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Oct 05 2016

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New Posts Are Coming, But First: A Windows 2000 Machine

Hello awesome readers! Today I had a few articles planned, but I got delayed by a wonderful little project today, that being a computer from 2002 that I picked up for all of 10 dollars, and it works fine.

Well, it works fine from a machine standpoint. However, the machine, as it was, needed work. First off, it was on Windows XP. Blah! I grabbed it because it actually had a Windows 2000 COA on it, so I knew it could support the operating system. I’ve been wanting an actual, physical Windows 2000 system for years – It’s my favorite operating system by far, as far as the classic, obsolete ones go, and I have fond memories of it. Naturally, having a machine to use would be as fun as having an old game console to play on. At least, to someone like me.

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So, the quest was to get the machine running Windows 2000. First things first, nuke XP. That part is easy. In messing around, I learned the machine has a 40 gig hard disk, 256mb of SDRAM (a much older type, predating the modern DDR type ram), a 1.7ghtz Pentium 4 (a pretty damn nice processor, honestly) and a 16meg ATI Rage 128 graphics card: an absolute classic!

After an annoying time setting up a linux distro that would, I presumed, work in the machine and allow me to check detailed stats on the hard disk, I was disappointed to find it just not working right. At that stage though, I had played around enough in XP to learn the machine at least was stable, and so I went ahead with the Windows 2000 install.

The joy of driver issues.

The joy of driver issues.

Now, installing an older operating system, in this case from 1999, onto a more modern machine (this one dating back to 2002) is not a fun time – the hardware, of course, needs proper software to run correctly, and this can sometimes be an absolute pain.

Thankfully, this machine, an old Dell Optiplex GX240, is a very common business machine, and drivers are archived all over the web. Finding the correct ones is an absolute pain, though, but that’s fine – it just takes time to sort between the various ones and find the correct set.

Xadara on a Windows 200 machine running Firefox 12.0. Works a treat!

Xadara on a Windows 200 machine running Firefox 12.0. Works a treat!

A few hours later, I had it. Working graphics, sound, and installs of what software would work on the machine: Windows 2000 hasn’t been supported by Microsoft in 6 years, and most software developers have abandoned it. However, it’s still useful for games from back in that era, like MechCommander or Shogo: Mobile Armor Division and still has support under OpenOffice, my favorite productivity software, so I can, for the heck of it, use this machine to type pretty much whatever I want. If I really wanted to, I would update Xadara on it, but considering security issues with older unsupported operating systems, I doubt I will be doing such.

Tomorrow, more of the usual posts. Today, though, this machine took up my time. That, and the hours of thrifting that included me finding it, among a few other useful things.

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