Now seeing as the XPS H266 only had a onboard sound card intergrated on the motherboard i thought seeing as it has three ISA slots why not see if it works in there. So i took the side panel off the XPS, stuck the ISA sound card in a free ISA slot, put the side panel back on and proceeded to install the software drivers. As this is a old sound card that only has DOS/Win 3.1 drivers i had to install it through DOS on Win95 and once i got it all installed it worked.
Next thing i did was replace the CD-ROM drive with a CD/DVD-ROM drive that was actually in my current computer seeing as it is a ATA drive. That went well too. I decided that it would be interesting to try and install Linux on this PC as Linux runs very well on old hardware and it would be a up to date operating system so if i could figure out how to connect it to the internet i could. It took me a while to decide which distro to install but i decided on Debian in the end as it has really good hardware detection and fairly good minimum requirements too. Getting it install however wasn't easy. Because this computer didn't have any form of Ethernet (only dial-up) it was going to be interesting. After trying to install from both the first installation disc and the netinst disc which didn't work i ended up booting from PLOP boot manager on a floppy and then booting to the first installation disc on a USB stick which was installed to the USB stick using UNetbootin.
After getting Debian installed i set about trying to connect to the internet and the only way i could think of was by using a spare USB wireless dongle i have. After a while i got that working and i could connect to my wireless router and update it. I've also made it so i can SSH into it as i only have one monitor and having to switch the VGA cable around is a bit of a pain.
And thats caught you all up to where i am now. If you want to know if i do anything else with this computer then follow me on twitter as i post on there when i do these things(If i remember that is). Now on to the specs of this beast:
Dell Dimension XPS H266
CPU: Intel Pentium II with MMX running at 266MHz with a 32KB internal cache
Motherboard: Intel 440FX PCIset
Memory: 4 SIMM sockets, 2 used, 2 available. 2 32MB EDO RAM modules installed.
Expansion slots: 7, 3 PCI slots, 4 ISA slots.
Graphics card: Matrox Millennium MGA-MIL/4 PCI 4MB
sound cards: Yamaha OPL3-SA2 and SC400 Rev. 4G Sound FX Gold-16
TV card: Win/TV-PCI PAL-BG/I 60134 rev C2V
Modem: Sportster Voice 28.8 Faxmodem
Hard drive: Western Digital 8.4GB ATA
Optical drive: TSST TS492C CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive
Zip drive: Iomega zip 100 internal ATA drive
Floppy drive: NEC floppy disk drive
Fans: 1 rear 9.2cm, 2 front 6cm.