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Joined: 02 Sep 2007
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Location: Minnesota, USA. The frozen north.

PostPosted: Fri 21 Mar 2008, 19:28    Post subject:  

HP Pavilion XE744
Celeron 733 mhz
256 meg mem
I8xx video

Everything works and does what I need, but I don't do anything fancy; mostly spreadsheets, email, managing the web site.
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Location: New York

PostPosted: Sun 23 Mar 2008, 09:06    Post subject:  

I have about 18 computers last I checked but my main system is a Dell Inspiron B130, 1GB RAM, 1.8GHz Pentium M, DVD Burner, 60GB HDD. My primary desktop is a system I made from parts from tiger direct with a 400 watt modular power supply,80GB HDD, DVD-ROM,Micro ATX case, Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8Ghz. And for fun I have two Compaq Deskpro 200MMX, 96MB RAM,2.1GB HDD, no cd, systems up and running. All of my systems use DCL.
"Develop for it? I'll piss on it." -Bill Gates on the NeXTcube
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Joined: 11 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Apr 2008, 22:59    Post subject:  

New system (tested with Puppy, will use Ubuntu):
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 motherboard
AMD Phenom 9550 quad-core CPU, Socket AM2+
2G Crucial PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM (dual-channel mode)
eGeForce 7300GT 256MB PCI-Evideo card

Runs Quake 4 fine with Puppy 4 beta although finding SDL package was a pain (Puppy needs third-party repos for PupGet like Ubuntu's Universe/Multiverse)

Old system (Ubuntu):
Intel Celeron 2.9GHz Socket 478
Jetway PM800BMS motherboard
Nvidia GeForce 6600GT AGP video card

Older system (Xubuntu):
K6/2-500MHz Socket 7
Soyo SY-5EMA+ motherboard
Diamond Monster Fusion AGP video card (3dfx Voodoo Banshee 16MB)
Yamaha-based PCI sound card

Really old system (Puppy):
Biostar MB-8500TVX motherboard
Cyrix 6x86-P166+ CPU
Creative 3D Blaster Banshee 16MB PCI video card
WD 22100 2.1GB IDE hard drive
Yamaha CRW4416E 4/4/16x CD-R/RW drive
Asound PCI sound card
SMC 10-Base/T/2 Ethernet ISA NIC
14.4K ISA modem
3.5in 1.44MB floppy drive

Firewall (IPCop):
K6/2 450MHz
5 different PCI 100-Base/T Ethernet NICs
1 10-Base/T/2 ISA Ethernet NIC
2GB hard drive
AGP video card
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Apr 2008, 02:01    Post subject:  

Very nice y'all. The spectrum is broader than I expected. 128megs-4 gigs ram? And Puppy rocks on all of them. I need to edit my system. This Compaq is now running FatFree 3.01 from the HD. I decided to load it on there. I was running Vector but then I stumbled upon another computer. So this one is running FatFree and I swear the sucker blinks it's so fast. It's also a learning computer as I'm relatively new to Linux. Yeah, so I picked up this laptop on craigslist for what I feel was a good price. But I'm a dumpster diver and I like to put the word out. So everytime I go to a different job I'll ask the guys if anyone has an old computer they want to get rid of? Well I lucked out. A buddy had a ChemBook laptop that he had downloaded too much porn and it took over and wouldn't run so it was sitting in the closet. He got another one and just gave the old one to me. As soon as I got home I popped in one of my Puppy cds and formatted the entire HD. It's got an Intel Centrino 1.50 GHz, I just put upgraded RAM in it: 1 gig ram, a six hour battery, clear screen, weighs half of what the Compaq does. So I put Vector on that one and run Puppy on this one. I don't know which one is faster. I'm happier than a pig in mud. Meanwhile our Mac and two Micro-nazi computers are over there taking up about 20 square feet of space, making a bunch of racket. I swear they sound like a mechanical room with all the fans and drives running. They are slow and heavy. Yuck. On more than one occasion I have had my wife and kids looking at my two computers. Maybe, just maybe I'll win them over.
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Joined: 27 Jul 2005
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Location: Concord, NH

PostPosted: Sun 13 Apr 2008, 01:52    Post subject: Dell Latitude D600, Intel Pro Wireless 2200  

I am here with a Dell Latitude D600 with an Intel Pro Wireless 2200 network card. I also often use a Dell Dimension 4100, which has worked for years with many versions of Puppy, large and small.
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Joined: 25 Jul 2007
Posts: 120
Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu 17 Apr 2008, 22:54    Post subject: puppy 3.98 on a low spec laptop
Subject description: it works!

