I want to build an old school DOS machine. Like on old Packard Bell
Oldest computer I used to have is a IBM Thinkpad T22 Laptop from 2000 with Windows 2000. Now my oldest computer I still have is a Macbook Pro 2.0GHz 8GB Ram from 2008.
Macbook still runs good, doesn't run the latest operating system, but still good for internet browsing.
It does. It's great once you upgrade the memory, It can still be used in todays time, even though the video quality is not 1080p. Still perfect for browsing the web and email. The only issue though, because its from 2008, it doesn't detect SSDs though, thats why I have a new one from 2013 I use for everyday browsing, though I like to still use the 2008 one from time to time. About the performance, higher memory and yes usual cleaning using compressed air to get into those heatsink vent areas inside, and you're good to go. Yes if I do recall, these 2008 macbooks had a problem where the cooling fans would causing a roaring sound and while I was fixing it, reseating the battery was actually was the issue. Although the issue defect is not as bad as the 2012 macbooks with the failing ATI graphics cards that needs to be reflowed every once in a while.Perfect browsing machine. My parents have one of these. That has a Core 2 Duo for its CPU right? I gave them 6 more gigabytes of memory to literally bring it up to speed about two years ago. It was slow as all hell before I got my hands on it.
I'd imagine that it would perform even better if I were to plop an SSD into it, do a light dust clearing of the internals, and change out the cooling fan (I vaguely recall it being a bit loud at one point).
Build a DOS box. DOS 5.0 will run just fine on that little ram. Back in the early 80's I used a Compaq portable ("Lunchbox") for traffice signal coordination. I think it only had 32kb of ram and it had two 5.25" floppy drives. One for the OS (DOS), the other for the program. Had to run off of 110VAC, no battery in it. It was heavy, too.There's an old compaq laptop at my mom's that I couldn't install windows 95 on because it only has 32kb of ram. Surprisingly it still works, since it's probably older than I am.