|Written by Daryl J.|
How to Revive an Old Computer
Many times people don't want to get rid of there old equipment when it can be used by somebody. This holds very true with older computers. Older computers can be revived so that they are beneficial to another, like a child just learning about computers or somebody who can't afford a new computer at the time. Listed below is a procedure for reviving sn old computer.
1. Reviving a Windows-based computer could be as simple as changing the operating system. Generally the newer the version of Windows operating system, the newer the computer must be. Switching from Windows to the gnu/Linux operating system maybe all the older computer needs as gnu/Linux (or simply Linux) is very good with downward compatibility.
The first step then would be to acquire a copy of Linux. Listed at the end of the article will be some sites which contains copies LiveCD versions of Linux to be used.
Note: A LiveCD is a copy of the of the Linux operating system that is stored on CD and loaded to memory when booted and ran from memory. A LivedCD will not alter your hard drive unless explicitly told to by the operator.
2. After downloading the CD image file, generally an 'iso' file, you will have to burn it onto a CD. Most CD burning utilities such as Nero Burning ROM, are equipped to handle burning image files onto disk.
DO NOT TRY PUT THE ISO FILE ON THE DISK IT WILL NOT WORK.
The disk burning utility will expand the iso file as it burns it on the disk. Once you have burned the image on the disk, it will be a bootable.
3. Follow the these steps to get Linux booted into memory:
a) Turn on the computer and place the CD in the CD tray and restart the computer.
b). Enter the Setup area and navigate to the Boot tab and make the CD the first bootable device.
c) Save changes to the settings and restart the computer.
The LiveCD will now be booted from the CD.
4. Each time the LiveCD is ran it will assume this is the first time it has been ran and there will be a couple setting you have to make like language, keyboard and time zone settings. From that point on you are free to roam around and checkout the operating system. There are a couple of things you will notice is that Linux is a lot less demanding on resources than Windows is and Linux moves much faster.
Note: Some LiveCD will have a menu presented after the initial setting have been made. Unless Linux is to definitely be install on the harddisk select to run the Live version. This will allow the operator to test out Linux before installing it to the harddisk.
5. Once you have wandered around Linux for awhile, you have the choice of installing Linux on your harddrive or you can continue to run the Linux operating system from memory.
6. Before shutting down your computer, some LiveCD versions give you the option to save a personal setting file to your harddrive. That would be perferable if you plan on using Linux again. That way you will not have to go through the setup stages again.
Linux LiveCDs can be found at some of these location:
Ubuntu @ http://www.ubuntu.com
LinuxMint @ http://www.linuxmint.com
Slax @ http://www.slax.org
Puppy @ http://www.puppylinux.org