I recently won a company drawing to purchase a laptop for $50.
It is a Compaq Armada M700. I have no idea what the CPU speed actually is. I believe it may be a Pentium II class machine based on what I saw in Window's device manager
The company website said that I could pay cash, check, or moneyorder. But when I got there, they would not accept cash. I had to go find a bank. The nearest one was Hughes FCU. They wouldn't sell me a money order unless I had an account. That is stupid. I can get one at a grocery store but not at a bank?! Bah.
So off to Circle K. I get my money order and return. No problem. I get my laptop and talk the guy at the surplus place into giving me a docking station and an extra powersupply.
What I got:
two power supplies
The laptop is a bit dirty and I will have to clean the skunge off the keyboard. It has no software license sticker. It is running Windows 2000. It appears to have a built-in LAN and modem. It has a plain vanilla CDROM drive.
Given that there is no software license for the operating system, I will be forced to load an alternative OS. But the Mandriva 2007 I have is on DVD and I have no DVD drive on this laptop. I am hoping that I can boot to an external DVD drive over USB. This could be painful if there is no USB (I didn't notice if there was - wasn't looking) port or if the USB is 1.1 (likely). I will probably have to download the CDROM version of Mandriva 2007
After picking up the laptop, the little light on my gas gauge was lit. I went for a fill up. The pump was REALLY slow.
In all, a 30 minute task took 1.5 hours to complete. Now I will have to stay late at work to make up for the lost time. That sucks rocks.
But... I do now have a laptop and docking station that cost me only $51 ($0.99 for the money order). WOOT!!
More details later once I figure out what the hardware specs are. Then the fun of Mandriva install on a laptop!
You know what that means? Time to recompile the kernel!!! Yea!