Hello Acklan and JoeDude,
I thank you for your swift replies, and apologize for my delay. Puppy just looked so attractive; I used to be computer savvy in the mainframe and pc with DOS days and my buddies in support and training. Win XP is making me feel really dumb.
The 98 machine is a pentium 3 but only 500 mhz and has all the ram it can hold, 7nn mb. I have the original win 98 disk, but then my hardware guy upgraded it to the next package and so now whenever it wants the original disk, its set up to go to c:\win98. He made me a full copy of the updated package, but the machine doesn't want to read it. I have occasional problems with its cd rom drive. I am seriously thinking of upgrading the mainboard if i can keep the box because i have all kind of drives in it except for the 5 1/2" drive (ha ha ) I just recedntly found a diskette that size, I laughed b/c somebody was offering a bunch of money for one, he was trying to set up some kind of museum, and i didn't know i had one. This thing even has a colorado tape drive and i do have the disk, but have never seen what goes in there. It has room for a few more drives.
The problem with the XP machine is the OEM software, I think. I got it on sale, and they told me it had an operating system, but instead the OEM software has some cheap version of XP on it with a bunch of junk software I have to remove all the time, and it will not operate at all unless I perform a restore. The machine is a year old now, so last year when i got it, i created the backup disks and it formatted the drive to a virtual D: drive under FAT32 holding the o/s, and the rest of the hard drive is C: under ntfs or nfts or whatever....... It made for a fast boot.
Then I loaded win one care and old old defender and it corrupted my file system. Several times. I had to reload the machine 6 times in 12 months. I lost data galore. Now I have backups that can't find their starting points and so won't restore. I used several different programs to do backups, Nero, ghost, and now finally one care seems to be performing but the machine has slowed down even though i keep it maintained as well as I can. defender always crapped out my machine, and i do not use it and i do not recommend it.
Often I get a message that "this version of windows does not supply ... functionality". The latest thing to happen is I inserted a flash drive, and it blew out all the settings for my j: drive (an external dvd/cd rw drive).
I never got the flash drive to work, it's a sandisk with software, but i haven't been able to make it work - haven't spent enough time. Now the j: drive is recognized in the ffront port where the flash drive was and it knows it's J:.
I bought a backup storage from my ISP, and it loses the original file date. I hate that!!! I guess I will have to take it to my hardware guy to copy my stuff over to my win 98 machine and get him to make me a backup and try to restore the book of b/u disks i have made.
I am trying to get the store to take it back, false advertising on the OEM. They can't begin to repay me for the hours i have wasted trying to make the machine run. Hardly have time to yell at the President and chat with you all. Can only sit for short time and carpal tunnel comes back...
Gotta go, hope I answered your question for whatever you were looking for on the e-machine, Acklan. FYI, Gateway and e-machine have merged. The box is also junky, only has room for maybe two drives but i think only one. If you are thinking of buying, there are a few things I could point out for you if you are interested; like a few usb ports in front and how many additional drives could you add to the box; and max ram will it hold. My 98 machine has 3 ram ports but the max is under a gig; whatever i have to upgrade to use the ram i bought for the emachine (they sold it with only 258k which is nothing for using xp and one care or the other virus/spy programs are so hoggish.
Sorry about the wining, guys n gals. Thank you for the info on puppy. I really need to get my ofc 2000 working under xp so if my lawyer is successful i will buy xp and upgrade my 98 machine and probably put an extra hard drive in it for backup and whatever it takes to make more mhz. I want nothing to do with vista.
After 30 years with big blue, i might go for an apple. my brain is not up to all the studying and learning needed in this era. this future is certainly not what i expected when i saw my first pc..... and even worse, I never thought I'd be this old.
Edited by joygreen, 14 May 2007 - 10:21 PM.