Old PC still on Windows XP

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Dr Bodgit, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Booted up my old PC this week, going to put it in the cabin. Its an AMD K6-2 processor probably about 11-12 years od, still works but is quite slow. Has got WinXP installed.

    Tried updating the browser from Firefox to Opera, but the PC is so old it doesn't support SSE2 instructions. Any one here using an old PC with XP on it? What browser are you using?

    I might install Linux at some point
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Google Chrome might work, XP isn't the problem, it the cpu, try a wanted on Freecycle,Freegle, you usually get a result, got a Intel i5-750- Skt 1156 pc off freecycle,obsolute cpu, but pc is very good, uppgraded from XP to Window 7 & now running Windows 10 perfectly, & plays most games on Steam, using 27" monitor.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018
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  3. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Chrome is way too advanced for my PC, not compatible.
  4. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    What K6-2 cpu you using.

    Still have AMD pc with a Opteron 146 cpu, close to 15 years old & still working.:eek:

    A lot of browsers with not work with XP or continue to support it.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018
  5. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    er dunno, its a K6-2 I think...200MHz. Seems it was first released in 1998 or 20 years ago, might be older that I thought!

    I'll see if I can download a later version of Firefox, some nice old photos on the drive, will scan it for useful stuff.
  6. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Got a docking station you can copy off the photo's, but the K6-2 & XP has had it's day,your flogging a dead horse Dr B.:D
  7. snappyfish

    snappyfish Active Member

    What about Lunascape?

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  8. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Thanks I'll give it a try
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  9. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Thought that had long gone,pleasantly surprised to see it's stiil around.:)

    Got to be worth a try.:D
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  10. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Active Member

    How much RAM does it have installed? That might be an issue if you wanted to install something else.
  11. Gluggy

    Gluggy Member

    Maybe slightly off topic but chuck windows 98 on it and subject to video card it would make a great retro gaming machine...
  12. chippie244

    chippie244 Well-Known Member

    I bought my current PC from a charity for £10, Windows 7 Premium, it was on eBay.
    I only use it for quotes, invoices and connecting to the printer/scanner.
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  13. HarDeBloodyHarHar

    HarDeBloodyHarHar Active Member

    At 200MHz I'm surprised it has loaded yet.
  14. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    My old lap top is running XP and still going after about 15 yrs! Think it has the RAM maxed out and copes OK with Chrome.

    I also tri booted it to run Leopard and Vista, but the Vista partition became corrupted, but Leopard still works.
  15. Pollowick

    Pollowick Well-Known Member

    Currently using a Dell laptop running XP - SP3 and all patches. I use Firefox on it - for some historic and application reasons it is still in daily use.
  16. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Well-Known Member

    I am using an old XP laptop at my house project - it still runs my CAD program - with XP and an older version of chrome no problem. I also run linux on an old box - 10 yrs old - with chromium browser.
  17. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Well-Known Member

    Microsoft no longer support XP, any new software is unlikely to be compatible, that goes for browsers. If you manage to use XP on the web, you will be open to hackers and the host of scammers out there. We only use XP on machines that will not be web connected.
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  18. My God. It's like boasting that you still drive around in an old Austin Allegro. It may just about still do the job - but why would you want to ?
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  19. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    I drive an Austin Marina in diarrhea colour thank you :p
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  20. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Well-Known Member

    True, but mine is an isolated box used on a building site which gets covered in dust. I'd rather use an old box there than my newer kit. It still runs an earlier version of my CAD programme and I can have my 3D sash window drawing "live" for taking and checking cutting list measurements, and also use t'internet if I need to!

    see above!

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