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#1 2011-11-09 05:48:23

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Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

There are laptops that can only have 320 mB of memory or 256 mB even. These computer used to be good for XP(sp3) using only 128 mB of drams. Today with IE8 and rich experience 512 mB is not enough, often 12 gB has to be installed.

This made W2k using only 64 mB of drams attractive as an operating system. the difference is W2k has less capability and use less GUI codes. It has less security codes to prevent friendly hackers to spoil your data. Firefox has enough security to prevent internet hackers to spoil your data storage. W2k(sp4) can only install IR6, so Firefox8 has to be downloaded and used. Advantage is that Firefox and Adobe flash player11 both are autoupdated. You will have no concern to stay on the internet, forever.

W2k is matured operating system and has no more updates to download. I have a copy that Microsoft found all the files that needed to download and autoupdated recently. It work also with USB devices such as DVDROM and cdrw on laptop USB 1.1. Drag and drop data on USB flash cards. So far nothing had to be worked around.

It has simplified GUI compared side by side with WinXP sp3. But text is alright to click on same as icons or radio buttons.

For PIII and PII cpus with insufficient memory capacity on the laptops you have, stay with W2k.

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#2 2011-11-09 06:03:32

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

For those of us that have no W2k operating systems, You can buy the DVD made by Dell or other laptop manufacturers to reinstall W2k on your hdd. It is different in that it checks your laptop system and then partition the hard drive, format it and install the operating system. It basically try to make sure hardware is not defective.

What if your laptop is not made by Dell or is a different model number? The operating system W2k has certain flexibility built in except for specific drivers. You can always download needed drivers after basic install. But avoid sp1-3, because you can download from Microsoft sp4(129 mB).

On Dell Cpx, I had to install an audio driver then reinstall wifi drivers again afterwards; because I moved the working hdd from a Dell cpi. WiFi drivers use the audio chipset in your computer first, then add the IEEE instruction set in their wifi drivers. Rebooting did not reset the registry to allow WiFi to use the audio drivers loaded first.

W2k is nice, because you can still acquire it on the internet both at ebay and amazon. And 256 mB seemed enough to run Firefox8.

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#3 2011-11-09 06:20:07

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Now that you can revive your laptop with W2k pro sp4 with firefox8 and adobe flash player 11; have fun and even make some money providing a service.

You probably will look for USB DVDRW to extend all your laptop capability. Some vintage 1999 units can be quite cheap. But dvdrw DL is what you want? Can the desktop model be converted to USB portable, that is a project of fun.

Is USB flash card better to use than dvdrw DL? If you use it to play movies, its more expensive.

Is USB sata hdd more capacity than dvdrw DL? Terabyte USB hdd is cheap now.

These projects can make your old laptops more fun.

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#4 2012-03-20 10:48:01

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Today, after autoupdate the XP sp3, we found 512mB of drams only 212 mB left free. Which means we recommend not to update XP beyond sp3. We have installed XP with sp3 on systems with only 256 mB of drams. When using firefox browser, the XP operating system is responsive enough. With the new XP update, 512mB of drams are not enough; it seems that Microsoft is making 1 gB of drams needed even on XP beyond sp3. WiFi system response is very slow and needs rebooting firefox to speed up then slow down again when memory leaked. Virtual memory of 1.96 gB available did not seemed to help responsiveness.

This means W2k with 128 mB is the better choice with Firefox browser and orinoco wifi.

03/20/2012.

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#5 2012-07-29 13:29:04

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Now that Adobe flash player is unifying apps and games in browsers with webGL; it has become the main item to download, then use facebook for apps and games.

W2k(64 mB minimum) can be revived instead of XP(128 mB minimum). Nothing special has to be done. Adobe will autoupfdate on each browser you use to make older operating system good for new software used in tablets and smartphones.

This is the cheapest approach to modernize older desktops and laptops. What do you know? The top of the stack to the kernels can streamline and avoid older legacy logic, bypassing bugs galore?

