About a month and a half ago, my girlfriend’s parents’ computer started acting strange. For whatever reason, it would never get past the login screen when booting, but it did this consistently. I checked everything that I could, but didn’t have any idea as to why it was happening.

Anyways, in the end, I had no idea what was wrong, and I was having troubles re-installing Windows XP on there. Ultimately, they ended up paying for new computer parts, which I put together into a nice system for them. Compared to the old thing, it flies. 🙂

So now I’ve got this PIII 700MHz at home, and I need to find a good use for it. I’ve basically decided that for the time being, it’ll be my test platform. I had a 512MB stick of PC133 RAM lying around, so now it’s got a total of 512MB+256MB+128MB=896MB of RAM. Should be good for a while. If I want to test any software or an unattended XP installation, I’ll use it. The network card also has WOL (Wake-On-Lan) support, so I can suspend the computer, and then start it up remotely. Then, once it’s up and running again, Hamachi starts, and I can connect to it through Remote Desktop. I can install my programs, play with whatever I want, and then when I’m done, put it back in standby.

Oh – and anyone who says that PIII is too slow for XP – let me tell you, it’s just peachy. All XP needs to run decently is 256MB of RAM. 512MB will make it much better, but if you just surf the web or write documents, 256MB is fine.