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Post by Joe S » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:52 am

I've got an old Compaq computer Pentium 2 with 256 ram. I used it mainly as a spare for internet access if my other computer is tied up. Originally it was Win 98 but a few months ago I got a OEM copy of XP Home and put on it. It seemed to work ok so I tried Integrator and PowerPacker on it and they worked and made iso image ok. I've been off for the holidays and had extra free time. I moved my external dvd burner over there then loaded a minimal Roxio 6.0 on it. I tried it out and it seems to burn disk ok. It's definely slower, but appears to work fine.. I suspect some of the others here may have older computers that are little used and this shows a old slow poke still has some use. If I have the time I'll try loading one of the discs on the virtual machine to make sure there were no problems.
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Post by yumeyao » Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:19 pm

Win 98 is still the solution to poor computers :wink:
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Post by jdrom17 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:35 pm

Linux is also another solution, if it's just being used for simple things. Many different distros out there.
I personally prefer running Windows 2000 on older computers, 98 is just going way to far back.

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Post by Joe S » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:40 pm

Since the first post I did find time to load it on virtual machine and it was fine. I was worried there might be some dropout with such marginal equipment to burn cd's. The only draw back is it takes about twice as long to integrate! Having 2 computers does spoil you. I thought some of the other newer people might find it useful to know how minimal you can go and still get some use out of an old pc.
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Post by 5eraph » Mon Jan 01, 2007 5:01 pm

I have to admit that I'm surprised you got it working, Joe. I had a very similar system: a 200 MHz Pentium Pro with 128 MB of RAM. It never ran stable with Windows XP RTM or SP1. I think I tossed that retired motherboard recently.

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Post by newsposter » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:32 pm

to be a shade more precise, win98 as modded by the wizards on MSFN is the 'solution' for older computers.....

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Post by Joe S » Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:29 pm

This is a 450 pentium 2 and 256 ram. I kept installed programs to a minimum AVg Free, Spybot,Zonealarm Free, and my network software. I have a few more that only run when I choose Firefox CCleaner, MSN Messenger, Bikelog ( I ride recumbent bikes a lot 4600 miles this year) The only program with automatic updates running is the AVG. I did a selective install with the Roxio 6.0 and tried only installing the minimum. The 11G hd is 65% free. If I didn't care about connecting to the internet I could cut out the security stuff and free up more memory. I tried integrating and burning 4 times all produced disks of the same size as on my Other computer pent 4 2G and 1G ram. I suspect this pretty close to the low limit! I don't think some people realize how much of the computer's resources they use up with automatic updates, themes, wallpaper changer etc running.
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Post by Siginet » Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:42 pm

For the most part... I find if you have at least 256 MB of ram in an old computer it will work fine. But it will be slow. I somewhat agree it is better to use win98 or 2k... but those systems do not have any support from microsoft anymore.
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Post by ricktendo64 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:45 pm

I have a 2nd PC... 800 mhz w 128 MB of Ram and it runs XP just fine

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Post by the_guy » Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:07 am

@Siginet: Windows 2000 is still supported by Microsoft. It will be until 2010.

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Post by Siginet » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:24 pm

the_guy wrote:@Siginet: Windows 2000 is still supported by Microsoft. It will be until 2010.

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Really?? I thought it lost support in June of 2006?
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Post by 5eraph » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:32 pm

Windows 2000 has moved into the Extended Support phase of its lifecycle. More information can be found at the following links:

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