For the record I'm delighted to be able to say that puppy 3.98 is running a little slowly but usably on a Toshiba Portege 3110CT pentium II 300mhz with 64MB ram. I'm hoping to upgrade the ram but I'm really pleased to be able to use puppy and revive a previously unused laptop.

I tried previously installing puppy 2.17 but X wouldn't start up. That was using a wake pup floppy with a USB stick since this machine has no CD rom and at that point had no HD either. Now after setting up a 6gb hd via an adaptor to an old desktop machine with cd rom and the puppy 3.98 beta live CD it has been possible to get a full install working! The display looks great and I'm very pleased with puppy. Best of all is my modem has been setup automatically and I'm on the net with dialup with no hassle. Thanks to all involved especially Barry for this remarkable program.


Puppy 412 and 430
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PostPosted: Tue 29 Apr 2008, 10:24    Post subject:  

amd 1.667 - 1 g ram

p4 1.8

p4 2.0

amd 500

PII 350 (x 3)

PI 166

they all run 3.01 better than any o/s out there.

P4 2.6 G
P4 2.0 G
P4 1.8 G
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PostPosted: Fri 02 May 2008, 03:17    Post subject: From Clunker to Sprinter
Subject description: Old System

I have a 486 clocked to 463mhz with 196ram.

I am amazed how spry puppy is on this old pc. It out paces dsl-n by a good margin, (didnt like the interface anyway). It blows xubuntu out of the water on speed, (though firefox bloats xubuntu).

It opens web pages and apps faster than my winxp pent4 2.0ghz 512mbram pc, but slower than the winxp p4 3.2ghz 1gbram.

This system was in storage forever. It has rust on the inside. The floppy is dead. The hard drive used to stop spinning periodically, but I put it in the freezer overnight and turned it upside down and it hasn't died yet.

I even got the old isapnp sound card to work. It plays mp3's ok, as long as i dont do much else. It performs better than newer usb sound card.

I am happy to breath some life into this thing. Now my kids have a pc for web browsing or music so they wont have to beg for my pc or my wifes.

Gonna try wine next and see if some older games for toddler work.

If you got an old system don't junk it! Puppy it!

Update: I got the dvd to work! In 1280x1024 no less. Another place to park the kids. Smile

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Location: ST862228

PostPosted: Fri 02 May 2008, 04:38    Post subject: Re: From Clunker to Sprinter
Subject description: Old System

dcbevins wrote:
I put it in the freezer overnight and turned it upside down and it hasn't died yet.

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PostPosted: Mon 19 May 2008, 15:11    Post subject:  

Several old NEC Versa VXI laptops, which run puppy 4.0 just great,
with 1 gz PIII and 256 megs ram. These do everything I need to do to make
money (programming & web design), and the cost was nothing. Throw aways from a business upgrade.
These old computers are barely usable with Ubuntu,
but blazing fast & stable with Puppy.
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PostPosted: Fri 23 May 2008, 01:09    Post subject:  

Yup. Puppy to the rescue. Puppy gives new life to perfectly good computers. I went over to my sister-in-laws house and popped Puppy in an old computer they had. If I'm right, it was a 433 processor with 64 megs of ram. Puppy 3.01 ran and was capable but I wouldn't want to have it as my sole computer. Although it might be a candidate for a text version of Puppy.
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Joined: 26 May 2008
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Location: London, Ont, Canada

PostPosted: Wed 28 May 2008, 03:58    Post subject:  

I'm running Puppy 2.17 on a P3 933MHz at 1050MHz, 256MB ram, refer to sig for the rest. It's in an old beige mATX "Avado" case which I think suits the small footprint of Puppy LInux. Funny thing is: I actually gave this box to my aunt *with XP Home on it* and she returned it about 2 months later saying she bought a new D3LL laptop. Twisted Evil

I took it back and shelfed it for 6 months mainly cuz it was so loud. I did a bunch of minor silencing mods to quiet this machine before reviving it with Puppy. Why are old computers so loud!?! Anyway, I'm using it now and am very happy with it. Using an old 17" CRT monitor thats been in my garage for months. The onboard sound works flawlessly unlike my ubuntu 7.10 box with an ECS MB (using its onboard audio).

