What would you do with an ancient netbook?

I have this piece of shit sitting around and I can’t bear to just recycle or eBay it. It’s too slow for Mint but I feel like there has to be some neat bare-metal use for it. Maybe just a DOS game machine.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Put your dick on the keyboard and slam the lid down as hard as you can over and over until you cum.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      bump

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ok now what?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Rinse and repeat.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >ethernet port
    install debian and use it as a small media server

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >It’s too slow for Mint
    come home white man

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ham radio maybe?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Home server

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Try Haiku or ReactOS

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Upgrade the ram to 2GB, install xp x64 edition, OC it with setFSB and play retro games and shitpost with it. Its what I do with mine.

    Alternatively you can experiment with obscure OSes. FreeDOS and AROS both have pretty complete software support for Atom chipsets from that era. With freeDOS you can even get sound using SBemu.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >xp x64
      Most of the early Atom chips are 32-bit

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This one is x64, NB305 from 2010

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          was it able to run Vista64 on the time of laptops release

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >vista on a fricking atom

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            They run fine with XP if you're not using the internet. Honestly the 1024x600 display is fine for VNs and other old games, just use it for that kind of pre-2005 non 3D stuff. Once you get used to the keyboard it's entirely possible to touch type on it with reasonable accuracy, better than a touchscreen at any rate.

            I ran Vista on an Inspiron 4000 with an 850 MHz PIII and 512 MB of RAM. It wasn't nearly as bad as you'd expect, with all the fat trimmed it ran about as well as XP. The start menu search bar made it almost worth it, but it did hog up way more hard drive space.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            How did you trim down Vista? I tried it on a Pentium M with 2 GB RAM back in the day but it was too much of a dog.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's been so long that I don't quite remember, I suspect it was a custom ISO that someone edited to disable a lot of bloat, and turning off the aero effects helped a lot too. I also used a 512MB USB 2.0 stick for paging, which sped things up noticeably, though it required a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card to achieve.

            Ultimately I went back to XP, it took up way less hard drive space and was just as usable.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >just disable and trim everything that made vista vista
            zoomers will never ever understand this feel

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Probably not, but you see the machine was meant for Windows 7. Atoms from that era are usually 64 bit.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It came with 7 but didn’t run it well

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      SSD?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        A lot of the time they use flash storage, so I didn't list that. But yeah, if you can upgrade the drive, do it. Though, then you might not want to use xp, since it causes unnecessary wear on SSDs.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gitea server
    File server
    Network monitoring and logging
    Ids/ips
    Syslog server
    Ssh Jump box

    Just plug in an external SSD and have fun man.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Maybe just a DOS game machine
    Possibly or an emulation machine.
    I use an old Asus netbook as a Kodi machine, but it is faster than your Toshiba, so most likely no on that.
    I would just experiment with stuff and see what works.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    s10fag

    there are x86 android distros that manage memory and cpu very well, but they're pretty unstable. it was pretty surprising how usable it was on a n270. that's about as slow as atoms got. Usable is a stretch, 50% size keyboards and 1024x600 makes these doorstops long before you get into instability.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    install gentoo

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      is that a bear computer?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That keyboard looks pretty good. How is the typing experience?

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have one of these stored in good condition. But I can't find the right version of Windows XP for the touch screen to work.

    I found one ISO on the internet archive, but it uses a shitty recovery program from HP

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Video output to a TV and have it run as digital signage
    Just make sure the video is reencoded for the lighter codecs since anything heavy like AV1 would be a stutterfest there

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    atom N450 bros assemble

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would do this: https://sizeof.cat/post/nokia-booklet-retro-station/

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Atom
      Ooof.
      The CPU that never should have been.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My old acer netbook is wired into my boosted riceburner ECU for logging, sensors, and tweaking the tune on the fly.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Linux Lite uses just ~200mb ram idle

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      no 32bit iso :I

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Play Doom on it or use it to send digital modes on a ham radio.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Install some light distro and use it as a storage device.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Windows and retro games. It will run whatever it came with and perhaps an earlier version.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    wattOS R13 has recently been released. I've used a older version it before on a shittop.
    >https://www.planetwatt.com/R13-details/

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    leave it laying around near a place with public wifi

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Alpine Linux has x86 bins be a capable thinclient for shit posting on g while taking a shit for most people it would probably be too slow its not just the CPU though it's generally the crap slow wifi and USB being dogshit slow

  26. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ascend NetHack

  27. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel you bro, i too have a hording problem.

