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April 16, 2010 4:44:14 AM

I have heard that you can have multiple OS's on a single system..is this correct?

Like I could have for example...

M2N32-SLI Deluxe/Wireless Edition
AMD Athlon™ X2 6400+ Black
2 X NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT's
8GB, DDR2-800MHz

AND....

1 X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s running Windows '98 S.E.

1 X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s running Windows XP 64bit.

1 X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s running Windows Vista 64bit

AND

1 X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s running Windows 7 64bit

and I can restart in any mode I wish to for any reason...my god that would be sooooo cool.

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April 16, 2010 2:28:37 PM
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Yes. You can boot multiple O/S's. The limitation in your dream machine listed above would be that many new motherboards will not support Win98.
April 17, 2010 7:44:02 AM

Not to mention video cards. You'll find most hardware vendors simply do not produce drivers for 9x... it's beyond obsolete.
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April 17, 2010 1:18:38 PM

Zoron said:
Not to mention video cards. You'll find most hardware vendors simply do not produce drivers for 9x... it's beyond obsolete.



Obsolete is a harsh word Zoron, I am sure that there is alot of Wordstar users out there that would disagree with you and say their wordprocessor works fine on 9x! :sarcastic: 
April 18, 2010 1:28:33 AM

Harsh, perhaps... but it doesn't make it any less true. The products just aren't supported anymore. Ask the poor guy looking for help with Accelerent.
April 18, 2010 1:36:13 AM

I know, tried to help on that one... no luck. It is obsolete, but I was gently teasing the Wordstar users out there. Did you know there is still people actively using this old wordprocessing app from the 80's? Talk about loyality!
April 18, 2010 2:05:30 AM

Yes, I know... I was trying to encourage one such user to get a new computer because it was impossible to find parts for an old AT&T 286 computer. I know people hate adapting to something new at times; but you just have to know when to let the old stuff go and move on.
April 18, 2010 2:12:59 AM

We were selling those AT&T computers way back in '89 (but might have been XT)! Now I feel old.
April 18, 2010 7:08:57 PM

I was still in high school back in '89... seems so long ago now...
April 18, 2010 7:50:11 PM

I was using WordStar back in '89... seems like yesterday... :) 
April 18, 2010 8:20:44 PM

Yes, but do either of you remember when the big advancement from green monochrome monitors to amber monochrome monitors occurred! :wahoo: 
April 18, 2010 9:10:47 PM

Yeah. That was when I got an IBM 5155.
April 18, 2010 9:31:03 PM

Nice! We used those at the bank when I first started in Information Services. Lugging it back and forth to home on the transit bus was fun. Portable computer... ya right! <grin>
April 19, 2010 2:44:41 AM

I used both, but never noted when we went to amber from green... lol. I do remember loving the first VGA monitor I used, however.
April 19, 2010 2:51:14 AM

In one of my threads I just had an OP write back that they hate the way Safe Mode looks. To think when VGA first can out we thought we had the world by the tail with 640 x 480 and 16 colors (or was it four colors.. I forget)! <grin> All those migraines from the sharp monochrome displays were gone.
April 19, 2010 7:45:51 AM

No of colours in CGA depended upon mode. There were 16 colours in all (actually eight, but in dim and bright varieties). In graphics modes a maximum of 4 at a time could be displayed, and the "hi-res" 640 x 200 (yep - 200, not 480!) mode was strictly monochrome.

Of course, the 5155 was amber only unless you used an external monitor. I've still got the original carrying case for mine - makes a nice overnight bag.
April 19, 2010 11:47:03 AM

Ijack said:


Of course, the 5155 was amber only unless you used an external monitor. I've still got the original carrying case for mine - makes a nice overnight bag.


See, that is what you paid the three or four thousand dollars for, a case that outlasted the computer! :) 
April 19, 2010 2:03:08 PM

Best answer selected by pvcady001.
April 19, 2010 5:21:18 PM

Thanks pvcady001. Good luck with the multiple boot project!
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