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I need one old working computer from the mid 90's to 2000. Answered

I have a program designed in the late 80's for determining noise levels from an text input file.  Namely the Stamina 20 Optima Noise Assessment program.  Been awhile since I used it but I have had a need now to use it and can;t with my current systems, Windows 7 etc.
I'm hoping there is somewhere where I can find just one for a fee of course.  Ina garage, attic, warehouse, anywhere.

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Vyger

3 years ago

Actually it's not an old computer that you need but rather an old operating system. I am guessing Windows XP or even Windows 98. These OS can run just fine on newer machines. There are some hardware issues like USB 3 and the new SATA which are not supported by 98 but the hardware that it can recognize will run just fine. So find an old copy of the Windows you need and get a new small hard drive and install it on that. It should work just fine.

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seandogueVyger

Answer 3 years ago

mid 90s to 2000 is before both XP and 98 and there is little guarantee that such software will work in either of those OS versions. Win95 or Win3.1 would be appropriate suggestions for the era.

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seandogueseandogue

Answer 3 years ago

in addition, IFF there's any hardware involved, it almost requires a real comptuer from the time period, since the bus restrictions placed on newer designs causes many older hardware devices to become inoperable. I hang onto an old win95 mahine for the express purpose of accessing an Awe32 and it's Waveblaster (proteus synth) daughter board, which can't be installed into a new computer due to the IDE bus having been compromised by malicious hackers (*I do realize there are expensive industrial addons for newer systems to backpeddle into the old ide hardware, but they're out of my budget)

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Vygerseandogue

Answer 3 years ago

We could get into a big discussion about 8 bit systems and 16 bit and 32 bit and also FAT 16 and 32 and NTFS. Upper memory managers, drive size limits and drive overlays and all that fun stuff that went on. One of my biggest headaches was the 256 color barrier. A lot of old games insisted on 256 color and could not understand that you now had over a million.

Win 95 was the first 32 bit OS but it had a lot of problems. Win 98 (second edition) fixed most of them. Then Windows ME screwed it all up again. One of the things that XP could do was run older programs. This was a big deal because there was a lot of old programs still around and they didn't run on 98. But the emulator in XP worked really good. So I would try XP first, run as an earlier version in the emulator it might work good and save the trouble of actually getting an old version.

If I remember you right click on the .exe file and then got to properties. In the box that opens up there is a tab that says compatibility. Under that tab is a check box that says "run as" with a selection of other OS.

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-max-Vyger

Answer 3 years ago

It would likely need DOS or a really early version of windows (like 3.1) because the program was written in the 80's. It might have even ran on a different platform entirely! (like C64)

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Yonatan24

3 years ago

Craigslist, eBay, Thrift shop/store.

You always have that slight chance of finding one outside on the sidewalk...

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-max-

3 years ago

DOS Emulator? Virtual machine running windows 95 or XP? XP legacy mode on windows 7??? (when W7 was released, microsoft included a full licensed copy of XP in W7 and a built-in virtual machine that allowed XP programs to run on W7.)

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seandogue

3 years ago

Check ebay or craig's list. there are probably a few still out there that people have held onto and are trying to find a home for.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Just ask somewhere with a large number computers, council, schools, university...
Usually they have some oldies in a corner collecting dust for free.
Otherwise do what was suggested and just install some old OS on newer computer.
Most even still have a connector for serail and parall connections, just add a break out slot...

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steveastrouk

3 years ago

There are various simulators out there for old computers, even DOS.

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icengsteveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

+1

I have a PC that will run my HD with DOS 6.2 and a Pet.