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In Topic: Virtualization without VT-x - Possible or not?

20 September 2010 - 06:37 AM

Wow, that's good to know oldnapalm. I've always taken this thread as the truth, but also suspected it was just an artificial software limitation to comply with Apple.


In Topic: Download Windows 3.1

18 September 2010 - 07:39 PM

This brings back some memories...

I still remember the "innovative" procedure we stumbled upon as students to set up the venerable Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

We copied each floppy into a folder named DISK1, DISK2 etc. onto our huge 100 MB hard drive. Then just ran the setup from the first folder and it finds all the rest of the folders itself. We tried this as an experiment one day (before the internet) and it worked, and of course, we were really impressed at how fast it installed compared to inserting all those floppies.

I think we got more kicks out of installing it than using it. Not much has changed I suppose, cause that's basically what I'm doing now with Mac OS. :P

The zip file the OP downloaded (and the method I've described) is the network install method for deployment across an organisation. I think we used the same method for other floppy releases of the time - Win NT, 95 etc.

EDIT: Just installed it in DOSBox. Now I remember, you gather all the setup files from each disk into a single folder and run setup from there - it doesn't ask for any floppies. BTW it was much easier to setup 3.11 in DOSBox compared to Virtualbox. The big difference is you don't have to use virtual HD and FD images - you just give it a folder on your hard drive and drag stuff in.

In Topic: Essential Windows Programs

18 September 2010 - 06:25 PM

Windows 7
Internet Explorer
Office 2003

All apps are totally free or open source
Avast Antivirus - does not slow down your system like some others.
Windows Defender - built in weekly spyware / malware checking.
MVPS Hosts file - blocks your machine from contacting known advertising / malware sites.
OpenDNS - free DNS service that provides parental filtering (no software installed)

Including your router, Windows Firewall and User Account Control, there are many layers of security, no need for additional firewalls such as Zone Alarm. Also additional registry cleaners and spyware checkers are of questionable benefit and are no substitute for good housekeeping and safe practices.

Emule - for rare stuff
uTorrent - for new stuff
XnView - only picture viewer worthy of replacing ACDSee Classic
Media Player Classic Home Cinema - for video
VLC - for streaming
Windows Media Player - for music
ffdshow - codecs and splitters
MediaPortal - for entertainment centre including TV
GIMP - open source alternative to Photoshop
AVISynth - frameserving AVI files and non-linear editing and scripting
VirtualDub - for editing and capturing
MeGui - for compressing
MediaInfo - for getting properties about videos
7zip - opens absolutely everything incuding iso's
ImgBurn - for burning CD / DVD's
VirtualBox - virtual machine emulator
MSN , Skype

For the home user or hobbyist, you should be able to do almost everything with free or open source software, no need to use pirated or cracked stuff.

In Topic: New Member Introduction

16 September 2010 - 05:26 PM

I even left my PC on for a day to see if anything would happen but to no avail.

If you're not prepared to put in more effort than this, then the answer is NO. If you're prepared to learn about every part of your PC and spend maybe a week or two of your life on it, then the answer is MAYBE.

I actually have the same CPU and know that works out of the box. Check the ATI hardware sub forum to see how difficult it is to get your VGA card working. Check your motherboard manual to see what sound device you have built in then check the hardware>sound forum to see what they've done. These are your biggest hurdles and there will probably be others - LAN, keyboard, sleep etc. Still interested?

In Topic: Post Installation Troubles (retail with boot132)

16 September 2010 - 04:48 PM

I use a PS/2 keyboard and USB mouse. It works perfectly with the VoodooPS2Controller. Even the volume buttons work.

If I use the Apple legacy keyboard option in the installer, the keyboard doesn't work. Once I'm in the GUI I unplug it then plug it back in, then it works.

The distro is iAtkos S3 v2 (10.6.3). Motherboard is a GA-EP45-DS3R

I also tried selecting no PS/2 keyboard options in the installer, hoping the vanilla Apple one works but it can't find my keyboard at all, even after I unplug and re-plug.
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