I have a Gateway 500MHz machine which works perfectly fine with exception to a windows GUI. Works fine in DOS mode, in DOS, it seems as functional as it was meant to be, but will not function when switched to a windows gui, despite several different versions including XP, 98SE, and even win95. This machine was an "upgrade donor" after it failed to boot, likely due to damage done by a 3DFX Voo-Doo card (god help me, I never touch anything 3DFX, gateway built it, not me). I have given up troubleshooting because it's barely worth it on this machine.
In any case, I want to attempt to recycle any use out of this machine before I condemn it to cannibalization for decorum/ornamentation, such as possibly using it for a BSD firewall. It's not like I need another firewall, I have both software and hardware firewalls in place, it is more of a project for me at this point. Everything works except interpretation of a windows GUI, regardless of what video card I put in it.
My question is, Is it worth it, or should I just get the superglue ready for ornamental parts from this machine. It has 512Mb RAM (more than this machine, sheesh!), useful only to itself, so is it worth attempting to salvage, or should I burn it along with all other Gateway machines? Any thoughts?
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