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I Have Comcast 8 meg package and use there modem, not the Surfboard a new one.

And a linksys wrt-54g v2.2 router with firmware update dd wrt v23.

I have two computers that use the internet .

I have a old spare PC  box that has a 550 MHz no keyboard monitor or mouse.

I want to plug the PC into the router and access it over the LAN.

Do i have to set it up with my with keyboard mouse etc, or is there any way to set it up another way?

And what would be the best OS to use on it.

I was thinking about  Linux suse or something like that to learn on or would i have to get a KVM switch.

I want to go the cheapest way.

All i really want to do is use the spare PC for storage...

Thanks in advance :grin2:

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I am sure there is a better way, and someone will prove me wrong (happens every day) but you asked for a easy way. I would recommend this. Its free, I use it to move files over my wireless network to my ps3 but it will work for what you want to do. All you do is install it on your old storage pc and run it. You then set it up as to what sections you want to allow kawa to access. It will give you an ip addess. You get on your other pcs and in the address bar type in the ip address kawa gave you. You can easily move files. Im sure some of our pros here would love to see you use Linux, I would use Win XP just due to the fact that is what I know how to use. Good luck and I hope someone can give you a better answer.  :grin2:

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Well.. that is a great little project... It really comes down to your comfort level of computers..  If you are willing to spend the time and really learn what is going on.. Or do you want something that you can just throw up and say there it is done..

With a 550MHz machine SuSE will run fine on it.  You can enable SAMBA, the most accepted network file sharing utility, and you will have a rock solid network share.  Cost.. little to nothing.. You dont really need a KVM switch as SuSE has a remote desktop app built in if you install KDE or Gnome. So you can point your web browser to the correct port, I think it is 5201.. and you have a graphic view of what it going on with the box.. 

As far as the difficulty..  It isnt to hard to get up and running.. SAMBA ships with SWAT the web interface for setting up shares.  It is just a matter of adding users to the shares.  From there you are going to want to map the folders as drives to the host machines.  Again not too hard but can be tricky depending on how long it takes for windows see the linux box on your work group.

I know of a few Linux variants that offer file sharing suites..  I will post them a bit later as I am not on my personal machine. 

As far as going with Windows XP for this solution.. I would try to stay away if at all possible.  I have had good experiences with trying to do this on XP and then I have had ones where it never works.  If you want to spend a few $ you can get Server 2003...  With would allow you to create a domain and do all of the fancy things that companies do.. 

I currently have a SuSE 10.2 server sitting in IL acting as a file server for my parents..  I more performs backups now...  If you have any questions feel free to ask..

@Shug.. Linux all the way baby :)

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I tried SuSE on that machine when it was my only machine.

I think i had an issue with the video card i think... I like that idea so i will try..

getting open suse 10.2 now

Never heard of SWAt i might have heard about samba will look in to it.

So with the way swimmer is saying to do it, i will be able to see my slow PC as a web page and acces all the files and stuff. Will try

Sounds fun

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