Re: [Hampshire] [OT] Hardware : Old PC, new hardware

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Author: Rafał Frąckowiak
To: Rob Malpass
CC: Hampshire LUG Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Hampshire] [OT] Hardware : Old PC, new hardware
Hi Rob

Consider Retropie x86 and build your own Nintendo Classic Mini :)


> On 7 Apr 2017, at 12:15, Rob Malpass via Hampshire <hampshire@???> wrote:
> Hi all
> I’m thinking of resurrecting an old PC for retro gaming. Before I get going, need a few questions answered… I have such a machine (P-IV, 512Mb RAM, decent enough graphics) but it’s circa 2004.
> 1)    I’ve not powered it on in years, but the CR2032 mobo battery is almost certainly dead.   Is it a question of just replacing it – or are there better solutions out there nowadays?
> 2)    Is it likely to be a standard battery or do they vary by mobo?
> 3)    I think it has SATA and IDE so I’m going to replace the HDD with an SSD.   Any issues here?   I’ve heard some BIOSes complain about the side of the HDD inside, but if we’re talking SSD, then 128Gb will be all I can afford so even in 2004, 128Gb wasn’t too big a BIOS was it?

> Any other considerations (VGA to HDMI in DOS mode games)? I think I still have the Windows XP CD and the license no is still on the box. Might have some fun activating it!
> Cheers
> Rob
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