Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jan 2006 16:50 UTC, submitted by Dr. No
Windows This is already a fairly old article, but I'm pretty confident it never made OSNews' front page. In this article, the author proves that Windows XP can be installed, and 'run', on processors with as little as 8MHz. "The target of this project was to find the weakest system where you can run Windows XP. Keep in mind, that Microsoft official requirements are a CPU with 233 MHz an 64 MB of RAM. But that had to be beaten!"
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Amazing
by ZaNkY on Sat 28th Jan 2006 18:15 UTC
ZaNkY
Member since:
2005-10-18

That is amazing that WinXP will run on an 8MHz comp. I never thought that numbers like that would be possible on WinXP. Is there any similar Linux experiment? Boggles the mind, but I'm sure you could get Linux working on a 1 MHz comp.... LOL


Maybe I should go fetch my 45MHz comp and start underclocking.... ;)

--ZaNkY

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RE: Amazing
by sagum on Sat 28th Jan 2006 19:42 in reply to "Amazing"
sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

Boggles the mind, but I'm sure you could get Linux working on a 1 MHz comp.... LOL

Maybe I should go fetch my 45MHz comp and start underclocking.... ;)


A few years ago I was still using a 386 sx/25mhz with 16mb ram as a file server. It was using linux to share files to windows machines over samba. It would use the full 15gb drive and beable to use it without any problems, although the BIOS would only see drives up to 500mb. I had to manually enter the drive settings.

I'd run the machine headless, and just ssh into it when needed, useful when downloading files overnight as the machine wouldn't use too much power and was very quiet.

I've since moved to a bigger 233mhz (fanless) machine with 256mb ram due to the 386 motherboard only having one ide port and the case not having enough space for the amount of harddisks i wanted to use.

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RE: Amazing
by Tom K on Sat 28th Jan 2006 20:58 in reply to "Amazing"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

The text console on 1 MHz ... perhaps.

Anyone willing to try X.org and GNOME/KDE on an 8 MHz? Haha.

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RE[2]: Amazing
by valeri_ufo on Sat 28th Jan 2006 21:44 in reply to "RE: Amazing"
valeri_ufo Member since:
2005-07-06

No problem, GNOME/KDE versions from 1999 and XFree86 v3 ...

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RE[2]: Amazing
by SlackerJack on Sun 29th Jan 2006 15:22 in reply to "RE: Amazing"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Linux is the kernel, so you can do your daily jobs without a window manager or Xorg, can WindowsXP do that?, NO. WindowsXP may run but it's useless. I cannot run the 25 mile marathon but give me a year and I'll do it, but how useless is that!

Edited 2006-01-29 15:25

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