Got a computer donated from a friend

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Got a computer donated from a friend

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I got myself another old(ish) computer, donated by a friend who doesn't want it anymore.

It's an AcerPower FH from 2007, running Windows XP. Runs great, but it needs a hard drive replacement because I can tell it's starting to fail (random BSODs which havent happened since I replaced it) and it has 2000 days of operation (apparently it ran a quarter of a factory 24/7 for most of its life).

I have already replaced the hard drive, but I'm waiting for a DVD to arrive with the Acer eRecovery tools. (I've installed stock XP while waiting for this)

I've fully updated it, applied POSReady updates (updates until 2019), not much left to do until the DVD arrives. Interestingly, the computer did not come with a Wi-Fi adapter, so I needed to get a USB dongle.
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Re: Got a computer donated from a friend

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Siguza wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 8:34 am
I have already replaced the hard drive, but I'm waiting for a DVD to arrive with the Acer eRecovery tools. (I've installed stock XP while waiting for this)

I've fully updated it, applied POSReady updates (updates until 2019), not much left to do until the DVD arrives. Interestingly, the computer did not come with a Wi-Fi adapter, so I needed to get a USB dongle.
Old machines like that can be fun to tinker with.

eRecovery shouldn't be needed for a new HD, I don't think, unless there's something in the BIOS that is being looked for, and any USB Wi-Fi should work okay as well once the driver is in place.
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Re: Got a computer donated from a friend

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The old hard drive has the tools to burn the recovery disk. The DVDs have arrived so I’ll put the one one in and burn it in the near future when I have the time. Will post later :D
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