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Re: Some questions before installing emacspeak on a really old compaq.

Thanks for the info tim.  My computer only has 40 mb of ram and I doubt I'd
be able to find the 24 mb of ram chips necessary for it to max out on ram if
it isn't already.  This machine will be used for programming in Java, ocr,
email and web.  If it gets working.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Cross" <tcross@pobox.une.edu.au>
To: "Sean McMahon" <smcmahon@usgs.gov>
Cc: <emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:54 PM
Subject: Some questions before installing emacspeak on a really old compaq.

> If you can get linux installed, you should be OK with the rest. How
> much memory do you have?
> I gather your just going to run at console level (not X windows). The
> only problems I can see are
> 1. May not be able to get a wireless card which is both compatible
> with the compaq system and has a Linux driver.
> 2. Does the system already have an ethernet card? You are probably
>    best off going with ethernet rather than trying to get a wireless
>    card which will work with the compaq and has a compatible linux
>    driver.
> Apart from these two issues, I don't think you will have any
> problems running on a console with emacs and the latest version of
> emacspeak (released this week). I don't know about the braillenspeak -
> but if you have had it working before with emacspeak, I can't see any
> problem.
> I think your main difficulties will be if you need to add hardware -
> if the system is from 95, it may only have limited PCI support (if
> any) and most new cards etc are PCI - especially wireless stuff. The
> other area which may result in "sluggish" behavior is if you have only
> 64Mb of memory. However, it will probably be OK if you only want to
> read mail etc and not do intensive memory hungry stuff.
> Tim
> Tim
> >>>>> "Sean" == Sean McMahon <smcmahon@usgs.gov> writes:
>  Sean> I'd like to get my Pentium 90 running linux and connect to my
>  Sean> network on my dsl router.  Here is what I'm stuck with. a
>  Sean> Pentium 90 with 800 MB disk space complete with scsi scanner
>  Sean> card, Sound Blaster 16/textassist sound card, a Braillelite 40
>  Sean> which I've used as the Braille'nspeak speach server in previous
>  Sean> versions of emacspeak a cd-rom drive Floppy drive.  Does the
>  Sean> type of video card matter?  This machine must connect with my
>  Sean> Qwest Acti0ontek 1524 DSL router.  The DSL router can connect
>  Sean> via wireless or ethernet.  What version of
>  Sean> emacspeak/emacs/linux do you recomment for such a system?  Does
>  Sean> your recommended distro have a recommended or not ever
>  Sean> recommended, wireless or ethernet card?  Are there special
>  Sean> considerations for my dsl modem under linux?  Should I download
>  Sean> any firmware/vios updates that might be available for this
>  Sean> computer?  My compaq contains no firmware or bios updates and
>  Sean> was received by me in 1995.  Thanks Sean

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