Of course, Windows 3.1 wasn’t designed for modern hardware and no appropriate drivers exist for much of it. Just getting the display resolution up to 1024×768 (and still with only 256 colors) required patching the first video drivers with ones designed for VMWare. [redsPL] t able to find the sound hardware working, but the PC speaker gets the buzz. The last bit of the puzzle was messing round the
xz controls until the disc image was little enough to sneak onto the processor.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the very first time we’ve seen Windows from this age running on a (relatively) modern ThinkPad. For any reason, these two legends of the computing world appear destined to continue running into each other.
It seemed a waste to not use it, once the somewhat finicky software and hardware environment was up and running. Especially given the fact replacements fill a fraction of the X200’s 8 MB chip.
It might be hard for modern audiences to believe, but at one stage Microsoft Windows fit on floppy disks. This was a simpler time, with hard drives, lower resolution screens, for one to depart on pessimistic 25, and no hacker blogs. A virtually unrecognizable era, to be certain. But if you’re one of those men and women who seems back on those days fondly, you may wonder why people don’t see this small graphical operating system smashed into hardware. After all, SkiFree sure ain’t gonna play itself.
[Thanks to Renard for the suggestion.]
Well, wonder no longer. It would take just a little fiddling, plus the small matter of convincing the BIOS to see the EEPROM as a virtual floppy disk, but obviously those are all minor inconveniences for anybody mad enough to boot their own hardware into a nearly 30 year old copy of Visual Basic to get a laugh.