Hardware which has either been succeeded by more modern hardware, is at a state where malfunctions and errors might occur or has been discontinued by the manufacturer/company.

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CF Card as IDE Hard Drive

I have an older laptop made in 97 with a Pentium MMX. I have been trying to use a CF card (Transcend 4GB) as an IDE hard drive for 2 days straight and its driving me nuts. I'm basically using a ...
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What kind of motherboard fit for AM9102APC? [closed]

AM9102APC is a 1024 BIT STATIC N-CHANNEL RAM. So I think I need a vintage motherboard to use it..If anyone has ideas about it please tell me.
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Old VAX machine crashed need to recover files

So I had a client contact me about some data recovery. I told her I'd take a look. Well when the box arrived I saw my first microVAX 3500. The only thing the lady was able to tell me was "one day it ...
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Firefox 3 → 27 RAM consumption

I've an old PC (Dell Optiplex GX50) with an Intel Pentium III CPU @768Mhz and 256MB of RAM, with Windows XP. When I booted it yesterday, Firefox 3 was installed (and nothing else). Openning 2 tabs ...
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How can I prepare an old PC for educational use by a child? [closed]

I have an old PC of mine that I'm thinking of preparing for use by a school-going child. It's a decade old PC with a 40GB hard disk, Pentium 4 processor, and I believe 1GB of RAM. As of now, I have: ...
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Connect a codegen 200xa power supply to an Asrock H61M motherboard

I am trying to use some computer parts I found at home to build a computr for my parents... Well, right now I have a Codegen 200XA power supply, but it deosnt seem to have an ATX12V1 conector, which I ...
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How to mount 20 year old IDE Drive in Linux

I asked a question similar to this one about an hour ago but my account got messed up somehow and it wont let me comment anymore :p Anyways, I have a 20 year old IDE Conner Hard Disk attached to a ...
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800 speed memory into 1066

Can you place lower speed RAM into higher slots? I had a motherboard fail and from my research I can stick a AM3 into an AM3+ slot, but so far no luck with an AM3+ that supports 800 speed RAM.
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“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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Too slow PC for web browsing?

There is a very peculiar problem I've seen on my cousin's PC and I am not 100% sure what's causing that. The problem is, that when browsing every bigger page (with multiple pictures and such) takes ...
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Can I find out if PCI-e slot is 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 in linux terminal?

I'm going to purchase a GPU which is for PCI-e 3.0. But since I don't know what PCI-e slot it is in my computer I need to find it out somehow. Is it possible to find it from the terminal in linux?
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Blurry white streaks on CRT monitor - what could the cause be?

I have an old CRT monitor that I just tried connecting to my laptop as an additional display. The display itself works, my windows are replicated there, but anywhere there is text, a white blurry ...
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Testing laptop hardware [closed]

I purchased an untested Dell Latitude off ebay and only have 14 days to return if the hardware goes faulty. What are the best tools I can use to test the hardware out. I'm going to keep it running ...
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On my old DOS computer I need to run a specific game first otherwise some games won't run

But why is that? It still seems to me almost like magic. The computer is Amstrad PC2086/30, and the game that I have to run first is either The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing or Grand Prix ...
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How do I disassemble a 17 inch Proview 700P Monitor?

I dug out this old monitor in order to replace some bad capacitor (had it in high school, it went bad and I stored it in my closet). The problem is that I am having a hard time disassembling it to get ...
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Booting Issue from old computer

I have an old computer like about 6-7 years old.It works ok but in order to boot it I have to boot about 8 times and some times unplugging and re-plugging it, it makes it work.Otherwise when I push ...
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Doing some detective work on old computer hardware [closed]

On a recent holiday to Bangkok, I visited the science museum and planetarium that is there. While eating lunch I was very surprised to see some very recognisable vintage computer equipment in almost ...
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Does new software slow down old hardware? [closed]

This question came to mind while reading "Why does hardware get slower with time?" As new versions of software are released, can they cause older hardware to become slower? If this is the case, what ...
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Why does Flash objects display incorrectly?

On my old desktop computer using Lubuntu, any flash objects that show up in my web browser use only half of the allocated space and display in only green and purple colors. This effect doesn't happen ...
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Can not copy files from old CD's into new system

I am trying to access some very old CD's I have (8+ years) When inserting into my current OS (Windows 7) I can see the files, and I can also browse the folders. The problem starts when I want to ...
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Overclocking AMD Sempron +2400

Basically, I wanna ask is there a safe way to overclock the mentioned processor to 2.0Ghz (Stock - 1.67Ghz, Single core). Now it's running @ 1.8Ghz and 1.5something V, as I run it @ 2.0Ghz it becomes ...
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5.25 Floppy Disk Formatting

I'm having this debate with a friend who is looking for a box of single-sided, single-density 5.25 floppy disks on eBay for one of his old computers. I told him he could buy any 5.25 floppy disks he ...
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How can I determine if my sound card is working or not?

My system (windows Xp) does not have any sound! I feel that my sound card is broken but i'm not sure! How can I determine that my sound cars is healthy or it's broken?
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Trying to run Debian from USB on old Dell

I've been wanting to install a nix flavor for a while, and realized I might be able to try it out on a (quite old) Dell Dimension 9150 I have lying around. The hard drive is dead and gone, but I ...
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Can I use server hardware as a workstation?

