R51e - Old Computer Challenge
2021 Old Computer Challange w/R51e
I decided to join the
Old Computer Challenge
Below, you can see a screen print and information from neofetch.
As you can see above, it exceeds the original
It matches on everything except for memory.
In the print I had reduced the memory to 1G, but doing
that caused the CPU Temperature to peg at 80C (175F) when doing
So I chickened out and re-added the 1G to bring it
back to 2G.
So yes, I "cheated" a bit, but being card carrying wimp
I had no guilt.
Actually it was not really cheating since I was
using a system built around 2005.
Maybe with more time I can come up with more
I never used the
for such a long period of time,
but I do use it every once in a great while for nostalgia
and to backup important files.
A friend gave it to me a few years ago.
She moved to a MAC and it was sitting idle for quite a while.
If you look at it, you would think it was brand new,
she really took good care if it.
- Hardware Items
- I really really like the 4:3 resolution.
- Sleep works in a way, but about 80% of the time my X display
gets corrupted on resume.
So, I need to power off when done for the day.
- Battery, maybe 10 to 15 minutes, so more like a cheap UPS
instead of a real Laptop Battery.
Eventually I may see if I can find a better one.
- As noted above, I needed to use 2G memory (its max)
due to CPU Temperature.
I did not want it to catch fire :)
- The largest issue is wireless.
When not working I can use an ethernet cable, but at
Work (home), were my pandemic office is, I need to use wireless.
Wireless is very flaky (more on that below).
- When I power up, I need to wait a bit to allow
OpenBSD to re-link the kernel.
I noticed once in a great while, I would get a panic
when logging into xenodm(1).
I have not seen this occur since I started waiting for ld(1) to complete.
- A bit cramped on disk space.
I needed to be careful when downloading any large files.
- The WEB
- In spite of what I just said directly above, I
needed to start Firefox to upload this page to my site.
The provider uses cPanel, so I made a brave attempt.
After multiple tries and a few Firefox core dumps, I
gave up and uploaded using my Daily Driver.
So far, this is the only issue I ran across without a work-around.
- Discovered dillo is great for testing changes made to my WEB Pages
on my local system.
- dillo works fine, but has issues with some images and
some WEB pages.
- An IRC User also in this challenge (#old-computer-challenge)
pointed me to links+.
Links allowed me to view WEB pages dillo could not handle.
- Accessing on-line services like Amazon, ebay and banks
is a "fail".
But personally, I hardly ever use those sites.
Just once per month I download a bank statement.
So in reality, for the sites I care about, I am fine.
- There are some sites I would visit that failed on
So during this challenge I just did without, and I did
not suffer any withdrawals :)
- Other Items
- mutt - via IMAPS for gmail and personal email
- gvim - works great, but syntax highlighting can
slow it down in very rare cases
- Various games - nethack (hardfought), tetris (part of
OpenBSD base) and a few other simple ones, all work fine.
- Music streaming -
works great with the
better than Bluetooth
I have used under some Linux distros.
- Testing programs and scripts for work.
These are command line only items for back-end processing,
I never learned GUI toolkits.
I found OpenBSD can catch memory issues by default. To do that
on other Operating Systems, I would need to install a special
package(s), which I am really to lazy to setup.
no issues except for speed, which is not really a bid deal.
Wireless -- During the competition, I could not connect the
directly to the ISP provided Modem,
it seems to have something that prevents old
wireless chips from connecting.
But I did connect an old router to the ISP's modem
via a cable then connect to the old router.
That worked in a fasion, but I experienced lots of network drops.
In 2022, I ended up getting a
Edimax Wi-Fi 4 802.11n Adapter (amazon)
and this dongle solved the wireless issues.
Links about the Challenge
Comics I need to see everyday plus the only Music Stream
I use from a Computer.
Without these sites, I would have had to bail :)
So far, this is working fine, I do notice a moderate speed
difference when compared to my usual daily system.
But all in all, for me, this is still a usable system.
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