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Bought old PC

May 03, 2017 — BarryK
As reported yesterday, needed a PC for doing OpenEmbedded compiles. My laptop, running one core, took about 24 hours to compile everything.

So I looked in our free online marketplace,, and found one that looks good, asking AU$295 negotiable.

I bought it for AU$270, typing on it right now.

It has an Intel i5 2400 3.10GHz CPU, 16GB DDR3 (1333MHz) RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD drive, a multi-card reader, and a Radeon HD6870 video card.

The owner told me it is 3 years old, but it is older than that. The BIOS is dated 10/13/2011. It is AMI BIOS version 7.15.

So, more like 5 years old. No complaints though. That CPU is fairly fast, and with the 16GB RAM, OpenEmbedded builds are going to be very fast.

It is a middy-tower case. Never thought that I would be buying one of those again!

The first thing I did was remove the video card, now using the on-board Intel graphics. Good enough for my needs.
The motherboard has a HDMI socket, great, using my second TV as the monitor.

Ah, the motherboard is showing it's age, no USB3 sockets.

Next job is to wipe Windows 10 off the hard drive. Currently running Quirky 8.1.6, booted off a USB stick.


This computer has ...wait for it... six fans!

Three on the chassis: back, top and one side.
One on the CPU, one on the video card, one in the power supply.

I have taken off a side panel, and disconnected all three fans on the chassis.

Interesting, perhaps the owner was correct saying it is three years old. There is a "HP" logo splash screen at bootup. It seems that an older HP computer was gutted, motherboard from the HP computer, and the owner built an optioned-up system.

Tags: linux