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Dec 2, 2017 - 2 minute read - Comments - linux

Windows98 in 2017

Last summer I was able to get a fully functional Windows 98 computer for free! Some household is cleaning their basement / garage and decided to give away this magnificent computer. I gladly picked it up the curb as I have a use for it - Linux!

The specs are not that fancy -

  • 15in CRT monitor
  • PS/2 mouse and keyboard
  • Intel Celeron 533MHz
  • 64MB RAM
  • 10GB IDE HDD
  • Intel 81x built-in video card
  • 1.44MB floppy drive
  • 2 PCI modem cards
  • integrated sound card

I didnt use it until now as it was a hassle to use the CRT monitor as it takes up a large amount of space. I was able to pick up a free LCD monitor just recently and decided to setup this ancient computer now. Here are the specs -



The specs are not that great even for an ancient OS like Windows98. Main bottleneck is the HDD. It takes more than 5mins just for the OS to load! And once the OS is loaded, whenever you launch any program you can see the hourglass for several seconds and a grinding HDD sound!

I’d like to have Linux installed on this machine. Most probably this has USB1.0 / USB1.1 - if USB booting will work, it will also be painfully slow! My best bet is to insall Linux via PXE as I have already a working PXE server. The only thing missing on this ancient computer is a LAN card. Gonna hit up ebay and look for a decent priced LAN card to complete this project!

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