Having only 220 mb remaining on my 1 gig hd, I utilised the "minimal" installation of Open (AKA Star) Office from a cover disk. The installation went fine and the program seems to work very well. What i'm keen to explore is its compatability. Is there somewhere perhaps on the web where i can find word documents that I can try to open.
with Word documents in Star Office - they'll open OK, as Craig.m says.
I also agree with Craig's comment on your remaining drive space - you may run into swap file (virtual memory) problems. If you hear the drive chattering away to itself as you work you'll know that Windows is using the swap file, and you may find you get 'out of memory' messages when trying to open files.
Thanks every one. I do indeed have by todays standards a very small machine. It's an old (7-8 year ?) Viglen machine that came out of my brothers office when he upgraded (he didn't nick it he owns the company). I have a AMD 2600+ at home but during the week I stay in digs near my work and he thought I might like one of the old work machines to do a bit of surfing and keep up with the e-mails. I was dubious at first given the spec; 99mhz cpu, 1 gig hd, 32 mb ram, modem. We gave it a clean (minimal) Win 98 installation, removed the network card (which certainly speeded up the boot-up if not the performance), loaded AOL so I could utilise my current anytime account and I was staggered to find it surfs almost as fast as my home machine. I occasionaly get offered a hard drive or a PII system for a few quid but it has become a bit of a labour of love to see what I can get out of my little machine for little or no money. So far my (own) Win98 from a previous home machine, AVG 6, Zone alarm, AOL (already paid for), and now a fully functioning office program from a mag coverdisk. However at close to a full hard drive you are all coorect in that the drive is clattering away like the old teleprinter at the end of Grandstand. Anyway sorry to waffle on and thanks again for all your help..Now what can I delete next
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