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    Broadband and Windows 98

    I have a relative who has just been given a very old PC. It's a citrix 333 with 32 mb of Ram. 4mb are taken by the online graphics card.

    It has Win98 installed on it. They want to use VirginMedia broadband but they said it would only work on an XP machine.

    I think VirginMedia are wrong and that it should work on any PC. If I install for them a network card I think it should work as the modem virgin supply is an ethernet cable modem.

    What do people think?

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    My Personnel thought I would not recommed it more problem than its worth

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    It ought to work with an ethernet modem - if it doesn't you'd expect a standalone ethernet router to work, but whether it would actually be usable/useful with that spec vs modern web content is another matter...

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    OutToLunch: Shouldn't be a problem with Firefox

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    I think you'll have more issues than it's worth. The speed would be ridiculous, and probably not useable.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    I suggest you use a leaner OS. DamnSmallLinux is an obvious option.

    http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

    You'll get respectable performance and a modern OS/software that way.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    OutToLunch: Shouldn't be a problem with Firefox
    That's a joke right? 8O I do remember when Firefox was lean/mean etc, but now it's way too heavy for that spec of machine... Even the Mozilla site agrees...

    Minimum Hardware

    * Pentium 233 MHz (Recommended: Pentium 500MHz or greater)
    * 64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
    * 52 MB hard drive space

    The old Cyrix chips never performed anywhere near the 333mhz they were supposed to feel anyway... I have a cellar full of 333mhz Cyrix chips/mobos if anyone wants them! Horrible things!

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Atleast it is up to date... I recently made a Win98 user happy by installing it on an old PC as he was still on IE5; and the latest websites kept causing IE to crash and/or throw up errors.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Also remember Firefox 3.0 will only work on Win2k or better.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch
    It ought to work with an ethernet modem - if it doesn't you'd expect a standalone ethernet router to work, but whether it would actually be usable/useful with that spec vs modern web content is another matter...
    Virgin Media supply Ethernet cable modems these days so provided you have a network card installed and have configured it for DHCP leases it should work just fine.

    Just be aware that you won’t have all the advancements and security of more modern operating systems.

    Cheers



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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Also remember Firefox 3.0 will only work on Win2k or better.
    Well, as that isn't out yet that isn't a problem really... :P

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Alpha 6 has been released for some time.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    If the modem has an Ethernet port then it should work with an older version of Firefox.

    I've a 128M PC133 RAM board that you can have if it would fit in the machine- just PM me and I'll post it to you.

    regards

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Alpha 6 has been released for some time.
    Yes, and that is not 3.0 - it is not a production release, so discussing it is premature really.

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    Re: Broadband and Windows 98

    I got Damn Small Linux running on a P133 laptop with 80MB ram. It's dual boot with Win98/firefox (poss v2) on the other partition. Both OS's connect to to a ADSL router wirelessly. I guess you'll need the modem drivers to support W98. If not just buy a 3rd party router.

    Don't listen to the first line tech support -often they just follow a script.

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