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3 best games that your loyal netbook can handle easily

Is it just me or are the laptops nowadays just not made to last? Take my old MSI Wind U100 netbook for example. It has fallen out of my bag and onto the pavement. I have spilled coffee on the keyboard more times than I’d like to confess. I have dropped it from a height of at least two to three feet many times. It has lost almost all its screws and the casing is completely busted. Yet somehow it’s still alive!

Indeed, the MSI Wind U100 is one resilient beast. While all my other laptops have eventually worn out and died over the years, this ancient netbook still works. While most of the time it’s only useful for simple tasks like browsing the web or writing articles, I still find myself occasionally playing certain old-school games for pc on it that have low minimum system requirements. Continue reading to find out three of the best games you can play on an old netbook.

Max Payne 1Max Payne 1

If you like action packed third person shooters then you will absolutely love Max Payne. The entire game is essentially a flashback where the player finds out what happened to the main protagonist, Max Payne. A former NYPD officer who comes home one night from a hard day’s work to find his wife and their newborn baby brutally murdered. He also learns that the killers were high on a new designer drug called Valkyr.

Max gets transferred to the DEA shortly after the funeral in hopes to find the killers responsible and maybe, just maybe put an end to the Valkyr craze which has escalated into a full blown epidemic throughout New York City.

Three years later, as luck would have it, he finally gets assigned as an undercover agent with a mission to infiltrate a notorious drug trafficking ring, the Punchinello family. Unfortunately the mission goes south and he finds himself wanted by the NYPD for killing his colleague. He must also run from the mafia because they now know his real identity.

Tomb Raider 1 Lara Croft Core Design

Tomb Raider 1

Wow. I still can’t believe that this epic third person action-adventure game is two decades old already!

In 1996 a British video game developer, Core Design, did what nobody had ever done before. They managed to gracefully combine beautiful scenery and landscapes with violence and gore typical to action games of the era.

On top of everything they stuffed the gun in the hands of a sexy female! With complex puzzles to solve and tombs of long forgotten kings to uncover, this game is unlike any other.

The plot revolves around a young woman, Lara Croft, who is on a mission to retrieve a mysterious and powerful artifact from the tomb of Qualopec somewhere within the mountains of Peru.

However shortly after she finds the artifact, she realizes that there are two more hidden away in different parts of the world. Additionally the rich businesswoman, Natla, who sent Lara on her quest seems to have her own hidden agenda.

GTA Vice City Tommy Wrecking CarGrand Theft Auto: Vice City

Released in 2002, Vice City is the 4’th edition in the GTA game series. For all the open world game fans out there, Vice City will probably stand out the most for many years to come.

The plot revolves around Tommy Vercetti who is a former member of the Forelli cartel. He arrives in Vice City to take care of a cocaine deal which unfortunately ends badly and he loses both the drugs and the money to unknown thugs.

Now he has to answer to Sonny Forelli, the head of the Forelli family, and recover the lost merchandise. On his quest for finding the cocaine Tommy makes contact with various criminals until he climbs high enough to find out who ambushed the deal.

As the game progresses, Tommy quickly becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Vice City. A fictional place that closely resembles Miami in the 80’s.


Lubuntu is a great lightweight Linux distro for any old Netbook

About 4 years ago I purchased this old netbook from a guy who apparently only needed it for a single plane trip to watch some movies. Three years were well spent together with the MSI Wind U100 upgraded with 2GB of RAM, 1.6 GHZ processor and Intel GMA950 graphics chip, but I eventually realized that it wasn’t enough for my needs (FL Studio) and so the little guy was abandoned for an Ultrabook (Series 5). It has been at least a year since I even laid eyes on the netbook, but today I decided to install a very lightweight Linux distro on it and see what happens.

Lubuntu is lightweight and user friendly

I have to admit I’m not really an avid Linux user as I have only used a couple of live systems in the past. All the command line stuff is mostly unknown to me and although I can navigate through the systems with the help of various online guides like Cool Computing for example, I still prefer a good and friendly Desktop user interface.

On top of that Lubuntu is a very energy efficient and lightweight Linux distro with the minimum RAM requirements of as low as 128MB- that’s literally a PC from two decades ago so I figured it would work perfectly for an old netbook that still packs a whopping 2GB of RAM (that’s very good by netbook standards).

Uhh… where’s the hard drive?

When I pressed the power button after more than a year of being idle, the netbook said it was unable to find a bootable media. It almost sounded like it was mad at me for abandoning it after three great years together so I opened it up and found that the hard drive was indeed missing.

Netbook MSI Wind U100 Hard Drive Missing

After more than half an hour of being clueless I finally realized I had removed the hard drive and stuffed it in one of those portable HDD casings found on eBay and not surprisingly the whole 160GB was used up with various photos and videos taken from family get togethers, hiking trips and stuff like that so formatting was out of the question.

Using Lubuntu live system for now

With no free hard drive available for me right now, I am going to postpone this little project of mine, but is that going to stop me from using the Lubuntu? Nope. In case you didn’t know, you can try almost any distro out there without installing it by running the entire OS from your pendrive. Here’s a photo of my MSI Wind U100 running Lubuntu from the USB drive with no HDD whatsoever. Pretty neat, huh?

MSI Wind U100 Running Lubuntu Pendrive