I have an HP Proliant ML115 G5 server. I used to use it as a development server (it ran Windows 2008 server, IIS, SQL Server and so on) but its now spare as my stuff is now cloud-hosted. This HP box ...
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Is my old server too old? [closed]

I am setting up a server on an old computer (Dell Dimension probably with Pent4 or similar processor and about 1 GB of RAM to back up files with ssh) with lubuntu, and i was wondering what the best ...
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installing MS-DOS on new computer

I am going to install MS DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 on my new Lenovo IdeaPad U410 laptop just for fun and just to prove myself I can do it. I want to ask if I can expect some problems? And if so then ...
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x86 based Retro/Nostalgia PC the size of a Raspberry Pi [closed]

A couple of years ago now, I resurrected an old machine for nostalgia, and to some extent to learn about the system architecture using Assembly language, C++ (for real mode DOS). Specs: AMD Duron ...
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Can I use a notebook wireless card in a different device?

I had a netbook recently given to me, it was old and not working. I took it apart, to see if I could fix it, and the wiring had become frayed and completely loose on some things. Pretty much ...
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Using USB to PS/2 splitter it works good, but I can't type “<” and “>” on the PS/2 keyboard

I'm using a USB to PS/2 splitter it works good, but I can't type "<" and ">" on the PS/2 keyboard. The mouse works just fine, and so does the keyboard, except I can't type these to keys, which is ...
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Laptop making strange noises while running windows 8

I am using a sony vaio. All of a sudden today when i switched on the computer it started making high pitched sounds. The problem disappears when i run linux. So there is no problem in hard drive or ...
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What antique computer is it that appears on the recent Xfinity commercial? [closed]

My family is going crazy trying to identify the old computer in the recent Xfinity commercial. Here's a link to the commercial itself: ...
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Why do computers crash much less often than ten years ago? [closed]

Back then my computers had kernel panics and blue screens at least once a month. Which parts of the hardware and of the operating systems have been improved the most since then?
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Piecing together low-powered hardware for an RS-232 terminal server

I'm working on reconstructing my Cisco lab for training/educational purposes and I found that the actual terminal server I have is dead. I have a couple of 8-port PCI serial cards which would be more ...
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Acorn Archimedes 420/1

I have an old Acorn computer which I am sure works fine but the monitor gave up years ago. It has a 9 pin analogue RGB port. Any suggestions on getting a monitor that will work with it?
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Salvaging screen or keyboard from an old Toshiba T3200 laptop [closed]

I've got an old Toshiba T3200 laptop from 1987 (specs here) which I haven't been using for years since it's really loud and has a whooping 12 MHz i286 which means no Linux. On top of that the floppy ...
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Building PC with old parts - Burning CPU Smell

Alright, so I'm trying to build a computer with some old parts I had lying around here. (which used to be a single computer already so they must be compatible if they were before) At first I tried to ...
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What “TYPE” of harddrive is in my old 286

I have a very old(1989?) 80286 computer. I can tell it was a very good machine in it's day. It has a harddrive installed. I finally got a PS/2 to AT keyboard plug today and got it to boot. Now I ...
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Are older browsers limited to certain operating systems and hardware? [closed]

What exactly are the reasons that people still use something like IE6? Surely it must be something more than "they are just not computer-savvy"... I am assuming that there are possible hardware and ...
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A command-line OS for old hardware [closed]

The hardware is an ancient (yet fully functional) Pentium PRO 200 MHz with 48MB RAM. I'm looking for an appropriate command-line OS for it (no GUI, no multitasking). The OS should also have utf-8 ...
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Why is my mouse pointer twitching? [duplicate]

I don't know if you've ever experienced such a behavior from your mouse pointer but it's happened to me several times. The thing is, when I buy a brand new mouse, everything is fine for some time ...
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Ten year old computer started smelling strongly of ozone

Recently, I decided to rebuild a ten year old computer to use as a Linux server. After running it as a Minecraft server for five months, I got a new machine and took the HDD, power supply, and ...
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Will PCs become slower after some years of use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does hardware get slower with time? Some of my friends claim that their PCs tend to become sluggish after 4 or 5 years of use. I mean the PC itself gets slower, that ...
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A lightweight linux operating system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight GUI Linux distribution for really old computer Running Linux on Old PC I currently have with me installed Windows XP. It works fine, it's just that I have ...
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Getting a Bloomberg keyboard to work on a standard machine

I have just gotten my hands on a Bloomberg Keyboard (Model CTB100) and it looks quite interesting... Its got a shed load of extra buttons (hopefully programmable), a USB port on the back, place for ...
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How can I connect the VGA 15 Pin? [closed]

I have 9 wire of different color like White, Grey, Black, Violet, Blue, Green, Red, orange and Yellow. I dont know how to connect.
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CPU suddenly overheating

One day, when I woke up and turned my computer on, it suddenly just became so slow, when I move the mouse it hangs then moves, hangs then moves, i turned off my pc and touch the insides of my cpu and ...
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How to tell double-density vs. high-density in 5.25" floppies?

I recently found a box of old 5.25" floppies. Is there a way to tell the double-density (360K) 5.25" ones from the high-density (1.2M) ones when the disks do not have any markings? It looks like the ...
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How to Upgrade/Utilise an HP Proliant Server

I have an HP Proliant ML115 (quadcore Opteron 1216 2.4GH/2.5GB RAM) gathering dust in my study. It runs Windows 2008 pretty well - I used to use it as an environment for playing with new software and ...
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Accessing an ATAPI Zip Drive via a USB-ATA bridge

I have an old Iomega Zip100 drive (labelled as ATAPI) which I'm trying to access via a USB-ATA/SATA bridge. Under Windows 7, plugging it in brings up an error in Device Manager (USB Mass Storage ...