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I havn't been here for a while, my regular computer got CPU fried, I couldn't find a CPU in the local stores, Rex, Sears, Circuit City, Staples, so I had ...
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- 08-13-2005 #1
- Join Date
- May 2005
- Down by the old oak grove
A trip to the past
I'd never bothered to even turn this device on before, but now I must so I could go to a website and pay an obscene amount of money for a CPU half the speed of my old one. I couldn't find the monitor, so I hooked it up to my normal one and booted it up to see the "cheery" Windows 98 splash screen immediately followed by a "General protection fault error" and infinte reboots. I tried to stick BSD on it but the hard drive itself was bad, no problem, just switch it out with my spare 40GB. After a great deal of pain I managed to get a perfect boot and even XFree86 working. It didn't have enough memory to run KDE, so here I am with Afterstep, which oddly is starting to grow on me.
So here's the comparison:
My regular setup:
RedHat Enterprise 4/FreeBSD 4.11/KDE 3
AMD Athlon CPU
Two ATA133 120GB HDDs
784MB DDR266 RAM (2 DIMMS)
VIA VT8235/Realtek ALC202 18 bit sound
VIA S3 ProSavage 8 graphics (Does 24Bit 1280x1024 at 85Hz pretty well)
Realtek RTL8139 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Six 480Mbps USB Ports
100Mhz (Not a typo) Intel Pentium 586 Class CPU
24 MB RAM (128MB Swap Partition)
2 GB Maxtor HDD (I replaced it with a 40GB Western Digital ATA100)
Creative Sound Blaster 16 (World's biggest sound card, this thing is like 3 times the size of a normal PCI card)
S3 Trio 64 Video Card (I Manage to get 16 bit 800x600 at 75Hz out of it)
4x CD-ROM Drive (Replaced with 48x24x48 CD Writer, but it doen't run at its full speed)
No PS/2 (Serial mouse and a keyboard with a HUGE connector)
No Ethernet (I had to add a $13.00 Realtek PCI network card for the DSL)
Surprisingly though, this thing manages to run the GIMP, Opera, Netscape 6, Afterstep, EMacs, XMMS, and a bunch of other useful stuff, all on a thing with the processing power of a Sega CD. Such is the power of FreeBSD.
- 08-13-2005 #2
Well, this shows the true power of unix, I sure hope bill learns something from this.
I would suggest that if you wish to improve performance more, increase the size of the swap partition to something like 600 - 800 MB. I got a friend to install Mandrake on a P166 laptop, ran much more smoothly when he increased swap from 128 MB to 900 MB.Life is complex, it has a real part and an imaginary part.
- 08-13-2005 #3Originally Posted by AlexK
- 08-13-2005 #4
Actually I think AlexK is referring to the fact that Linux and its apps can run well on older systems with low specs.
Whereas Windows wouldn't stand a chance on that machine.
Of course Suse or Fedora wouldn't either.How to know if you are a geek.
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