Ancient laptops....

umungus's picture
umungus
January 27, 2010 - 11:18am
Hey Guys,

I would like to get an old laptop to just run a word processer. To do writing only. I need to go super cheap cause I'm cheap, and I dont have much money. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......

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Rum Rogue
January 27, 2010 - 12:46pm
how old?
I think I still have one from 98-00 timeframe. It doesnt have any OS or software. 
If I still have it at the house, I will look this weekend, and you feel confident with putting an OS on there, then I will let have it for the cost of shipping.
Time flies when your having rum.

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umungus
January 27, 2010 - 12:58pm
Very cool Rum! Thanks for the offer. If you still have it around I'd like to give it a try. I'll PM my shipping address.

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Rum Rogue
January 27, 2010 - 4:24pm
like i said, I have to find it... Couple months ago I started throwing out my old tech.  50-50 its here. 50-50 its in storage across the state or trashed. so not very good odds.  Its going to be a few months before I get to my stuff in my storage unit.
Time flies when your having rum.

Im a government employee, I dont goof-off. I constructively abuse my time.

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umungus
January 27, 2010 - 8:37pm

Sure no problem. Thanks either way.

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Malcadon
January 28, 2010 - 9:46am
My laptop is an old Etch-A-Sketch. =P

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w00t (not verified)
January 28, 2010 - 2:52pm
Ancient laptops and hookey etch-a-sketchs are no match for a good install of Windows ME.

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TerlObar
January 28, 2010 - 9:08pm
I have an old compac late 90's era laptop.   800x600 screen, 333MHz processor windows XP.  I don't remember the amount of memory but its probably around 64-128 MB.  The  battery doesn't work (you have to keep it plugged in) and the screen isn't the brightest but to run a word processor it would probabaly work okay.  If  you're interested, let me know.
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Malcadon
January 29, 2010 - 3:56am
w00t wrote:
Ancient laptops and hookey etch-a-sketchs are no match for a good install of Windows ME.

Windows ME is less reliable then an Etch-a-Sketch in the hands of a guy with a sneezing fit! As least with an Etch-a-Sketch, you can have the "screen of death" on your own terms.

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w00t (not verified)
January 29, 2010 - 6:49am
+1 Malcadon

hahahhahahaha

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Georgie
January 29, 2010 - 8:08pm
w00t wrote:
Ancient laptops and hookey etch-a-sketchs are no match for a good install of Windows ME.


"good install of ME" ... and oxymoron of the 1st order. :-D
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jedion357
January 29, 2010 - 9:23pm
I went back to college in '99-00 with an old NEC lap top that had a monochrome screen and was the size of a small suit case but I had picked it up for a good price (free). I managed to install window 3.0 I think but it ate up so much memory that I had to go in and delete stuff like solitare to create space to actually use it.

Wrote all my term papers on that thing and saved them to a 3.5 disk that I took to the computer lab and spell checked and printed but if I made changes to the document in the computer lab I couldn't open it on the laptop.

I had loaded a copy of Civilization (1st edition) onto 5 disks and managed to play that too on that old beast with the caveat that I had to constantly swap out disk during the game. and that I got real good at determining which monochrome color was which race in the game not as easy as you might think.

Then I got a small settlement and treated my self to a pentium and Civilazation Call to Power!!!!
Ah but those were the days back in '99 being the oldest person on campus with the oldest computer on campus and no car and the 18-19 year olds thought I was nut "How do you live with out a car?"
and I got straight A's except for the professor who didn't like me. youth is wasted on the young.
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Shadow Shack
February 9, 2010 - 6:24pm
I was just going to say...any laptop with Windows ME installed should be your best bet for saving money. I took my desktop with ME out to the desert with every gun and bullet I owned and I still wasn't satisfied.
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