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 PostPost subject: Putting Chicago onto a laptop        Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:24 pm 
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I'm not sure which version to use. I want to keep with period-type software (same year as the Chicago release, if I can help it), but have a version of Chicago that is actually usable. How usable is 58? I can't really tell from my tries at it on VPC - I know it's faster on a proper machine than in VPC because I did have it installed at one point, but it didn't like my hardware (too futuristic). I'm thinking of 122, then I'll put Office 4.3, Winzip 5, and Visual Basic 3 on it, and whatever.

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If anyone has a really old laptop with a standard VGA display, suitable for running Chicago 58 from, can I have it? :P. I'd really love to do that.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:18 am 
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Very oxymoronic. Build 58s is quite stable, but was released late 1993, or early 1994. I would suggest build 501 or one of the later builds, which will use extended filenames and should support pretty much all software rtm Windows 95 supports.

If, however, you're going for a "Look what I found"-style childish attempt at glorifying yourself then yes, build 58s or build 81 would do just fine :)

It would actually be quite interesting to see one of the earlier builds (Pre-117) running on a modern laptop.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:27 am 
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ChasingVertigo wrote:
If, however, you're going for a "Look what I found"-style childish attempt at glorifying yourself then yes, build 58s or build 81 would do just fine :)


:P

Not really glorifying myself, just winding people up with ancient software.

Thanks for what you said. I've got a lovely laptop with an SVGA 800*600 display, and those early builds of Chocago won't work in a real resolution on it - is there a way I can persuade my Chicago 56 installation to work with a higher-resolution display, and get a CD driver working?

Just out of interest, where can 117 be got from? I saw an HTTP download link on a thread here, once, but when I tried t find it again, I couldn't.

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Build 117 / 177 = 122.

Basically, the story is that someone mislabeled build 122 as 117 ( because the version in setup.exe is 4.0.117 ) and then someone mistyped 117 as 177.

Anyway, both of these are Chicago version 4.0.122.

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:) OK.

I've put 122 on the laptop, 56 would go better on something older than I have, I think. Now, the display won't work at 800*600 and I can't persuade the CD drive to work properly. I'm not sure about the CD drive, but assuming it worked, would I be able to get the display to work by installing a driver from a later edidion of Windows (say, select 'have disk' and then insert a Windows 98 CD)?

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Build 117 / 177 = 122.

Basically, the story is that someone mislabeled build 122 as 117 ( because the version in setup.exe is 4.0.117 ) and then someone mistyped 117 as 177.

Anyway, both of these are Chicago version 4.0.122.

That's strange how one build can be mistaken twice.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:19 pm 
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I think it is good to try build 122 on VPC, because you also have to install windows 3.11 (or 3.1, you can't install it out of ms-dos). But when you have an old PC, and you don't mind if might become defect, you can use that.


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Yeah, I'm going with 122. My only problem is that I need a way of getting the CD-ROM drive and SVGA display to work.

On real hardware, it seems really stable, and the VPC boot problem doesn't happen, so I'm going to go with that, and put Office 4.3, Visual Basic 3, Winzip 5, and Delphi on. Depending on whether or ot I feel the need, I might put some more programs on it, but my plan is to be able to use it for simple things that don't warrant getting my main laptop out for (the one that overheats at the drop of a pin).

I'm still looking for an old laptop from the mid 1990s to put the earliest Chicago I can get on. I'm talking like 486, 16MB RAM, 200MB HDD, VGA, etc... just something to run Chicago 58 or whatever on. Going to check eBay, and carry on looking at car-boot sales. Computer fairs are useless these days. Does anybody know any other places I might look? I don't have much money, that's the only problem.

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