in 2016 i got a computer from an uncle. for a while i used it for testing operating systems and stuff, but eventually it stopped booting, and in 2017 i put it on the attic. it's been sitting there...
it's an HP Compaq nx9000! i don't know the exact specs yet but it's got 512mb+256mb of RAM.
the problem of this computer was that it got stuck on the bios screen, clicked and wouldn't let me boot off USB. i think that the problem here is that it's trying to read from the hard drive, and that hard drive is dead, so it gets stuck. I'll test this by plugging it into another computer
here's an interesting oddity: the hard drive is placed under the battery!
this might also not be the hard drive; idk, i didn't take it out yet
well, i was wrong! the hard drive is actually here:
ummm... is it just me or does this not look like a sata interface
oh well. let's at least see if I can boot this thing without it
it does!! and there's no clicking anymore, so that confirms my theory about a dead hard drive.
so it's got a 2ghz intel processor, and all ~700mb of ram are visible. the bios is still a bit reluctant to let me boot off USB though
interestingly, the bios settings seem to claim that it's a hard drive. odd
turns out the bios is just oddly slow, perhaps an update would fix it. anyways here's the debian usb menu
welp, it's x32
i was kinda hoping it would be x64 but this is a machine from circa 2002 so that was pretty unlikely
anyways, it's got mostly the usual ports for that era (i'd assume): 3.5mm headphone/mic jacks, firewire, expansion card slots, a modem, LAN, VGA, serial, printer/parallel (?), two USB ports, S-Video and PS2, plus a dvd recorder (or at least reader)
there's also a docking station port on the bottom
for now, what i think i'll do is i'll install windows xp on a pendrive (if it lets me) and do the necessary bios updates, then try out linux
problem no. 1: it won't boot off of any of my XP install CDs
xp iso download time
there's an utility that burns a bios installer onto a floppy, and that seems to be the only way to get the absolutely latest version. the only other one available is 2 versions older, but i think it should be fine
and i'm not kidding when i say floppy, it literally just says "please insert a 1.44mb floppy into drive A: and press start". like, this particular model doesn't even have a floppy drive, and even if it did, i don't have any floppies
maybe it's for the floppy-equipped versions. if not, there's definitively a way to trick it into putting it on a pendrive
anyways, the xp iso is now being put onto the install pendrive. i'll save the inevitable failure and disappointment for tomorrow, since it's getting kind of late
it is now tommorow. the xp usb I made shuts down the computer immediately after trying to boot from it.
@knuxify the good past times at which they wanted to build durable hardware, not unrepairable crap that'd die after two years... <3
@knuxify volume switches on the side? you can use it as the clunkiest portable mp3 player ever, nice
@Jessica i tried pulling the connector off, but it's pretty stuck in there. i don't want to risk breaking it even though i know the drive is probably broken anyways
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