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TechnoMage

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I've decided to just stay at home today, so just for fun....
I decided to try Windows 8.1 on my old Acer One Netbook. It's so old, it came pre-loaded with Win-XP/x86.
My previous attempts at updating the OS on that little beastie have all failed.
The hardest part of my day came when I went looking for a Flash Drive with Windows 8.1 on it. I found that I didn't have one, but I did find a DVD with that OS on it.
So I used a utility program to burn the ISO from the DVD to a spare Flash Drive. Then I was ready to start the install.

The little Netbook booted up just fine from the Flash Drive and the install of Windows 8.1/Pro/x86, went off without incident, just like it would on a much newer and higher performance PC. All be it, a little bit slower. The Netbook is maxed out with just 1.5GB of RAM. It came from Acer like that. The HD is buried deep inside the little PC, and would be really hard to change.

Before the upgrade, I did manage to get a Ghost Backup of the C: partition of the little HD in the Netbook. So if Win-8.1 ever goes sideways on me, I can always do a Ghost Restore, and
restore Win-XP to the little Netbook.
If there is a negative to the 8.1 install, it's that I wind up with a screen resolution of just 800x600. On a screen not much bigger than a post card, any higher resolution would result in text
too small to read. But, that's comparable to what I had with XP.
However my LAN/WiFi, and sound installed properly and both Work. All, thanks to the great hardware driver package in Windows 8.1.

This is all just a part of my Hobby, of experimenting with various OS's and is not done for any personal gain.
Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
PS: Here's a screen shot of my System screen, cropped and resized, of course.
Win81.jpg
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

Bree

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...just for fun.... I decided to try Windows 8.1 on my old Acer One Netbook. It's so old, it came pre-loaded with Win-XP/x86.... The Netbook is maxed out with just 1.5GB of RAM. It came from Acer like that.... with a screen resolution of just 800x600.
It's fun testing the limits of old hardware.

I have an Acer netbook too, but a little newer than yours. It came with Win7 Starter, boasts a whole 2GB RAM and a 1024x600 10" screen. Currently it's running Win10 x86 and gets regular use as my 'take-away' device for some light web browsing while on holiday.

But, just for fun, I've had it running Windows 11 x64 (well, 'walk' rather than 'run' - no 64-bit OS should be asked to live in anything with that little RAM :D)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V

TechnoMage

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All too often, on one forum or another, someone is bemoaning how hard it is to install Windows X.X.
If a person gets the appropriate ISO for the OS they want to install, and then burn it to a Flash Drive, of sufficient size, using the latest version of "Rufus"....
then boot up their PC with the Flash Drive, the install is as easy as just answering a few prompts. I'm afraid that all too many, try to make something very hard out of something that is really so simple. It's Easy Peasy, Piece of cake, etc.

The hardest part of installing Windows 8.1 to my Acer One Netbook, yesterday, was waiting for the little laptop to do the install. Did I mention, it's really slow.
Other than the slowness, the install went off like Clockwork. Absolutely NO problems.

As a computer tech of over 40 years, I just wish I could be there when someone is having problems installing an OS.

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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It's fun testing the limits of old hardware.

I have an Acer netbook too, but a little newer than yours. It came with Win7 Starter, boasts a whole 2GB RAM and a 1024x600 10" screen. Currently it's running Win10 x86 and gets regular use as my 'take-away' device for some light web browsing while on holiday.

But, just for fun, I've had it running Windows 11 x64 (well, 'walk' rather than 'run' - no 64-bit OS should be asked to live in anything with that little RAM :D)

My first Netbook was just new, from Acer and had only One (1) GB of ram. I had a problem with it, took it back to the store and got a replacement....the one I have now.
At the time, I was glad that it was maxed out to 1.5 GB of ram. It's always been my own "Take Away" laptop. A really FUN little computer.
I tried Windows 7 on the Netbook, and the video was really screwed up. Then much later, I tried Win-10 and likewise, NOT satisfactory. But Windows 8.1/Pro/x86 runs perfectly.
Max resolution is 800x600, but with such a small screen, that's OK.
I'm glad to hear that someone else has a netbook, and likes it.
Thank you,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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I'm constantly reading where different guys recommend running Linux as a fix for many problems. I tried that once and found it useless. (for me)

However I recently had a chance to download and try a new OS called "Zorin". With the applications that it came preinstalled with it was almost useful.
But, not for me. Zorin is still out there, and I'm just wondering if anyone else has tried it, and what they might think of it. ???

