Solved OS for outdated old PCs

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December 5, 2015 at 09:35:56
Specs: Peppermint 5, 2ghz cpu, 4gb ram, 1366x768 display
hi friends.
ok take this specs -
RAM - 32 mb
Hard Disk - 16GB
rest unknown.
its a *very* old PC that i came across, i actually bought it at a very low price to get acquainted with how older pc works.
i coudnt run any GUI OS in it yet, it is currently working in DOS and works all of my DOS games, though i own only three :p
I need a GUI OS for the PC. real, legal, working GUI OS, no piracy. i tried the following OS before posting -
SliTaz 4.something (Boots in Terminal, no GUI)
Puppy Linux (Lucid , same case)
Kolibri (works cool but no software repository!)
I also have a copy of tinycorelinux and basiclinux and i didnt try them. idk how to install basiclinux either.
I just want this PC to work awesome. I want it to fly without hardware upgrades.
Just give me a solution on how i can possibly do that. I need GUI DosBox (similar would work, i just need my dos games) Media Player (only mp3s, mp4s abd avis would work), office (a word like and an excel like is enough), and a Picture Viewer. can i get that ib a GUI OS? can i even get a GUI OS? help me out, ask anything u want. thanks

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December 19, 2015 at 14:12:33
Looking back, you only posted the RAM amount & HDD size. What about the motherboard, CPU, & graphics? Knowing those specs is very important. Open up the case & look if you have to, or check the BIOS, or use CPUZ or some similar hardware ID software.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...

Win98 should run decently on a system with 32MB RAM, but you must configure it correctly. It's very important to install the motherboard chipset drivers & the graphics drivers & not just settle for the Windows defaults. If you didn't install them, it might be the reason(s) for the lag. And don't start loading up all sorts of programs or games until you get the OS properly configured or you'll just be fighting yourself.



#1
December 5, 2015 at 10:36:19
Windows 98 is your best bet.

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#2
December 5, 2015 at 17:30:31
With only 32MB of RAM (kind of like ijack) Win3.1/95/98/NT4 are about your best (and only) Windows options. Legally, you'd have to find it on an auction site/old software house which has the license to sell with it.

That little RAM and you're pretty much limited to DamnSmallLinux for a Linux option. Other older distributions may work, but would be sluggish at best.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#3
December 5, 2015 at 19:20:45
Almost forgot to mention (sorry), I tried Win98SE, it works fine but it lags, the mouse hangs while moving, and keyboard strokes responds after a bit delay (like almost after half a second).
Ijack, any other alternatives?
T-R-A, NT4 (i tried windows 2000) does not work. And btw will I have a full working PC in win3.1? like opening almost all windows applications published before like 2004s? and 7zip? or you said about old linux distros, can i have their names? i ll try *each* one

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#4
December 5, 2015 at 20:37:21
Windows 3.1 is a 16 bit OS (released in 1992) and will only run 16 bit applications. With the right software it will run Win32s compatible applications but that isn't much. I doubt there ever was a 16 bit version of 7zip.

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#5
December 5, 2015 at 21:19:02
yeah i think there is a 16bit 7zip - the command line one :) if any downloaded 16bit stuff would work, i m definately getting it :) i wanna know where i can get it then. will it run my DOS games btw?

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#6
December 6, 2015 at 01:09:03
If the computer is incapable of running Windows 98 at a reasonable speed then I think you are stuck. Either use it is a DOS computer or dump it for something a little more modern.

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#7
December 6, 2015 at 08:55:13
win98se stuck, but my install part is solved.
i installed DOS v 7.1 and then installed win 3.1 in it. while installing DOS i did it with all the default entries, and the PC originally boots on DOS. i have to manually command "cd windows" and run windows 3.1 by "win" command everytime. its not a problem for me though, i have a working PC after all, without mouse lag

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#8
December 6, 2015 at 08:56:32
for the win95 feel i installed calmira3.3 and making use of both mouse buttons. its working great! thanks for all ur suggestions :) now all i need is softwares on it. will post a new question for it i guess

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#9
December 6, 2015 at 10:57:51
"i have to manually command "cd windows" and run windows 3.1 by "win" command everytime"

I would think a self-proclaimed software geek would know how to edit the autoexec file so that the system will boot directly to Windows.


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#10
December 6, 2015 at 17:16:08
ya i did that riider, thanks :)

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#11
December 7, 2015 at 00:35:54
ok its solved, but 32 bit apps not working. what about win nt 3.1? its 32 bit and its lightweight and by google i gathered that it requires 16 mb RAM. how will it work? or else i should ask, will it work?

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#12
December 7, 2015 at 15:55:55
"...NT4 (i tried windows 2000) does not work..."

There's no reason NT4 shouldn't work, unless you've got something less than a 486sx-25 CPU:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

If it's 386-class---you never posted specs other than 32MB of RAM and 16GB HDD (something a 486 or below would have trouble supporting), then you're limited even further. Also, no version of DOS (MS or PC) will support drive partitions greater than 2.1GB (FAT16 limit) or entire drives larger than 8.4GB. (Int13 limit):

http://www.dewassoc.com/kbase/hard_...

"...you said about old linux distros, can i have their names?"

https://www.linux.com/news/hardware...

Note the date on the above article is 2006. Newer versions of those mentioned (other than DSL) are not likely to work.

"...what about win nt 3.1?"

If you choose a 3.x version of NT, then go with NT 3.51. Last version to use the "Win3x" look and runs some 32-bit software (such as Office97) directly. But a 16GB HDD could still be an issue:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windo...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#13
December 7, 2015 at 23:23:21
idk, mine supports without any issue. 16gb works great. and btw, i own windows nt 3.1 . wbt it? thanks for the follow up though

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#14
December 7, 2015 at 23:24:22
and sorry, nt4 is supported, but it badly LAGS.

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#15
December 19, 2015 at 14:12:33
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Looking back, you only posted the RAM amount & HDD size. What about the motherboard, CPU, & graphics? Knowing those specs is very important. Open up the case & look if you have to, or check the BIOS, or use CPUZ or some similar hardware ID software.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...

Win98 should run decently on a system with 32MB RAM, but you must configure it correctly. It's very important to install the motherboard chipset drivers & the graphics drivers & not just settle for the Windows defaults. If you didn't install them, it might be the reason(s) for the lag. And don't start loading up all sorts of programs or games until you get the OS properly configured or you'll just be fighting yourself.


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#16
December 20, 2015 at 04:30:13
thanks for the follow up, riider :) its posted long ago and i solved it too. 98SE runs great. Scitech Display Doctor v6 for the graphics, and installed alot of projected flash games, and my premium DOS games (Duke 3D and Doom) and Claw and Hot Pursuit 3. Starting the machine is like going back to my childhood :) I replaced the RAM though, a friend of mine replaced it to 64mb, else Hot Pursuit 3 was getting hanged at tournaments, LOL. Thanks all of you :) I was never convinced in installing 98SE but all thanks to u guys, old hardware s flying :))

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#17
December 20, 2015 at 09:04:15
"Scitech Display Doctor v6"

I suggest you install the proper display driver for your graphics chip. Of course, that would mean you'd have to know the make/model of the chip, which I'm guessing you don't. Same goes for the motherboard chipset drivers.


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#18
December 20, 2015 at 11:13:20
sdd installs this virtual scitech nucleus that does the software rendering and even runs games where hardware graphics access is needed... at least something by the name of software is virtaually solved :)

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