I am very glad, Adobe accepted our request and made their codecs good for new apps and games, modernize windows and unix and linux alike. Webpages(RTOS) can directly use the codec in Adobe flash player.

Technology of computers have now obsoleted IBMPC and its bios. Webpage contained  RTOS is now supported by Adobe codec to run your computer whatever it is?

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#6 2012-08-05 13:07:06

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

What we did was to get Microsoft to autoupdate W2k sp4. which is not much of advancement of feature, and not much bugs to fix either. Without much autoupdate, operating system is stable. It only needs a browser to do internet, which is Firefox , not iE8. Firefox then has to install adobe flash player with webgL to do smartphone apps and games. This made W2k usable for the next ten years at least.

In the mean time iE8 is improved in XP. It can use adobe flash player to run Facebook apps and games too.

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#7 2013-08-29 07:35:33

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

W2k is lighter operating system than XP. Uses less memory and works better on internet(faster) for wifi.

I am using W2k on RCN wifi.

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#8 2013-09-03 06:44:19

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Belkin wifi  pc card is used on W2k dell c800 laptop.

Once Belkin burn-in and stabilized it works without faults.

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#9 2013-09-17 13:57:03

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Xp has been updated with profile, often 750 mB worth in your profile.

Originally profile gets you websites that firefox had no dns server connection. Now its how you operate your own computer. Its a pain in the neck which make slow performance. You have to stay with bigdata websites to defeat microsoft profile storage.

Luckily W2k is not updated anymore by microsoft. And if you have it on older computers, it works and fast on slow computers. How long will that last, I wonder, because firefox is trying to update with plug-ins which crashes your computer, I had to delete add-ons and plug-ins to use websites with more text(html5).

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#10 2013-09-21 10:12:54

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

W2k with Firefox4 can have Adobe flash player 11.8 as plug-in for multimedia display. v11.9 is testing.

XP can use the same version and avoid fiefox plug-ins which crashes.

This is important Adobe use.

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#11 2013-09-22 10:16:25

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

W2k sp4 needs more than 256 mB of memory to download facebook.

128 mB can do most of the webpages.

XP needs 256 mB also. But its better to have 512 mB.

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#12 2013-09-24 18:21:58

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

The difference is no iE8 for W2k. But no big loss. Otherwise use less resources.

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#13 2013-10-16 21:44:47

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

When you install XP be sure to format it into ntfs not fat.

Fat has fragmentation if more than 6 fragments are used. It happens fairly often and can corrupt the hdd. This is the major problem in Linux ext3/4 which is based on fat and fragmentation of files made linux reinstall necessary, when file system corrupts.

Microsoft XP sp3 cd installed without keycodes. Then use cd-key reader to scan and got its keycodes.

Unfortunately, IE6 sp3 is installed. Have to upgrade it to IE8. But you can not go from ie6 to  ie8. You have to install ie8 then it will update itself.

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#14 2013-11-11 19:07:39

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

Soon, next year 2014, winXP will no longer be updated by Microsoft. Same as W2k sp4 now. What is update for sp3? It is software changes to prevent virus and other corruptions of XP software. In most cases no update does not hurt your use of the software. I am running XP without update.

So, XP will continue to be useful same as W2k. No use moving to Linux and get into software problems of open source(too many cooks spoiled the soup).

There seemed to be no need for a final sp4 version of XP. like W2k. But drivers of wifi need to google the latest versions for XP.

Some computers can not update drivers because of their hardware did not get XP sp3 update. IBM T43 laptop is one that Lenovo did not have good updates. Its better to replace the internal Intel atheros wifi chipset with USB ralink wifi chip and drivers.

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#15 2014-03-25 21:07:01

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Re: Is W2k good enoigh for XP users ? The difference ?

W2k is working fine on Dellc800 laptop with wifi pcmcia card(RCN arrs router).

XP however gets corrupted updates. You must stop update ASAP.

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