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#1 11 years ago

Ok. So I have this computer thats been sitting in a box untouched for about 1 yr now aside from removing a couple of screws for my current computer. I've been working on it for a while now adding bits and pieces to it over the years and I now need a HDD. I takes an IDE but I don't know what type (IDE 100 or 133). It was built back in 97 so I'm guessing IDE 100. Its a gateway with an intel MMX processor. Tinkering with computers is one of my hobbies. Hell...I built one for my friend. I also need an operating system. (XP preferably 98 if it won't handle XP). Anyone know of what I need?




marvinmatthew

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#2 11 years ago

For the OS, you might try a linux distrobution.




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#3 11 years ago

ight. IE 6 or 7 compatible ?

with linux i mean




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#4 11 years ago

No, but why would you want to use IE on linux? Or in Windows for that matter... Alot of linux distros have Firefox, or Konqueror (KDE) as there default web browsers.

Do you know the complete specs of that computer? It might be too slow and lacking for most recent linux releases.




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#5 11 years ago

Umm....Intel MMX (? 400 MHz ?), 256 MB of RAM, 8MB onboard GC, 250 WATT PSU. Its pretty noobish so I doubt anything will work.




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#6 11 years ago

Linux will work, certainly better than XP. It will run XP but it will be ridiculously slow. I tried with my old 533MHz P3, 382mb RAM, GeForce MX440 and it was unbearable; and we only used that machine for internet, email and word processing.

Personally if you need Windows, I'd go with either 2000 or 98SE. 98SE will be faster whereas 2000 is more modern (obviously) and generally better.




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#7 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon Personally if you need Windows, I'd go with either 2000 or 98SE.

I would go with 2000, its pretty much XP without all the extra themes and eye candy added on. It also uses alot less resources so it runs much better on older systems.

I have XP running on a Celeron 633Mhz w/ 288mb ram and its pretty darn slow, on that old MMX XP would probably be unusable.




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#8 11 years ago

Oh, and a bonus, Windows 2000 lets you run MS-DOS programs no hassle. I hate having to start up DOSBox to play some WarCraft or Desert Strike or Oregon Trail Deluxe...




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#9 11 years ago

Built in 97 ? I doubt it to be running at 400 MHz... by PC bought in late 1998 had a 350 MHz K6-2, 64 MB RAM and a 8 GB hdd. With Windows 98 on it.

As mine can't seem to recognize HDDs of 40 GB, and failed to recognized a 20 GB one when I tried (though, we were not pretty sure of the drive being working or not this time), I'd advise to get something like 8 GB too if you even can find one :p ...




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#10 11 years ago

If memory serves the Pentium MMX never went above roughly 300MHz. Can't remember the exact figure but it's not much higher than that, certainly not 400MHz; the first (Intel) processors to hit 400MHz were some of the earlier Pentium 2 CPUs, in 1998 I believe.




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