You asked us: PC--Dual Processor Advantage
by Alan Zisman (c)
published in Toronto Computes,
Xiangmin Wang wrote:
I finally decide to get rid of my old Pentium-75
PC, and to buy a
new Pentium III one. After reading through the advertisements I noticed
that for about the same amount of money, I might be able to buy a
with two Intel Celeron CPUs. I am just wondering whether you have done
any test to see whether a dual Celeron-400 computer can out perform a
III-500 computer. As a computer amateur, I am writing to ask you about
the advantages of dual-CPU PCs and whether they are good alternatives
the real expensive PCs with the newest CPUs.
Alan Zisman replied:
The advantage-- when everything else is equal, dual
can provide better performance by allowing each CPU to give full power
to a single task.
The disadvantage: everything else is generally not
equal. For instance--
While Windows NT/Windows 2000 supports dual processors, Windows 95/98
not. And not all software or hardware peripherals supports NT/2000. If
you want or need to use Win95/98, you need a single processor computer.
As well, your applications need to be written to
support multiple processors...
Adobe PhotoShop does-- but most don't.
Multiple processor computers are a real plus for
network servers, or
for graphics artists spending most of their day running PhotoShop under
NT. For the rest of us, their time has not yet come.
Rick Gordon wondered:
I currently have a system that runs Win98, has a
4gig HD and uses
16bit file allocation tables. Can I safely convert the 16bit FAT
to 32bit? The systems owner doesn't want to lose anything but she
is very tired of the slow HD access....
Alan Zisman answered:
FAT16, under Win9x has a 2 gig limit... how is the 4
gig HD set up?
Are there two partitions? If not, then it is probably already using
it's typically installed by default these days on drives larger than 2
You can check the file system type by opening My
on the C: drive, and choosing PROPERTIES from the popup menu. If it
the drive as FAT, then it's FAT16-- if it says FAT32, then you know you
already are using this file system.
If it's FAT16 you should be able to convert it to
FAT32 without problem
using the Win98 conversion utility... but what makes you think this
speed up drive access?
Have you tried running Defrag on the drive? On my
system, it cut the
time needed to load Microsoft Word in half.
Mike Klassen pondered:
I jut added one line to my Autoexec.bat file as it
said to do when
I installed Turbo Pascal 6.0, but now when I boot it says it can't find
win.com. I haveto go c:\windows\win.com to start windows, do you see
wrong with Autoexec.bat?
LH C:\CDROM\MSCDEX /D:MSCD000 /L:E
Alan Zisman suggested:
Installing the old DOS Turbo Pascal has caused
problems with your newer
Windows installation. Here's what happens-- Win9x, by default, sets a
C:\Windows;C:\Windows\Command. This tells programs to automatically
look in these two folders to find what they?re looking for.
The first path related line in your Autoexec file:
adds itself to the existing Path-- that's what the
%Path% does... the
next line, the one you added:
However, doesn't add itself to the existing path (no
'%PATH% at the
beginning), but REPLACES it with the TP folder name... as a result,
is unable to locate Win.com unless you explicitly tell it where to
You could add the TP folders to the end of the first
line, making it
look like this:
OR you could edit the second line like this:
Either should solve your problem. Who says DOS is
Michael Toy asked:
I purchased Windows 98 SE recently. When I tried to
install it, a
window came up telling me I needed the upgrade version. Since I opened
the box, I can't return the software. Is there a way around my problem
using this software?
Alan Zisman responded:
How did you purchase a non-upgrade version? Generally,
these are much
more expensive retail, or are supposedly limited to OEMs for
on new hardware.
In any event, try this to trick your copy of
Win98SE?it also works with
other Windows versions:
Boot to a DOS prompt, making sure that you can access
your CD-ROM drive...
if you can't access your CD-ROM, you'll need to copy the installation
(typically named WIN98 or something similar) to your hard drive from
from the DOS prompt, type the following:
C: (if you booted to a DOS floppy)
REN WIN.COM WINCOM.BAK
switch to the CD (or installation folder) and run
The OEM installation checks for the existence of
WIN.COM... when it
doesn't find it, it will be happy-- and will proceed to upgrade your
installation, respecting your current settings and installed software,
just as the upgrade version does.
Note that many Win98SE users are reporting problems
Microsoft has posted a discussion of this, including a patch, but in
cases, it can be cured by turning off the Fast Shutdown option.
Personally, I see little need to upgrade either W98 or
W95B (or later)
systems to Win98SE, unless you want to use SE's Internet Connection