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    Spare Computer

    I Have a spare computer: COMPAQ DeskPro 2000 ... any suggestions of a good use I could put it to other than a boat anchor <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Spare Computer

    Many charities may welcome 'donations' - otherwise the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.crc.org/>Computer Recycling Centre</A>

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    Re: Spare Computer

    If you're into little tech projects, set up a file and print server for a home network <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Spare Computer

    I've found myself in the same situation a while ago too. It was suggested to me I dedicate it to being an MP3 server. Have WinAmp or similar loading from startup in Windows, and only the bare-bones of the OS. I still haven't had the time to try it.

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    Re: Spare Computer

    "If you're into little tech projects, set up a file and print server for a home network" ... what does that mean and what does it do and where can I find out how to do it ? Any websites with info regarding this ? Thanks in advance for any help !

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    Re: Spare Computer

    My example for you would be this scenario, which I have at home.

    My kids have a PC of their own.....one of my DIY projects that I outgrew. I have a desktop system that I use for my main work and experimentation. I also have the company laptop, and I plug it into the network when I am at home with it and need to get some things done.

    The beauty of all of this is that I can share my printer, among other resources, instead of having each PC with its own complement of expensive peripherals.

    What I don't have is a file/print server. That would be a great use for a machine of the caliber that you are talking about, because it means the printer is connected to one system that is left alone for the most part. If you add a large hard drive, you can also store your documents and nearly everything else that you have - software wise - on that system. This frees up resources on the other systems that are connected to the small network, and every little bit counts. Changes can be made in one place.

    As far as websites that detail these things, I don't have any suggestions right off the bat but simple home networking is not as scary as many people think it is. Really, you need some inexpensive components - a hub ($20), CAT-5 cable and network cards for each PC....and that's pretty much it. Through my hub I share the printer, DSL internet access, and files.

    There's a section here at the lounge for home networking that would be a great benefit for something like this if you are interested. You can also go to Google.com and search on "set up home network" and peruse the things that other folks have posted.

    Cheers,
    -Mark

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