[SATLUG] A Hardware Challenge

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sun Aug 2 22:31:02 CDT 2009

[ Resending since it didn't seem to go through the first time ... ]

Arthur Hall wrote:
> A donated Compaq Presario 2200 is presenting a hardware challenge.  It 
> has a 1.6GB Seagate hard drive, 48MB of RAM, one CD-ROM drive, one 3 
> 1/2" drive, no expansion slots, no USB ports, and only one IDE cable 
> connector on the mother board.  It's currently running Windows 2000 
> quite nicely, which would probably delight one of our refugee 
> families.  The first problem is that there's less than a GB of free 
> space left on the hard drive and there's no kind of office suite 
> loaded.  Even Open Office wouldn't have enough space.  The second 
> problem is that they like Windows or at least a close approximation of 
> it, so one of the smaller Linux versions like Puppy or DSL wouldn't 
> appeal to them.  (Besides, I tried loading them and neither would 
> function even as a live CD, let alone an installed version.)  I'd like 
> to put in a larger hard drive and to clone the current drive, since 
> it's working well in spite of the limited RAM.  Hence the challenge - to
>  clone you need IDE or USB feeds to the source and target drives, plus 
> a feed to the CD-ROM.  With only one mother board connection for an 
> IDE cable, I'm short one connection for hard drives and the CD-ROM.  
> Suggestions?
> Art

I have a system with multiple IDE connections that I can use to clone 
that drive if you would like.  Just let me know off-line.

Al Lesmerises

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