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by jaspermax14 / March 15, 2008 12:04 AM PDT

I'm not totally tech or a complete newbie, but I have always been annoyed by the fact that as hardware gets bigger and better the op system seems just to absorb the improvements. I would like to know what the maximum hardware specification is that Windows 3.1 and DOS will run so that I can build a machine that will allow the programmes from that era to run at their best. Many of my old programmes were both useful and adequate for the things I still do.

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Just an opinion
by Bob__B / March 15, 2008 1:15 AM PDT

as hardware gets bigger and better the op system seems just to absorb the improvements.


As for building a machine for 3.1 or DOS>>>think drivers.
If you buy a new mobo today I doubt it will have support for what you want.
If you want to buy vintage parts off of E-bay.....good luck.
One member here tried to install w98 on a NEW style mobo...he crashed+burned.
I suppose a guru can install anything on anything....are you such a thing?
Bottom style hardware and old OS may not mix well.

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Are you saying win3.1 and DOS won't run ..
by ahtoi / March 15, 2008 3:19 AM PDT

in a modern computer? If an old computer is what is needed then hunting we will go. Bob has a 8" floppy he might sell to you. hehe.

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Maximum hardware specification for DOS ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 15, 2008 5:46 AM PDT

and Windows 3.11 would include a motherboard with VESA/ISA and/or EISA bus slots and the components that used them. A very few very early PCI components had DOS/Windows drivers provided.

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by Amos16 / March 16, 2008 1:49 AM PDT

You may find the old computers in either a city dumpster or an orphanage or old folks home. A pal of mine who was also fond of his old programs found a working 98 SE in a kindergarten run by a ladies' organization. So you can always hope... Amos.

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