View Full Version : How can I speed up IE 5 on my IBM 8570 (or what browser should I use)

September 21st, 2013, 06:33 AM
So I hit a major milestone last night. I managed to get internet *gasp* going on my IBM 8570 running windows 3.11

Problem is that it takes about 5 minutes to get to Google's home page, and also does not load the images.

My 8570 has 6 MB of memory, and 77MB left on the HD. I was wondering if there is anything I can configure to make connecting/loading pages any faster?

Also, any recommendations for a browser that may work better?


September 21st, 2013, 07:10 AM
IE 3.0 will be leaner. Given the system specs your probably better off with a text browser anyway. Another option is Arachne http://glennmcc.org/

September 21st, 2013, 07:14 AM
Thank will definitely check that out

September 21st, 2013, 07:42 AM
The real problem is that "modern" web pages are downright hostile toward any browser that is more than 5 minutes old. I regularly browse with Firefox 2/SeaMonkey 1.1 and there are plenty of sites that will bring even an Athlon 2000 to its knees running endless scripts, or mis-rendering a page so badly it is unusable. And typical heavy graphics content slows even the most powerful machines to crawl thanks to crappy slow American DSL.

With the advent of lower-power mobile devices, one would think they would just lighten up the scripting and graphics a bit to make the same site perfectly usable across all devices. But no, that is not fancy enough, they have to have native "apps" for their site instead. WTF!?

Any rate, not too much option for Windows 3.1x. IE 3 would be lighter, Netscape 3.04 might just work. Netscape 4.08 is the last one for 3.1x but really needs 16-32 megs of ram. I think the last version of Opera for 3.1 was Opera 3.62, no idea how well that would work. Might try Lynx for DOS.

A big problem is that the Windows 3.1 browser versions intentionally don't render PNG graphics, which are used everywhere today. I think there was a plugin for that though.

September 21st, 2013, 03:31 PM
Something else you could try for the hell of it is QNX on a floppy http://qnx.puslapiai.lt/qnxdemo/qnx_demo_disk.htm