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Everything posted by Gansangriff

  1. If it's a hardware failure, you could also try and boot up another OS. I'd use a Puppy Linux Live CD. If there is no sound on startup ("woof woof"), the speakers are probably broken. Unless something is disabled in the BIOS settings... did you have a look there? Did you work with Live CDs already? Feel free to ask.
  2. What kind of computer do you have? A laptop? A desktop with in-built speakers? Where would the audio come out normally? Have a look at the control panel under "Sounds and Audio devices" (might be translated differently). Maybe there are different pre-settings for your headphones and your normal audio output. Check if anything is muted accidently. Also try different applications. Maybe it's just a bad setting in the video / audio program that you are using. Do you have no sound at every program?
  3. What about other "googles"? google.de, google.fr, etc. Do these load? Which version of Mypal are you using? Type "about:" in your browser, that should give us more informations.
  4. Keyboard experiences: My best keyboard is some cheap stuff, labeled HP SK-2880. Silver and black. That brings one second on a record lap in Grand Prix 2, because the keys are going very softly down, allowing a staccato of hitting the "A" key. A keyboard called Fujitsu-Siemens from around 2000 is here, no model information. Originally beige, now yellow. Windows 98 symbols and the euro sign on the "E" and plenty of function keys at the top-right, for example "DOS", "Game", "Suspend" and the button with the coffee cup. That's a standard keyboard however and does not handle more than two keys, if you hit the wrong combinations. Still a good keyboard for typing, and reliable so far. I wouldn't be afraid of mechanical keyboards or getting another keyboard in general. Of course it takes some time to get used to it. The IBM Model M (also only 2 KRO) is a tough machine. All keyboards (that are used on top of a table) should be that heavy, that gives them stability. But I don't find it too difficult to get back from the mechanical switch keyboard to a rubber mat keyboard.
  5. Off-Topic: Then tell the people at Philips first to switch the production from tulips to operating systems! Or some day, let's go the Heinz-Nixdorf-museum and weep together...
  6. All fine. Long term analysis? If you give old Windows a chance, you can use your systems until... that hardware becomes so retro that it hurts? How many years to estimate... my Windows 98 and Windows XP computers here in operation are reliable despite being 20 years old. Will the current hardware last that long? Some current computers surely will. Anyways, no drama if a computer dies, you build up experience with a certain OS and carry that onto the next hardware. If you're heading for XP and 7, that's affordable for super scrap prices now. And probably in the next 10 years too. With that, you could live for a veeeeery long time without needing a change. But again, expectations have to be in control. The old stuff doesn't get quicker, but default resolutions of pictures and videos will grow (because people are wasteful with their kilobytes). Maybe you'll have to tweak with the settings of your camera a bit to use it on an old computer. Why not use Linux for the tasks only, where it's good at? No, @Dixel, please don't get angry now, because there are at least some tasks where Linux is superior to the old Windows, like current web browsing, the powerful command line and virus protection for example. Options! Options! Options! We need options on the table! 4 computers here around the working desk. One to the left, one to the right, one below the table board and one netbook on top of the table. A multi-boot and multi-core (7 cores in total) setup. But I prefer connecting the desktops all to one screen with a KVM switch, also to have one keyboard and mouse lying on the table. Tonny, you are asking the right critical questions about the way, that computers have developed. Congratulations. (I wish I was that far with 15...)
  7. @Tonny: Do you have a necktie nearby? Anyways, let's talk business. If you learn to tinker with Linux, with all the troubles you'll encounter, that's one step in the door of the IT industry. Probably a good place to be at the moment (moneywise, if that's a concern). So the troubles with Linux will pay off, I think. Give Linux a second thought. New Windows versions won't go in the direction that you like. This comapany would rape you if it brings them money. So to have some options on the table is not the worst thing. Why the old Windows OS? Always a combination with the hardware that is in use. You can get old computers for free, but of course they are underpowered for a current Windows. Why Windows then at all if Linux is the holy grail? Some programs are better on Windows. I prefer the old PhotoImpact against mtPaint and Gimp for example. Dual-boot, get the best from both worlds, and have fun with your computer.
  8. Describe the tasks, that you expect your computer to do well. Of course you'll have to shape your expectations somewhat around your OS. Brand new killer game performances on a Windows XP and Linux won't happen. Is Windows 7 an option? Where do you bump into walls with that now, in 2021?
