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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject: Best browser for a slow WinXP PC? Reply with quote


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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrome.
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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know anyone still ran XP. What's wrong with IE 8?


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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I didn't know anyone still ran XP.

Really, Mike? Most enterprises still run XP. There are millions of computers still running XP. The company I work for - a large business and IT strategy consulting firm - has more than 20,000 employees running XP.

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrome +1.
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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecrabb wrote:
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I didn't know anyone still ran XP.

Really, Mike? Most enterprises still run XP. There are millions of computers still running XP. The company I work for - a large business and IT strategy consulting firm - has more than 20,000 employees running XP.

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, OK... Carry on, then! Wink

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really though why would you want to use Google Chrome when it tracks everything you do online? Unless you change the default settings telling it not to.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/31/microsoft-google-chrome-d_n_520549.html

How does Google Chrome track what users type?
By instantly sending whatever they enter into Chrome's combination search box-web address bar to Google. This means that, even if you don't intend to actually search for a certain term or visit a particular website, Google "knows" what you've typed, even if you don't hit the "enter" key. "The information is being sent so that the search provider can help the user choose a query right in their browser," says Emil Protalinski in Ars Technica.


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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried Chrome first. Too slow.

These Eee PC 701's are 900MHz celery underclocked to 630 Mhz

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnalogRocks wrote:
Tried Chrome first. Too slow.

These Eee PC 701's are 900MHz celery underclocked to 630 Mhz


Look at the most recent tests.

Chrome usually wins for speed.

Opera and Firefox are usually close second.

With that system...you might not get much speed from ANYTHING.

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEby wrote:
Really though why would you want to use Google Chrome when it tracks everything you do online? Unless you change the default settings telling it not to.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/31/microsoft-google-chrome-d_n_520549.html

How does Google Chrome track what users type?
By instantly sending whatever they enter into Chrome's combination search box-web address bar to Google. This means that, even if you don't intend to actually search for a certain term or visit a particular website, Google "knows" what you've typed, even if you don't hit the "enter" key. "The information is being sent so that the search provider can help the user choose a query right in their browser," says Emil Protalinski in Ars Technica.


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That is the instant search feature...it is really cool and is just like using the google website.

They don't store specific data that could link your name with what you searched as far as I know.

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tried Chrome first. Too slow.

These Eee PC 701's are 900MHz celery underclocked to 630 Mhz
Can you re-clock them?
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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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AnalogRocks wrote:
Tried Chrome first. Too slow.

These Eee PC 701's are 900MHz celery underclocked to 630 Mhz
Can you re-clock them?


Some have tried just to turn the notebook into a paper weight.

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecrabb wrote:
MikeEby wrote:
I didn't know anyone still ran XP.

Really, Mike? Most enterprises still run XP. There are millions of computers still running XP. The company I work for - a large business and IT strategy consulting firm - has more than 20,000 employees running XP.

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I work for a tier 1 automotive electronic supplier and we still run XP. I think we were still running W2K almosty until W7 release. They prefer the bugs to be worked out.
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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah...XP has a lot of life left in it....In fact it will be 10 years old this October...Microsoft will end support for it in 2014....I'm sure corporations will still be using it well past that date.

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&C2=1173

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still like 98 but no one makes drivers for it anymore so it resides on my Classic Win98 gaming box with the 3dFx cards
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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrome is a horrible memory hog with FireFox not far off. IE is actually less of a burden on memory resources, possibly because it's so integrated into Windows, unfortunately. Neither are screaming fast on an older machine but I use Chrome primarily.

A quick search of a few options found this:

http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/
http://slimbrowser.flashpeak.com/en/

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEby wrote:
Oh yeah...XP has a lot of life left in it....In fact it will be 10 years old this October...Microsoft will end support for it in 2014....I'm sure corporations will still be using it well past that date.

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&C2=1173

Mike
I'm about to recycle an E6300 C2D and some RAM. I have an unused XP Pro 32-bit license I am thinking of using over buying a copy of W7 HP. I'm still trying to resolve a persistent annoyance on my wife's W7 PC that holds me back.

BTW, I use Firefox almost exclusively. I've even got the 4.0 beta installed and running concurrently with 3.6.x. XP is so very stable AND annoyance free to me.

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnalogRocks wrote:
I still like 98


Thank you! Thumbs Up

You didn't let me down.

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEby wrote:
AnalogRocks wrote:
I still like 98


Thank you! Thumbs Up

You didn't let me down.

Mike


Yeah, no kidding! Why not just go way back and use 3.1? Rolling Eyes


WanMan wrote:
I'm about to recycle an E6300 C2D and some RAM. I have an unused XP Pro 32-bit license I am thinking of using over buying a copy of W7 HP. I'm still trying to resolve a persistent annoyance on my wife's W7 PC that holds me back.

BTW, I use Firefox almost exclusively. I've even got the 4.0 beta installed and running concurrently with 3.6.x. XP is so very stable AND annoyance free to me.


XP is good and worked out, but I don't have any issues with Vista. Running SP2 and adequate hardware, Vista has been fine.


In answer to the original question, Chrome and Opera were tested as the fastest IIRC. I am sure that is with current hardware. I am not sure if any review website has tested the browsers with old hardware.
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