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I have recently picked up an old Gateway 2000 machine with a 233 mHz processor and 192 mHz of RAM. The hard drive is wiped clean - no operating system on board. Grand children need a PC with access to a word processor for homework papers. Is this machine worth the expense of adding an old, e.g. Win95 or Win98 operating system just for this purpose?


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In reply to: Old PC Rehap

Not when you could install Linux for free which would come with OpenOffice. It wouldn't be setting any speed records to be sure, but it's free and if it ever got connected to the Internet, a lot safer.

Just pick any of the major distributions, download a copy, and burn it to CD/DVD. For such limited use, Madriva, Fedora Core and SuSE may as well be the same.

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Thanks for the advice Joe. I will try what you have suggested and if that fails will just "deep six" the antique.

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I see no problem being used as a plain system for wordprocessor or other simple tasks. BUT, once you get away from that and grandkids start any newer games and the like or even simple new pgms. it maybe too much for the system or even not compatible enough. Find an OS on eBay or similar but get win98. Even better find a cheap system that's at least 500Mhz based but 1Ghz would be more practical. Also, considering the cost of any OS and any possible other hardware, looking at a cheap entry-level new system from eMachine, HP, or Gateway, etc. in the $400 range when on sale or after discounts/rebates looks pretty good plus have all the latest goodies and the OS and support too. These are available online(thier websites)or at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc. from stores.

Offhand, I would stay away from that old of a system but if all you need is the OS, then it would be pretty cheap at least.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Grasp wallet firmly and put more rubber bands on it.

In reply to: Old PC Rehap

There is likely a reason it came wiped clean or found "for free". At that age machine (10 years?) it may not be without problems so paying 100 bucks for Windows 98se on ebay or elsewhere is money that you may not get back.

-> Please read this next sentance.

Open Office can save in Word's .DOC extension and format so you can take the file off to the machine with Word with little ado. Same for the spreadsheet.

Best of all there are many of these Linux OSes that will install and run without you having to search high and low for drivers plus Open Office is on most of the distributions.

You can get this machine going for no money.


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For that particular computer...

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I agree with Joe and Bob that unless you know someone with a copy of Win 9X who is willing to give it to you you are best off installing one of the Linux Distros.

One of the more "easy for anybody" distros is probably MEPIS which is a live CD that can install to the Hard Drive from within the Live Cd desktop simply by clicking the installation Icon and following a few prompts.

You can download the ISO and burn your own CD free or you can buy one from them for $14.95 which includes shipping and handling.

Then too you might consider as they will even ship their cd free of charge

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if you want linux and can't download 500MB

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goto a book store and pick up a copy of LinuxFormat or another Linux magazine. They always have the latest distro's for some version on the cover disc.

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That is a good suggestion...

In reply to: if you want linux and can't download 500MB

for those on dial-up who happen to have a bookstore in town or near them (and that carries such periodicals because not all do).

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