  9. Hehee... let's look at a dual-boot system from a more general perspective. Raw competition happens every time you switch on the power button of your computer. Which system is better for one task or another? Windows or Linux? A dual-boot system gives you the power to decide and to take best from both worlds. Therefore, on your and my scrappy old computers, LibreOffice does in fact compete against Word 97 about the task of producing texts in a more complex way than just a simple plain text file. Please consider my view as the view of a simple computer user. The programmers internals mean nothing to me, it's the result that counts. I have to operate these programs to achieve stuff. Oh, it's always interesting to hear about new features! Tell me some! I was asleep in the last 25 years. What are the brand-new office suites capabale of, that I haven't heard about? In the business world, people don't bother with Windows 98 machines anymore. They have faster equipment which is absolutely capable of running the current LibreOffice in a way so that it doesn't need 45 seconds to start. I agree 100% on the topic of LibreOffice being very important, probably one of the most important user-software on Linux. Very good to have them around. A world without LibreOffice? It would look quite dark on Linux when it comes to text production, I'd say... The audio player named "Audacious" was mentioned, which is a good example of a fine light-weight program, doing just audio. This thing can compete with Winamp 2.95 on Windows 98. Gorgeous program! Proper operation on my old Pentium 2, even large files, 2 hours long, several hundereds of megabytes being played smoothly with that Audacious. @UCyborg: Well, the age of the program doesn't matter that much, to be honest, because we are sitting here, end of 2021, with some of us having (mostly overpowered) old machines on their desks. Every computer has an optimal program to run a certain task. LibreOffice to big? Downgrade to AbiWord. Still too slow? Leafpad... oh GUIs are not available, well Nano then... to give some examples. Or mess around with older versions. What would the Windows chain be? If Word 97 is too much, then go along with Word 6.0 I suppose... Which can only be found out by testing. It's a very individual choice, what someone needs. But next I want to hear some features of the new text programms to be amazed of! @ArcticFoxie: That odd 2004 single-core with Linux Mint, well, that might be too much for it. Of course only a test would show, if you would become happy with the performance. An SSD would be the killer application hardwarewise, speeding up things quite a bit. Unfortuneatly, you're losing some programs that don't get 32-bit versions anymore nowadays. Maximising the RAM shouldn't be too difficult on that computer, as the hardware probably doesn't cost anything. For the dual-boot installation, I'd go first with Windows XP, format the disks in a way that some space for Linux is available too. Then install Salix. If the bootloader (LILO in the case of Salix) doesn't recognise one partition, stick a Puppy Linux Live CD in the drive and install the bootloader Grub4Dos, which can repair broken boot configurations. Do you have some hard drives in spare? Luxury would be seperate hard drives for Linux and the Windows partition. Because OS performance degrates the further away from the center of the magnetic plates your system is installed, so it would be unfair to have both OS on the same HDD. These disadvantages don't apply for an SSD of course. Edit: Lightweight would be the Xfce desktop. Try that one instead of Cinnamon.
  10. Regarding my comment, the LibreOffice developers would show me the finger and tell me to get out of the stone age. Their program is simply not built to run on such old computers. Maybe I'm a stubborn id***, but I don't see any major improvements in Office Suites in the last 25 years, really. PDF exporting since Office 2003 is the most important feature that I use. To be honest, a peek at Word 6.0 (of 1993) for Windows 3.11 "felt" pretty much like sitting in front of Word 97 with round buttons, but I haven't tested that in detail and realised any projects with it. So of course LibreOffice has its important place in today's computing, but I have to compare features and performance for working, regardless of whatever age this program is, so I end up with Word 97 as a solution and am always amazed by the amout of power that LibreOffice needs to achieve the same things. Sorry, it looks like I measured something different, which was the RAM usage on startup in fact. My mistake! To tell you the truth, Word 97 has plenty of flaws. And one has to get used to them, probably find ways around them, and then one can do fantastic projects with the program. Now what would have been, if I as a 4-year-old would have been sat in front if a Linux machine instead of Windows 98? Much likely I would have gotten used to the flaws of the Linux programs instead and worked with them. Regarding lightweight browsers for Linux, Midori was a good choice on the Pentium 2, but that was 5 years ago. Unfortuneatly, it was left behind by the newer encryption standards in my distro then. For computers without enough CPU power, w3m might be an option as a capable text-browser. It can be navigated with a mouse and does everything it displays obviously quick.
