Older windows 98 Computer!

spedboy1

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I got a older windows 98 computer, i got a bunch of old ram and v cards, so i put 170mb ram in it and a Nvedia Graphics card, and installed the drivers, but the computer is still etremly slow, would it help it if i started windows fresh, i have to windows 98 boot disk, doesnt that start you fresh? Also it hasent been defrageged in 2000 days, lol ya big, but everythime i defrag it just goes to 1% and then back to 0 for days, any suggesteds would help!
 
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How fast is the processor? (Or what type),Also How many startup programs have you got running?

Also,To do a fresh install you need a Windows 98 Setup disc,the boot discs are just for if your computer fails to boot they have tools on them to fix the PC.
 

dude_se

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depending on what the other specs are id put 2k or xp on. would need to be tweaked a bit but it could run quite nicely.
much better than messing about with this copy of 98 which seems to have some crap on
 

ssc456

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yh id put xp on it.

my min spec for xp is 256 Mb RAM and a p3 1000 Mhz processor.

if your are a little off these specs then dont worry like 170MB RAM will be fine
 

Istonian

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I would suggest putting Damn Small Linux on it and then install e17. Your computer will be fast as lightening.
 

muz

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Yeah depending on other specs . The min spec for xp is 266mhz and 128Mb ram but i would say it runs bearable on a min of 500mhz+ and 192Mb+ your 170mb should cut it depending on the cpu . Or if you dont want that i would say windows 2000 runs on 400mhz+ and 128+ . either one of them would be better and more secure than windows 98 .
If you dont want to pay or steal software though i say you could also use linux .And depending on the cpu i think slax linux or damm small linux would be great for that machine . And you can still do most f the general stuff you do in windows
 

dude_se

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nah muz its 64mb ram. a lot of people get this wrong for some unknown reason

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128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
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1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*
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Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
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CD-ROM or DVD drive
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Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device"
 
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