COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
|FOR THE IBM|
As the development of computer technology moves forward the quality of all software improves. Ninety-five percent computer users are using the operating systems Windows 95/98/ME/XP, Windows NT and Windows 2000. The other five percent are using an Apple OS (OS 7 through 10).
Microsoft no longer provides technical support for Windows 3.1. You can still purchase astrological software for DOS or Windows 3.1. However, you will find astrological tech support people may not be able to help your issues any longer, other than to upgrade to the newer operating systems.
Much astrological software may not compatible as yet with Windows NT or Windows 2000.
As consumers, it is a real job to be aware of technological change and at the same time to purchase the right computer equipment for the software applications you need.
This change also creates an environment for programmers to adapt.
Generally metaphysical software companies are much smaller than the large mainstream software companies. So the amount of programmers are much less. Therefore, the wave of metaphysical software evolution is slower than mainstream software.
The computer system one needs to run the majority of the programs listed in this website do not necessarily need to be the newest equipment on today's market. However, it is always wise to buy the best equipment you can afford having a sense what the future may bring.
While purchasing minimum requirement equipment may be the most economical, it may not be the wisest choice when regarding the future.
CPU:- the brain of the computer:
As of today a generation l Pentium will barely get you by.
Pentiums with MMX and more speed have functions capable of producing better quality graphics and multimedia. In actuality astrology and metaphysical programs really do not utilize most of this this technology.
Pentium lV processors greater than 2 Gigahertz are obviously faster.
MOTHERBOARDS: The actual board with circuitry in the case of the computer that holds the CPU and hardware. The newest motherboards have a 133MHZ or higher"BUS." These are the paths in which all information flows connecting from one piece of hardware to another in the computer.
HARD DRIVE: The hard drive is what your programs are stored on. It is like the cassette tape that saves your recordings. Just 10 years ago the sized of a hard drive would be commonly 20 or 40 meg. To day a program such as Kepler for Windows is over 30 meg! The most inexpensive computers today come with at least a 10 gig (10 million meg) hard drive.
RAM: As each program is running it takes immediate localized memory to process and do calculations. Ten years ago DOS programs could operate easily with 1 or 2 meg ram. Windows 3.1 programs need a minimum of 4 meg ram. Windows 95 realistically needed a minimum of 16 meg ram. Windows 98 needs 32 meg ram. Windows XP needs 64 MB ram. Windows 2000 needs 64 meg ram. It is always best to have more memory than the minimum requirement. Realistically at least 32MB or 64MB ram should be installed running Windows based astrology software.
OPERATING SYSTEMS: An operating system creates the playing field your computer system runs on. The most common operating systems for the PC today as mentioned above are Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Windows NT and Windows 2000.
TRENDS: Perhaps you have heard the words 16 bit or 32 bit. As the gate of a levee opens to allow the water to pass a 32 bit system allows much more water to flow at each moment than a 16 bit system. This creates more power and movement. A 64 bit system is already being worked on.
Windows 3.1 was a 16 bit system. Windows 95, 98, ME and XP have backwards compatibility so it encompasses the 16 bit system. Windows XP has less compatiblity going backwards. Windows 95/98/ME,XP are mainly 32 bit operating systems.
Windows NT and 2000 do not have the 16 bit backwards compatiblity. It is not made to deal with DOS based programs at all.
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|FOR THE MAC|
The operating system is the playing field in which your computer system runs on. System 8 should be a minimum requirement for running astrology programs today.
The newest Mac operating system is System OS X.
CPU: The brain of the computer:
The older cpu chips from the early 90's have been the 68020, 68030, 68040, etc... The last generation of more powerful ones are the RISC chips such as the 601, 603e, 604, etc... The newest chips are the G3s. The 68030 would be a very minimum requirement.
The hard drive is what your programs are stored on. It is like the cassette tape that saves your recordings. About 10 years ago the size of a hard drive would be commonly non to 20 meg. You might be running your programs from floppy disks. To day a program such as the IO Edition takes up a few meg. The whole IO series of programs takes up over 50 meg. Most Mac computers today come with a minimum of 20 gigabytes.