  11. Absolutely appaling performance of LibreOffice! OpenOffice has a slightly better performance than LibreOffice on my small Linux netbook, probably because it's older in the core program. But still, it never justifies the amount of power that is needed in comparison to old texting programs. I've tested the lightweight AbiWord on Linux some years ago, but was unhappy with the way it worked with tables. Open Office Writer 4.1.7 (2019) on Salix-Linux 106,2 MB Microsoft Word 97 on Windows XP 5,7 MB Dammit, I forgot the name of another well-performing office program for Linux! All I remember it was made by a dutch developer and there was a medieval painting in black/white, showing a man with curly hair, at the title screen. That office program performed well on a Pentium 2 I remember.
  12. Hm... how were the standard graphical settings for Windows 98... showing the window, while it's being pushed or pulled seems to somewhat affect the performance, if the system is already busy with some other stuff. I found this under right-click Desktop, Properties, then the fourth category is called "Effects". Then there is a list of some visual effects. Or is that because I have TweakUI installed? TweakUI is a useful program anyways, where a lot of hidden things can be set. I actually have no real evidence for this, but I believe, that using a pattern or a single-coloured plain as the desktop background makes the system quicker. Also the "Active desktop" feature, making your desktop so incredibly interactive that it hurts, is a waste of CPU power in my opinion. (to find that, open some folder, the third category called "View", last option "options of the folders"). HTML in the folders... tssss, is my file manager a web browser or what? Also check the Autostart, if there is some nonsense ticked on (Run: msconfig, last category is "Autostart"). For example if Microsoft Word is installed, then some programs called something like "Office Start" and "Microsoft Indexing" are loaded too.
  13. Maybe another device has to do the screen recording for you than your old Windows 98 computer. I did this once through plugging the Composite video output of my normal graphics card (ATI Rage something...) to my VHS player. And so the computer screen appeared in the television, ready to be recorded on tape. Probably you could set up a newer computer, being equipped with a good grahpics card that can recieve signals, recording the screen output for you. At least I can say that working VGA-to-HDMI adapters do exist, so if the signal should arrive at your recieving machine.
  14. I've found a nice little feature in Invidious, the alternative Youtube interface. You can download Youtube videos right to your Windows 98 computer. Tested with a TLS-patched Netscape. When going to a video site, it says "Download as:", then there is a wide choice of video and audio-only formats. Currently, the instance at invidious.snopyta.org makes a healthy look now. But that can change rather quickly, as instances come and go, and need to close down when the load on them becomes too much or Google changes their code to block them.
  15. @Wunderbar98 Might I ask, which would be the cheapest computer in Canada? And where to get them? From a second-hand store? That wouldn't be the case here in Germany, getting computers from private people is often more affordable, because they don't sell them for profit. 15 Euros for a Pentium 4... or 4 and a half big macs (the burger) for that price. P4 computers of around 2002-2006 are currently at the lowest price point. Ebay-Kleinanzeigen is the most widespread site here (but it is Google-problematic). Here on the link, I did search for "PC" below 15 Euros. https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-pcs/preis:2:15/pc/k0c228 Doesn't look too bad, doesn't it? Of course the absolute cheapest way of getting a computer would be to own a scrapyard or know the owner of the scrapyard well. Zero Euros or Dollars can't be beaten.
  16. Aye! The two Salix-machines are running well and setting sail for... well, whatever there is to reach. No other Linux ships in my fleet. They sunk on the way here or were put out of order. Oh. That lights up the question, why I switched to a Slackware-based system. Salix, once set up, that's pretty much "the solution that works all the time". Changes always have a possibility of failure. And they can't be tested 100% for everyone and everything. No matter of patches being made by a big company or a heap of individual programmers, scattered over the world. And I've seen Linux computers failing to boot after updates. Surprise! That happens! So don't try to sell me this as gold, because it isn't. However in comparison every Windows when it's new and needs constant updates has the stability of ooze to be honest. Let me play an angry customer: Whoa! Are you selling me this as gold now? Here is my Epson D92. Linux driver installed, prints, happy happy. Until one of the inks was finished. Now which one, tell me! 'cause this printer of around 2008 has no display. The Windows program did tell me that. On Linux, there is a command line utility, which has to be researched first. And doesn't look good. And is complicated. I just want to print! Now! (Angry Customer mode off) By the way, the Epson D92 was one of the last ink printers with Windows 98 drivers. A difficult recommendation, because it occasionally failed to recognise single ink cartridges, which had to be replaced then (expensively). I think the evil printer did this deliberatlely... My computers are needed for creative processes of all kind. The result counts and easy ways up to that are preferred. Some workflows are easier with Linux, some are better with Windows. I want to say, that I don't look after computers only for the reason of looking after computers. They are workhorses in a stable. Or ships in a fleet. Let's look back to the original question. Why there is a certain grumpyness about Linux here. Well, were those some examples? And again, you should consider yourself lucky with the hardware, that works well for you. I have made probably 50 Linux installations for me and other people and have dozens of examples, where things didn't work as well as with Windows. And that's why people are getting grumpy with Linux on the desktop.
