Thrift Log – Cicero Pentium 4 PC


(This is too big for me to photograph in a convenient manner, but here is the Cicero badge on the front for posterity.)

Cicero is an old Future Shop / Best Buy brand, used to sell PCs from other manufacturers. I picked this up yesterday because I have a thrift store addiction the motherboard has an AGP video slot (I’ve got an AGP card lying around with an S-Video port that I want to try sometime), and the case seems to be standard ATX with decent build quality. It cost about $10 CAD.


Stats upon acquiring:

Core Components

  • Case: F-IWF2-03
    • I couldn’t find any relevant webpages on this part number, but it seems to be a standard ATX mid-tower. Build date 9/28/2001.
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8IDML REV 2.0
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.5 GHz
  • Memory: 1 x Spectek 256MB PC133 SDRAM
  • PSU: TurboLink ATX-CW420W (Standard ATX)


  • Hard Disk: Maxtor D540X-4K (PATA, 3.5″, 40 GB)
  • 3.5″ floppy disk drive: Alps Electric DF354H090F
  • CD-R/RW: LG CED-8120B (PATA)


  • Video Card: NVidia NVTNT2MA


  • Wi-Fi: D-Link AirPlus G CDWLG510..B1 [sic]
    • Detachable antenna is cracked
  • Modem: AMKO MDP3900V-U(B)


  • OS: Windows XP Professional Edition
    • Whoever previously had this system wiped the hard disk and performed a fresh install of Windows XP, but didn’t activate it, and didn’t install the correct version for the serial key sticker on the box. Wiped and reinstalled.


With only 256 MB of RAM, using Windows XP on this machine is not too pleasant. Gigabyte lists Windows 98 drivers for this motherboard, so maybe Win98SE would be a good fit. The case is a good candidate for gutting, maybe for a low-end server, though ventilation could be an issue for anything producing a lot of heat.


Edit 19/Sept/2016: 3.5″ Floppy Drive, not 3.25″