@256 If you disable the UEFI logo of mother motherboards, this text still appears.

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@256 500 meg of memory? On a pentium ii??? Fancy!

@1n4007 @256 I see your 512MB ram, and raise you 1GB of ram and >1TB storage on a Super Socket 7 based system with an AMD K6-3 :) (Technically I could throw a Pentium MMX or something in here I suppose.)

@kepstin @256 Damn, very nice! With a DVD drive and everything. What's it run? I know DOS won't like those big disks, and *nixes that run on 32bit sub-GHz processors are getting harder to come by nowadays.

@1n4007 @256 Right now I'm actually dual-booting Windows 98 and Gentoo Linux.

Windows 98 on this system doesn't have any issues with the disk sizes, thanks to the use of native SATA drivers, but the *RAM* size is a problem. I'm using a third-party patch to the Windows memory manager to fix that.

As far as Linux goes, not much actually supports pre-i686 (aka Pentium Pro/Pentium II) CPUs nowadays. I think Debian might, but I use Gentoo just because it's ridiculous on such a machine.

@kepstin @256 That's super cool! Never knew Win98 had SATA support. Somewhere I have a box of i486 (?) SBCs, which I remember Debian 7 would run on, but reluctantly. Maybe I'll see if I can get a Gentoo build running on one. I love to see older, marginally-supported hardware put to use!

@1n4007 @256 Windows 98 didn't have native SATA support, but it *did* have SCSI support, and several vendors released SATA drivers for Windows 98 which caused them to show up as SCSI controllers/disks. But there's a very limited number of supported controllers - just a few early SATA 1 controllers from Via, Silicon Image, and Promise.

SATA to IDE adapters are pretty easy to get nowadays, and are a good option for using newer disks (or SSDs) on classic PCs.

@kepstin @256 Curious about filesystems. Iirc, Win98 didn't have native NTFS support (makes sense, given the NT part :P ), and FAT32 didn't like large disks (I forget the exact limit, maybe the ~100GB disk would be okay?). Are you using a 3rd party driver for some other filesystem? Or something clever with partitions?

@1n4007 @256 Windows 98 does have an issue with FAT32 filesystems over... 137GB, specifically. But this limit only applies to the *boot* filesystem, because it has to be able to load from it using BIOS disk access with LBA28. My boot disk here is a 120GB SSD, so no problem.

Once the system is booted and using native disk drivers, it can access non-boot drives with larger filesystems without issue.

@1n4007 @256 (if you're using IDE disks rather than SATA, the LBA28 limit applies even after the system is booted - there are third party patches available)

@davidpetersonharvey @1n4007 @256 Nope; Windows 98SE is fine with the 120gb ssd (It's below the 128GiB/137GB limit of LBA28); and since the drives are on a SATA controller with native drivers, it could handle a single partition on non-boot drives up to 2TB in theory.

The only partitioning I've done is to split the disks for dualboot between windows and linux, and underprovision the SSD to work around the lack of trim support.

@gnarlin @256 oh, for sure; with 512MB ram you shouldn't have any issue running a currently-supported distro like Debian.

@256 nice! I had the 400MHz one with 64MB RAM and 4GB HDD 😄

@256 YAS! I'm trying to get disks for a perfectly workable Amstrad PPC640.

Me circa 1998: "Oooh, Energy Star!"

Me circa 2020: "XD My laptop draws too much power for this big ass inverter! LOL, the inverter is toast!"

@256 The 440BX. I see you have great taste in Slot 1 platforms. I think when I first saw this screen, it was a Socket 5/7 platform with an AMD K5? (What's silly is after disabling the splash screen, my LGA1366 computer has that screen too!)

@256 This isn't even obsolete, my routers for #CRXN and #BNET machines have a BIOS like this

one time i didn't realize my PC was on and i hot swapped the Pentium II cpu. It worked fine after reboot. lucky

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