I have an old computer - will it run

April 9, 2012 at 13:35:53
Specs: Windows 98
It's got all it's bits except I think the processor is broken.

It's an old Amitech, (a Danish manufacturer I believe, now completely defunct).

I once tried to run the software it came with on a newer computer but spookily it said it wasn't an Amitech machine and couldn't continue.

It's a Windows 98 first edition or ''A'' as the ''spelling errors detected'' is telling me.

Will it run if I can get a processor - Pentium ll or lll, (I haven't taken the computer out to look at it yet). I'm only wondering at this stage, if it will work and posting to see if any experts will know.

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April 9, 2012 at 14:46:35
I don't think anyone will be able to give an answer because as often as not there are other troubles that are masked by whatever the known issue happens to be. You either try it or you don't - that way you'll find out.

If you want a spare computer to play with you might be better off financially by finding a cheapy which is already running at least XP quite well. You will at least be able to get the latest security updates.

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April 10, 2012 at 01:05:32
Possibly the Windows 98 is a Restore CD not a Retail Version.

Without a CPU, not much can do anyway

On older machines it should feasible to install a Linux Distro.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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April 10, 2012 at 10:07:43
What makes you think the "processor is broken"? What happens when you power up the system?

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April 10, 2012 at 12:37:32
Thanks all for your replies.

riider the processor felt loose; there's a black thing around it and as I recall couldn't get it to, 'lock', if that is the right word.

Jolicloud - Is another OS like Linux better? Is it because of security etc? I mainly wanted to know if it will work - I remember liking amitceh, cos of it's features, like amitech undo, not too dissimilar to system restore now on XP, W7 etc.

Yes. There's a W98 CD as well as this Amitech System Restore CD. In the past when I've successfully loaded up W98 on another computer and tried to add the Amitech CD, it would come up with the message this is not an Amitech machine, (or words to that effect), that is why I'd like to know if I was to take it out, if it will work.

Thanks Derek - already got XP and W7.

I suppose the answer is to pull it out then; it's currently hidden at the back of a cupboard with things piled in front of it. I was trying to avoid that, only taking out with the guarantee it will work. Now it's a hit or miss. Oh well.

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April 10, 2012 at 15:40:36
So you're asking all these questions without even pulling the system out of the cupboard & looking at it 1st? Do you recall if it's a slot type processor like this one:


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April 16, 2012 at 04:14:14
Sorry for the late reply; checked in a couple of times and there were no new replies so thought the thread had died.

Yes I did.

Was too lazy to pull it out - rather there's too much stuff in the way of it to take it out on a maybe.

The processor definitely does not look like that. If anything it looks the same as a modern processor except it's tinier.

It's not a big deal - just thought I'd ask. If there was a unanimous no, (if there was nowhere to get parts for it no way no how - mainly thinking of the processor), then I wouldn't bother taking it out to even try and work it.

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April 16, 2012 at 11:59:04
Thanks for feedback.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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