Goodbye, my Frankenstein! I picked up a Compaq Presario 7470 back in the late 1990s when I needed a quick – and cheap – upgrade to a failing Gateway 2000. It long ago received a new processor, extra RAM, extra hard drive storage, a network card; always something to keep it humming along. And unfortunately, it was humming along quite well.
Too well in fact. Of the three machines I had running, it was by far the loudest thing in the room. Like my Dell box, it ran Linux and did some basic server activities but the noise was really irritating! I decided to retire it after the move, and shift its functions over to a newer machine.
It did pretty well considering it’s about a 10 year old box – although it’s contents range from 4-8 years old! When I switched it over to Linux, mostly for the lark of it, it drove me batty trying to get Linux to handle the graphics card. Like so many machines today, a lot of resources were integrated onto a single board.
I’m going to keep it round for awhile, in case there’s some old data I need or in case I can repurpose a drive. But it’s surrounded by faster machines, with faster NICs, and removable storage, and without that grating hum.
Adios, old friend! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.