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01 Jun 2005

Celeron 533

A friend from work donated a PC a few days ago. I eventually got it home yesterday to discover it's not a PentiumMMX 266, rather a Celeron 533. A Celeron even of this vintage is a perfectly usable CPU, and the modern memory and graphics slots means it's possible use/upgrade this as a workable Linux desktop system.

There is however a tiny snag, when you switch it on, it makes a feeble beep, and then dumps you into BIOS configuration, but the keyboard hasn't been initialised, so you can only power the machine off.

If I'm lucky it's just loose connector somewhere that can be fixed, otherwise anything that is broken would cost more to replace than the system is worth, so I'm down to looking for second hand parts.