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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122802
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If anyone is going to get a market up and going get me a 200 or 300 MGHz with W95! Would want to know that whomever is selling these older computers has refurbished them. I wish Dell would do something like this.
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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122803
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Love IT!!!!!!!!!!

But.....all about have great questions.that would mean that I would have to have 2 computers...would it work on a high spped data line? Or would I have to go back to phone line again..BAH Hum Bug ! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" />
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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122804
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Hi hanksdog - that's what everyone is talking about - getting a second older computer so you can play the old games without jumping through all the hoops that the new, faster, supposed better computers make you do.

I have an old 133 and do not use it for internet access - it's only for playing old games.


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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122805
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That's what i want to get, Syd....something like what you have. Or the 166 like Witchen has. Wish I knew of someone trying to get rid of an oldie..... why oh why didn't i keep my old 75 mhz?? It would have been great for all those old DOS games i have. Why was I always in such a hurry to get what's newer and faster? bad move......


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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122806
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Hi all,
I was lucky enough to get a Dell Optiplex GX Pro 200 used from ebay for about $50.00 plus shipping. It came with a boot-up disk, and I loaded it with Win95. It works great! I do not have it hooked up to the internet-it's only for playing old games, but the people I got it from say it's perfectly able to do that. The old games work great on it, ones that wouldn't work on my newer system with my upgraded vid and sound cards. When I had problems setting it up, cause I'd never done anything like this before, I called them and they helped me over the phone and gave me great assistance. I think they were from Louisiana, and were selling many other units. I'm really happy with it, and can reccommend them highly. laugh
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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122807
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Andrea.......do you think these people would have more computers left to sell?? I've never done the ebay thing before - and am a little afraid to. But i'd really love to get my grubby little paws on an older computer to use just for old games.
thanks.....Liz wave


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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122808
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Hanksdog: my Optiplex has a NIC, I didn't believe the Ebay description until it arrived. Plugged in a cable modem cord (we're networked for 4 computers using broadband), comp configured itself (total mystery to me) & I was onto the internet via broadband. So...it depends on whether the comp has a NIC & you can always install one smile

Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122809
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Hi Liz

I am so very glad I saved this little computer [probably the main reason is that when I first bought it it cost me $3600] <img border="0" alt="woozy" title="" src="graemlins/woozy.gif" />

The specs are:

P133
16 megs of ram
1.6 gig hard drive
1 meg video card that's VESA 1.0 compliant (I can play Angel Devoid and Ark of Time)
SB16 sound card (bought it off of ebay for $10)
16X CD Rom
W95

I have been able to play every old game I have - even got Kyrandia 1 to run with sound laugh


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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122810
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Syd......that sounds exactly like what i need. I can play neither Angel Devoid or Riddle of Master Lu on my present computer, and have bald spots on my head from trying to get them to work. Maybe i'll get lucky and find someone who wants to get rid of an old puter - if i don't scare them away with the state of my hair!!! eek


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Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122812
08/18/02 08:11 PM
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I installed Win 95b on my Dell Optiplex GX Pro 200. The only drivers I downloaded from the net were the ones for its SB16 sound card. I didn't get system specific drivers from Dell. I got
sbw9xup.exe (update of SB16 Windows drivers) and 95dosapp.exe (DOS drivers for Win 95/98 for Creative SB16 and AWE cards). I can't remember if I needed ctcmbbs.exe or not. I know I used it on one of my computers, but it may not have been the Dell. You need it if your computer is not a Plug 'n Play system.

These driver sets are downloadable from
http://www.americas.creative.com/support/welcome.asp?RD=download

Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122813
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I decided to test the slow-down command on my Optiplex and stuck in the oldest game I have, The Black Cauldron, a Sierra/Disney game from 1985. This game has slow, normal, fast and fastest settings for the character's walking speed. Fastest on a 200mhz machine is a blur. I toggled to 8mhz using a CNTRL-ALT-\ command and it slowed right down without a hiccup and without leaving the game. Very nice.

Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122814
08/21/02 02:20 AM
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Scout, I was amazed to hear that your Optiplex computer has a built in slow down command. That is so neat! I have never heard of anything like that before. Maybe I need to trade up from my 486. It plays all the old stuff but it is pretty slow.

Re: Is There A Market Here For Older Computers for Adventure Games? #122815
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Pokey,

I know, it was very cool. I think it's only on those early Dell models but I'm not sure. Really a nice option when you have an oldie but goldie loaded up. I only wished I had loaded Dinotopia on the Optiplex instead of my main computer when it floated to me. Then I wouldn't have had all that difficulty jumping off the cliff onto the bird's back. And yeah, the other nice thing is it has a Pentium Pro chip and a 200mhz processor and thus will run quite nicely with the later windows games. I like mine a lot, as you have probably figured out all on your own.

Mike

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