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GusCE6

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  1. Although the Puppy Linux problem is still there- running the modified browsers with WINE takes much too long with Deviantart.com- it works well within tolerable limits in XP mode on that ancient Sony. So the people here managed to overcome the stupidity and inefficient actions of people out to complicate things for older hardware. This proves that with good software old hardware need not be obsolete. That is a real accomplishment. Thanks from anyone with older hardware unable to "upgrade," and keep up the good work.
  2. Sorry about leaving that out- that Sony is Windows XP Home Edition. It also has 32MB video RAM, although SwiftShader may add to that, given how often it solves "C0000005" error messages. Funny thing- I downloaded Beetlebug 3 and tried to run it. Failure, not uncommon with that Sony. Dropped in SwiftShader, game worked but was too clumsy to play well due to not-so-good frame rate. Set it to "windowed" mode as usual (default was "fullscreen"), shut it down, then on a hunch tried again without SwiftShader- game works great. It crashes in fullscreen mode clearly, and without SwiftShader there would have been no way to get it running- I could not find a way to manually set it. It has been a bad week. My mother died from covid. Yesterday I had to make the funeral arrangements, and the medical bills may wipe me out. I'm not really able to concentrate too well, I guess. How could I have left out something that basic?
  3. Sorry for the delay, but I was quarantined with covid, then occupied with trying to keep everything together here- not to mention static with a hospital, and how I was essentially told a relative was dead when she wasn't. Then it got...weird. I've been rather busy... Well, the title isn't quite accurate- one game, "Elementals: The Magic Key" does work. In order to get that game working one must use SwiftShader 2.1. Once that's dropped into the game folder it works nicely. A similar-looking game, "Mystery of Mortlake Mansion," gives the same error messages as "Elementals" if SwiftShader is not there, but it does not work- the icon appears on the bottom bar, you can get the frame, but the only other thing is that all icons on the desktop shimmer. That's it. The other games from this company also need SwiftShader, but there is a problem: images are out of alignment, apparently down and left. Random clicking indicates the games work, but they are "hidden object" games so they are unplayable. These games include "Farmscapes," "Fishdom," "Gardenscapes 1 & 2," and "Gardenscapes Mansion Makeover." The latter three have a dog that reminds me of one I used to have. Using SwiftShader with the Dell or the mighty ASUS- both of which can properly handle "Gardenscapes" by itself without any help- creates the same problem. If there is an answer with 3D-Analyze I do not know what it is. I will attach images to show what I mean. Sony: 2001 VAIO, Pentium 3 800MHz processor, 16/24 Bit Color, DirectX 9 installed according to DXDIAG (note that SwiftShader handles this when used), 1024h x 768v resolution (same as Dell), Intel Integrated chip. Last known drivers installed. As you can see some things are properly placed, but the first one should have many more things in it. It seems as though XML files determine where things will be placed. Altering the numbers (there are hundreds) only affects a few items, like on the title screen. Notice how the title screen when loading looks normal, but when the bar is complete how everything shifts. The house should have images of rooms in the windows, but as you can see...again, down and left. Any help here? This is literally one of the only competent sites I know of. By the by- where is the "My Browser Builds" thread?
