OT: OT: OT: Re: Gateway 2000 Handbook 486 question

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Mon Feb 17 15:36:00 2003

On Sat, 15 Feb 2003, Chad Fernandez wrote:
> Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) wrote:
> > Win95 does require at least a 386SX. (with 4M RAM)
> I thought Win95 required a 386DX-33? Also, I think, that is only the
> osr1. I think OSR2 has higher requirements.

Win95 WILL run on a 12MHz 386SX. But it needs more than 4M RAM if you
want to leave "safe mode". Some others have been successful with only 4M,
but our experience was that it would only do safe mode until we added more

MICROS~1 may make lots of SUGGESTIONS for it. There is nothing in WINDOZE
that needs a specific speed. But some "APPLICATIONS" (programs) that you
run might need speed for animation, music, etc that require real time

There is no code in WINDOZE that can tell the difference between a 386SX
(16 bit external bus) and 386DX (32 bit external bus). Telling the
difference between them in software is fairly difficult (do misaligned
double words fetch at the same speed, etc.)

'Course to get "acceptable performance" from Windoze requires at least a
12GHz Pentium-9, with 4G RAM.
Received on Mon Feb 17 2003 - 15:36:00 GMT

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