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Patrick 2003
21-09-2004, 08:06 PM
i wanna hook up my 166 to my xp macjine sorta make it into a internet server?? not too sure (i know how im gonna network it) what my question is: how do i set up my 166mhz machine to connect to the net when i press the on button so i dont need a monitor, mouse or keyboard, and also is there a program that i can have running on my xp machine that when i click on it, it will shut down the 166?
thanks for the help in advance

21-09-2004, 08:12 PM
What version of Linux are you going to be running on the 166?

Patrick 2003
21-09-2004, 08:18 PM
oh linux? i have win95 (should have said it) on it, but i want to get into linux what do you recommend godfather?

21-09-2004, 08:36 PM
I don't recommend anything, but asking for advice without giving the basic details is ... unhelpful to those trying to assist.

Hence the Linux question to promote an answer.

However I suspect Linux is probably your best option on a boat anchor of that age. I am sure the Linux gurus will happen along.

21-09-2004, 08:43 PM
Freesco-http://www.freesco.org/-could be the go.

21-09-2004, 08:45 PM
Opps http://www.freesco.org/

Pete O\'Neil
21-09-2004, 08:49 PM
Why do u want to shutdown the 166MHz? If it isnt passive it wouldnt be that hard to make it passive, thus eliminating any noise. Just stash it under your bed or something and leave it on 24/7. You could stick a couple harddrive in there aswell and have a fileserver aswell. Just put smoothwall on there and hey presto a glorified router.

21-09-2004, 09:20 PM
Have you considered using a KVM switch?

Patrick 2003
21-09-2004, 09:52 PM
> Have you considered using a KVM switch?

yea i have but i want it out of my room and in the other one, my idea was just set the 166 up,shove sum sort of linux on it and leave it on 24/7 and let it go on the net when its turned on, but oh welll maybe that idea is just a no go, ill have to see and experiment

Pete O\'Neil
21-09-2004, 10:07 PM
It might help if you mentioned what sort of internet connection you were planning on using? Theres software out there tha allows you to remotely connect and disconnect a dail up connection if thats what your after? I used one on Windows once before i got DSL.

Patrick 2003
21-09-2004, 10:11 PM
oh no all these things i forgot to mention, sorry :(
yeah well i have dial up, i didnt think it would matter

Murray P
21-09-2004, 11:46 PM

Cheers Murray P

Resident Linux murderer ]:) ;)

Patrick 2003
22-09-2004, 10:47 AM
thanks murray for that link, ive been lookin at it but not too sure on which one to download, which one is best for me??

Murray P
22-09-2004, 11:16 AM
Pete has suggested Smothwall, which from what I've heard and read can do all that you ask. I haven't actually used any of these yet, just downloaded a couple and done some research in readiness for my imminent change to cable.

There are two versions of Smoothwall, the GPL one is the one you want to look at and probably what I will run with. There is another one called M0n0wall (http://m0n0.ch/wall/) not listed at Distro watch. Read up, see what fits your needs, what learning curve is involved, what is overkill.

Some will run off a CD so you don't need to install them to a hard drive, if that's what you want.

In the end you might decide to purchase a router and pop some usage filtering and/or metering software on the 166 PC along with a firewall, although you can do that with most of these as well, ie, you don't need to use the routing capabilities.

Cheers Murray P

Patrick 2003
22-09-2004, 11:23 AM
thanks, ill be downloading it now and i will just have to play around with it