  4. Basilisk 52 in Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3: Application Basics ------------------ Name: Basilisk Version: 52.9.0 (32-bit) Build ID: 20210604020325 User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:68.0) Gecko/20100101 Goanna/4.8 Firefox/68.0 Basilisk/52.9.0 OS: Windows_NT 5.1 Multiprocess Windows: 0/1 (Disabled) Safe Mode: false Extensions ---------- Name: adaware ad block Version: 1.5.2.0 Enabled: true ID: AdBlockerLavaSoftFF@lavasoft.com Name: ?Matrix Version: 4.4.9 Enabled: true ID: eMatrix@vannilla.org Graphics -------- Features Compositing: Basic GPU Accelerated Windows: 0/1 Basic (OMTC) Blocked for your graphics driver version. Try updating your graphics driver to version 6.1400.1000.5218 or newer. Asynchronous Pan/Zoom: none WebGL 1 Driver WSI Info: - WebGL 1 Driver Renderer: WebGL creation failed: * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Exhausted GL driver caps. WebGL 1 Driver Version: - WebGL 1 Driver Extensions: - WebGL 1 Extensions: - WebGL 2 Driver WSI Info: - WebGL 2 Driver Renderer: WebGL creation failed: * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Exhausted GL driver caps. WebGL 2 Driver Version: - WebGL 2 Driver Extensions: - WebGL 2 Extensions: - Hardware H264 Decoding: No Audio Backend: winmm Direct2D: Blocked for your graphics driver version. Try updating your graphics driver to version 6.1400.1000.5218 or newer. DirectWrite: false (0.0.0.0) GPU #1 Active: Yes Description: Intel(R) 82815 Graphics Controller (Microsoft Corporation) Vendor ID: 0x8086 Device ID: 0x1132 Driver Version: 6.13.1.3198 Driver Date: 6-8-2001 Drivers: i81xdnt5 Subsys ID: 00000000 RAM: Unknown Diagnostics AzureCanvasAccelerated: 0 AzureCanvasBackend: skia AzureContentBackend: cairo AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo Decision Log D3D11_COMPOSITING: unavailable by runtime: Direct3D11 not available on this computer D3D9_COMPOSITING: Blocklisted; failure code BLOCKLIST_FEATURE_FAILURE_DL_BLACKLIST_g511 DIRECT2D: unavailable by default: Direct2D is not available on Windows XP D3D11_HW_ANGLE: disabled by env: D3D11 compositing is disabled Important Modified Preferences ------------------------------ browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400 browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: false browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: false browser.cache.frecency_experiment: 1 browser.download.importedFromSqlite: true browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 8 browser.privatebrowsing.autostart: true browser.sessionstore.upgradeBackup.latestBuildID: 20210604020325 browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20210604020325 browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 4.8.0 browser.tabs.drawInTitlebar: false browser.urlbar.daysBeforeHidingSuggestionsPrompt: 3 browser.urlbar.lastSuggestionsPromptDate: 20210709 dom.max_script_run_time: 0 extensions.lastAppVersion: 52.9.0 gfx.blacklist.direct2d: 3 gfx.blacklist.direct2d.failureid: FEATURE_FAILURE_DL_BLACKLIST_g984 gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d9: 3 gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d9.failureid: FEATURE_FAILURE_DL_BLACKLIST_g511 gfx.blacklist.suggested-driver-version: 6.1400.1000.5218 gfx.crash-guard.d3d11layers.appVersion: 52.9.0 gfx.crash-guard.d3d11layers.deviceID: 0x1132 gfx.crash-guard.d3d11layers.driverVersion: 6.13.1.3198 gfx.crash-guard.d3d11layers.feature-d2d: false gfx.crash-guard.d3d11layers.feature-d3d11: true gfx.crash-guard.status.d3d11layers: 2 gfx.direct2d.disabled: true media.gmp-gmpopenh264.enabled: false media.gmp-manager.buildID: 20210604020325 media.gmp-manager.lastCheck: 1633825034 media.gmp.storage.version.observed: 1 media.hardware-video-decoding.failed: false network.cookie.prefsMigrated: true network.dns.disablePrefetch: true network.http.speculative-parallel-limit: 0 network.predictor.cleaned-up: true network.prefetch-next: false places.database.lastMaintenance: 1629226521 places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 17755 plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf plugin.state.npdrmv: 2 plugin.state.npdsplay: 2 plugin.state.npwmsdrm: 2 privacy.donottrackheader.enabled: true privacy.sanitize.timeSpan: 0 security.default_personal_cert: Select Automatically security.disable_button.openCertManager: false security.disable_button.openDeviceManager: false security.OCSP.enabled: 0 services.sync.declinedEngines: storage.vacuum.last.index: 1 storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1628371357 webgl.angle.force-d3d11: true webgl.angle.force-warp: true webgl.bypass-shader-validation: true webgl.force-enabled: true Important Locked Preferences ---------------------------- Places Database --------------- JavaScript ---------- Incremental GC: true Accessibility ------------- Activated: false Prevent Accessibility: 0 Library Versions ---------------- NSPR Expected minimum version: 