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    Wondering if this old lenovo laptop is worth keeping. Win7, 32bit, 2gb. Started loading JMRI and ran into Java issues. Giving up on java 8 and going back to try java 6. Everything on this old box works...except the software. And it's a heavy old beast. Is it worth fighting with this old machine or should I just move on to something newer? It does have a 4gb memory limit...

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    Win7 on 2GB of RAM is really really pushing it. I say if you have an alternative, dump this one.

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    Win7 is awfully old. You going to have trouble finding any software that will run well.

    If you're adventuresome, you could try wiping and installing one of the Linux variants.

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    wipe it and install linux yeppers

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    It depends on what you intend using it for in the long run. Windows 7 is the best and most stable platform mirosucks has come up with to date. My wife still uses it and I also have a Win 7 system that still runs very well.

    Your biggest issue will be the amount of RAM - if yu can upgrade that, and do it yourself, then it would be worth hanging onto.

    I would also go along with what others have said about Linux; although, software availability for it will be more limited than for Win 7.
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    Managed to get JMRi 3.10 and Java 1.6 working. It'd be nice to have a dedicated workstation for the layout. This looks like it will get me started. The hardware is not the weak link at this point. But I don't see a big gain adding 1 or 2 more gig. Should do some regular backups...just in case things go south.

    Played with UNIX a little a few years ago...seemed like it always had trouble recognizing other devices. Probably worth another try. Think I can try it without removing windows.

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    I see you got the laptop working, but another option might be getting a RPi4 and install Steve Todd's JMRI image.
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    ubuntu works right out the box. free too. very easy to work with. But i agree that win 7 is pretty stable (win 2K was rock solid it was hard to crash that ) window 7 should be ok for at least a few more years . i do agree also upgrade that ram with as much as you can.

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    @Rook
    Keep in mind if it is the original hard drive the clock is ticking. When it does eventually stop working, it's not worth putting any more $ or time into it. So backup any important data and use it until
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