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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:06 am 
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Would buying a cheap used computer like this one linked below be a good way to start playing with Ubuntu. The goal is to ease into linux and see how I like it before building a powerful work station devoted to photo processing. Eventually I am imagining a computer running Ubuntu and Bibble and using firefox for internet oh and a wireless connection.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/sys/1039647688.html


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:19 am 
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I have a few of those. Nice little machines. If you have a decent video card, it will be a nice Ubuntu machine. It uses low profile cards only.
I'd recommend adding another GB of RAM, depending on your use.

This series of machines can be prone to bad caps. I tossed two of them for that reason. They're not a big deal, cost-wise, to replace if you can solder, FWIW, but can be a bit time consuming.

I still have two of them and may build Boxee boxes if I can scrounge some parts.

I wouldn't pay more than $50 for it.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:29 pm 
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totally agree! though i would stay at $40 the most

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:13 pm 
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I was able to buy 24 caps from digikey for about $9 shipped and replaced them on an older motherboard. You have to measure the diameter, height, and lead spacing (in mm usually) to get the right parts at whatever capacitance you need. Look for electrolytic capacitors of the right size, voltage, and capacitance. The hardest part is getting the old solder out of the holes. I was lucky and had a guy with a pro solder sucker get it out for me. There is a good tutorial for changing out caps here: http://www.badcaps.net/pages.php?vid=31 that provides enough info for most folks to be able to do it.

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