I have an older laptop I'd like to salvage for music recording and digital mixing. My question is general enough for SE but I will also give specific details about my specific case:
I have a 2004 Gateway M275 laptop: 1 GB RAM. 30 GB HD. Intel Pentium M processor @ about 2Ghz. 1 MB L2 cache. Firewire port. Might do a clean wipe and put a lightweight Linux distro on it. For use with a MAudio Firewire Solo audio interface and free or cheap audio software. Recording and multitrack mixing up to 5-10 tracks, 3-5 minute pieces. I'd run it with no other software running while recording/mixing music.
One can Google articles from around that time that say that computers with far worse specs than that were routinely being used for successful audio recording. Here's a quote from someone online:
Doing audio stuff does not demand a lot of a computer, and I started digital recording on a PC with lower specs than yours [565Mhz processor. 279MB RAM], and did so quite successfully.
If I can do this, it would save me the need to buy another computer. But I'm worried that maybe I'd get in trouble with laptop fan noise (which maybe I can isolate in a box somehow?), or just that it would limit too much what free music software I could use. But if I can do it, it'd be great.
So...does this seem feasible based on the demands on the computer given what I would like to do?