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Posted 08 March 2014 - 04:27 AM
Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:06 PM
Hello to Bleeping Computer! Sorry it took so long for you to get a reply.
So are you looking for opinions on your current machine and if you should get a new one or keep your current one? I honestly think your current machine is quite well suited for the things you want to do, it might just be a matter of cleaning up your operating system if anything. If you have gotten use to the way you do things now, I would say keep what you have. You do have to do annual maintenance like cleaning the dust out, but I think you should be able to keep using it. The monitor is a good idea if you are experiencing strain, especially if you are using it at a desk, though, I'd recommend you buy a desktop computer, to keep most of your important documents and it will provide you with the power you need for image editing, but you stated you had a limited budget so I suppose that is out.
As for speeding up your scanning, I'm not really sure how to help you there, I'm not one who has used a scanner much in my time, however hopefully someone else will pop in to help you with that.
Posted 11 March 2014 - 04:47 PM
Posted 11 March 2014 - 04:52 PM
You are most certainly welcome. That is a great idea. Hope you find the solutions/fixes you need. If you need/have any more questions feel free to ask, I'm always usually around.
It was not a problem at all, I love helping people.
Edit: removed some smiles.. too many are messy..
Edited by computerxpds, 11 March 2014 - 04:54 PM.
Posted 11 March 2014 - 05:24 PM
I will explore the other forums in order to address the speed of start up etc and whether my old software can be made to run on 64 bit windows.
Have you considered virtualisation, using an older operating system in a virtual machine? Basically, it means running a different operating system ("guest" operating system) within your own operating system (the "host" operating system). The software for doing this is free (VMWare Player or VirtualBox are best) but you should have a valid license for any guest operating systems you want to use.
A picture paints a thousand words so here is a screenshot of Windows 98 running on the desktop of my Windows 7 64bit system in VMWare Player Free... It runs pretty much any Windows 95/98 software that doesn't require 3D acceleration (it's no good for old DirectX games unfortunately).
Other clever stuff is that in supported guest operating systems you can drag and drop files between the operating systems seamlessly and more.
I've got quite a few Virtual Machines set up myself, for playing with different operating systems in a controlled environment. I've got a few for fun that wouldn't likely run on modern hardware (Windows 3.11 and DOS 6.22, and Windows 98 for example). I can still fire up ancient copies of programs I got with my Windows 3.11 computer many years ago should I want to...
Edited by jonuk76, 11 March 2014 - 05:27 PM.
Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:49 PM
This sounds very interesting. Is it something that I need to get an engineer to do or can I use tutorials?
My thanks for your effort on my behalf.
Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:35 PM
Hopefully no engineer required!! With VMWare or VirtualBox, once the software is installed the process of installing common operating systems e.g. Windows XP as a guest is quite straightforward. Here are some tutorials on the Virtual box forum - https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewforum.php?f=28&sid=508e040718e2c4856303efdb76bcd540 Some are perhaps a bit dated. I mostly use VMWare and installing XP in that can be done with a few clicks, it will even enter the product key for you.
YouTube is likely to have instructional videos as well.
Edited by jonuk76, 13 March 2014 - 07:01 AM.
Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:12 PM
Again my thanks for your help. I will let you know how things go.
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