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Old 12-16-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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What OS for 486?

It's been a long (long) time since I played with a 486 but finally found one the other day! I still have a long plastic diskette holder full of old games I would like to play again on the original hardware (King's Quest, Police Quest, etc) and would like to get this machine running if for nothing else than something to do.

I really can't remember what these things could run in terms of an OS though aside from DOS. Did Windows 3.1/95 or NT run on an i486DX? What about some form of Linux (probably over my head as my only Linux experience is with Fedora 20)?

I wouldn't mind a GUI but if DOS is all it can be then I guess that's what it is.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Win95 should run well on 486s. We had a DX4/100MHz that was running W95. (I miss that computer... it couldn't play Starcraft or Diablo1 however )

It might be easier to run some games straight from DOS however.
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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Wonder if win 98 would run on it, a big improvement over 95.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:00 PM   #4
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Wonder if win 98 would run on it, a big improvement over 95.
Good question. It's possible, however DOS games would be an even bigger pain to try and get running, methinks.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:39 PM   #5
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I ran 3.11 on my 486DX2-66. W95 os/2 may run on it too
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:58 PM   #6
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System requirements for installing Windows 95:
•Personal computer with a 386DX or higher processor (486 recommended)
•4 megabytes (MB) of memory (8 MB recommended)
•Typical hard disk space required to upgrade to Windows 95: 35-40 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.
•Typical hard disk space required to install Windows 95 on a clean system: 50-55 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.
•One 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive
•VGA or higher resolution (256-color SVGA recommended)

The following list describes the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 98:
•A personal computer with a 486DX 66 megahertz (MHz) or faster processor (Pentium central processing unit recommended).
•16 megabytes (MB) of memory (24 MB recommended).
•A typical upgrade from Windows 95 requires approximately 195 MB of free hard disk space, but the hard disk space may range from between 120 MB and 295 MB, depending on your computer configuration and the options that you choose to install.
•A full install of Windows 98 on a FAT16 drive requires 225 MB of free hard disk space, but may range from between 165 MB and 355 MB, depending on your computer configuration and that options that you choose to install.
•A full install of Windows 98 on a FAT32 drive requires 175 MB of free hard disk space, but may range from between 140 MB and 255 MB, depending on your computer configuration and the options that you choose to install.
•One 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive.
•VGA or higher resolution (16-bit or 24-bit color SVGA recommended).


IIRC when we upgraded our systems back in '95 even the P75's and P90's weren't super fast with W95. The 486's were dogs. I would go W3.11 or DOS.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:13 AM   #7
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Kinda thought win 98 would be a step too far I'd go with win3.11 or 3.1 depends I suppose on what old OS's he can find and experiment with them. I was mostly in the enterprise sector in those days using various OS's like unix and NT3.1 and a lot of proprietry OS's, used to know a couple of businesses running unix on 386's, which they considered better than windows.

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Old 12-17-2014, 05:05 AM   #8
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Kinda depends on the games that the OP wants to play doesn't it?
What are the game requirements? That will determine what you will have to install for the OS...
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:36 AM   #9
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If any of these games had requirements you would probably be hard pressed to find them, most of them predate the 486 by a few years.

I guess I'll try 95 out first, though I remember compatability for DOS games in 3.1 worked very well so if it's too sluggish I'll go to 3.1.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:31 PM   #10
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You should have no problem with 95. I run it on a 486 DX2 66 without issue.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:33 PM   #11
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One question remains..... will it play crysis?

Seriously... my first computer system i owned was a DX4-100mhz, only came with DOS6.22 and for the low low price of $1200 back in 1996.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:11 PM   #12
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Do you have a turbo button?
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:14 PM   #13
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Honestly how did I miss this thread?

Anyway, Personally for the GAMES YOU LISTED, you are going to want to use DOS.

If you want more detailed info, shoot me a PM or head over here: http://www.vogons.org/index.php
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:27 AM   #14
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Well, she's up and running! What a beauty... I found a Matrox Mellenium II PCI card and a Voodoo 3 3000 AGP card to go with it, unfortunatly it's got no AGP slot D;

Wish I had some ISA video cards now...
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:43 PM   #15
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Millennium II is already too much video card for that computer.

Need a Pentium class PC to get that AGP slot.
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Kinda thought win 98 would be a step too far I'd go with win3.11 or 3.1 depends I suppose on what old OS's he can find and experiment with them. I was mostly in the enterprise sector in those days using various OS's like unix and NT3.1 and a lot of proprietry OS's, used to know a couple of businesses running unix on 386's, which they considered better than windows.
Figured I bring this one back from the dead.

Windows 95/98 are basically Dos power shells like 3.11. I can tell you (from experience) that there's no real perceivable difference(between the two), a 100 mhz processor will work just fine. I would highest suggest a modern HDD and at least 32mb ram though. Hdd's from that era were painfully slow. a Good 5400/7200RPM IDE will make it fly.

Also, don't ever go on the internet.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:07 PM   #17
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Modems working on those old m/c's were expensive, something like a 1000 to 1200 bucks for a 9600, and the internet was practically none existent, a friend of mine used to dabble a lot in the share market, about the only thing on the web in those earlier day's.
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Modems working on those old m/c's were expensive, something like a 1000 to 1200 bucks for a 9600, and the internet was practically none existent, a friend of mine used to dabble a lot in the share market, about the only thing on the web in those earlier day's.
I remember the 14.4K modem on the Compaq Pentium 200mhz computer we had, and then I think I next got a Dell 800L (pentium 3 800mhz) with windows Me and that had a PCI 56K. I loved that thing to death. It was hilarious because every time I wanted to play starcraft @ 10:00 at night or get on AOL (1000+hr free trails FTW) I had to bust out the 50ft cord to plug into the jack across the kitchen. That was of course until we (finally) got two phone lines.


Disconnecting in the middle of 3vs3 because of grandma calling the house, ahh those were the days.
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