Hardware Thread, What to do with old mobos in Technical; I have 15 Viglen 111D mobos with 500MHz celeron processors. They are cluttering up my room and have to go. ...
4th April 2008, 10:53 AM #1
What to do with old mobos
I have 15 Viglen 111D mobos with 500MHz celeron processors. They are cluttering up my room and have to go. I suspect that they are too low spec for the charities who provide equipment for the needy but has anyone any ideas before I bin them. I've used the RAM elsewhere.
4th April 2008, 10:57 AM #2
Beowulf Cluster! Linky.
Alternatively, you could use them as wall paper in the office?
4th April 2008, 11:02 AM #3
Freecycle or a £10 job lot on Ebay...
4th April 2008, 11:05 AM #4
new boxes, and make them thin clients
4th April 2008, 02:59 PM #5
A less technical suggestion would be to give them to the art/DT department to make a pretty wall piece for the IT department.
Wash them all off, lay them out in the layout you want them on the wall...get the DT tech to cut some MDF to size, maybe with a frame made from beading round the edge (that bit might have to be recessed around the edges using a router) and then use some no more nails to stick the motherboards on then wall mount it
4th April 2008, 03:15 PM #6
That's a pretty good idea Gibbo.
Gives me something to do next week
4th April 2008, 03:53 PM #7
The ebay idea may still be worth a shot if you prefer cash..
My father repairs PC's down in Devon and finds clients often just want their old steam powered thing to be fixed rather than spending the money on a new system, so I sell him old mobo's cpus and the like.
4th April 2008, 04:03 PM #8
Hows about you turn them into digital photo frames - theres a website dedicated to doing this with instructions for various laptops.
Not sure where you'd store them - maybe pin them to a wall or something.
Laptop to Digital Picture Frame
GRYNX Laptop on the wall - WallTop
Plenty of sites with a google search and you gotta admit some of them look pretty smart when done properly.
4th April 2008, 05:08 PM #9
Originally Posted by kmount
Do both - nail the motherboards to the wall and connect them up to do map/reduce style computing, with space-heating as a side effect. Add flickering LEDs at your discretion.
Originally Posted by Joedetic
4th April 2008, 05:34 PM #10
We already have these. We call them the ICT Suites
Originally Posted by Gibbo
4th April 2008, 05:41 PM #11
......really rubbish frisbees?
WEE be damned
5th April 2008, 12:10 AM #12
Is it possible to do something useful with a processor with no RAM? Is it possible to write useful programs that run (quite a bit faster...) on just the on-board cache?
Originally Posted by laserblazer
5th April 2008, 12:22 AM #13
Old school dos apps that can run in the 640k of base memory, that is of course if the motherboards will actually allow you to boot them with no expansion memory installed. Some micro linux stuff should work to.
Originally Posted by dhicks
5th April 2008, 09:25 AM #14
- Rep Power
Surely the distinction between base and extended memory is only a distinction in what it is possible to address in real versus protected modes of Intel x86 processors.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
The base (i.e. first) 640K of the memory map would still be on one of the RAM modules that were removed.
Last edited by ITWombat; 5th April 2008 at 09:28 AM.
5th April 2008, 09:51 AM #15
You wont be able to fire the boards up without any ram installed
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