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    What are the oldest PCs you still use on your network?

    Just a general question really, I see there was an old thread about oldest production server too. Would be interesting to hear what sort of machines you all manage to keep going, and in what role. Here, I have:

    Oldest servers: 2 x Dell Poweredge 2550 (2 x P3 950MHz) - backup DC and Successmaker
    Oldest student desktops: AMD Duron 850 with 512MB of RAM - they actually run really well (nothing less than 512 now)
    Oldest staff desktop: AMD Athlon 1333 with 512MB of SDRAM (undergoing maintenance!)

    Surprisingly small amount of trouble from the older stuff, as they tend to be put in lower use areas. Have had loads of P4 machines give trouble though, usually dying onboard LAN and IDE.

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    Have PC and servers that are 5 to 7 years old... BSF said we would have to dump them all

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    Some P4 3Ghz Stone machines in some integrated desks from about 2006...anything older was just too unreliable (bad equipment from previous supplier). 99% of pcs/laptops are less than 4 years old

    Oldest server is a circa 2004 Dual Xeon 2.4Ghz, soon due to be retired because its massive (5U)

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    Oldest desktops being used are Celeron 366mhz with 32 mb of ram..

    Running linux as thin clients

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    Oldest PC's - HP Pavillion 553x. P4's mostly now with 512mb Ram. (2002)
    Oldest Server - Elonex Resilliance 5000. Dual P4-based Xeons
    Oldest Laptop - RM N30-N3. Early P4's (I think) with 256mb (2002) - replacements now ordered

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    Oldest desktops P3 1Ghz with 256 Mb RAM, they'll be going this time hopefully. Next oldest are P4's.

    Servers are all pretty new now, we just got rid of 2 Poweredge 2600s.

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    I do think it's a shame when perfectly workable PCs, that still do the job, are dumped just for the sake of it. I hope any that are, are offered to primaries etc.

    Dumped our last thin clients a year or so back, AMD K6-2 350s, plus some Wyse terminals. They were all so slow, they got trashed while the kids waited for them to load.

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    Funniest thing is the kids think the celeron 366's are the quickest machines on the network.

    Might be due to the very powerful TS servers they log into - logging in takes all of about 2 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    I do think it's a shame when perfectly workable PCs, that still do the job, are dumped just for the sake of it. I hope any that are, are offered to primaries etc.
    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.

    We donate truckloads of PC's and laptops to local schools. Only non working equipment gets recycled

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    Our oldest still in use are RMOnes from March 05 with spec P4 3ghz, 512mb ram (min ram anywhere) and 80GB HDDs. Starting to struggle - especially on CC4!

    All 3 main IT rooms (~33 each room) are Core 2 duo, and also around 50 laptops that are core 2 (core 2 accounts for just over half our equipment - in excess of 300 comps & laptops).

    Servers - oldest is a 2.4ghz Xeon from May 2004 (2 physical single core processors with hyperthreading) - want to get this replaced within the next 12-18 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    I do think it's a shame when perfectly workable PCs, that still do the job, are dumped just for the sake of it. I hope any that are, are offered to primaries etc.
    That really bugs me - things are NOT offered to other schools in the pyramid or generally, it seems. I have approached the high school and got some monitors which enabled to finally remove all the CRTs from the school! But I am not sure that they would have offered them to me if I hadn't asked.
    You are right, my junior school runs some pretty old beasts but they work, and any spares are gratefully received!

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    Oldest spec machines still in use are RM machines that are 866mhz with 256mb RAM running xp with sp3!! they do tend to take a bit of time to logon!!

    Oldest server is my exchange server Intex Xeon 2.80ghz 512mb RAM running server 2003 R2 SP2 with exchange for staff and students!!

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    We have two Acorns still in use. Wonderful little computers as the rare times something goes wrong you just power cycle it.

    Our oldest PCs are 5 years old as we work on a 4 to 5 year rolling replacement.

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    Our oldest machines still in use are P4 2.6Ghz Dell GX240s. We're aiming to reuse these as thin clients in the classrooms to work alongside the new Core2Duo machines.

    We have got a big, clunky old P2 laptop sitting proudly on a shelf in our server room as a reminder of classic computing though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    Our oldest still in use are RMOnes from March 05 with spec P4 3ghz, 512mb ram (min ram anywhere) and 80GB HDDs. Starting to struggle
    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 :-)

    Our Dell 2400 workstations are holding up remarkably well - we have most of our admin staff, teaching staff and the sixth form using them on a daily basis. They must be about 5 years old, and look like they'll last at least a couple more years - few hardware failures. We have a Dell server a similar age which I'm transferring all our images over to.

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