The CARG Laptop

This is where I document the building of the CARG Laptop – the cheap-ass retro gaming machine.  I take a HP ProBook 6460b and turn it into a machine for 80’s and 90’s games.  Enjoy!

  • Apache PHP MySQL Upgrading Fedora and Installing AMP

    At the beginning of May 2018, Fedora 28 was released.  I have run through the upgrading process, and can happily report that the information from Fedora Magazine works like expected.  So rather than replicating their information, I’ll just link directly to them. As with any significant system change, be sure to back up your information […]

  • Upgrade Fedora 26 to Fedora 27 Header CARG Laptop – Upgrade Fedora 26 to Fedora 27

    In the middle of November 2017, Fedora released Fedora 27, the latest upgrade to the Fedora line.  When I built the CARG Laptop, I went with Fedora 26 as it had Intel graphics card support.  But some time has passed, and I feel it’s about time I upgraded.  Here is what I did. Thanks Where […]

  • Hardball! CARG Laptop – Hardball!

    The computer game environment in 1985 was changing. Society had moved through the various clones of Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. Text adventures were slowly advancing to include graphics (leading to the high-water mark of Sierra games such as Kings Quest). No-one knew where it was leading, so everything was on the table.

  • Networked DOOM CARG Laptop – Networked DOOM

    One of the groundbreaking things about DOOM was its ability to ruin networks.  It became so commonplace that companies such as Intel and Carnegie Mellon University explicitly banned the playing of DOOM on its networks.  According to the DOOM FAQ put out by id Software, “In 1994, we fully expect to be the number one […]

  • DOSBox and DOOM CARG Laptop – Meet Your DOOM

    The CARG Laptop now has DOSBox installed, so it’s about time we introduced some games to it.  But what to select as the first game?  Something iconic, something legendary, something influential.  And something that tugs at the heartstrings of many a gamer.  CARG, meet DOOM.

  • Fedora 26 Desktop and Menu CARG Laptop – Fusion Box

    After the installation of Fedora and associated updates, it’s time to start installing DOSBox, our first application that will run the retro games we want to play.  In order to do that, we need to configure some additional software repositories (or “repo’s”) to allow access to additional software.  So let’s get into it!

  • Fedora 26 Cinnamon login screen CARG Laptop – Retro Gaming Comes Cheap

    After watching LGR’s video about building a retro gaming machine with other YouTubers, I saw in the background many games I fondly remembered from my youth. And seeing how other retro gamers do their thing inspired me to give it a shot as well. Because who doesn’t need another YouTuber aimlessly babbling on about days […]