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If you have an old computer gathering dust in a closet, it might make a good boat anchor. Or you might put it to work, making it into a random-play jukebox. But never mind the tinny computer speakers; instead hook it up to your stereo for hours of nonstop music.
For the price of a cable and blank CD, plus a little preparation, you can give that old computer a new life and set saturate your living room with all those good sounds at the same time.
You’ll need to make some preparations with your home computer first, assuming it has an online connection:
From here we’ll go to work on your old computer. Let’s get it connected to your stereo:
Now that they’re connected, it’s time to start the jukebox and put some music on:
You can put your mp3 files onto the hard drive or any external USB drive that the old computer accepts. Even a thumb drive will work. Figuring a gigabyte can hold more than 200 songs, you can pile a lot of music on an eight-gigabyte flash drive. Whatever the type of drive, Linux sees it as just another directory anyway.
Once the music player is running, you can shut off the computer monitor until you need it. Those old tube monitors suck up a lot of power and you’ll notice it on your electric bill.
Your new jukebox can run for weeks without rebooting.
You have the option of saving your Puppy Linux settings to your hard drive the first time you shut down. Follow the prompts to do this.
Make sure you pull any needed files from the old computer before you start loading on the music. But considering you haven’t used that computer in years, you’re probably OK.