ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Hey there, i got a very old notebook(50 Mhz, 16 MB RAM, Monochrome Display) and I would like to try ReactOS on it...
I know, its under the minimum requirements but i think its worth a try :wink:
The problem is that it has only floppy and no cd, so i would need to split it up in 1,44 MB parts and install it somehow from the harddisk.
Would that be possable? And how?

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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simonmatzeder wrote:Hey there, i got a very old notebook(50 Mhz, 16 MB RAM, Monochrome Display) and I would like to try ReactOS on it...
I know, its under the minimum requirements but i think its worth a try :wink:
The problem is that it has only floppy and no cd, so i would need to split it up in 1,44 MB parts and install it somehow from the harddisk.
Would that be possable? And how?
Last time I checked, ReactOS needed 16-color VGA in order to work, so I doubt that it'll work.

Also, what type of processor is it? I seem to recall that ReactOS needs a Pentium or better to run, and 50MHz sounds like a 486 or something to me.

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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yeh, right, didn't think about that its a 486

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Why not Linux? A system with specs like this would probably be unable to run applications written over the last 5 years for the Windows family of OSes unless they were specifically written for low-spec systems. On the other hand, if the applications that are to be run on the 486 laptop are going to be specifically written, it no longer becomes necessary to have an OS from the NT family of OSes (that includes Win2000, XP and later) on it.

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Vga could be as well displayed on monochrome display:>

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Indeed. my AST 486dx did 256 greytones ;-)
ReactOS is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature-complete and is recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes.

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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It would be even good then i could get win95 on it, or anything else because win3.1 just sucks :wink:

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Post by hto »

Windows 95 can even work on a machine with 4 MB of RAM.

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Yeh i know, but the problem is how to install. It doesn't have a cd-reader, only floppy. And all the small linuxes i find are just a console and im not really a linux expert :D

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Some guys made it with an external cd-reader but its hard to get one today with dos-driver

It's a compaq contura 410 if somebody has the same :wink:

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Post by hto »

Some guys made it with an external cd-reader but its hard to get one today with dos-driver
It can be connected to another machine through a serial port.
It's a compaq contura 410 if somebody has the same :wink:
Used something like it ~15 years ago :)

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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I had an old compaq laptop too, to install win95 i started with a win 98 or ME (don't know) bootdisk and formatted the HDD to Fat. then I created a dir called winsetup.
I got the installation files to the computer via NULL-MODEM Cable with this Microsoft tool for file transfer, i forgot the name. I got it from the dos 622 setup disks.
That means you need a 2nd computer with cdrom drive and 2 custom start discs with this file transfer tool and dos cdrom driver at one of them (one for laptop and one for PC).

My meaning is that this is too much work for this old laptop, there is a shell replacement for win3.11 (Calmira XP) that makes your win 3.11 look like winXP

Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf5Voz0M ... r_embedded
You Can Download it here:http://www.abzone.be/calmira

I believe that the actual beta supports long filenames

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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yeh, i already have it :D

i just wanna have a more interesitng OS on it, like linux

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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Today i ran ReactOS successfully on my notebook through liveCD.

Specs:
Compaq Presario 12XL302
Intel Celeron 1Ghz socket 370 coppermine core
320MB RAM
Via Apollo 133 chipset (VT82C686A)
40GB HDD (didnt show up because it's NTFS, will try with an old 6GB FAT32)

I'm gonna have to see if sound will work, but i kinda doubt it...

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Re: ReactOS on an very old notebook?

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ReactOS LiveCD also works (boots to desktop and everything) on a Gateway MX6931 (From 2006). Unless new versions have regressed that support. I no longer have this laptop.

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