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Best OS for old P3 System?

Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by Brutalfate, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Brutalfate New Member

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    Hey, I have an old P3 800Mhz, 256MB, 20Gb HDD, system with no OS installed.. I know its old, but it still works fine and it'd be a waste to toss out... Any suggestions as to what OS i should install on it? Something other than boring 'ol windows... :roll:

    Thanks in advance..
     
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    Linux?
     
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    Windows 2000 or XP will run just fine, though adding some RAM wouldn't hurt for XP.
     
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    Windows 2000 or Millenium.
    You may try XP but it will run like o tortoise! :D
     
  5. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    XP runs fine with 256MB, Windows ME is a big no go. Crappiest release ever. Windows 95 was a bad idea already, 98 wasn't better and ME made it even worse.
     
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    I agree with this.
    For this reason I did not install them I had Windows 98 and 2000 later.
     
  7. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    98 was crap too, NT4 >2k>2003, I skipped the crap releases :)
     
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    I think he's asking for other os other then "boring olo windows".
     
  9. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    XP has a Teletubbie look, that's not boring, just ugly :p

    Though you're right:p I'd say Zeta. Zeta ftw and such.
     
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    Windows XP, dude... do you guys realise that although windows XP isnt the best release, most tools these days only work for windows XP
     
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    I totally agree..but he's asking for other os other then windows. BTw what is FTW?
     
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    ubuntu.
    tho iv never tried any other linux versions, so i dont know how they compare.
    if it has a hardware t&l card, try running games that require more than you have, see if the reduction in resources lets them work!
     
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    FTW > For teh win.
     
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    I'm running xp pro SP2 on my old P3 rig. 933mhz with 192mb of ram, runs like a champ :)
     
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    heh, alright. thanks guys!
     
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    give suse a try to. it has had no problems with anything of mine and is really stable doesnt look to shabby either.
     
  17. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    Or run Solaris on it...
     
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    Oh, I thought it meant F*&k the world, my mistake:nutkick:
     
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    i run xp on a 400mhz laptop with 96 mb of ram dont run half bad if u stet it to look like win95/98 hell i even got a wifi card in it to bad the charge lasts about an hour:roll:
     
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    Almost everything that runs on XP will run on 2000 you just have to make sure you have all the updates. I have an old PII based system running windows 2000 I've never had any compatibility problems. Of course all it does is internet and word processing. Although I did run photoshop on it once when my computer went down for a couple of days. That was a nightmare, but I got what I needed done.
     
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    I recommend Xubuntu. Absolutely one of the best choices for that kind of PC.
     
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    i can run XP on my pentium pro rated as 150mhz with 128mb. it runs slow but runs just fine for email and web.

    also my older lapy has a p3 600mhz, with 192mb, 8mb ati rage...and runs xp like a champ ;)
     
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    Windows 2000 (fully service pack level + hotfix patch updated of course) will do the job nicely...

    APK
     
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    Yes, but also, DSL, if you are not gaming.
     
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    Only if you want that old p3 to be powerful and fast for free other than that do the windows 2000 thing who needs all that power for free along with powerful free programs :slap: listen to migons
     

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