4.24 Version in use: 4.24 NSS Expected minimum version: 3.48.5 Version in use: 3.48.5 NSSSMIME Expected minimum version: 3.48.5 Version in use: 3.48.5 NSSSSL Expected minimum version: 3.48.5 Version in use: 3.48.5 NSSUTIL Expected minimum version: 3.48.5 Version in use: 3.48.5 ********************************************** ********************************************** ********************************************** About:Support from Palemoon 27 SSE (Linux) Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid Mode: Application Basics ------------------ Name: Pale Moon Version: 27.9.4SSE Build ID: 20180717181801 User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:3.4) Goanna/20180717 PaleMoon/27.9.4SSE OS: Linux 2.6.33.2 Multiprocess Windows: 0/1 (default: false) Safe Mode: false Extensions ---------- Graphics -------- Adapter Description: GLXtest process failed (exited with status 1): GLX extension missing GPU Accelerated Windows: 0/1 Basic Blocked for your graphics driver version. Try updating your graphics driver to version <Anything with EXT_texture_from_pixmap support> or newer. WebGL Renderer: Blocked for your graphics card because of unresolved driver issues. windowLayerManagerRemote: false AzureCanvasBackend: skia AzureContentBackend: cairo AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo AzureSkiaAccelerated: 0 Important Modified Preferences ------------------------------ browser.cache.disk.capacity: 215040 browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: false browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: false browser.download.importedFromSqlite: true browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4 browser.search.update: false browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20180717181801 browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 3.4.2 dom.disable_open_during_load: false dom.disable_window_showModalDialog: false dom.max_script_run_time: 0 extensions.lastAppVersion: 27.9.4SSE general.useragent.compatMode: 0 image.http.accept: image/webp,image/jxr,image/png,image/*;q=0.8,*/*;q=0.5 media.format-reader.mp4: false media.fragmented-mp4.enabled: false media.gmp.decoder.enabled: true media.mediasource.format-reader.mp4: false network.cookie.prefsMigrated: true places.database.lastMaintenance: 1633001383 places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 10000 plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: plugin.importedState: true plugin.state.gecko-mediaplayer-qt: 0 privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: true security.default_personal_cert: Select Automatically security.disable_button.openCertManager: false security.OCSP.enabled: 0 storage.vacuum.last.index: 0 storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1633001383 webgl.force-enabled: true Important Locked Preferences ---------------------------- Places Database --------------- JavaScript ---------- Incremental GC: true Accessibility ------------- Activated: false Prevent Accessibility: 1 Library Versions ---------------- NSPR Expected minimum version: 4.16 Version in use: 4.16 NSS Expected minimum version: 3.32.1 Version in use: 3.32.1 NSSSMIME Expected minimum version: 3.32.1 Version in use: 3.32.1 NSSSSL Expected minimum version: 3.32.1 Version in use: 3.32.1 NSSUTIL Expected minimum version: 3.32.1 Version in use: 3.32.1 Experimental Features --------------------- Note: There is a PET file which will install a form of OpenGL in Puppy Linux but it makes things run HOPELESSLY slow. If there is another way to do this I do not know of it. Overall, the above does not look very promising. However, even at my level of skill I've found ways to get a number of things running that never would run: with 3D-Analyze, SwiftShader 2.0/2.1, ScummVM (which needs SwiftShader 2.1), and Puppy Linux roughly two dozen games and an app run. So you never know. It's worth a try.
  5. To get the WebGL running.
  6. I'm afraid I'm not sure what to think or do here? If it's just a file can I download it directly? Where exactly do I put it- in the browser folder with the EXE file? Does it work on a Pentium 3 (no SSE2 instruction set!) device? Is there a particular version needed?
  7. That's the whole point I've been trying to make- hardware acceleration DOES exist and DOES work on that old Sony! The curious part is that it is not always there. For example, it absolutely is there for "Bejeweled 1-2" and "Plants Vs. Zombies." But for others it isn't. The checkbox in any of the Firefox browsers is always checked by default for "hardware acceleration." I'm simply looking to get WebGL games working, I know it would be slow. That's not the point, just getting it running is. There are ample 3D games that work nicely on that old laptop. What I want to know is how to return browsers using WebGL to normal. My tinkering messed it up somewhat, how to get it back to default- and how to absolutely get a browser to actually use SwiftShader?
  8. Well, I tinkered around some with the ABOUT:CONFIG settings on Palemoon 28 and a version of Firefox 45 ESR along with SwiftShader 2.1 and 3.0 and did end up with, shall we say, curious results. First I tried using 3D-Analyze but this did absolutely nothing one way or the other. It seems to be a dead end, neither positive nor negative. Then SwiftShader. SwiftShader was originally meant to help people with computers that did not have proper graphics chips or cards. Version 2.1 has three files: "d3d8.dll," d3d9.dll," and "SwiftShader.ini;" you simply copy these three files into the game or program folder where the EXE file is. What SwiftShader does is act as a sort of graphics card. It intercepts a game's rendering calls and handles them itself- since it's software-based this can slow things down but it can get many things working, usually within acceptable levels. A partial list of things it has gotten running on the 2001 Sony includes the SCUMMVM app (so "Foxtail," "LOOM," and "MYST" are covered), "Deepica" and the "Plumeboom" games, "Elementals the Magic Key," the three "Sprill" games, "Farm Frenzy," "Ancient Wonderland," "Fiber Twig Midnight Puzzle," Steam's "Inherit the Earth," and "Wizard's Spell Deadly Curse." Obviously it's not a cure-all but it can and has covered DirectX 8 and 9 problems as well as OpenGL. Seeing this line in ABOUT:CONFIG webgl.renderer-string-override I changed it from a blank to the location of the SwiftShader "d3d9.dll" file which was placed in the browser's folder. C:\Users\GusCE6\Downloads\00_New Browsers\palemoon-28.10.3a1.win32-git-20210626-c9bf62e0b-uxp-a0461e377-xpmod-sse\palemoon\d3d9.dll SO- open up the file for the offline WebGL game "HexGL" racing game, and try it out. It worked- sort of. It was all there except the actual track (this game is floating in the sky above the clouds), which seemed to be hovering far overhead- so you were in effect on an invisible track. The track was there, you just couldn't see it. The clouds and buildings seemed to be where they belong. I figured that was the result of the game not playing entirely nice with SwiftShader. And that was not an illogical assumption. The Playrix "Gardenscape" games, among the others, only work on the Sony with SwiftShader but most of the objects are down to the lower left corner so they are unplayable- only "Elementals the Magic Key" works properly. So why not here? Then it got interesting. Very interesting. Doing this with the same browser in the same way on the Sony had absolutely no effect whatsoever. It was still "WEBGL NOT SUPPORTED." Hmmm- curious. This happened both in XP and Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid modes. The "SwiftShader.ini" file gives you a number of settings, including the ability to disable rendering altogether- you'd get a blank screen. But no setting change had any effect with the ASUS. Becoming suspicious, I replaced the "d3d9.dll" file with the 3.0 version which, being a Demo, has the SWIFTSHADER logo in the corner- nothing. So I removed the SwiftShader files altogether. Nothing changed. Nothing whatsoever. The game still had that same weird problem. SwiftShader never did anything apparently, rather it was the act of simply pointing the rendering elsewhere that did it. Changing the ABOUT:CONFIG settings back to normal did nothing, and restarting the computer now after the title screen and the controls screen all you get is a blank screen. No sounds, it never gets to the game. So try an earlier version of Firefox 45 ESR, it works fine- try the one I tested it's back to that weird track-in-the-skies-high-above effect. Palemoon 28 still has the blank screen never reaches the game because I haven't tried an earlier or later version yet. Note that I tried "Colorzzle" on Armor Games with Palemoon 28 and it seems to work normally. That offline racing game still does not work, though. That is strange since it works with any browser not tinkered around with. I use these browsers for testing, and the ASUS is mighty hard to foul up. I also have everything backed up, so a hard reset is no big deal. Since it is a Dual-Boot system I can go into Puppy Linux mode if need be, and on the ASUS 90+% of Windows programs and games will run courtesy of WINE. All right- how do you get things back to normal with a given browser for WebGL, and how do you actually get them to use SwiftShader? If rendering is the problem and the Sony's hardware is not blacklisted then at least in theory it should work. Technical Specifications for 2001 Sony: Intel Integrated Chip, Pentium 3 Processor 800MHz, 16/24 Bit Color, 1024h x 768h resolution, DXDIAG claims DirectX 9 installed and the spinning cube tests all work, so there it is I guess.
  9. Is it true that WebGL needs a 64-Bit system to work? If so, then that's the problem and barring some technical wizardry one that cannot be solved. I tried a downloaded WebGL program on the somewhat superior 2002 Dell, which has a GeForce2 Go graphics chip and a Pentium 4 processor. The WebGL game fails to work on it, too. It is another XP device. It, like the Sony, is 32-Bit. Only the ASUS is 64-Bit and only the ASUS can run it. An equivalent Flash game- "Ion Drift Racer"- works fine on the Sony and does not require nearly as much power. Once people begin to realize that cross-browser compatibility and browser upgrades (i.e. changes) can cause a game to fail they will miss Flash with its single standard and the fact that after years, or even two decades, you could count on it working.
  10. I never saw Unity on the Online version.
  11. Well, DirectX 9.0c games DO work on it. And if push comes to shove one can try SwiftShader 2.1, which has gotten other programs running (it enables DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0). It intercepts calls and in effect acts as a sort of alternate video card. You could also try 3D-Analyze for something. Assuming you are right about that being the problem would trying to run a browser in this way enable it to work? But this irritates me in more ways than you can guess. Obviously the ASUS can handle anything the Internet cares to throw at it, but poor people are out of luck- again. When Flash-SWF was the standard for this sort of thing (e.g. "Colorzzle" demo) there was no problem for people stuck with older devices- the ONLY SWF game that has ever failed to run on that Sony is "Norby," and that could be a RAM issue (although "Gemcraft: Chasing Shadows" SWF runs just fine, as do "Plants vs. Zombies" and "Cubis Creatures"). All because of Steve Jobs' sour grapes.
  12. Whenever trying a WebGL game like "Colorzzle" online with a browser like "Basilisk 52" on the XP Sony I always get an error message stating that the browser cannot handle WebGL. However, on the ASUS the same exact browser does. As do others. Is it the limited hardware (e.g. SSE2), or the fact that neither XP nor Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid can handle it? If so, is there a safe way to get it running? Thank you.
  13. I have tried Deviantart again with Basilisk 52, this time with Windows XP. This library has wifi that DOES allow use of XP. Still slow, but well within tolerable levels. There is no doubt that extension that filters out unwanted servers and aspects is a big help. The problem is clearly that in Puppy Linux mode "heavy" websites that are very demanding- as well as demanding SWF files offline- causes trouble. However, while in XP mode the Deviantart problem is solved. The people here are actually doing something to prevent waste and more pollution by keeping older systems going, and I want to be one of them. Someone here has suggested that the old laptop can in fact handle 512 MB RAM. I do not know if he is right, but if he is right then it will absolutely be a huge help. In fact, if it turns out that he is right and a laptop the manufacturer itself- Sony- is wrong and it can be boosted beyond the normal 256 MB limit then this website should have a listing of devices and their true upper limits. If this person is right then he must be given full credit for the idea. Thank you all here.
  14. I have tried that plugin to filter out unwanted sites and the results on Deviantart.com have been very disappointing so far- except for one thing. This was with Basilisk 52 SSE and Firefox 45 ESR SSE. I do not know what "static.parastorage.com" is used for, but it is absolutely the problem. You cannot filter out any aspect of it, and if you simply exclude it you cannot Reply, Comment, Journal, or Literature- which means you're better off using Palemoon 27. That server ONLY seems to do something once you are logged in, which would explain why things seem to work better with offline testing. I cannot test one aspect because when you scroll down it tries to scroll back up- endlessly. When that server is involved it makes everything hopelessly slow on old hardware. UPDATE: If you could leave out the static.parastorage.com's CSS files it loads much faster but it scrolls back up by itself. You can block this site, but blocking its elements will cause trouble. If not for the self-scrolling it would work. The way I see it there are two options, assuming I can ever get started on this sort of thing: 1) Cook up a non-proxy browser that acts like Opera Mini able to handle these things- not easy I'd imagine. 2) Modify Palemoon 27 juuuussssst enough to deal with Deviantart.
  15. I have tried that plugin to filter out unwanted sites and the results on Deviantart.com have been very disappointing so far- except for one thing. I do not know what "static.parastorage.com" is used for, but it is absolutely the problem. You cannot filter out any aspect of it, and if you simply exclude it you cannot Reply, Comment, Journal, or Literature- which means you're better off using Palemoon 27. When that server is involved it makes everything hopelessly slow on old hardware.
  16. Once I gain any any talent in recompiling browsers (ain't going to happen if I don't get some starter instructions and help) there are a number of things I'd like to try: 1) Don't woryy about the ASUS and working on browsers. I can assure you that will be NO problem, not for a laptop that can run "World of Tanks" with library wifi on best settings- on a USB stick. 2) My goal is to make old hardware useful again. THE main thing for most people would be a good browser able to do things on the Internet. 3) One obvious thing to try would be a browser that acts like Opera Mini but is not a proxy browser. In this case it would also simply filter out anything the user wants to filter out, and this would include a document- say an XLM document- you would add things to, say "google analytics," whatever. My version would also include something like "*qualtrics.com" so if ANYTHING includes that last part it will be excluded- so making a dynamic random sequence will not work. It would not show anything animated, no videos, etc. UNLESS you click on it. A tag with "MP4" would appear telling you about such a thing, ideally if such a stream could be shunted through a standalone media player old devices could do it. NOTE: This is not just a theory. Several years ago, using the ever-reliable ASUS, I isolated the streaming URL of "The Rockford Files"- MP4 AVC H.264 240p- plugged the url into the TCPMP Player on the crummy Windows CE netbook with its available 42MB RAM...and it worked perfectly. In that way the Sony could do better. 4) Again, a way to get audio-only. On Twitch TV some streams do not go below 720p, once or twice I saw 1080p; there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that will ever work on an old laptop- for 1080p even the ASUS has trouble at that site- but audio-only? In theory at least should work. Twitch Radio vs. Nothing At All, not a difficult choice, no? 5) My best bet is to first start working on simple modifications- getting my feet wet. By the way, it seems I was wrong, Palemoon 28 does not work fully with Deviantart, unless I am doing something wrong.
  17. I have tried that on Basilisk 52(?) on the ASUS. Of course the ASUS itself can tackle anything Deviantart throws at it with a yawn, but using that add-on shows great promise. I have already seen that eliminating half+ of what is involved does NOT affect the site itself. On the Sony, assuming that add-on works in both XP and Puppy Linux modes (a big "if"), then that may well do it. Thank you!
  18. What I need is a way to install Steam offline. The problem is that the XP Sony (2001 VAIO) only has one USB port. In order to use the library WIFI I must use a USB Wifi stick (Panda Wireless). Using a splitter usually does not work very well. I also want to install Steam on a USB stick since that laptop does NOT have much memory, only 40GB all total. Period. Games that work offline (note that GOG is the best way to go, or other standalones) for an XP 2001 Sony VAIO Pentium 3: Gingertip's "Foxtail" Half-Life Bejeweled 1-3 (for 3 hardware acceleration does not work for the VAIO) Bejeweled Twist (no hardware acceleration but quite acceptable) Sid Meier's Pirates! 2K but with certain issues (due to power limitations of the laptop) Sanctuary Black. Also runs in Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid with WINE, no problem Fiber Twig 2 Tanglewood if Gens emulator is used. The needed file is there with the Steam download. Brave Furries (works on XP Dell with GeForce mobile chip 2002) Card City Nights (again on Dell, NOT on Sony VAIO (C000001D)) Tachyon Roller Coaster Tycoon (oldie but goodie!) Gemcraft Chasing Shadows and Catch a Duck are the Flash versions- but they work, so...
  19. Thank you for the link, it saves me the trouble of trying to find specific versions for the ASUS! The best the Sony can handle is 48 (Pentium 3), but for basic testing with the ASUS these will help- I know 52 can do it, so what I'm looking for is somewhere between the two, assuming 52 isn't the first. Now, could someone please tell me how to go about modifying browsers? For example, what kind of software (decompiler?) is used?
  20. Guess you don't know this one. Its original RAM spec was 128MB, I upgraded it to its maximum possible: 256MB. That's it. Really, if it could have been upgraded beyond that don't you think I would have?
  21. And of course only NOW does it occur to me to ask the obvious: which would be the earliest gecko version able to properly handle Deviantart? If you could link me to an archive of such browsers I'd just test each and every one until I found the earliest. This would give my own efforts a reference point, assuming I ever get started.
  22. Could someone please show me how to get started with modifying browsers? In particular I'm interested in Palemoon 27; first(?) get Deviantart.com working properly, then try to get audio-only MP4 streaming. It's getting started that's the obstacle here... Thank you! :)
  23. But remember, what I'm trying to do is rather specific- get Palemoon 27 (or whatever) to handle Replies, Comments, Journal, and Literature on Deviantart. For all I know it could be one file in the browser's folder that needs changing, or a minor modification somewhere. Since Palemoon 27 already does handle MP4 streaming, giving old XP/Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid devices streaming and downloading abilities it did not have before, that base isn't just covered, it's one never reached before. How do you do it? Please link me to the tools you use and some basic beginner's instructions, I have had some programming experience in the past, but at my age the sooner I get going the better! This is not just wishful thinking- I'm serious about doing this. As far as streaming MP4- even in Puppy Linux mode Palemoon 27 does a remarkably good job, and if you use the third-party site trick it can even stream nicely as much as 360p. The Sony can handle offline videos as high as standard DVD size (480p vertical), and if downloading a video of say 1080p or 720p no problem- those three portable file converters can deal with that. Thanks!
  24. Dave-H: No regular Firefox browser beyond 48 will work with a Pentium 3 device. Roytam 1: I'm willing to work on the problem myself, but do not know how to get started. Given what you've managed if anyone can tell me it's you. There's little doubt the Internet was a better experience a decade ago. Now it's becoming a bloated mess with intrusive and demanding ad-script, crummy site designs...for what exactly? Standard billboard ads would do nicely- if someone goes to a site about race cars then an ad for Autozone would be appropriate; if watching Topi the Corgi videos on Youtube obviously ads for pet products would be the thing. Ad-script gobbles up CPU power and is really glorified spyware since it's obvious whatever information it gets about your browsing is stored on a database somewhere. But those things I want to do are my goal. What is it about Palemoon 28 that works on Deviantart but not 27? If those DLL files can be made audio-only then one can at least enjoy what would amount to Twitch Radio, good enough for RPGs. Trust me, once I start getting the hang of this I can get pretty good at it- it's getting started that's the real obstacle for me. Unlike corporate sites these sites are worth something. TrevMUN- I'll check out your site at Deviantart. Here's mine, the upload about their new design is right there still. griswaldterrastone.deviantart.com Thanks everyone!
  25. First, THANK YOU here for modifying browsers to work on older systems and to do more- it's a silver mine here. Roytam1, hopefully you can help me get started on modifying browsers myself? Obviously you know how it's done. A half-hobby, half-environmental effort of mine is trying to make old hardware go further. In particular is a 2001 Sony VAIO, Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3, 256MB RAM, Pentium 3 800MHz (so no SSE2), 1024h x 768v resolution, 16/24-Bit color, DirectX 9 (according to DXDIAG) installed, 32-Bit system. It is also a "Dual-Boot" laptop, its other Operating System being Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid. This is important because not only does this give it more abilities but enables much safer browsing. Equally important is the fact that at least one local library has a poorly-done wifi system so using Puppy Linux is the only way to even detect it with that antique. The main reason I'm here was because an art website I'm a member of- "deviantart.com"- changed to the horrible (and unpopular) Eclipse style nobody wanted. Before, even with the puny Sylvania Windows CE netbook using Opera Mini 5, one could do just about everything there; with the Sony a number of browsers- including Firefox 40 and Opera 12 as well as Linux Palemoon 27 SSE- worked. With Java emulators it could also use Opera Mini. No problem. But with that crummy new style the Sony can no longer Comment, Reply, post Journals, or post Literature. I did submit instructions on how to use URLs to do a number of things for people with older browsers- in a number of cases it's the only way now since clicking directly won't work, including Search! No appending URLs can get around these problems, even with "#" for Comments, which does in some browsers sort of make the window appear. https://www.deviantart.com/griswaldterrastone/art/Deviantart-Old-Style-Best-But-For-Older-Browsers-883271146 And did I mention how ugly it is with a capital "UG?" Even Sta.sh no longer allows one to post Literature or Journals. Sadly, there is a problem- the "later modified" browsers can do it but are rather sloooowwwwww; the "earlier modified" are faster but cannot do those things- on the other hand MP4 is now a reality. Here are the results (all SSE versions at most); note that Windows programs can be run via WINE in Puppy Linux mode and this deals mainly with Deviantart.com: ArticFox 27: Never works, be it in Windows or Puppy Linux mode. It just gives a "COULDN'T LOAD XPMOD" error message. Why is that happening here and what can be done about it? The browser does show promise, although it cannot handle Deviantart fully. Palemoon 28: Can handle everything but is very, very slow. In Puppy Linux mode it never gets anywhere, all you see is HANDSHAKE, READ, etc. Can handle MP4, and HTML5 games like "Beam," offline, at least. Basilisk 52: Same as Palemoon 28, maybe slower. Remember this is an old laptop. Firefox 45 (modified): It too can handle everything, but it is also very slow, and does no better than the above. Of course it does handle MP4 as well. K-Meleon (KM76.4.4-Goanna-20210626): Faster, and can handle MP4 streaming. It cannot handle Deviantart fully, though, and ANY attempt to stream MP4 while in Puppy Linux mode causes it to crash. In XP mode this one is great for certain MP4 sites in particular. Palemoon 27: By adding two files from the "LAV-DLL-Lite-MMX" folder ("avcodec-lav-57.dll" 3,146 KB; and "avutil-lav-55.dll" 501 KB) the most recent version not only streams MP4 but does not crash in Puppy Linux mode. In particular is one MP4 website that the Sony can now handle, even in Puppy Linux mode, something it could not do before. Sadly it cannot handle Deviantart fully. To be honest that is its only flaw for me, otherwise it's the best one. Netsurf 3.9: Unable to stream anything visual (I haven't tried MP3 or old websites using the Windows Media Player, doubtful they'd work), unable to handle Flash-SWF, this browser is limited in a number of ways and is no better at handling Deviantart than other earlier browsers, not even including basic style. Curiously enough it does not work with my website, weird since it's a site even Internet Explorer 6 on the Windows CE Sylvania netbook can handle. You can reach "about:config" but cannot alter anything. That said, for basic browsing on most sites it's a dandy little browser, quick and simple to use. To access Literature and Journal submissions the following URLs could be used once one is logged in: https://www.deviantart.com/?submit_modal=literature https://www.deviantart.com/?submit_modal=journal This works with browsers that can already handle everything normally. With earlier browsers you get to the crummy new overall art page, then no further. It seems as though the modals used here are the problem. I do not know yet exactly how Comments and Replies work. My goal is to get a K-Meleon, Netsurf, or Palemoon 27 browser that can do all of this without being as slow as Palemoon 28 etc. If possible, I'd like to help by working on this myself. What tools did you here use? Where are the instructions to get started? How do you ascertain what the problem is? can anyone here link me to what is needed? My immediate efforts would be for: 1) Modify a faster browser to work fully with Deviantart. 2) Modify browser or those two DLL files to be audio-only for MP4 streaming. There are game sessions on Twitch TV I'd enjoy but whatever video streaming they use, even with 160p, isn't practical, especially if trying to comment in the chat area. Mobile streaming does not work. MP3 is not available to desktops or laptops without the special app, and I doubt it works with that old Sony. Audio would be great. Again, the Sony's MP4 abilities are now far better. Still, Flash-FLV worked better. Thanks, everyone! p.s. This was submitted using Palemoon 27.

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