Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

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Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby CkRtech » 2018-5-17 @ 00:55

Hey guys -

Most of the non-modern stuff I do is Win 98 or earlier.

I acquired an old laptop with an AMD-K6-something @ 366 with 160 MB of RAM. It is dual-booting fresh installs of Windows 98 SE and Windows XP SP3.

Can you guys recommend a browser that can take advantage of the XP environment (vs 98SE) and work with the limited instruction sets of this processor?

I am trying to find that sweet spot of performance/CPU instructions/OS/security for this guy. And of course, this is a tug in 4 different directions.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby BinaryDemon » 2018-5-17 @ 02:12

I would give QTWeb a try. Dillo is even more lightweight, but it's rendering is pretty poor.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby CkRtech » 2018-5-17 @ 05:14

Thanks, BinaryDemon. Will do.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby notsofossil » 2018-5-23 @ 02:51

I'm amazed you put Windows XP on a machine of that age, I would hesitate to put even Windows 2000 on something like that.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby dr_st » 2018-5-23 @ 10:09

notsofossil wrote:I'm amazed you put Windows XP on a machine of that age, I would hesitate to put even Windows 2000 on something like that.
Ditto.

Moreover, I don't see the point. It will be anything but usable experience.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby xjas » 2018-5-23 @ 21:35

Netsurf will probably run well on it, but the modern web won't. It least it'll give you a shot at something up-to-date though. You should be able to post to this forum if nothing else.

I'd recommend trying an old verion of Opera too (something like Opera 8 or 10) but modern web standards & SSL have made anything that old useless.
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby weldum » 2018-5-24 @ 02:06

the thing is that to be able to take advantage of XP web browsers, you need at least something with SSE2 at least o a Pentium 3/Athlon and older Firefox or Opera

otherwise you're just fine with 98SE
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Re: Good browser for XP SP3 w/ K6

Postby ATauenis » 2018-5-24 @ 10:59

CkRtech wrote:I acquired an old laptop with an AMD-K6-something @ 366 with 160 MB of RAM. It is dual-booting fresh installs of Windows 98 SE and Windows XP SP3.

160 MB of RAM is very little amount for WinXP. All browsers that uses XP benefits will eat all your RAM in few seconds. Only IE6 or older Mozillas (such as Firefox 2, SeaMonkey 1.1 or Mozilla 1.7) might be usable and not too slow. But they are not well compatible with modern sites. Because almost all modern websites are using forced strong encryption (TLS 1.2 256-bit), they are require a browser that supports the strong encryption.

All Gecko-based browsers from 2006 and later are compatible with modern websites out of box. They cannot run most scripts and other active content, as they are based on latest versions of jQuery, but the text and pictures should be visible. And they are working really fast.

To use IE6/7 or Opera on WinXP SP2 or SP3 with the modern web there are two important updates: KB968730 and KB3055973. Some people say that only KB4019276 may be useful, but I'm successfully added the support of TLS 1.2 256-bit to XP SP2 with the two previous updates. IE6 SP2/3 is the most fastest browser for XP, but it is from 2004 and it has very bad renderer that is working very bad. IE7 is a something better, but it likes to freeze the system. IE8 does not require TLS updates and is compatible with almost all modern sites, but it consumes big amount of RAM. Operas 8...10 are working like Firefox 2, but some sites are displaying as a blank white page due to bug in the renderer of Opera.

Only Opera 12 (even on Windows 2000) does not requiring the TLS updates and is working with the modern web almost perfectly. But it is very slow on old hardware. Even on P3-933 with 1024MB of RAM it works very sloooow.
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