Thanks for the tips. I will check on those things. I was able to find a copy of Win95. The computer is an old Del Inspiron 7000. It will be interesting to see if it works.
From: Willie Barnett <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:18:09 AM
Subject: [CRTech] Reviving/testing legacy computers
There are a number of Linux distros that are optimized to run on older hardware like that laptop. Definitely worth looking into.
Some will even boot from a floppy! Here's a link: http://www.linuxbootdisks.com/distro16.asp
As for older versions of Windows, you would be better off with 98SE, rather than 95. :) (Unless the machine is REALLY limited!)
BTW, it's ALSO possible that the internal HD has died, or was removed. That will give a similar error. Better check that, first. :) There are some versions of Linux that can be run from a CD, albeit very slowly, which can be used to see if the machine is at least somewhat functional.
If there is no HD, I don't know if the CD versions would fully boot, but at least you WOULD see the self-tests running, as Linux tries to get its footing on that creaky platform. ;) If you can get a floppy bootable version going, then at least you'd know what the machine has for CPU, RAM, etc.
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 9:46 AM, Mike Shane <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: