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  1. Hello everybody!

    I'm a long time lurker of this forum, but as I've seen there are many users who are keen on using older versions of Windows on old or new computers as daily drivers, I thought "why not joining!" Well, I'm mostly known as looking4awayout, from Italy. From what I've seen on the forum, there are some people who are still using very old computers as their main systems and enjoy to push them to their limits and look for workarounds in order to make them keep up with present times, mostly when it comes to web browsing, which is one of the most taxing things to do on a old computer after all. Well, I'm one of those people! How low can I go? Since a year, I am using a old Pentium 3 1.4Ghz Tualatin system (originally a 800MHz Coppermine from year 2000) as my every day computer, and after a series of important upgrades, such as using fast hard drives, expanding RAM as much as possible, using a fast graphics card and a sound card with low overhead, alongside a drastic optimization and strip down of the OS, it's a very usable and useful machine. Currently, the computer has 1,2GB of PC133 SDRAM running at CAS2 timing, two 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor hard drives (OS drive running with a SATA to IDE adapter, data one hooked to a non bootable SATA150 controller card), an ATI Radeon HD3850, a Logilink USB 2.0 card with NEC chipset and a Yamaha YMF724F-V sound card. The computer runs a stripped down version of Windows XP Professional SP3 and runs very well. Web browsing? Check. I currently use Mozilla Firefox 27 with a heavily customized about: config and several plugins to improve privacy and reduce resources consumption. Watching YouTube? Check. To watch YouTube videos I use a Firefox plugin called "YouTube 2 Player" that redirects videos to VLC, saving resources. Gaming? Of course! Retro games, emulation, lots of gaming gems of the past I love to play on my retro daily driver. When it comes to email, I'm currently using a open source client called Sylpheed, which seems to be fast and lightweight enough. For productivity, spreadsheets and word processing, Office 97 is more than adequate for my tasks, and when it comes to more frivolous tasks such as instant messaging on Discord, Pidgin and Telegram Web on Firefox work perfectly. Hardware wise, the system is made by parts that were going to be scrapped: the monitor is a very early 14" SVGA CRT model from 1989, keyboard and mouse are from 1987, and the keyboard itself uses a 84 keys AT layout, while the PC also has a 3,5" and 5,25" floppy drives and a old Panasonic combo CD/DVR reader. I swear I would've never expected a Pentium 3 to be still so usable. I read that a Tualatin was actually faster than a Pentium 4, but I was kind of skeptical until I found it out by myself. It's why I like to call it my "RDD", a retro daily driver, because it's like a vintage car that takes you from A to B, and I actually have fun at using it. I hope nobody will throw rocks at me for using such a old PC for day-to-day tasks! I do it by choice, and while I have a more modern computer (an i7-7500u laptop with Windows 10) I can use, I prefer to use my Tualatin system since to me is like listening to a vynil record over a CD: it gives me a totally different, warmer feeling. Thanks for letting me stay here!
  2. The Mission: Build a Windows 98 gaming machine using original boxed and sealed hardware. Everything below is NEW unless specified otherwise. The Build: OS: Windows 98SE Case/PSU: GAUSS SM307M (250w PSU included) Mobo: Intel SE440BX-2 Processor: Slot 1 Pentium III @ 733MHz with 133MHz Bus RAM: PNY 256MB PC100/133 (4 sticks available) Video Card: ATI Rage 128PRO 32MB (PCI) Sound Card: SoundBlaster 16 PCI (CT4810) HDD: Maxtor 15GB 7200RPM (51536H3) Optical: Creative Blaster 52x (MK4108) Monitor: Sony Trinitron CRT (used) KB/Mouse: Generic Microsoft Speakers: IBM (used) Where I'm at: The system has been built. PSU, CPU and intake fans all start. During the POST process I receive an error beep code: 1-4-3-3. According to this site the code description is: "Autosize the Cache". I have attempted to move the jumper plug from it's "normal" position to the "configure" position in hopes to set the Processor speed ect. However, this results in the same error beep code. I should also note at this point that my monitor receives no signal from the ATI Rage card. I am assuming that since the POST can't pass, no signal is even being sent from my video card technically. And hitting the num/caps/scroll lock keys don't light up, another sign that I am not passing POST. I have 2 VGA compatible monitors, both were tested with my laptop and work. I have tried various DIMM combinations too. A bit of Bro Science: If you look up the Intel manual for the SE440BX-2 (here) you will come across all sorts of information that would contradict my build due to apparent compatibility issues. Examples of this would be the small DIMM sizes and the slower Processor speeds listed as supported/compatible by Intel. However, after some digging into really old forums from around the Y2K era it became apparent to me that people were throwing in non-coppermine processors far exceeding 450MHz (up to the fastest Pentium III's) as well as using DIMM's that were double the size than what was officially listed as Intel as supported/compatible - and they worked. Technology was moving so insanely fast during this era that at the time Intel listed the supported DIMM size and Processor speeds ect, it would have been outdated by the time the motherboards started shipping! And the support list would have definitely been outdated a year later! I wanted to include this tid-bit just in case someone googles my motherboard, checks the specs or even reads the manual and sees that my Pentium III speed or DIMM size exceeds the manufactures supported hardware list. I found different numbers on different sites actually which was quite confusing. All that said, perhaps my issue is the 133MHz bus speed of my Pentium III. Maybe I need 100MHz bus speed, regardless of the main clock speed. Maybe I screwed up on that one... The only other thread I could find in regards to my issue is found here. Though I have built systems in recent years, a retro project has required some deep digging indeed... Just because I grew up gaming in the 90's doesn't mean I learned anything about computer hardware from that era Thank you for taking any time to help me on my Windows 98 quest.
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