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Mockery

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I bought a $20 computer today!
« on: 20 Apr 2005, 03:32 »

Well, it's an old Philips laptop: 486 DX/2 66Mhz, with 4MB RAM and a 240MB hard-drive.
I'm going to use it for all my old games which refuse to run under WinXP!
Commander Keen, Major Stryker, Crystal Cave.....
Call me lazy, but I don't wanna screw around emulating on my current machine.

Anyway, It's got some weird workgroup version on Windows 3.11 on it, for controlling Lego robots. This would be totally awesome if I HAD any Lego robots, but I don't. Is Windows 3.1 downloadable from anywhere?
i know nothing about Linux, but would it be an option, with 4MB of RAM?
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« Reply #1 on: 20 Apr 2005, 05:24 »

People seem to be able to make linux run on virtually anything.
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« Reply #2 on: 20 Apr 2005, 08:24 »

It can run on basically anything. It's magic!

The computer sounds...good for $20, although I once scored a working Compaq for free (dumpster diving, yay!).
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« Reply #3 on: 20 Apr 2005, 13:35 »

I got a 1993 Apple laptop (I think it was a powerbook), for free, but it since has passed on.
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Super Dave

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« Reply #4 on: 21 Apr 2005, 16:41 »

I got a 50$ PC, with 4 gig HD, 256ram, and win98, plus a screen.

AND IT RUNS!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: 21 Apr 2005, 17:26 »

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People seem to be able to make linux run on virtually anything.


First d/l a copy of linux and throw it on a CD.  Then you'll need an old-school program that can edit the partitioned portion of your HD (the one that holds the boot-program and OS).  Most modern editors won't let you edit it because it can "endager" your computer's preformace.  Anyways, once you install the OS into the partition, your boot-program will load Linux instead of the shitty Windows OS you have on there right now.  I have a good editor, but I can't think of the name atm.  It's lost somewhere on my desk. :\
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Mockery

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« Reply #6 on: 22 Apr 2005, 00:42 »

Well, I reformatted and copied over a win98 DOS-boot for the main partition, left about 40MB to use for a floppy-sized linux install (tomsrtbt)
CD? what is this strange technology you speak of, sir?

Heeheehee! I can play Crystal Caves!
I bought a pack of 5 dosgame disks about 12-13 years ago. All the data is still there, on these 700KB chunks of retro-goodness! Includes Commander Keen 4, Avoid The Noid and many more!
Even better, it has VGA-out, so I can plug in my 19inch 8ms LCD monitor and work around the shitty, shitty response time which is the product of the mid-1990's. And it doesn't matter when I touch the screen to make funky psychedelic patterns! (the laptop screen that is, NOT my Hyundai L90D+)
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« Reply #7 on: 22 Apr 2005, 04:05 »

Crystal Caves was the game that sent me geeky. I've never looked back.
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« Reply #8 on: 22 Apr 2005, 06:31 »

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Commander Keen


You win for the ultimate coolness that is commander keen.
Get some of the original space quest games too.
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« Reply #9 on: 07 May 2005, 15:38 »

Avoid The Noid owned my childhood.

Fucking owned, I tell you.
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