  17. Greetings to Poland. Could you try and reinstall AutoCAD? Maybe one critical file for the program got a "bit error" over the years. Bits are falling apart over time, unfortuneatly. Further testing: Stick another hard drive in your computer and re-install Windows XP and try to install AutoCAD then again.
  18. Hehe, well... a certain amount of "luck" is necessary to have all the hardware at home being Linux-compatible, I'd say. One could look it up beforehand... but let's get fictional to show up a problem of hardware detection. There are these revisions having similar names like T80, T80A, T80B, T80v2, T80v2.5, T80v2.5-2008, T80v2.5-2009, of which half was being being produced in China, and the other half was being prouced in Taiwan, but the the Taiwan model had a replaced chip that has no Linux driver, while the China model had the good chip until a certain year... It can get incredbly confusing to look these things up for Linux compatibilty. No, I'm done with this hide and seek. Of course this is an exaggeration of the problem of not properly naming devices. And it was an exception happening with rather cheap hardware. Maybe proper companies behave more consistent? Solution for scanners: Get 3 old scanners for nothing from somewhere, one will be likely to do the job. I want a solution that works all the time! And that's the brute force method of hardware choice. Fortuneatly my first scanner was a good one, so the procedure could be stopped after one scanner, but WLAN cards, as I said, have some in stock for your upcoming laptops. I'd suggest to new Linux users to use the Xfce desktop at first, and if that runs super perfectly smooth and becomes to look "boring" or "eeek, 90s" then try out more ressource-heavy environments like KDE or similar. Or experimental stuff like Ubuntu and Fedora. Testing a lot is important!
  19. Wouldn't it be better to use Windows 98 in a virtual machine? Because the laptop is quite new, and Windows 98 drivers won't be available. But a VM wouldn't have the best performance for testing Minecraft.
  20. Once, I was propagating Linux even stronger too, writing articles for my local Linux group. One was titled "Linux needs less energy". The testing computer was a Pentium 3 with 600 MHz, and it needed 44W in idling mode under Windows XP. And under Linux... it was just 34W! Of course that's only half of the story, because after moving the mouse and using the CPU, they both had an equal energy consumption. And Windows XP wasn't the most friendly choice for that old computer, too. But it served the Linux propaganda well! I'd conclude that a successful Linux installation depends on the luck to have the right hardware. Salvaging the WLAN cards from scrappy laptops is therefore important, because it can happen with newer hardware, but with older hardware too, that there is no compatible Linux driver available for the WLAN card. Gaming is more optimised on Windows. DirectX looks like a pretty strong graphics API. I currently got into Supertuxkart on my power Linux machine (which is a small mini PC with integrated Intel graphics...), running it on the lowest settings. Some games on my Windows 98 machine looked better, with a quarter of the CPU power! Same goes for GPU memory. LibreOffice... this will never hold a candle to Word 97 in terms of efficency. I remember using it on the bespoken P3, wasn't great, lagged around. Hey, of course I can wait 1 second for my keystroke to respond, but that's not nice. OpenOffice, which is basically an older version of LibreOffice, would have been a better choice. For Salix users, there is a sperate package in the repositories. However using Linux is more important than complaining, therefore I take all the disadvantages, that Linux clearly has, and try to build my way around them. That's only possible with a certain amount of autonomy to gather informations through the web. But the empire mustn't win!
