[K12OSN] Pentium 166 mHz Machines as Clients?
Terrell Prude', Jr.
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat May 8 00:05:21 UTC 2004
Your IBM 300GL boxes will rock as clients. I have a room full of 25
Pentiums with 32MB DRAM. Some are 166's, some are 233's, and with the
100Mbps NICs in 'em, the users don't know the difference. :-) These,
like yours, also have the old Soundblaster 16 cards, and yes, sound
works perfectly on them in LTSP client mode.
As for the overclocking, there is absolutely no need. A 486-33 is
sufficient for this task. Really. Any Pentium of *any* speed is, I've
found, overkill for a LTSP thin client. Not that I'm going to object,
There was a comment about the hard disks being useless. If you have the
thin clients booting from floppies, then that's true.
HOWEVER...floppies have a way of disappearing, so I've cat'ed the
Rom-O-Matic floppy image onto the hard disk, just like you would to a
floppy. Works great! Of course, you can't boot the Windows 98 that was
on those computers anymore, but like I care. :-D
bullet at sc.rr.com wrote:
>I just rolled in a handtruck load of IBM 300GL machines that were slated
>for disposal and was wondering how well suited they might be for use as
>clients? They are currently set up with P-166 processors, 64 MB of PC-66 (I
>think) RAM and Old Skool Soundblaster 16-bit sound cards. Got to go look to
>see if the network cards are 10BASE-T or 100, but most stuff around here
>seems to be the latter, so I am hopeful.
> I figure there is a good probability that I can successfuly overclock
>these machines at the max 200 mHz the MB will support, or I can buy the
>processors at near-scrap value, whatever.
>Will these things do OK as clients?, What do y'all think? Ive got nine of
>them, and the price was certainly right.
>Orangeburg, Sunny SC
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