I have used VMware to run NT on a dell latitude with 128m ram, I works
quite well when you allocate about 72m to VMware, sound even worked
under NT even though it wasn't working properly under Linux.
I had NT installed natively on the laptop, with SuSE 6.2 on a different
HD, first I tried to get VMware to work with my existing NT
installation, but it turned out to be a real hassle, so I installed NT
under VMware on the linux disk, I was able to get everything working
including Quake 2 and Eudora by doing a dummy install on the VMware NT
and editing the relevant registry entries to point at my D: drive which
was the native NT C: drive. The only snag was that eudora incoming
attachments showed up as lost under native NT as the drive letter was
wrong, but that is what find and replace is for.
NT networking support came up straight away, allowing me to access
printers and shared drives.
If you try this make sure that you do not have your NT drives mounted
under Linux before you run VMware as neither linux, nt or VMware
appreciate this much.
Over all it is the best way that I have found of having a primarily
linux laptop that can run NT apps on demand, with the advantage that
when NT presents you with a BSOD you just close the window, plus it is a
really good way to upset the shiney new "Bill is my hero, M$ rules"
student IT dept. types.
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