Uses for an Old Laptop

By ddot
Nov 20, 2007
  1. Do you guys have any good ideas/links about uses for a old laptop. I have a old toshiba with a 20g hard drive running windows 98. like to make it useful or donate after clearing the HD.

    -File server?
    -Internet Gateway?

    I am but a novice and would like some help. Thanks
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I would say keep it, and tinker with it. That is if you like to tinker with that kind of stuff. :D
  3. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    It seems to be screaming Linux box, go find a flavor you might like :D perhaps Slackware
  4. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Go for Gentoo instead.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can do pretty much anything with a machine that is above 486, provided that you don't need it to be lightning fast :)

    Only the sky is the limit - don't let us hold your imagination down. Figure out the purpose and we will tell you how to do it (or if it's doable at all).

    BTW, more accurate system specs would help. What CPU, how much RAM, what peripherals?
  6. Teranius

    Teranius TS Rookie Posts: 115

    ive heard its fun to spin on old laptops :)

    well, i actually saw it, but its beside the point if you want it to be useful.

    its fun though!
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    printer server. Number cruncher for distributed computing projects... general office use...
  8. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    whatever you do dont throw it away, burn it, or smash it to pieces with a dead animal. These all could harm the environment. ;)
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