Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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RE[2]: The Good Old Days
by niemau on Thu 6th Nov 2008 07:16 UTC in reply to "RE: The Good Old Days"
niemau
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I liked 3.x, actually. ran well for me on my old computers. for a long time i was stuck on a 386-sx 25mhz with 8mb of ram for YEARS... It is amazing what all you can do with 3.11, still. ;) even use WiFi with it.


oh, gosh... that would've been an absolute dream! haha. i was stuck with a 386sx 16mhz machine with ***TWO*** megs of ram for what seemed like an eternity. luckily i had a 387 math coprocessor. but, upgrading to more ram was absolutely horrible! my motherboard didn't support simms, which were fairly standard, even then. i needed to track down these crazy 64k naked chips and press them into the motherboard!!! it was insanity! and, after that, there was all kinds of goofy config i had to do in the bios. i ended up with 4 megs total. windows 3.1 actually ran pretty well on that, by my standards at the time.

i eventually tracked down a cyrix 386->486 accelerator. sadly, that fried my motherboard, somehow. and that, my friends, is when i realized that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

anyway, more on topic... windows 3.1 seemed sooo very futuristic to me, with its system sounds. 'TADAAA!!!' i bought a cheap disney sound source (parallel port soundcard) *JUST* so i could listen to the .wav files installed with windows. the pc speaker had been sufficient for my DOS games, at that point.

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RE[3]: The Good Old Days
by helf on Thu 6th Nov 2008 15:11 in reply to "RE[2]: The Good Old Days"
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2005-07-06

ouch, you board probably couldn't handle the voltage draw of the 486 upgrade. I had that happen before.

And by "naked" chips, do you mean the ones with the pins on the bottoms? I had a 286 with that ram, sucked. I forget what it was called.

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