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  I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC) 
 
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Adam Kolak Jul 02, 2009, 12:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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So, today I a was doing some work on my main desktop system (I'll post pictures hopefully tomorrow or whenever I get the thing back together). So while my other desktop is in pieces, I decided to hook up my old Pentium 4 rig, that many of you older members may remember. Last time I was home from college I spent a night and formatted and installed a fresh install of Windows XP SP3.

So I boot this thing up, and at first the mouse and keyboard (both USB) aren't working and the screen resolution is wrong (it's set at 1024x768 for my other monitor). So I'm thinking it is something with my BIOS settings or something...well turns out I just wasn't giving it enough time to detect plug & play devices, but anyway I was so use to how Vista switches the resolution to the right one on boot up if your monitor changes and how it seems to detect plug and play devices before you get to the desktop.

But now that it is all working, I gotta say that I really do miss Window XP. It seems to just run so smooth and so fast on this old P4 2.66Ghz system with under 1GB of memory. I also sorta miss the blue/green "fisher price" toolbar (I am being serious). Somehow I am just so much more attached to this old P4 system I built years ago, a feeling I never got with my newer build. This machine is louder, its slower, and it lights up like time square, but I gotta say I love it more!


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~Vel Jul 02, 2009, 12:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
Yeah, I kinda miss the days of LiteStep and WindowBlinds where I'd hack my own theme and tweak the colors in PhotoShop if I wasn't satisfied with it. Oddly, I still have a backup of a few WB themes and an XP ISO sitting around as well. I know I'll install it for kicks some day to reminisce, it's definitely something that takes you back.

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Adam Kolak Jul 02, 2009, 12:48am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
Yeah years I go I used StyleXP and Windows Blinds, and many of those themes I downloaded over the years were far nicer to look at than anything else I have seen including modern operating systems like Vista and Leopard.

And look at that, it is using about 280MB of memory total, with Firefox, Foobar2000 (simple music player), and Pidgin running. I'm pretty sure the service that runs Aero in Vista uses about that much on it's own. I am almost tempted to do something I never tried...installing Windows XP on my newer machine.

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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
I'm the same. I have Windows 7 ( which I love ) on my Wind, but I always end up doing a complete format and going back to XP. I think the fact we used it for so many years and became so familiar it is like a comforting feeling to have it back.

I miss my old 2600+ and 9800pro 1gb system.

HA! Found some old pics. CRT FTW

Look at what is on the screen in the first pic:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v651/refusedthrice/?action=v...9fee85.jpg
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v651/refusedthrice/?action=v...a12f70.jpg


I loved that PC.

PIRATE Jul 02, 2009, 08:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
Speaking of love for old things.. I miss my 9800 pro so bad... Best card I ever had, kicked major ass back then.

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Dr. Peaceful Jul 02, 2009, 11:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
No kidding man. There was this old P4 machine in my former work, running WinXP SP1, I can swear it runs just as fast as the newer C2D machines with WinXP SP3 or Vista. Everyone's going upgrade and upgrade, sometimes it's good to look back to see that technology back then wasn't too bad at all.

A_Pickle Jul 02, 2009, 08:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
It's funny you post this... I just installed Windows XP on my Alienware laptop for the first time ever. It's ridiculously fast... stable...

...I miss it too. But something about it... just... bothers me. I dunno what it is, but I always like coming back to Vista.

mothow Jul 03, 2009, 02:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
Oh yeah I miss my frist build to.And XP im not using right now but im always tempted to reinstall it again.

P4 2.6ghz 800 FSB - Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro - Geil 2x256MB PC3500 Ultra( omg it cost $135)And a BFG FX5900 128mb and a Kingwin 450watt psu

I was so proud of this system.Heck I thought OCing it to 3.2gh was the greatest thing in the world.And my Video card.I just thought it was great.I remember it scored 6900 in 3Dmark03 which was a great score then.

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Pirate (91128) said on Jul 02, 2009 at 05:54am PDT:
Speaking of love for old things.. I miss my 9800 pro so bad... Best card I ever had, kicked major ass back then.

My 9800 Pro was awesome!!

mothow Jul 03, 2009, 05:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My FX5900 would rape your 9800pro

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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
Mothow (44773) said on Jul 03, 2009 at 02:56pm PDT:
My FX5900 would rape your 9800pro

My 9800 Pro would have snuck up behind your FX5900 and got it in a sleeper hold. After that, it would have drugged it to make sure it stayed down. Then it would have waited until it got dark and dragged it back to its apartment.

Then it would have violated every orifice, transistor and capacitor it could find. When your FX5900 woke up and screamed for mercy, my 9800 Pro would have just ignored it, and continued to sodomize it unlubricated with the broken end of a broomstick. ALL. F**KING. NIGHT. LONG.

In the morning, my 9800 Pro would slowly strangle your FX5900 just up to the point of death, at which point it would let it go, and just as the FX was catching its breath, my 9800 Pro would punch it as hard as it could in the face, then starting strangling it again. This would go on for hours.

In the evening, my 9800 Pro would start burning your FX5900 with cigarettes, cutting holes into its eyelids, and throwing scalding-hot water on it. Then my 9800 Pro would let a hungy, rabid dog gnaw on your FX5900.

That night, my 9800 Pro would kidnap your FX's children and bring them, only to shoot them in the face, one-by-one, right in front of your FX5900. Then my 9800 Pro would leave your FX5900 all alone to let that reality present itself. Only then would my 9800 Pro take your FX5900 into the woods and burn it to death while still alive.

mothow Jul 03, 2009, 07:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)
LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Now my GTX260's are having nightmares after seening this..lol

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Plug & Play Jul 03, 2009, 08:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I Miss Windows XP (and my old PC)

I miss my 7800GTX that was the biggest leap forward in GPU terms EVER!!!!

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