A computer to ressurect

Acquired few things over the weekend that the Daughters of St Paul downtown didn’t need anymore and would otherwise have gone to recycling or trash. Among them were a couple of old IBM ThinkCentre computers over the weekend. One is missing a hard drive and the other needs RAM. I think I’ve got enough other bits lying around to make one computer out of them that might be usable for simple tasks.

IBM ThinkCentre A51
IBM ThinkCentre A51
IBM ThinkCentre A51 innards
IBM ThinkCentre A51 innards

They’re both IBM ThinkCentre A51 computers with Pentium 4 CPUs running at 2.93 GHz.

Intel P4 CPU
Intel P4 CPU

They both have 1 GB RAM (one has 4×256 MB DDR2 sticks, the other has 1x1GB DDR2 stick). I think I might have some 512 GB DDR2 sticks in the junk box, so might be able to get one of them up to 2.5 GB. That might be enough for a very lightweight Linux distro. Just need to scavenge a hard drive from somewhere.

Update: It lives!

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