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1TB SATA drive, all-in-one printer/scanner/...: Re: Free computer: Fwd: HW for you/BALUG
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- From: "Michael Paoli" <Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu>
- Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:25:53 -0700
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I updated the description some fair bit,
also split out separately listing the hard drive.
"Interesting"(/flakey(!)) hard drive ... SMART data
looks scary bad, but I was able to do destructive read/write tests
with badblocks(8) -sw - with 0 hard errors. So ... *NOT* for
important data. I also notices at least some BIOS will catch
the SMART error at boot, and warn about it and pause at that
point and not continue without manual intervention (though
there may be settings to change that?).
I also have - to add to the list, an all-in-one inkjet (yeck)
printer/scanner, etc. - makes a perfectly fine flatbed scanner under
Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) on Linux. I believe it's made by Brother,
I forget the model. Might be very possible to get the printing
working with some TLC and fresh ink - that did work when I picked
it up (for free) ... I never printed more than a couple test pages or
so from it ... but "of course" years later, it wants ink - even tried that
once and ... well, that didn't suffice. Likely clogged and needs some TLC,
but heck, why would one want to use an inkjet to print? ... yeck.
It's also got FAX capabilities, maybe even dial-up modem more functional
than just bare FAX stuff. It does also have various types of of media
readers on it too, (e.g. SD, etc. - I think about 4 to 6 different types).
Anyway, more on that unit later (I'll add it to the wiki page sometime
From: "Michael Paoli" <Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Free computer: Fwd: HW for you/BALUG
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 04:19:37 -0700
So ... older but mostly working computer I now have (thanks to Aaron),
free for anyone that's interested.
You can arrange to pick it up,
or I might be willing to do a one-way schlep of it to
BerkeleyLUG ... but if so you best commit to taking it,
'cause I ain't gonna drag it back.
A bit more information on it:
Dell Dimension 8400 (Pentium 4):
I may manage to test/wipe the (non-original) hard drive and update
regarding its status (presumably failed/failing ... but maybe just needs
some bad sectors mapped out with rewrites? Who knows.). I might not do
further testing of the hardware. Would include 2 GiB possibly a bit more
(if I'm unable to otherwise use the additional RAM). With the RAM
density provided, max is 4 GiB, max for the model is 8400 - with higher
Anyway, it's taking up space I could better use for other purposes,
so I'm hoping to rehome it (especially case and most larger components)
soon. Could possibly give away component(s) / part it out - but hoping to
mostly find home for it and give it away in bulk relatively complete.
It can probably make a reasonable low-end 32-bit system - at least with
addition of any working suitable drive (and power cord and monitor).
And from earlier (references/excerpts):
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Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:53:57 -0700
Subject: No BerkeleyLUG for me (again!), HW for you/BALUG
To: "Michael Paoli" <Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu>
You wrote on behalf of BALUG at
I acquired for free a very old Dell Dimension 8400 PC which actually has
working DDR2 667 MHz DIMMs inside.
You are welcome to have this, give this away, or tell me that _I_ should
take it back and give it away for free to someone else.
For further description of this 32bit desktop PC, see the links at:
- - https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1614206,00.asp
There are several perhaps serious drawbacks to this old machine..........
The outer plastic panels of the case were stripped away (or cracked/broken
down) leaving just the "skeleton" metal case itself.
The video card is a non-VGA (non 15-pin) PCI-E NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 P538
(no VGA converter piece was available when I obtained the machine)
The installed hard drive (which I separately tested) is a defective 1.0 TB
SATA drive with a recent installation of Debian Stretch i386.
Do not currently have available 80-pin ribbon cables for the EIDE/PATA hard
drives I have that will work with the motherboard on this machine.
The installed RAM is a total of 2 GB consisting of 4 x 512MB PC2-5300 (DDR2
On the plus side.....
The Dell desktop is apparently working and is available for free
The installed DIMMs were all tested and are working fine
All the I/O ports (except for the above-described video card) are all
The desktop has a pair or low-end but fully-functional optical drives
Am including an extra PS/2 keyboard and mouse that all work fine with this
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