As each program is running it takes immediate localized memory to process and calculate. In the past 10 years System 6 programs could operate easily with 2 meg ram. System 7 needed 4 or 5 meg. System 7.5.3 needed 8 meg. System 8.6 works best with at least 32 meg. System 9.1 needs 64MB - 128MB. OS X needs 256 MB.
LIST OF MAC COMPUTERS WITH STANDARD HARDWARE INFORMATION:
1)Compact -The monitor and computer are one
2)Modular - The monitor is separate from the computer
3)Portable - Laptops and notebooks
SE, SE30, SE FDHD (1987-1990) - 68000
SE 30 (1989-1991) - 68030
Classic ll (1990-1992) - 68000
Classic ll (1991-1993) - 68030
Performa 200 (1992 - 1993) - 68030
Color Classic (1993-1994) - 68030
Performa 500 series (1993 - 1994) - 68030
iMacs w/CPU 233+ MHZ (1998-1999)
iMacs w/CPU 300 - 700 MHZ (1999-2001)
iMacs w/CPU 700+ MHZ (2002)
Mac ll (1987-1990) - 68020
Mac llX (1988-1990) - 68030
Mac llFX (1990-1992) - 68030
Mac llCX (1989-1991) - 68030
Mac llCI (1989-1993) - 68030
Quadra 700 (1991-1993) - 68040
Mac llSI (1990-1993) - 68030
Mac llVI (1992-1993) - 68030
Mac llVX (1992-1993) - 68030
Performa 600 & 600 CD (1992-1993) - 68030
Centris 650 (1993) - 68040
Quadra 650 (1993) - 68030
Power Mac 7100/66 (1994)- RISC 601
Centris 610 (1993) - 68LC040
Quadra 610 (1993) - 68040
Apple Workgroup Server 60 (1993) - 68040
Quadra 660AV (1993) - 68040
Quadra 610 DOS compatible (1994) 68LC040 and Intel 486SX
Power Mac 6100/60 and WGS 6150 (1994) - RISC 601
Quadra 800, 840, 840AV (1993-1994) - 68040
Power Mac 8100/80 and WGS 8150 (1994) - RISC 601
Quadra 900 (1991-1992) - 68040
Quadra 950 (1992) - 68040
Apple Workgroup Server 95 (1993) - 68040
Apple Worgroup Server 9150 (1994) - RISC 601
Mac LC (1990-1992) - 68020
Mac LCll (1992-1993) - 68030
Performa 400 (1992-1993) - 68030
Performa 405 (1993) - 68030
Performa 410 (1993) - 68030
Performa 430 (1993) - 68030
Mac LC 475, Quadra 605, Performa 475, Performa 476 (all 1993) - 68LC040
Power Mac - with RISC CPUs 60-180 MHZ (1995-1998)
Power Mac - with G3 CPUs 200+ MHZ (1999)
Power Mac - with G4 CPUs 800+ MHZ (1999- 2002)
PowerBook 100 (1991-1992) - 68HC000
PowerBook 140, 170 (1991-1992) - 68030
PowerBook 145, 1456, 160 (1992-1993) - 68030
PowerBook 180 (1992-1994) - 68030
PowerBook 165, 165C (1993) - 68030
PowerBook 180C (1993-1994) - 68030
PowerBook 520, 520C, 540, 540C (1994) - 68LC040
PowerBook Duo, (1992-1993) - 68030
PowerBook Duo 250 (1992) - 68030
PowerBook Duo 250, Duo270C (1993-1994) - 68030
PowerBook Duo 280 (1994) - 680LC40
PowerBook 280C (1994) - 68L040
PowerBook RISC chips 603e, etc. (1995 - 1997)
PowerBook G3 chips 233MHZ on up (1997-1999)
iBook G3 chips (1999)
PowerMac G4 chips 400MHZ and higher (1999-2002)
iBook G4 600MHZ and higher
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