wireless with a PCMCIA
DLink WNA 1330 Wireless G or
Belkin F5D 7010 ver.6 Wireless G
Cardbus.

Forgot to mention. All external drives (Cdrom,Floppy,DVDROM, Hardrives,Secondary Battery) are all Hot swappable with slide in plastic enclosed caddies. I get 6 hours on the EX with secondary Battery caddy slipped into CDROM Slot. I also on one of my Hardrive Caddies use a IDE to CF adapter and run a 8 gig seagate microdrive also.
Wish I could afford the newer ones.

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mechmike

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan 2010, 23:40    Post subject:  

Panasonic Toughbook Laptop 700MHZ CFM34 $130:

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No CD drive, though...

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