I should be receiving a new PC in the next few days, which leads me to ask, what should I do with my old one.
My old one (the one I’m writing this on) is a 4 year old 2 Ghz Celeron with 2GB RAM, a relatively new 320GB data hard drive and a 120GB Windows drive that’s partitioned 30/90. All running XP Pro. It’s dying though - fine for the net and basic PC stuff, but freezes/crashes when working with big files in Photoshop and Lightroom. And occasionally gives me the BSOD for no apparent reason.
I figure I can -
1)Pull the 320GB HD out, stick it in an external box and reformat it, use it as a backup drive. The drive is less than 6 months old. Donate the rest of the PC to a charity that takes PCs for poor schools or something (do they exist in TW?)
2)Get a hub, run something like Synergy so I can control both PCs from one keyboard/mouse and use the old one for downloading music/movies etc.
3)Set the old one up with some form of Linux, just because I’ve never played with Linux and would be interested in trying it out. If so, what Linux/open source OS would you recommend to a novice?
4)Keep the new PC offline and use it for photo stuff only, do any net surfing on the old one until it’s dead.
5)Some combination of the above.
What do you guys think?
Also, assuming I keep the old one running in some form, do you have any recommendations for some kind of audio mixer that I can plug the 2 PCs into, plus 1 CD/MP3 player and 1 MD player, so that I can have 4 different inputs running through 1 set of speakers (not at the same time obviously).