CF-27 best Windows OS?

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  1. IW1FQG

    IW1FQG Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I'm a newbie on this forum. I just bought a CF-27 configuerd as follows:
    - Windows 98SE OS
    - 300 MHz pentium CPU
    - 128 + 246 MB RAM
    - 6.5 GB HDD
    - CD/DVD drive
    - Internal GSM modem
    - Standard LCD display (no touch-screen).
    I want to use this PC mainly for controlling my ham radio equipment (several DOS programs available), managing data on excel, GPS navigation, and internet.
    Of course, I don't expect top performance from this old PC, but ...
    - could have I any real advantages by upgrading the OS?
    - if positive, should I go for W2000 or XP?

    Thanks!
    Ugo
    Torino, Italy
     
  2. Alex

    Alex Super Moderator

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    Stick to w98 for compatibility with dos programs



    Alex
     
  3. mattpayne

    mattpayne Notebook Consultant

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    I have XP on my CF27 - the same spec as yours and its ok :)
     
  4. IW1FQG

    IW1FQG Newbie

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    Good news it's ok, but: how does it comapre to w98? (faster - slower - more compatible to web browsers - whatever else)?

    Thanks!
    Ugo
     
  5. KLonsdale

    KLonsdale Notebook Evangelist

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    With XP it wont be as responsive as 98SE but as Tomcat suggested if you are running DOS programs it might be better, Although I have no experience with Windows 2000 it might be a good alternative because it is stable and not bloated like XP.
     
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    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    + one vote for W2K!
    CAP
     
  7. ToughNut

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    I have a 27 500mhz on W2K... + 1 more vote
     
  8. Rob

    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    I would try to put OS Snow Leopard on it... 10.6.2 is the most current version of that... :rolleyes:
     
  9. Wyrm73

    Wyrm73 Notebook Consultant

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    The telecommunications department where I work maintains a couple old 27s just for some DOS based programs (radio diagnostic and programming) that they cannot replace and never could get them to work correctly under compatibility mode of XP or 98. If your programs are anything like that, you may need DOS in addition to another OS.

    So my suggestion would be to get a second hard drive and set one up with a skinny, reduced footprint version of XP (use XPlite or do it yourself with any number of internet tutorials) and one with DOS. Or upgrade to a larger hard drive (if necessary) and set it up with two partitions with either a dual boot setup or a floppy boot disk for DOS accessing the programs on the second partition. Either way, the DOS partition would have to be formatted with regular old FAT. It's a little more hassle this way but worth it if you want to do it all with this machine.
     
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    I've tried all the Windows varients - my vote goes to Win 2K
     
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