First post, by viper32cm
I need some help figuring out what to do with my Socket 7 Pentium 100 system: 16MB ram, 2GB HDD, S3 Trio 64V+, Aztech Sound Galaxy, and 256KB of asynch cash.
I'm currently running Dos 6.22 and Windows 3.11 on it. This is a very similar configuration to what I had in the computer my family bought in the summary of 1995, right before Windows 95 came out. It's blazing fast with Windows 3.x.
However, in my collection, it's sandwiched between a 486DX/33 running Dos 6.2 and Win 3.1 and a P233MMX running Windows 95. Anything that the 486 can't do that well, the P233 can handle better than the P100. Anything that the P233 is too fast for, the P100 is too fast for as well.
The best idea I've had is running the earliest version of Win95 I can get my hands on--RTM preferably. I run Win95 OSR2.5 on my P233, and it's definitely a much better experience than what I can recall from early Windows 95. So having early Windows 95 could be interesting, I guess. In conjunction with early Wind0ws 95 I guess I could try playing around with earlier 3d accelerators. I run a TNT in my P233, so something like a Rendition card or a Riva 128 in the P100 could be interesting but likely significantly under utilized.
So is there anything that these early Pentiums are particularly well suited for, or are they somewhat of a "tweener" CPU, not quite advanced nor quite old enough to merit use over their immediate predecessors and successors?