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Today we are going to take a look at two modern operating systems running on an IBM eserver xseries 220 server. This isn’t just any Pentium 3 desktop, this machine is equipped with dual processors, can take up to 4GB of RAM, and has a ton of internal expansion options. Let’s see if this 2001 behemoth can handle Windows 7 and Xubuntu in a nearly stock configuration.
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now this bad boy is an IBM eserver x-series 220 this is a pentium 3 machine with one-and-a-half gigs of ram currently installed it's PC 133 SDRAM we're gonna toss in a solid-state drive with Windows and Linux on it now during this video I did try to get a GTX 1060 working in this machine unfortunately that attempt was unsuccessful I was using this PCI where I put it found it I was using this PCI to PCI II adapter along with the riser cable and unfortunately I tried everything I worked on this for two days straight trying to get the gtx 1060 and also a GT 1030 to work on this machine through this adapter and no luck I could not get it working so today we are going to see what it's like using this machine in 2019 now ah with the stock graphics stock CPUs and I say CPUs because this machine's a little bit special it doesn't have just one CPU it has two Pentium threes at one point one gigahertz so this is a lot more powerful than your run-of-the-mill Pentium 3 machine and it can also take up to 4 gigabytes of RAM has a ton of internal IO I mean this thing is loaded this is a very capable machine from back in the day this machine was actually manufactured on in 2001 I picked this up at a garage sale like three years ago for 8 bucks and it's just been sitting in the back and I've been waiting to do something with it so since I couldn't get the gtx 1060 to work we are gonna have another video on this machine so stay tuned in that video i will toss in a g-force 6200 along with more RAM and we will try to run some benchmarks maybe 3dmark we'll see what we can get working on this machine then but for now let's see what it's like using this dual Pentium 3 machine with 2 modern operating systems so I have Windows 7 installed on this SSD unfortunately this machine will not run in Windows 10 but a 12 run Windows 7 Ultimate and then I also have soup into 18 point O 4 installed on another solid-state drive so let's hook this thing up to the screencast and see how miserable is to use modern operating systems on this Pentium 3 machine from 2001 so you can sort of think of this as a let's play but instead of playing a game we are taking a look at a very sluggish installation of Windows 7 and of course I'm gonna look at Linux running on this machine as well I have an installation Oh soup into 18.04 sitting on a solid-state drive right next to me both of these operating systems boot up pretty quickly and that is mainly due to the fact that once again both these operating systems are running off a SSD so that's pretty much the only change I've made to the system now you can see we have Windows 7 open right in front of us set at a pretty low resolution now this kind of reminds me of those notepad tutorials back in the day that would show you how to get like free runescape membership and you can see that we're running at 1024 by 768 now this will go all the way up to 1080p I'm not gonna set it to 1080p because the user experience is pretty painful at that resolution the system's almost unusable I mean I haven't run Windows 7 on a machine like this and a good two to three years probably and a lot of the resources I used to use to get Windows 7 working on older hardware like this have since disappeared I even had a hard time getting all my old applications I used to use um for example chameleon right here applications open pretty quickly on this machine so if you're just using it for basic office tasks like browsing the web as you can see what you're doing here it works okay um definitely not you know a pleasant user experience it seems like it is so far but once I actually try to go to a site you will see that this system comes to a screeching halt so let's just go to read it real quick oh god that is not what I want to see okay so it turns out the first thing on reddit was something that I could not show on YouTube it's struggling with all of those images and you can see that some of the stuff isn't even loading yeah I mean you can use reddit a site like Reddit with a lot of images on it but it is definitely a bit sluggish and it also struggles with my site it's my site does have quite a few images on it as well remember usage really isn't that bad still this is a very very very lightweight browser um and you can see that it does actually support playing YouTube videos though as you would expect the videos playback as a slideshow just pop up in WordPad do it we'll do it yes it did so hello guys that's actually pretty responsive right there you can see that once again graphics wise we are dying over here I mean despite the fact that we don't have a video card the system's working ok and well perverse dressing help they open not opening up off Internet Explorer with the default MSN didn't expect it to handle it that well so I mean this is the system's performance with only 1.5 gigs of RAM and without a graphics card and it's ok it's not what I would consider to be a usable daily driver but I think there is potential there for this to actually be a pretty usable system welcome to Xubuntu 18.04 yes just a program problem detected and that is not the fault of Xubuntu that is the fault of the system configuration so we are locked at 640 by 480 if I could get into settings right here and you can see that just as with Windows I mean as far as opening applications are concerned everything's pretty responsive the graphics are still god-awful Jesus look at that that is just painful to watch so we have a lot more applications that we can mess around with on Xubuntu I'm gonna try to keep this short I'll open up an office app as I did with Windows so this is libery office and we'll try to do a little bit of multitasking as well I have Firefox installed on the system so we'll pop that open oh my god this is terrible this is so bad good night I mean it's responsive but just the the UI everything's so big and the area that we actually have available to type in it's just so small I can only see like one fifth of the paper right now I mean I think the seats responsive it works and the same thing goes for Linux I mean it's really not a pleasant user experience right now and is Firefox ever going to open here hello Firefox there we go we're getting something as I said earlier we do have a little bit more RAM to utilize right off the bat so things should be a little bit better with soo-bin – though I'm not really noticing too much of a difference right now it's still kind of sluggish and that 640 by 480 screen resolution is killing me like if it's pg-13 I'll show it both its past that and it's like racist or anti-semitic or something like that I'm not going to show it because I don't want that garbage on my channel I don't want to be associated with any of that at all so I think this is okay no no no change thank God now granted we are running out a significantly lower screen resolution but this is actually pretty darn responsive wood that looks that does not look right now you can see that things are actually a lot more responsive on Firefox was Ubuntu that's interesting because if you remember when I tried to load the page at first with chameleon I mean we couldn't even scroll down it was pretty much just locked this is a little bit I mean this is still sort of a slideshow but a little bit less of a slideshow yeah that's that's not that's not really watchable so I thought there were some built-in benchmarks on this operating system I think I was thinking of Lubin to which I was using earlier it was decided to switch to Zubin – so we're not going to be able to run those I was looking forward to that this does have some games installed though I've been scrolling through here for about three minutes now trying to find a game that I should want to play let's go for this one oh I double clicked okay here we go whoa okay it's like pop it keeps popping up what is going on right now so I think the goal here okay I think I understand what we're supposed to be doing oh no oh no I think I have to move it one more time – uh all right well it works that was a brief look at trying some daily tasks on Windows 7 and xubuntu 18-point Oh for next video featuring the system we will have more RAM I will have a video card that will actually work for the system I'm really disappointed that the gtx 1060 will not work with the system through the PCI to PCI adapter I might look into that some more I spent two days on it and pretty much tried everything I could possibly think of and find online so that's me about it for this video that was a pretty painful look at both operating system – graphics on this thing are just awful oh my gosh they're not responsive at all very very painful to watch for me and I know you guys feel the exact same way so I'm really looking forward to getting a functional video card into the system because I think once we do that the system actually has a lot of potential thanks again for watching guys I will see you in the next installment of a computers and 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