notbob < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,
In a message on Sat, 04 Oct 2003 20:33:22 GMT, wrote :
n> > Greetings,
n> > I have this old PC (Pentium 133Mhz / 32Mb RAM) running win98... I know
n> > they make PDAs and calculators faster than that nowadays, but I'm
n> > doing fine with it for what I need, as I use it almost exclusively for
n> > accessing the internet (www, mail, usenet and irc), text editing, and
n> > old games. Old as in zork and moria, that is, not as in Fifa2002. By
n> > keeping the windows instalation pretty clean and tuned up I can even
n> > run some heavier stuff (Fireworks and Dreamweaver, for instance) at
n> > pretty acceptable speeds.
n> Run Slackware with KDE. That will give you all you need. You might
n> think about sticking in at least 128M ram, shouldn't cost more than
n> about $20. You might consider a new box. Hell, I got my neighbor a
Nope, 128M of RAM for a pre-DIMM motherboard will cost much more than
$20, assuming you could even find it. A P133 will be a SIMM
motherboard, some of which maxed at 64meg of RAM. SIMMs are now getting
rare and hard to find, esp. the larger sizes, such as 32mb and 64mb (the
64mb SIMMs always were rare, even in the heyday of SIMM motherboards),
which is what you would need to upgrade to 128M, since most SIMM
motherboards only have 4 SMM slots. 4s, 8s, and 16s, are common enough.
With the typical 4 SIMM slot motherboard and 4 16mbs you get 64meg.
Running a reduced eye-candy X11 desktop (such as FVWM2) with *any*
distribution will run quite well on this box. The only real issue will
be a web browser. A small-footprint web-browser is the key. I think
Mozilla is a somewhat smaller footprint web-browser (smaller than
Netscape 4 certainly). Forget about Java. Don't bother to even install
n> barebones box with an all integrated (video, audio, dial modem, NIC,
n> etc) motherboard and 533 celery for $59, and that was over a year ago!
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