welp, got the hd installed on the dually machine and foud out teh exact specs...:
dual p2 300Mhz
256MB ecc edo
onboard scsi host
atapi cdrom (slot loading
atapi tape drive (compaq tr4?)
standard onboards (usb, serial, parallel)
usr 56k isa modem
onboard 10/100 nic (compaq netelligent 10/100)
now jsut need to decide on an os
i put win2k on it last nite to make sure everything was working ok and to find out the specific hardware. it recognized both processors and both had separate cpu graphs in the task manager
freebsd is known to not have the best
and there are too many damned linux distros to choose from.
if at all possible, id like to stay with fbsd. the 4.x has a certain degree of stability w/ smp, but isnt full featured or sumn like taht, as far as threading, etc. but the 5.x branch is supposed to be a big step in the smp area...