OP, TM :cool:
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

MGhee

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As a computer tech of over 40 years, I just wish I could be there when someone is having problems installing an OS.
I think I called your house back in 1981, I left a message asking you to come by my house... I was living in Tampa on W. Sligh Ave. - you never showed up :picnic:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-45
    CPU
    AMD A6-6310
    Memory
    12GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Laptop Display, 32" Samsung HDTV
    Internet Speed
    SLOW (4 Mbps)

TechnoMage

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I think I called your house back in 1981, I left a message asking you to come by my house... I was living in Tampa on W. Sligh Ave. - you never showed up :picnic:
Well, sir I don't think you did. Sorree MGhee.
I did not move to FL till 1988, and even then I was not doing house calls to Tampa, that would be an almost 100 mile trip for me, from Ocala.
JFYI , in 1981 I was working in the CAT Research Labs in Mossville, Ill. And just building my first IBM compatible PC.
My computer repair work at the time was reserved for the Commodore 64 computer and 1541 Disk Drive.
:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

MGhee

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Well, sir I don't think you did. Sorree MGhee.
I did not move to FL till 1988, and even then I was not doing house calls to Tampa, that would be an almost 100 mile trip for me, from Ocala.
JFYI , in 1981 I was working in the CAT Research Labs in Mossville, Ill. And just building my first IBM compatible PC.
My computer repair work at the time was reserved for the Commodore 64 computer and 1541 Disk Drive.
:cool:
Hi TM

Sounds like you've been around technology a good bit of your life - really cool.

BTW, I hope you know I was kidding, though I was in Tampa from 1980 to 1982 ⛈️
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-45
    CPU
    AMD A6-6310
    Memory
    12GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Laptop Display, 32" Samsung HDTV
    Internet Speed
    SLOW (4 Mbps)

TechnoMage

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MGhee,
My first job, when I got out of the ARMY in 1964, was with NCR. My aptitude for electronics was so high that they put me right into their Computer training program.
Their idea, not mine. The largest system I ever worked on/with was big enough to fill a house. It ran on vac. tubes.
OH, I worked on all the mechanical stuff too. What a ride!
So, MGhee, where are you now?
:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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Well, that thread just died a quick death!

Happy Holidays, Y'all
:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

spapakons

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Hello!
I've decided to just stay at home today, so just for fun....
I decided to try Windows 8.1 on my old Acer One Netbook. It's so old, it came pre-loaded with Win-XP/x86.
My previous attempts at updating the OS on that little beastie have all failed.
The hardest part of my day came when I went looking for a Flash Drive with Windows 8.1 on it. I found that I didn't have one, but I did find a DVD with that OS on it.
So I used a utility program to burn the ISO from the DVD to a spare Flash Drive. Then I was ready to start the install.

The little Netbook booted up just fine from the Flash Drive and the install of Windows 8.1/Pro/x86, went off without incident, just like it would on a much newer and higher performance PC. All be it, a little bit slower. The Netbook is maxed out with just 1.5GB of RAM. It came from Acer like that. The HD is buried deep inside the little PC, and would be really hard to change.

Before the upgrade, I did manage to get a Ghost Backup of the C: partition of the little HD in the Netbook. So if Win-8.1 ever goes sideways on me, I can always do a Ghost Restore, and
restore Win-XP to the little Netbook.
If there is a negative to the 8.1 install, it's that I wind up with a screen resolution of just 800x600. On a screen not much bigger than a post card, any higher resolution would result in text
too small to read. But, that's comparable to what I had with XP.
However my LAN/WiFi, and sound installed properly and both Work. All, thanks to the great hardware driver package in Windows 8.1.

This is all just a part of my Hobby, of experimenting with various OS's and is not done for any personal gain.
Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
PS: Here's a screen shot of my System screen, cropped and resized, of course.
View attachment 71969

I guess you installed Windows 8.1 but did nothing about drivers. Windows could not identify your graphics card, hence it installed Microsoft Basic Display Adapter which has no hardware acceleration (all visual effects are done by the CPU) and the computer slows down considerably. The MBDA supports only standard resolutions, like 800x600, 1024x768 etc. Your netbook probably has native resolution of 1024x600, so MBDA's only option is 800x600. Use a utility such as Aida64 to find which is your chipset and graphics card. If your chipset is the infamous 915G, or 925G variant, then you are out of luck. There is no official or Microsoft WDDM driver, Windows 8.1 do not support XP graphics drivers (XPDM), so you are stuck with MBDA at 800x600, unless you use an external monitor. If you have 945G or newer, then you can use the latest Windows Vista or 7 32-bit driver. This will fix the resolution to the native 1024x600. There is also a registry hack to enable 1024x768 (so you could see the Windows 8 Metro Screen back in Windows 8.0), but this squeezes the picture to the native 1024x600 and is a little blur. I hope that helps.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum

spapakons

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Then some incompatible driver doesn't allow 1024x600. The solution is the same, install proper graphics drivers.

I recently saw a netbook running Windows XP which had Intel graphics installed but the driver wasn't 100% compatible, so it was stuck with 800x600. The screen's native resolution was 800x480, so the desktop was larger and you had to scroll up and down. Not very convenient. After updating to the latest graphics driver, you could set the native resolution of 800x480 to see the whole desktop. I think you get the idea.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum

TechnoMage

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I'm perfectly happy with what I have. At least these old eyes can still read it.
Not really in to playing with drivers, to get a higher resolution that I couldn't even read.
I've sent post cards, larger than the screen on this little Netbook.
Thanks guys, for all your suggestions. Appreciated!
Wishing Y'all a great 2022.
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

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