in 2016 i got a computer from an uncle. for a while i used it for testing operating systems and stuff, but eventually it stopped booting, and in 2017 i put it on the attic. it's been sitting there...

until now.

it's an HP Compaq nx9000! i don't know the exact specs yet but it's got 512mb+256mb of RAM.

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the problem of this computer was that it got stuck on the bios screen, clicked and wouldn't let me boot off USB. i think that the problem here is that it's trying to read from the hard drive, and that hard drive is dead, so it gets stuck. I'll test this by plugging it into another computer

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here's an interesting oddity: the hard drive is placed under the battery!

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this might also not be the hard drive; idk, i didn't take it out yet

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oh well. let's at least see if I can boot this thing without it

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it does!! and there's no clicking anymore, so that confirms my theory about a dead hard drive.

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so it's got a 2ghz intel processor, and all ~700mb of ram are visible. the bios is still a bit reluctant to let me boot off USB though

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interestingly, the bios settings seem to claim that it's a hard drive. odd

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turns out the bios is just oddly slow, perhaps an update would fix it. anyways here's the debian usb menu

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welp, it's x32

i was kinda hoping it would be x64 but this is a machine from circa 2002 so that was pretty unlikely

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ok, looks like the hard drive is indeed IDE, there's just a small adapter at the end (cc @Jessica)

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anyways, it's got mostly the usual ports for that era (i'd assume): 3.5mm headphone/mic jacks, firewire, expansion card slots, a modem, LAN, VGA, serial, printer/parallel (?), two USB ports, S-Video and PS2, plus a dvd recorder (or at least reader)

there's also a docking station port on the bottom

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@knuxify volume switches on the side? you can use it as the clunkiest portable mp3 player ever, nice

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