Compaq Deskpro boards/hard drives from the late 1990s

Chris Zach cz at
Tue Jul 20 13:36:38 CDT 2021

Indeed, those are nice systems. Some of them were a bit daffy (the 
Prosignia Pentium 120's were odd) but I still have an XE4100 that I run 
NextStep on. The integrated video was great....

I do however miss my Deskpro/2000. Dual Pentium Pro and by the end I had 
dual PODP chips running in it with I think 2-4 gb of memory. That system 
was impressive....


On 7/20/2021 2:20 PM, Bill Degnan via cctalk wrote:
> If you're looking to donate, Kennett Classic can use these to support
> what's in our "post vintage" room (goes up to 1997)
> Bill
> On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 2:11 PM Kevin Anderson via cctalk <
> cctalk at> wrote:
>> For a time I had quite a few Compaq Deskpro towers that had acquired (for
>> free) from my employer after they updated to a newer HP Compaq model.
>> These Compaq Deskpros were the white-boxed variety with Pentium III the
>> like processors that date to the later part of the 1990s and into the
>> 2000s.  They interested me because they were able to work with the flavors
>> of Linux that were becoming plentiful and useful at the time (like
>> Mandrake, etc.) Anyway, the desktops themselves are gone, as well as the PC
>> keyboards and the monitors that went with them, with this paragraph just
>> setting the scene....
>> But at the same time I also acquired (pulled) from these same computers
>> and their siblings a whole bunch of wired Ethernet network cards, one or
>> two video cards, a whole bunch of the IDE/PATA 5.25-inch desktop CD drives,
>> and a whole bunch(!) of 10- and 20-GByte IDE/PATA 5.25-inch desktop hard
>> drives.  I believe the vintage makes them all PCI cards for the network and
>> video cards. For some reason I must have had it in my head that I would all
>> need these extra cards (and more) to keep these boxes (and other desktops)
>> going into the future when the apocalypse came <grin> !
>> Now I have no need for any of these parts. I don't want to chuck them to a
>> recycler either, but it is tempting just to get the stuff out of the house
>> (as I need to seriously downsize prior to retirement).
>> Is there a market for any of this that is worth pursing, or is this all
>> too generic and plentiful to worry about?  Giving shipping and that, I am
>> not sure how much of this I'd care to deal with this through resale (eBay
>> or privately) versus just dropping it all at the electronics recycling shop
>> (which fortunately I have locally).
>> Just starting to sort this out...I've been meaning to send this e-mail for
>> awhile now.  Your collective thoughts?  I know most of this is too new for
>> most of your interests...
>> Kevin Anderson, Dubuque, Iowa

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