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General Chat Thread, What are the oldest PCs you still use on your network? in General; Originally Posted by dhicks We have some RM Ones we're using as thin clients, at which task they excel. We'll ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    We have some RM Ones we're using as thin clients, at which task they excel. We'll quite happily take your off your hands if you don't want them any more :-)
    We'd have to replace them with something though - and we have no money at all to do that We've not long retired some RM desktop units that were Celeron 2.4ghz, and trying to see what to do with them!

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    Oldest Server: 2005 - Due to be decommissioned by Xmas!
    Oldest PC: 2002 - Still have a few of these dotted around.
    Majority of PC's are 2005 and we are struggling to replace them!

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    I'm a sucker for upgrading our school PCs with bits off Ebay. Huge amount of machines have been bumped up to 512MB, large number of HP mini Gbics bought, plus some very cheap server RAM. For the most part I've paid for the stuff personally, but it's been pennies overall and allows me to keep within my small yearly budget.

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    We have a lot of Dell D510 laptops - Celeron 1.4GHz with 512MB RAM, these are slow but work fine once logged on. Due to replace as many of these as possible this year, with the remainder going to low use areas of the school until they die.

    Oldest workstations are Dell GX60's which are about 5 yrs old this year, P4 Celereon 2.4GHz with 1GB ram (We upgraded them last year) and also brough flat screens for them to improve them a bit. I think we'll get one more year out of them, maybe 2 if we're lucky.

    Servers, I have 2 that are 5yrs old+ running Linux for Digital Signage control (Xibo) and FOG for my imaging server. These will stay in use until they die as they are perfectally good for the job. The rest of my servers are under 3 years old.

    It's what to do with the 120 HP TC1100 tablet PCs that I have stored up that I'm struggling with. These are P3 700MHz with 256MB ram and are absolutely useless as a portable PC, as the batteries on most of them are knackered, and if you put them on a network with XP SP3, forget about it - they're absolutely dog slow. Any suggestions?

    Mike.

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    Personally, I'd look at installing Ubuntu with Open Office on them, or connect them to a TS, good way of getting some extra workstations without worrying about the specs too much.

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    i retired a win95 workstation earlier this year 64mb ram and p2 iirc was stuck in the nursery not networked (for some reason they have no sockets down there)

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    We still have a few PII 400's running xp with 256 meg of ram!
    up to 15 mins to boot!! lol
    They are next on the list to go
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    I'm just in the process of replacing a load of 10 year old PII machines with win98 COA stickers on them.

    They we're made by Centrex and are indestructible. In the 8 years I've been here not one has died.

    Boot up and logon can take between 10-30 minutes depending on Windows and antivirus updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Agreed. I see some advantages in the 4/5 year replacement cycle but a lot of equipment could be upgraded or just do the job for longer.
    It also isn't always the oldest equiptment which causes the most trouble either.

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    Still got our 1998 rm server p3 128 mb ram running dhcp just got rid of the last rm p2 with 64 mb ram from 97 running xp sp2

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWorked View Post
    I'm just in the process of replacing a load of 10 year old PII machines with win98 COA stickers on them.

    They we're made by Centrex and are indestructible. In the 8 years I've been here not one has died.

    Boot up and logon can take between 10-30 minutes depending on Windows and antivirus updates.


    So it could take almost a whole period to logon then, staff here do their nut at our P3's and they only take around 4 minutes. I don't think the staff would even bother using them if they were any slower.

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    Oldest machines are Dell Optiplex machines they are 3 year old.

    All our servers are the same age 18 month old

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    oldest pc ive seen recently was round a customers home in there atic , a 486DX 266mhz with 8mb of ram lol what a gem

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    oldest pc ive seen recently was round a customers home in there atic , a 486DX 266mhz with 8mb of ram lol what a gem
    I have a 386DX rm nimbus in the garage, might be worth something one day

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    Some staff still use 1.8GHZ P4 Stone machines with 256mb RAM and 20 / 30 / 40 GB hard drives.

    The trouble with our older machines (Including the earlier 2.8GHZ P4s) is the hard drives are crap and therefore slow the entire systems down! They can quite happily run XP, but then stick on network client, AV, office suite, email client, updates etc etc and they go like treacle!

    Our Finance team were over the moon when their new machines went in! I'm over the moon at how compact base units are getting as they're easy to transport between buildings now without feeling like I'm lifting weights at the gym

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