Getting a mystery box
A couple weeks ago, I was informed that the PC that has served as a file server at my work for well over a decade would be retired; that means no more Windows XP for them! I am to receive the machine along with its monitor, a late '90s beige IBM CRT, tomorrow afternoon.
It looks quite nice from what I've seen; generic beige tower with 2 optical drives and a 3.5" FDD. I've never had access to it so I had no idea as to its specs. Luckily I was able to gather a couple days ago that it has a 1.7 GHz P4 with 512 MB of RAM. The only desktop 1.7 GHz P4s were released in April and August 2001, so it looks like a functioning 98SE install is probable, though I'm aiming for 95 OSR2.1, which is very slightly iffy based on the age of the machine.
I'm crossing my fingers that the rest of the hardware won't be PTSD-inducing (eg. VIA chipsets, S3/Intel graphics) but my expectations are low for a business machine.