Part of the EPA's swat team
1st January 2006
I was wondering what os to run for gaming and other apps, it is on my laptop, 256megs of ram, 1.4ghz pentium m, radeon 9000.
3rd May 2005
For gaming, I would say keep it simple and go with XP. However, 256mb of RAM on a WinXP machine is not a pleasant experience at all.
Linux can make much more efficient use of that 256mb, and (with a little prodding) can play most of the games currently on the market - either natively or via CeDega. May be worth looking into if you can't afford a memory upgrade.
I would die without GF
15th March 2006
Win 2000 is another option, easier than Linux but faster than XP.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
Bs|ArchaonWin 2000 is another option.
I agree, i think Win 2k would be the best option since you only have 256MB or Ram, which Win XP isn't going to be very happy with. I think the best thing would be to upgrade you Ram and find a copy of Win 2k.
My old emachines is running XP Pro on 288MB Ram, its ok, for just web surfing and the such, but playing anything but old games is not gonna happen.
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
I run on Windows 2000 and it works just fine. I've heard there are some games that won't run on it, but so far I haven't encountered any.
20th April 2005
Well if you plan to play games you should reallly upgrade. Regarding the OS Win2K would be the best choice. Sadly I havent seen any games that support linux and no distros that have necessary emluators therefore you would have to search for emluators every time you got a new game.
Master skinner-in my mind :-P
2nd August 2004
ok, i would say if you have 256 mb of ram i WOULD NOT put XP on it, if you have any thoughts of doing that whatsoever get them outa your head now i had 256 mb of ram on my old laptop that i inherited from my dad, and that had windows ME on it, i tried putting xp on it and that was a BIG mistake, like programs would run ok when they started... but it might take me 2-3 minutes just to start internet explorer, it was the most annoying thing on earth stick with 2k if you can, its pretty good and in my oppinion alot better then ME (which is why i put xp on that laptop in the first place) although your absolute best bet would be upgrade your ram and put xp on it, but that obviously is the more expensive option
I didn't make it!
I run Windows XP on a computer with following specs:
Intel Pentium 3 1,1 ghz 256MB RAM Geforce 4 MX 8GB Harddisk
I mostly play games like Half-Life and the mods that follow with it though.
Though I have runned pretty requirefull games on it such as "Codename Panzers Phase One" and Battlefield 1942 and stuff like that.
But I guess its different with laptops.
21st February 2005
nowheremanWell if you plan to play games you should reallly upgrade. Regarding the OS Win2K would be the best choice. Sadly I havent seen any games that support linux and no distros that have necessary emluators therefore you would have to search for emluators every time you got a new game.
O'rly? But you have if you have played any UT series, Enemy Territory , Doom series and Quake series. They all are Linux native. Plus a couple more like Jedi Academy.
The forums last hope
29th July 2005
As much as 256 sucks, it isn't really as bad a ppl lead it to be. I had an old dell with XP, 256 ram and intel graphics acelerater onboard and could run bf1942, bf:vietnam, and Half Life 2 and Its multiplayer mods. The only thing your going to run into that is Going to dampen your gaming experience would be load times :eek:...boy do I remember those load times. HL2's little loads inbtween sequences would talke like 5 min :bawl: but if you can handle that you should be ok! I would get XP!