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Unread 06-09-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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What to do with old netbook?

I have an old (3-4 years I think) netbook. It's an Asus 1005pe. It has an Intel Atom N450 as the processor and 2 GB of RAM. (Highest I can put in it.) And a 750 GB HDD (also I put in.) It was useful when I travelled a lot and kept it with me all the time. Now, not so much. What can I use it for? (And something legitimately useful, not a paperweight or somesuch.) It'd be more useful for me if it wasn't limited to a 1024x600 screen.

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Unread 06-09-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Pull an office space on it?
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Pull an office space on it?
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blow it up or shoot at it.
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If you don't want it, see if you can donate it to some local organization.
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make it a music/media/file server
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:59 AM   #9
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i use an old crap notebook in my garage to listen to pandora and pull up tech pages
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i use an old crap notebook in my garage to listen to pandora and pull up tech pages
I did this same thing, kindof.
I sourced a cheap 32" flat panel off of CL ($50) and ran my notebook to it so that while I am working I can look at the screen for diagrams and listen to music wired through my radio...
I bought a water proof wireless keyboard and mouse as well.. .

Works like a charm...


A media server would also be a good idea if you have the know how to set it up.
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I did this same thing, kindof.
I sourced a cheap 32" flat panel off of CL ($50) and ran my notebook to it so that while I am working I can look at the screen for diagrams and listen to music wired through my radio...
I bought a water proof wireless keyboard and mouse as well.. .

Works like a charm...


A media server would also be a good idea if you have the know how to set it up.
hahaha, i have the exact set up
got the notebook for free cause the screen went out and my client didnt like the repair costs i gave him

didnt mention it to the op as most netbooks dont have vga out
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I'm pretty much in the same boat... I use mine now when I brew beer. I have my recipe software installed on it and use it to do quick look ups. I also keep it by the TV in case I either don't feel like going to my office to look something up real quick, or if I want to stream something from the tablet I have an HDMI port on my tablet that I can use to output to the TV.

Something else I've started working on is some home automation. I have maybe 10-15 remote controlled outlets and a few remote controlled switches. Eventually I'll connect it all together a little more formally with a central server and be able to use my tablet as a large remote control to be able to control basically everything in my home from turning lights on and off, locking the doors, viewing the camera at the front door, etc...
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I've tooled around with OpenMediaVault on it, but I don't care for setting it up so far. I thought about building Gentoo on it just to try it out. Or NAs4Free or somesuch.
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I've tooled around with OpenMediaVault on it, but I don't care for setting it up so far. I thought about building Gentoo on it just to try it out. Or NAs4Free or somesuch.
Try out XBMC if you just want to hook it up to your TV, makes a nice media renderer. and then some UPNP, DLNA, or Samba server to share to the rest of the network
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Try out XBMC if you just want to hook it up to your TV, makes a nice media renderer. and then some UPNP, DLNA, or Samba server to share to the rest of the network
Easy peasy...

XBMC is the easiest set up, out of the box and go.

Your naming convention is the biggest thing, as long as you name them like IMDB does, "This Movie (2014).avi"
Almost any scraper will find All the info for you.

I could walk anyone through the setup in 20 min.

I have my area networked, 3 Tb of data, readily available on any device that I let onto my wireless.
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