My secret to a fast PC
My secret to a fast PC 486
Hehe well perhaps, but there is something to be said for 3.1 and it's lack of support. Everything that has been made for 3.1 is...
Behold! This is not a spam. It is the words of wisdom from an individual who is running top speed on their computer and would like to share my knowledge with you all. I have seen many complaints about computers running slow, crashing, etc. Not any more! You are about to read the gospel of fast computing! Listen well, for I will only give this information once.
I have gone through many computers. I have gone though many operating systems, namely Windows 3.11, 95, ME, and XP (both Home and Pro editions). Although there were numberless differences, there was one thing that remained constant throughout the whole ordeal.
Every time I upgraded the operating system, I needed more hard disk space, followed by more memory, a faster processor, and naturally a new motherboard. In short, an operating system upgrade meant buying a new PC.
Did the new PC run any faster than the old one? Well if you count clock cycles-per-second (Mhz-Ghz) then yes, they ran faster electronically. But they did not seem to run faster PRACTICALLY.
Windows 95 took about a minute to boot. 98 took longer. I now have an XP Home system that takes over five minutes to fully load.
"So where's the solution?"
I have a case in point. Processor clock speed has more or less maxxed out just under 4-GHz these days, yet computers don't seem to go any faster. Windows XP still takes minutes to start. But what if I made a claim, that you could have a 15-second boot time on a slower computer? Sound impossible?
What are you talking about? I have it now! And I want to share it with you!
Here's the solution. These are the specs of a computer I built from nothing but used parts. I spend about $100 and it has all the capabilities of a brand new $1,500 computer you could buy at the store.
Processor: Pentium III - 1GHz Memory: 48MB Hard disk: 15GB CDROM: 48X 3.5" and 5.25" floppy drives Video card: S3 Virge-DX 4MB (up to 16.7M colors in 1600x1200) LAN adapter: 3Com 3C905TX 10-100 Ethernet card for high speed Internet Sound card: Sound Blaster AWE64
There is one last detail, and here is the kicker:
Operating system: DOS 6.22 WINDOWS FOR WORKGROUPS 3.11
That is correct! I am running DOS and Windows 3.11 and have never been happier! I do not have any problems with browsing the Internet at high speed. This machine can do anything I need. I can type documents with Word 6.0 (how sophisticated of a typing program does one need? this already has too many features). Make spreadsheets with Excel 5.0. Browse the Net with IE or Netscape. Outlook Express is my favorite email client. The list goes on. I use Photoshop 3.0, which is really not much different than 6. I think I've said enough.
It is all the same stuff just with a different interface. In fact, I find the Program Manager interface MUCH easier to work with than the goofy Start Menu Taskbar.
My secret to a fast PC 489
Bloody 'ell! you have really started the memories going here! Getting a loan of my brother-in-law's Microbee all those years ago, typing out lines and lines of Basic programs only to have...
So if you want to have a fast computer that gets your work done and doesn't process slower than mollbuttes flowing uphill, follow my advice and FDISK that drive, and get your hands on a fresh copy of DOS with Windows for Workgroups 3.11. You'll never go back to the future.
Thanks and good night.