I was about to give my Dad’s old PC a decent burial and then wondered if I could make a temporary HA ‘server’ out of it. Its been unused for about 15 years but still works. I know the guidance says the minimum needed is a 64-bit machine with UEFI, but for the last couple of days I’ve been bashing-away trying to make it work, by reformatting and applying ubuntu, but without success. As dead-horses go, this one’s taken a bit of a flogging so far, but I thought as a last-resort I’d ask the assembled brains-trust. I think the go-no go questions are:
Is a UEFI bios essential? If so, can the chipset/bios be updated to include it, or is it hardware dependent? The Machine is a Medion PC MT7 but has an MSI N1996 Micro-ATX mainboard. I haven’t been able to easily find newer bios firmware as its so old.
The processor is an Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8300, 4M Cache, 2.50 GHz, 1333 MHz FSBa which is 64-bit although the machine was running Win7 Ult - 32 bit. HDD is 640Gb. Is the limitation (if any) the mainboard / chipset / bios then?
Ultimately, this isn’t too important as I have other, modern options available, but if I thought I could make it work for a while I’m happy to spend a bit more time on it.