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What OS to use? (on a oldie)

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I found this computer in a dumpster 3 days ago

AST Advantage 6066d:
Cyrix 486DX2 66MHz
4MB RAM
1024 KB Cirrus Logic (onboard)
Creative Vibra 16
540 MB HDD
3,5" floppy drive
CD-ROM drive

Now, what OS to use? it is currently running MS-DOS 6.2/WFW 3.11. But i want to try something different
My gaming machine: AST Advantage 6066d. Cyrix 66MHz 486DX. 4MB RAM. 512KB Cirrus Logic onboard graphics. Creativa Vibra 16 ISA. 520MB HDD, 3.5" FDD, 40x CD-ROM. MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.1

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Post by RentedMule »

OpenStep

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Post by iwanttogohome »

Try Windows 95

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Post by blahsucks-two »

You have a few options:
  • OpenStep - it's certainly fast, and a modern, nice OS - scarce drivers, possibly; couldn't find the requirements for it
    OS/2 - an older version may work; has a Windows subsystem and some drivers, as well as a few newer apps; however, Warp 3 just barely passes the memory requirement - it's at least 32-bit in contrast to
    NT 3.51 - big fan of this myself, you could get some life out of it, although you may not have the RAM for it
I'd recommend looking for some more RAM. 95 will require 16MB; 3.51 requires 8MB, and OS/2 Warp 3 requires 4MB. The CPU should be decent, though.

I also looked at CE, but the requirements are too high.[/list]

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I installed the 13 floppy set of Win95 on an old laptop I had here
some time ago..
It's a Texas Instruments - Travelmate 4000M / 8mb of ram / 66mhz CPU..
Damn it was slow...

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Post by blahsucks-two »

I used to have a 66MHz Pentium with 64MB of RAM (upgraded). Not a bad machine, a little slow, but it really ran Windows 98 quite nicely. 3.1 was fairly high-speed. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test anything aside from that.

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Post by intellivision »

I would think that OS/2 or NEXTstep would be a good choice
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Post by betamaster »

Try use Windows NT 3.1

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95 ran on my 486 with 4 mb ram

and a 256MB hard disk

(it was the floppy edition)
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Why not just run Calmira on it as it is, Dos622 and Win3.11 is a good
choice given the hardware it's on.

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Post by ppc_digger »

That spec just begs for OS/2 2.1.

I actually used OS/2 Warp 3 with only 4 MB of RAM, and it was slow like hell. 2.1 should run fine with 4 MB, though.

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Post by empireum »

I'd say either stick with MS-DOS and Win3.11 and use something like Calmira or the WPS for Windows, or OS/2 2.1, as ppc_digger said, maybe a really barebones version of Linux. NT won't work since 4MB of RAM's too scarce, Win95 will be slow as hell.

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Post by hjort »

Thanks for all the replys and advice
OS/2 2.1 seems like a good choice. What are the requirements for NEXTstep?
My gaming machine: AST Advantage 6066d. Cyrix 66MHz 486DX. 4MB RAM. 512KB Cirrus Logic onboard graphics. Creativa Vibra 16 ISA. 520MB HDD, 3.5" FDD, 40x CD-ROM. MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.1

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Post by mdogg »

AFAIK, OPENSTEP was evolved from NeXTstep so OPENSTEP may work better since it's a newer version. Besides, OPENSTEP is on the server and NeXTstep isn't.

BTW, You may have difficulty burning it to CD in Windows. You may need to use Mac or some sort of special burning software for Windows.

PS. OPENSTEP is the correct spelling of the OS. OpenStep is the name of the API. NeXT was very case-sensitive in their names. They had lots of case-sensitive names for NeXTstep.

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Post by hjort »

I`ll just stick with OS/2 2.1
My gaming machine: AST Advantage 6066d. Cyrix 66MHz 486DX. 4MB RAM. 512KB Cirrus Logic onboard graphics. Creativa Vibra 16 ISA. 520MB HDD, 3.5" FDD, 40x CD-ROM. MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.1

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Post by ZSS9393 »

Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it!
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Post by ppc_digger »

ZSS9393 wrote:Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it!
Don't you mean:
Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it! Image

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ZSS9393 wrote:Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it!
I don`t have any EDO RAM
My gaming machine: AST Advantage 6066d. Cyrix 66MHz 486DX. 4MB RAM. 512KB Cirrus Logic onboard graphics. Creativa Vibra 16 ISA. 520MB HDD, 3.5" FDD, 40x CD-ROM. MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.1

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Post by Frozenport »

Run DOS?

Windows 95 should give you what you want...

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Post by Beta_Train »

Upgrade the ram some But i'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned a floppy based linux system. I used one on almost the exact same specs and it was fairly fast ( No X of course)

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Post by blahsucks-two »

Meh. There's not much of an "interest" factor in it. It's just a Linux shell, after all. Great for practical environments, but not the most engaging and impressive of OSes on an old PC.

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Post by milatchi »

My vote goes to OPENSTEP.
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