List of old computers

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Machines are listed in order of decreasing usefulness, discard from the bottom! Public Computer 1 is furthest from the office door (i.e. Western end). Unused systems have memory routinely removed.


No 1 is at tank room (Western end).

Computer Number Processor Memory Details Storage Monitor Operating System
Ideal Intel Celeron G1840 2.8GHz 2MB (Passmark 2950) 4GB Desktop Case, integrated graphics 80GB SSD 21.5 inch 16:9 monitor Ubuntu Current LTS
1 Intel Core2 Duo E8200 @ 2.66GHz (PassMark 1844 , Blowfish 6.51), runs Windows 2048 (1024 DDR2x2, no free slots) ThinkCentre A57(9704) (F1 Setup, F12 Boot Menu), Intel 82G33/G31 Integrated graphics 160GB Samsung HD161HJ HP L1910 19-inch 4:3 LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz) Windows Vista Business x64
Unused Windows 10 box to be documented
5 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz (Passmark 1509, Blowfish 7.69) 2048MB (2x1024MB DDR2, 2 free slots) Dell Optiplex 755 (..636), XP Home, DVD RW 160GB SATA (Samsung HD161HJ) 19 Inch 4:3 Diamond Digital Monitor with integral Speakers Ubuntu 16.04
3 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz (Passmark 1509, Blowfish 7.69) 2048MB (2x1024MB DDR2, 2 free slots) Dell Optiplex 755 (..952), XP Home, DVD RW 160GB SATA Dell 19-inch 4:3 LCD Monitor Unbuntu 16.04
4 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz (Passmark 1509, Blowfish 7.69) 2048MB (2x1024MB DDR2, 2 free slots) Dell Optiplex 755 (..451), XP Home, DVD RW 80GB SATA (WDC WD800JD-75MS) 19 inch 4:3 Diamond Digital Monitor DVI/VGA with untested internal speakers Ubuntu 16.04
2 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz (Passmark 1509, Blowfish 7.69) 2048MB (1x12048MB DDR2 667, at least 1 free slots) Borders Dell 160GB SATA (ST3160827AS) Windows Vista
Unused AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+ (Passmark 1321) 4x1024 DDR2 (0 slots spare) Compaq Presario SR1995AN, DVD-RW drive, Mainboard Bios 03.10 12/13/2006, ABM2N.LA no front case switches connected (Top row Power LED +, Power Led -, Power Switch +, Power Switch -, Blank, Bottom Row, Hard disk Led + Has Disk Led -, Reset Switch -, Reset Switch +, NC), onboard graphics Windows XP Media Center
Unused Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (Passmark 1130, Conroe, 4096MB L2 Cache, Socket 775, Blowfish 7.36) 2048MB(4 x 512MB DDR2 533, No Free Slots) Ipex Allstation X 160GB SATA (Samsung HD161HJ) Integral 19" 4:3 LCD Monitor Ubuntu 16.04
Unused Pentium D 830 3Ghz Smithfield 2x1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 (Passmark 813) 2048MB (4x512MB DDR2, no free slots) Ipex mini tower system (..297), XP Home, D945GTP motherboard (Sound Note 1) Freezes randomly,when using some 256MB memory, NVDIA GeForce 7300GS 80GB SATA (WD800JD-75JN) Ubuntu 14.04
Unused Black Case, No motherboard, ATX12V 2.0 Power Supply or newer

Note 1: To get sound working add:

options snd-hda-intel model=ref

to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and restart.

Note 2: If you get a sudden decrease in internet speed, check for the existence of a proxy plugin in browsers, also try rebooting the switch in the hall if a hall computer.

Unused boxes - keep no more than half number of active systems plus one (e.g. three). Remove memory and video card when placing in storage.

Used in office

  • LG Flatron L1950SQ (19" TFT LCD 1280x1024@60Hz recommend 75Hz Max, 30-83kHz Horizontal, 56-75Hz Vertical). Ubuntu Nvidia driver when activated is only 640x480. Default driver does on 1024x768, this is due to the monitor, not the Video Card. See xrandr and monitor resolution, seems to be resolved by adjusting sync range in xorg.conf)


In general should only keep enough spares for three systems. If there are spares beyond this number and they are better than what is in systems they should be used rather than discarded.


  • Dell 19" 4:3 DVI/VGA monitor with untested internal speaker
  • HP 17" 4:3 VGA monitor on IPEX AllStation X Base (stand available)

PCI Express Video Cards

  • Asus Dual DVI nVidia P345 (7600 GS? 512MB DDR2, 131 G3D)
  • Asus EN7300GS/HTD/256/M/A (60 G3D)
  • Nvidia X300SE HM 256MB (30 G3D)


  • Linksys WRT54G V2, unsure if working
  • Linksys WRT54G V7, needs power cycling monthly

Discard or Accept New Material?

The table below shows what to accept/reject. Enough material should be accepted until all hall computers, workroom (hot spare) and spares are held. Then raise qualification for Accept, move accept to hold and so on. In general to replace a computer and notice the difference, the passmark should be doubled

Item Spares to hold Accept Hold Discard
Complete System 1+3 Passmark 2000 or greater (i.e. Pentium E7600), 64bit capable, DDR2+ Slower DDR2 64bit (only if less than 3 "Accept" available) Any 32 bit or DDR based system or below
Monitor 2 LCD/LED 19" or larger. LCD 17" LCD with separate power supply, CRT
RAM many Any DDR2 or above DDR SDRAM, EDO
Power Supply 2 ATX12V 2.0 (has SATA connector) ATX12V (has extra 4 pin square connector), ATX, All Other
Optical Drive 3 DVD Writer DVD ROM, CDRW, CDROM
Hard Disk 3 SSD, >100GB SATA <100GB SATA, All other
Motherboard with CPU 1 Using DDR2 RAM and 64 bit or later and Passmark 1500 or greater (generally Pentium Core Duo or later) Any Pentium III or below
Video Card 3 PCIe AGP, All other
Other Cards some SATA, Gigabit LAN PCI LAN 2001 onwards ISA , Modem
Mice 8 Wired USB Optical PS2 Optical wireless, Ball, Serial, Furry
Keyboard 5 Wired USB (3 wanted) AT , wireless, XT
Speakers 3 Complete and working Incomplete or not working
Printer 1 Colour laser with toner BW laser, Color laser without toner, inkjet
Macintosh Systems some Runs MacOs10.3 and above MacOS10.2 or lower
Windows License 2 Windows 7 and above Vista and below
Home Entertainment some LCD TV with HD Tuner and HDMI Input, DVD Recorder, HD Set Top Box, Apple TV TV without HDMI input, DVD Player, VCR CRT TV, SD Set top Box