Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

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Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by tomcashen » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:58 pm

I'm a little worried (so's my wife) that I'm having so much fun resurrecting this 2007 HP8730W.

When the motherboard went to the bad, I couldn't let it go. Poor thing was sitting there in my sock drawer for years. Thanks to a couple ebay donor acquisitions, I finally got it going again. Then wasted about 8 hours trying to get win7 on it. Which worked fine (this computer, in it's day, was blazing fast) until I let win7 update. After the updates, I could barely get the mouse trudging across the screen. (exaggeration, but still...)

So I tried a few distros, focusing on the lightweight. Then I thunk, "Why not try Cinnamon and see how it runs?"

It does in fact work the cpu a little harder and the fan runs a little longer, but it's been a couple of weeks now, and no thermal crashes!

I'm on 18.3 beta, and I'm in that phase where I'm realizing that this is not an experiment anymore. Loading files and stuff. Books and music!!

With a Windows wife and Apple kids, my family snickers at my geekish glee, but I think ya'll get it.

Thank you Linus, and thank you Mint. And if you made it this far down the post, thank you too!

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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by deepakdeshp » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:24 pm

Good to know about your experience.
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I am using Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by jimallyn » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:25 pm

Welcome aboard, tomcashen! Hopefully your wife and kids will move away from the Dark Side eventually. :wink:
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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by all41 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:51 pm

Hi tomcashen,
Love to read reports like this.
Welcome to the forums and enjoy your Mint!
Proud to be a supporter and monthly contributor to Mint.

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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by austin.texas » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:12 am

Mint 18.2 Cinnamon, Quad core AMD A8-3870 with Radeon HD Graphics 6550D, 8GB DDR3, Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Linux Linx 2018

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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by catweazel » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:14 am

Welcome aboard!
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Re: Wow! This 10 year old laptop is fun again!!

Post by WharfRat » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:27 am

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Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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