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Compaq Contura Aero Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 3.3.8.3 OS/2 Warp in 4MB RAM?

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4 megs of RAM is barely acceptable for running Warp on a notebook computer. I'd
say don't bother even trying unless you have 8 megs or more.

[A] OS/2 requires 4 megs to boot, but to really use it you need 8. Because the
aero has a very slow hard disk, it will still seem sluggish in 8 ... but
there's lots of things you can do to speed it up when you're at the 8 meg mark.
My bit of advice: Don't install TCP/IP on the aero - it takes up about a meg of
memory :-( and keep your swapfile as large as you can handle - otherwise it'll
get fragmented when it increases its size.

[A] I dunno... I was able to do some stuff in 4 megs. Like, for instance, run
Mahjongg solitaire and a couple other doo-dads. :-) Oh, and the terminal
program worked just fine on my Aero. (Nobody can beat serial I/O under OS/2.)
But IBM Works was dog slow.

Warp is great, but it really needs a bigger machine to run on. Maybe if I get
an 8-meg upgrade for my Aero, I'll reconsider making my Aero an OS/2-only
machine. Now that I know much more...

[A] IBM Works ... the trick is to deregister the WPS objects, as the
registering of the DLL's (with SOM 1.0) with the WPS takes up a reasonable
amount of memory (so others have said ... my testing shows that those DLLs had
nothing allocated to them in physical memory, it was all swapped out). Anyway,
I have IBM Works installed but I have deregistered the objects.

If you want a word processor that runs really well on the Aero try ClearLook -
that's what I use for all of my lecture notes, and it's great! Describe would
probably be just as fast on an 8mb machine, but you could probably get away
with CL with only 4MB. Mind you, there are other things about describe that I
won't go into detail about, suffice to say that if somebody has an archive of
comp.os.os2.apps there is a rather large argument on there about it :-)

I couldn't stand running OS/2 in 4MB, but it's possible ... 8MB is OK, I can
live with it, upgrade to 12 or 20 and you'll never look back :-) Unfortunately
I don't have the money at the moment.

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