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



Some things I didn't answer in the last post, I'm only running at console
level and It doesn't have an ethernet card yet but I have an old one lying
around.  Any recommendations on an ethernet card?
Sean
----- 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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