Description

So, to start off my uncle gave me his old computer. My dad told me he would think about letting me build my own pc if i cleaned up this one. So, naturally I wanted to do it as soon as possible. There were about 2 main things I did; reapply thermal paste and clean up the cables. Just so you guys know, this case sucks it has no where for cables to go so i made due. I would have to say i did a pretty darn good job :DD. Anyways it went pretty smoothly. the only problem is I can't seem to reformat the drives from the bios. I would like to install linux on here so if anyone could help mat would be great! Thanks for checking this out! Sorry if the pictures are the wrong way.

P.S it also seems I have some "Battle Scars" from trying to move the cables around xD

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

If you just use a linux live usb (which is all I ever use) or cd, you can reformat from the usb/cd before you install. I use LinuxLive USB Creator (www.linuxliveusb.com) as it has support for most Linux distros and is for creating from a Windows environment.

Many distros have GParted installed by default which is a nice GUI to format and partition your drives with - or if you're feeling ambitious you can find a way to do it from the command line without too much issue. Then, once you've formatted, you can just install from the same media and you're good to go! :)

Looks like a great build btw. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Just make sure you have the USB stick set to be the first boot option in the BIOS. On some older boards this is easier than it sounds. You could also use Hiren's Boot CD if that fails.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, sounds like great advice. I just hope its powerful enough to run what i want it to.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This, I actually booted Linux to this computer until I get Windows. It simply downloads to a USB and your computer should detect it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Ahh Pentium 4 :), this was my first gaming build back in the day. hahah I was so excited to play quake 3 close to max. I think it was a 2.5 ghz P4 with 512 mb of ram and some 128 bit ATI card. Funny thing is that I still use the IDE Maxtor 5400 rpm drive to this day that I originally had in that build. Thing will not die!!!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Still have a Pentium 3 with a GeForce 2 GPU that my dad made for me when they were the most powerful

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Download a linux iso. http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=144 This is my favorite distribution. Then download unetbootin http://sourceforge.net/projects/unetbootin/ And then install the linux iso onto the flash drive or hard drive. This has worked for me everytime

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

dat motherboard pcb...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude... Pentium 4. My grandpa gave me his old computer with a Pentium 4, and I expected it to run at 800 MHz, but no, it ran at 3 GHz. ~92 nm process, 1 Mb of cache, all with hyperthreading.

About Linux: Other people said to use a Linux Live USB; that is a great option. I am a Linux user myself, and I have installed it nearly every single time with LiveUSB.

Many distros have GParted installed by default which is a nice GUI to format and partition your drives with

I agree, GParted is great!

Happy building!

-Lukus

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I think I have the same Cpu. It told me 1 core with hyperthreading at 3.00 GHZ.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Every great work requires sacrifice.

or

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!

  • 72 months ago
  • -1 points

lol Pentium 4 XD

invest in some zip ties for the cable routing. they're cheap, and will make it look at least somewhat nice. great to see an ancient PC being resurrected! :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually i already used some,thats pretty much the only reason they're staying where they are. Thanks for the reply!