    Main Issue with the netbook is the atom CPU. That thing was too slow for any web browser when it came out and the enshitification of the web has made it worse. So anything that needs a web browser is out.

    So only uses left are: thin client/ssh machine, 480p local video playback and some ancient retro gaming, dos games, w95 games (diablo 1 will barely run), some retro gaming emulators (SNES, maybe ps1)

    I'd be wary of the old battery for server usage.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Its not nearly as bad as you say it is. Its on par performance wise with a decent Pentium III pc, with the caveat of newer directx support and dogshit opengl support. Hl1 (cd version), Warcraft 3, and Deus Ex all work.

  28. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a cheap USB oscilloscope and ftdi gpio and use it for circuit builds and analysis

  29. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Max out the hardware as best you can and install Puppy or some other super light distro.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Spending good money to try and make a piece of shit laptop useable is the most moronic shit when that money could've just bought a better laptop.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I did that once when I was poor.

  30. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    use it as a microcomputer, put bare metal basic in it

  31. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You could try either Kolibri, Void, Puppy or DSL

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      cool, I think I'll try Kolibri and then later some of the others
      the HDD still works, but at some point maybe I'll replace it with an SSD
      the battery is completely toast though, so I need to get a china replacement or just keep it on the power brick

  32. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i like to put shitter computers in the shitter so i can listen to music while i shower, or read .txt files while taking a shit.
    also make good webcams/monitoring. old laptops, if the battery is still semi-okay are great for this since that's basically a built in UPS.
    if you are lucky enough to have bred with woman, put a CLI linux on it and make your kid learn that way

  33. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Arch LTS kernel
    Make a something machine no desktop type stuffy thing 🙂

  34. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Minecraft server for your kids

  35. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Server.

  36. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    9front

  37. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would do a minimal install of debian 12, put JWM on it and daily drive the b***h. I'm doing that right now with a t61 that has a t7100, intel graphics and 2gb of ram. System idles at about 230MB and with gtk-pipe-viewer I can stream/watch 1080p 60fps youtube videos, browse the web, email, shitpost, torrent, watch movies, write documents, program etc. You really dont need much hardware to do basic daily shit, everyhing is just so bloated and front ends are so poorly designed we end up needing like 5x the power to do something that is actually simple as frick. Even with 2gb of ram and qutebrowser I can still run like 10-15 tabs before hitting 1.6gb of ram

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      do you use zram/zswap/swap?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have 900mb of swap but you dont need it unless you wanna go full 15 tabs and then pull up a 1080p video, that's prett ymuch the only time I check and my swap is being filled up. I find it better to dedicate the time to picking one task, like either browse/write, or watch a video I dont need to be doing both at once it's distracting and I just end up tuning one of the two out in the end.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'll add too im running off a 7200rpm hdd so swap is slow, it's not too bad still but like if you can avoid it the experience is obviously way better.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      didnt debian remove x86 support/binaries a few releases ago?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That was Ubuntu. Debian still has i386 support/binaries as of now.

  38. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i had one of them and it needed some weird proprietary driver that wasn't available on linux at the time..

  39. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    temple os

    its a godbook now

  40. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got one for free but I have no idea what to do with it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Use it to shitpost in bed? Get a wireless adapter capable of packet injection, install Wireshark, run a script that spams deauth packets at any wireless adapter with an Apple MAC address, put it in your bag, then go sit in Starbucks for a bit?

  41. 2 weeks ago
    I think .17hmr is really cool.

    AntiX Linux
    SliTaz Linux
    Damn Small Linux
    Puppy Linux
    LXLE
    Bunsen Labs

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Damn Small Linux
      damn out-of-date

  42. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use Mouse Without Borders to control it remotely. Try to use it as a second screen. Keep pdfs for RP, or browser windows or whatever for reference material.
    Realize it's exceedingly slow, even just scrolling up and down in a pdf.
    Switch to Puppy Linux, and play around with it for a while. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a use for it after all.

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