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Browser for Windows 3.11

TNC

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If you just want to have the progman interface, you could install NT 3.51. With the lastest patches at least the latest version of Firefox2 will work. I havn`t tried FF3. With addional work Flash 7 (can`t remember exactly) can be used. NT 3.51 will have much more RAM instead of 3.11. Officially it needs 12 mb, but I`ve heard that 8 are enough to run.
 

creepingnet

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Here's all the browser's I've used with Windows 3.1x and my opinions on them in a modern environment......

Netscape 2.02 - Utterly worthless, more Javascript errors than you can shake a debugger at!

Netscape 4.08 - Works rather well except on certain websites that make extensive use of Flash and Java. Can have some Text issues with some sites.

MSIE 5.0 - Works okay, but Google links are unclickable, and once again, the bugger of Javascript and Flash becomes a problem.

The best browser I have going on my 486 is Arachne for DOS, if it were not for some games, I would probably drop back to just using MS-DOS on the machine with no Windows whatsoever, since everything can be done in MS-DOS now given all the programs that are out there from LeetIRC, to CD-Roast, to Arachne, to WordPerfect 5.1 (even the old standbys get quite a lot of use).
 

framer

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Let me narrow the question, what's the best browser for WFW 3.11 using a 386DX33 with 8megs. I tried 5.01 and after I got installed found a readme.txt file that stated that a 486 was required for ie5.01. It worked but very, very, slow.

Would NS4 work with a 386?

framer
 

framer

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To anwser my own question, just the basic ie3 worked. It was installed without any java VM support. There was a text file that recommended that VM not be installed in a 386 class machine. I believe it. I was able to post a message to a vbulletin board I run but it took about 30 minutes to load the pages needed to post a new thread. It did work though. It casscaded nicely and displayed what it did correctly. I used the default style page from vbulletin. I ran well with other static html test pages.

Next up, can I post a message with a 286?

framer
 

carlsson

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If there is a text browser running on a 286 (DOS mode?), it shouldn't be a problem. I'm posting on several forums with a text browser, some are easier to operate than others. This one (vBulletin) may be the only one I haven't tried to access text only.
 
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