Sadly the old DVD-ROM drive I have still can't play DVDs like it couldn't in Windows (what a surprise!) Rolling Eyes ... that's another thing on the to do list for this machine.

Man is Puppy a perky OS, I had no idea what I was missing!

Puppy Linux 2.17 : Intel P3 1050 MHz - GA-6PMM mATX - 256MB SDRAM - 10GB Fujitsu 5400rpm - GF4 MX440 64MB
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Joined: 20 Mar 2008
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Location: Halifax, Vermont, USA

PostPosted: Wed 28 May 2008, 14:02    Post subject: Re: List your system  

HP Omnibook 900B

Puppy 4.00 on HD dual boot with win98

CPU Pentium III
RAM 126Mbytes
HD 11 Gbytes - 7 dedicated to Linux Puppy

Only one USB type 1.1 which I used for a RTL 8187B Wlan

This computer has 2 PCmcia card slots but they are 16 bit type and my old LAN and WLAN cards are not supported. The above Wlan worked seamlessly in both Puppy' 3.01 and 4.00

I am using Openoffice in a folder and Devx.

This machine crashes after 1/2 with windows and runs for days in Puppy - and Puppy' free!!!!

I hae a desktop that has applications requiring netx so I can't get rid of Windows XP completely yet - maybe someday...

I did try Ubuntu on this machine but it just could not handle the low memory. I'm so pleased with Puppy I may try to find extra memory for this special 3 pound computer.
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Location: Winsted, CT - USA

PostPosted: Wed 28 May 2008, 14:24    Post subject:  

System du jour:

Commercial grade, circa 2001, HP Kayak XU800
dual 800 MHz Pentium III processors
NO hard drives
NO swap partition/file
1 gig RAM
Puppy v2.12 frugal on Micro Cruzer 2 gig USB stick
Wake Up Pup boot floppy

Back-up system:

Low-end consumer HP Pavilion XE736
Celeron 600 processor
9 gig IDE hard drive
256M swap partition
256M RAM
Puppy v2.12 full install

To-go box:

Cool in its day Gateway Solo 5150 lappy
233 MHz mmx Pentium II processor
4.1 gig hard drive
288M swap partition
288M RAM
Puppy v2.12 full install

N.B. - Both the back-up box and lappy have been deliberately maxed out with RAM. The Pavilion came with none and the lappy with 32M of hardwired mobo RAM, so this decision was a personal one based on experience with Puppy.

I've found adding RAM the most cost effective way to boost operating performance of these antiques.

I have yet to bind up or crash the Kayak, so have had no crying need to move up from 1 gig. Should cheap RAM cross my path, I just might kick it up, though.

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PostPosted: Wed 28 May 2008, 15:09    Post subject:  

alienjeff try using gimp to do animaiton (bad idea) will make your kayak sink like a rock ..... that or use bash to calculate a factorial (another bad idea)

sempron 3100+ 1.8gz OCed to 2.0
512mb ram nvidia geforce 2 mx400 80gb HD Debain Etch 4.0 have booted puppy from usb on it before read speed was very slow before kernel loaded

tyan thunder 2 atx 512mb ram dual PII 300 Mhz each and a dinky harddrive OS in flux ...Haiku one day ubuntu another whatever i feel like has scisi support up to 30 disks.... not that i ahve any

grandparents gateway pentum 4 northwood i thing maybe prescott 512mb PC 800 80bg hd normally runs XP use it to test livecds ocassionally also nvidia geforce 2 mx 400 (an oldie but goodie video card)

Taking Puppy Linux to the limit of perfection. meanwhile try "puppy pfix=duct_tape" kernel parem eater.
X86: Sager NP6110 3630QM 16GB ram, Tyan Thunder 2 2x 300Mhz
Sun: SS2 , LX , SS5 , SS10 , SS20 ,Ultra 1, Ultra 10 , T2000
Mac: Platinum Plus, SE/30
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