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John Bean
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      01-09-2005, 07:45 PM
On Sun, 9 Jan 2005 18:12:32 +0000, Helen Edith Stephenson wrote:

> In article <41e17038$0$52019$(E-Mail Removed)>, Charles Robinson
> <(E-Mail Removed)> writes
>>Helen Edith Stephenson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>>:>I don't know what kind of PC your still using with Win98, but you may
>>:>need to take a hard and honest look at upgrading the PC itself, as WinXP
>>:>doesn't play nice with under-powered CPUs.
>>:
>>: It's a Pentium III. Can't remember if it's 500MHz or 550MHz. It seemed a
>>: lot at the time when I bought it back in 1998 or 1999!
>>
>>If you have enough RAM (256megs, I'd recommend as a bare minimum), that's
>>enough power to get XP running comfortably.

>
> I've got 512MB RAM. I think. It could be more. I did a big RAM update a
> while ago.
>
>>I have Win2K Pro running on 3 different systems here at my house with PII
>>450s. But each machine has 384 megs or more of RAM. Not super-powered,
>>but they get the job done without a lot of fuss.
>>
>> -Charles

>
> While a PC gets the job done, there's no point in upgrading it further.
> I'm a great believer in "if it aint broke, don't fix it".
>
> However, I've clearly reached a point at which there is a clear benefit
> to an upgrade.
>
> I might solve the problem of my parallel flatbed scanner by reattaching
> it to my old Win95 PC. Everything else should be capable of running
> under XP if I do the work and find the drivers.


There are very few devices that don't work under XP. Many of my bits and
pieces that needed various drivers under previous Windows versions simply
worked automagically under XP. XP also does an astonishingly good job of
"upgrading" your existing system, keeping all the important stuff intact
without having to go through the agonies of having to reinstall from
scratch.

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      01-10-2005, 01:31 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Darrell <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>I am using Pentax Photo Browser, and Pentax Photo Laboratory in Win 98SE ...


The old versions from the *ist-D, or the new *ist-DS ones?



 
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      01-10-2005, 04:41 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>,
Helen Edith Stephenson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>In article <crpk40$(E-Mail Removed)>, Jer <(E-Mail Removed)>
>writes
>>Helen Edith Stephenson wrote:
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>>> In article <brvdvqu5cdt$(E-Mail Removed)>, John Bean
>>> <(E-Mail Removed)> writes


[ ... ]

>>>>You could use Dave Coffin's dcraw (http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/)
>>>>- there's a version you can get pre-compiled for Windows - which can open
>>>>PEF files from the DS. Other than that, there's nothing AFAIK that will work
>>>>for you in Win98. Sorry.


Wonderful. I did not know about this until now. I just
downloaded it and successfully compiled and ran it on both a Sun
(running Solaris 2.8) and an Intel box (running OpenBSD 3.5).

*And* -- it not only handles the RAW image (.NEF) from the
Nikon D70, but it also handles the images out of the older Nikon N90s
bodies converted to digital by Kodak for the AP (NC2000e/c). That one
put out a RAW file wrapped in a TIFF wrapper, and I *had* to use Windows
(or a Mac) with a special plugin from Kodak for Photoshop elements.

>>> It's looking increasingly likely that an upgrade to WinXP may become
>>> inevitable. If I can put it off for a bit longer, I'd like to, but if I
>>> want to shoot RAW images, I think this PC is going to require an
>>> upgrade.
>>>
>>> Helen

>>
>>
>>I don't know what kind of PC your still using with Win98, but you may
>>need to take a hard and honest look at upgrading the PC itself, as WinXP
>>doesn't play nice with under-powered CPUs.

>
>It's a Pentium III. Can't remember if it's 500MHz or 550MHz. It seemed a
>lot at the time when I bought it back in 1998 or 1999!


Hmm ... Run OpenBSD or linux on that box, and it will scream.
It is Windows which slows down boxen -- and more so with every
"upgrade", which forces you to get faster hardware to keep up with its
requirements.

I've run a recent version of OpenBSD on a 33 MHz box, and while
not a screamer, it was not sluggish by any means.

>My other half wants me to buy a new case with motherboard and power
>supply already installed, and get a new processor, and then transfer the
>rest of my bits across, but I want to pay off the DS first:-)


Can you live without other Windows programs? If so, there are
excellent programs for OpenBSD, linux, or other similar machines which
will still use the old hardware and run faster. Now that I have dcraw
compiled and installed, the only thing that I need Windows for is the
annual income tax torture.

Most of these unix-flavored OSes are free for the download, or
very inexpensive for a bootable CD-ROM of the distribution (probably
better to have the CD-ROM version for a first time install, anyway, and
unless you have a very fast net connection, you probably don't want to
be downloading most of two CD-ROMs worth of stuff. There are actually
three CD-ROMs in the set, with the second one being bootable on some
Macs. The first is bootable on Intel boxen, and the third bootable on
Sun SPARC machines. Taht third one also has lots of the pre-compiled
packages on it.

>If I can get XP to run on it as it is while I'm reducing the outstanding
>balance on my credit card, then I'd prefer to get XP to run on it as it
>is, particularly if my dentist decides I need a crown on Tuesday...


To run OpenBSD (or the others) all you need is a new disk drive
(so you can keep your Windows ready to run if you need it), and to set
up the machine as dual boot, or with pluggable housings for the two
disks.

One of the extra benefits of these other OSs is that they aren't
the targets of virii (Windows is such an easy target, after all). For
the best of security, my personal preference is OpenBSD.

When it comes time to move up to newer hardware (whenever that
happens) you can then turn the old OpenBSD box into an excellent
firewall to hide your Windows box behind.

But -- if you have no experience with unix of any flavor, you
will have a learning curve ahead of you -- one reason to want the
dual-boot capability for a while. Ideally, you want someone nearby who
can help you get the system going the first time around, including
installing the X11 package and a window manager (Gnome is one, KDM is
another, and there are lots of other choices. Some have more of a
Windows feel to them than others.)

Good Luck,
DoN.
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      01-10-2005, 05:39 AM

"John Francis" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Darrell <(E-Mail Removed)>

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> >I am using Pentax Photo Browser, and Pentax Photo Laboratory in Win 98SE

....
>
> The old versions from the *ist-D, or the new *ist-DS ones?
>

I downloaded the current ones from Pentax Canada. I use the * ist D.


 
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      01-10-2005, 08:16 AM
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Darrell <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>"John Francis" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>news:crslue$soj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, Darrell <(E-Mail Removed)>

>wrote:
>> >
>> >I am using Pentax Photo Browser, and Pentax Photo Laboratory in Win 98SE

>...
>>
>> The old versions from the *ist-D, or the new *ist-DS ones?
>>

>I downloaded the current ones from Pentax Canada. I use the * ist D.


What version is that? I hadn't heard of PPL V2.0 being available for download,
and the only ones I can see on pentax.ca are the V1.1 release, which isn't any
use to the original poster (who, as the thread title suggests, has a *ist-DS).


 
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