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    old kit, beat this!

    So a Governor brings in a laptop for me to take a look at.
    Well it felt like an episode of antiques roadshow as I opened the case
    to reveal an HP Pavilion, must be over 10 years old.

    I was even more surprised to find it boot up to the logon screen in 42s
    and then to find a PIII 696MHz running XP SP2 and office 2007 surprisingly
    smoothly esp. given it only has 128MB RAM !!! Somebody once told me XP
    needs at least 256? But this machine was "flying"!

    So whats your oldest bit of working kit ?

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    I've got an RM CY25 laptop running windows 2000 in near pristine condition. Old pentium 4, 256mb ram. Not sure what else it's sporting.....i can't say i've ever been THAT interested haha

    It was sat in a cupboard for about about 7 years or more in a bag completely untouched. I now use it to configure switches using the serial port rather than buying a usb>serial adaptor

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    Old Windows 95 Machine 50mb hard drive 128mb ram, still boots. My first ever computer back in the day

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    Lenovo R51 in MINT condition even the battery is still good

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    We have an old old redhat machine here...Running bluesky (Kernel version 1.2.13) and it runs it very very smoothly. Running at 33mhz, has 8mb RAM, a 384mb HDD, 2x speed CD Rom, and a 28.8k modem. It runs an very old card file system which gets used around once a month.

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    That laptop will happily take 512MB of RAM, but no more! Still useable as a word processor, not too much else now. Probably dates from 2000 or so.

    We have some main servers (their replacements are coming) that are over ten years old. No old workstations though - we've just purged the last P4s.

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    A few years ago someone asked me to take a look at a laptop. It was as large as a paving slab and run Windows 3.1!

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    Wow, some great examples. I wonder if todays kit will be around in 15 years!?
    {puts on old grumpy cap} they don't build 'em to last like they used to.
    Now if I could only find a use for my old Commodore 64...

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    We have a dozen or so old RM CY25 laptops reconfigured as stand alone computers. No network access on them at all - and no school wide wifi, so the kids cant do anything with them except what the teacher wants them to do - which is normally word processing using open office.

    The department loves them as they cant be used for anything else


    Theres also 30 or so Brother HL 1250 classroom printers still going - all installed in July 2000. Superb little printers, and after 14 years they dont owe us anything now. With a bit of occasional tlc most of them just keep on going, although they are succumbing to minor electrical faults now, and the fusers tend to go bad on them.

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    If I can actually get to them, it looks like someone 'stashed' a couple of BBC Micros in some ceiling storage space in one of my primary schools. Don't want to go prodding around until the builders get the intrusive Asbestos survey done though. Got plans to ditch the P4's we have as soon as County take away the IT suite to become a classroom...

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    I have just been cleaning out our server room and along with hundreds of CD-ROMs only asking for windows 95 and a handful of floppy disks I also came across the 1991 census for schools. Not to sure why that was in there in the first place but clearly shows no-one has sorted through the shelves in a while...

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    I've got a Toshiba laptop at home. Black and white screen, Windows 3.1, track ball instead of touchpad... might have thrown it away though... can't remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrstrong View Post
    So whats your oldest bit of working kit ?
    I still have an original RM Tablet PC running Windows XP Tablet Edition. It's stylus-based rather than touch, and it can be a bit of a palavar using Windows XP that way, but once you get to a drawing program it's actually very usable. It has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, same as the original iPad, too. I also have an original IBM Model M keyboard very much in daily use at home (I have a reproduction Unicomp version at work) - it's a pre-Windows key model, so could be anywhere from 1985 onwards, so nearly 30 years old.

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