Fwd: compaq's portable computer

From: Scott Stevens <sastevens_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Tue May 4 18:53:57 2004

On Tue, 4 May 2004 16:49:25 -0700 (PDT)
Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com> wrote:

> > > 3.1 requires extended memory (286)
> On Tue, 4 May 2004 RMaxwell_at_atlantissi.com wrote:
> > IIRC, you DON'T need extended memory to run Win3.1 in "Standard" mode,
> > just "386 Enhanced" mode. Of course, "Standard" couldn't switch tasks
> > or do much of what people expect of Windoze now (except crash). I recall
> > the day I came back from the Rochester (NY) Hamfest with a $5 RAM board
> > that gave me a whole 1MB on top of my 640K and the chance to turn on the
> > Enhanced functions...
> Windoze 3.1 will refuse to install unless there is SOME memory above 1M.
> It therefore can not be installed on an 8088 machine.
> Preliminary tests in August 1991 on the Beta version confirmed that it
> in addition to refusing to install unless there was SOME memory above 1M,
> it would not run if that memory were removed.
> It WOULD work on an AT that had less than 640K of main memory, but had
> some extended (512K main, 128K extended) There is a possibility that it
> might work with as little as 16K of extended, but it REFUSES to install
> without SOMETHING up there.
Now I may have to install Windows 3.1 on my Kaypro 8088 system to confirm or debunk my belief.

And that's a pity as it right now has CP/M-86 installed on it. But I can always reinstall CP/M-86 anytime (a complete retail box copy of Digital Research branded CP/M-86 sits on my shelf, by the Windows 1.03, DOS 1.0 and WordStar 3.3 complete boxes).
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