I've installed Gnu/Linux (Ubuntu version) on the box.
The motherboard in my PC died, and I figured I'll give it a
shot, dropped the HDD from one PC (AthlonXP 1800) into a
older Pentium II. Figured that if it would not work I could
at least transfer the data to the spare HDD, but lo and
behold it worked, had to edit on boot-up the boot-loader and
then later the file for it. Hooked up the same monitor, used
the same NIC with the same IP...
I've installed the same OS at a friends PC, in the same way,
but we could never get the modem to work. It was a so called
"win-modem" and can't get to work in Gnu/Linux.
Other then that everything else got up and running.
So yes I can understand your frustration, but I better stop
the OT now.... :-)
"When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of
people will be disappointed to find they are not it."
>> Bernard Baily <<