  21. Hey! But hard drives have fallen out of fashion, haven't they? Nobody wants to use them anymore, because they perform slower than SSDs. Obviously Windows 10 might be too much with a standard HDD, at least those were the rumours. If there is one piece of tech that should be easily accessable, it should be classical hard drives. Let it be 10 years old and only have 100 GB (maybe a smaller sized notebook hard drive). You'll never use the whole space if you're not a pro-gamer, playing current games with 10 GB of patches every week, or if you're mining the Chia coin, or building up a video archive. Finding hard drives is easy. Pick up a broken laptop or have a look inside a A3 photo copier. I wouldn't continue to work with a hard drive that starts failing and has bad sectors. That's the beginning of the end of that drive. Same goes for USB sticks or floppy disks. Coming back to the title of this thread: What change (in terms of hard drives)? The only constant are my 20 year old Seagate hard drives, the one with a fish drawn onto it. That must be one of the reliable Seagate models. I've stuffed these computers three times in a moving van, travelled across the country, and these 30 GB hard drives are still in operation. Hopefully they'll do another decade.
  22. @Mr.Scienceman2000 Yes, Salix as a niche-Linux can lead your path to dependency hell, if the package isn't officially available. Maybe have a peek at "AppImages", the new hot stuff, that have bundled everything alltogether. Might work, too!
  23. @Wunderbar98: Dillo feels a little bit unfinished to me, but its good to have its lightness as an option. What about Netsurf on your system? And if the PC would be even older, what about w3m, text browser with mouse functions? Maybe as a hint, if your dual-boot breaks somehow. Then I insert a Puppy-Linux Live CD, which has the menu entry GRUB4DOS somewhere. It installs a rather simple looking bootloader for you. In case the current bootloader got messed up or misconfigured. On Linux, you have to have "luck" with your hardware. Scanner might not work, wireless card is not recognised, printer may lack features... it depends on the things in use. Fortuneatly, all this can be tested with a live CD. (or a live USB system, which allows trying out Linux first before installing it) But no, for me, the driver situation was slightly more problematic on Linux than on Windows. And then we have all the different distros. The choice is overwhelming! I started with Lubuntu 14.04. Now, we have 20.04 as LTS, but oh dear, what have the developers been doing? Important functions are missing now, that were present back then. Give me a menu to reinstall the languages, please, like on Xfce desktops! If the current Lubuntu would have been my first meet-up with Linux... life might have been totally different and I wouldn't have put a plush penguin looking out of my window at all! Meeting up with a local Linux user group was the right choice for me. And now I've ended up with Salix, Slackware-based. 32-Bit computers to the front, you're still needed! Linux was worth my time. It can be a pain, but it empowers the user. We need to learn to suffer more! The big companies are using convenience to catch us!
  24. I have a mouse story for you. You can repair broken parts with psychology, trust me! Well, at least sometimes. It happens to me since a decade or so. The allmighty reliable horse, the Windows 98 computer of my parents, being the main computer in their house from 1999 to 2011. With the original keyboard and mouse. Nowadays, this specific computer is switched on like every quater year. I as a user of different keyboards and mouses have to adapt to my former keyboard, the very same keyboard, on which I taught myself typing through writing down Formula One racing results from books, using the same keys which my 5-year old hands touched many, many years ago. The mouse was heavily used too, and the right button doesn't click perfectly anymore. Right-click... doesn't work. Click harder... doesn't work either. Click softer... ah! Menu opens up! We have a result! So oneself adapts to the "clicking" point of the mouse, being able to use it again. Also, the very specific location, where the finger hits the mouse button, is important. This procedure repeats itself since 10 years now, but the mouse just doesn't want to give up! And after try-and-error, it's useable again... repaired with psychology. Question: Why did the right mouse button wear out quicker? The left one was used more often I think! Maybe the mouse got dropped badly. Fun-facts: The keyboard is not performant enough for my stakkatos of keystrokes in games like Grand Prix 2 or Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The old keyboard actually feels very poor and used, compared to other keyboards. But every time I get back to it, give me a day and I'm back in the rhythm. And finding out how to "repair" a ball-mouse through scratching the dirt and dust off the inner wheels was quite a rewarding feeling I recall as a kid. Might have been my start to get deeper into computers.
  25. Your situation with the Iphone 5S sounds like Apple being dodgy as usual with technology, that they don't want to see around anymore. For work, I got some dated Android phone of a college, which is a 4G-capable phone. The 3G mobile network is already shut off in Germany to save costs. So this smartphone uses 4G plus 2G as a fallback in rural areas, as this is what is available for now. So that smartphone is operateable, despite not being a brand-new 5G thing. Of course 4G will bite the dust sooner or later in your area, when the telecommunications companies are satisfied with the 5G network. Maybe you could take the SIM card out of the Iphone, go and meet someone in your local town who sells a phone so that you can test it beforehand... however the SIM card size must be the same.

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