Netscape Communicator 4.08/Win 3.1 as a Standard Mode app
Recently I dug out good old Windoze for Workgroups ver 3.1 (sic!) for
a test with Netscape Communicator 4.08 for Win 3.1. Just for fun, I tried
to run Netscape in Standard Mode - and it worked! But not everything worked
right from the beginning, so I had to do a few things:
Java worked as usual, BTW: Composer/Messenger plugins worked fine, but
Java applets on the WWW crashed Netscape. (See my Netscape Comm. 4.08/Win16
list.) The Help function doesn't work, however (only displays an empty
the "about font displayers" dialog, so I switched off JS and renamed the
Then I thought about connecting to the net, but the Shiva Dialler that
had come with IE5 wanted a wnet286.dll v4.1, which I didn't have. So I
used the software v2.085 from my ISP T-Online
instead, which does work in Standard mode.
Unfortunately my ISDN card needs a VxD which isn't loaded when Windows
runs in Standard mode. So I had to dig out the modem (Rockwell based Yakumo
33.6). Fortunately the software still knew the init string. I set the COM
port speed to 115200 bps (a PIII-500 is fast enough to support such high
transfer rates even without active FIFO support) and tested. Everything
really worked, web browsing, mail, news etc.!
The last step was that I remembered the SVGA driver for 800x600 in 16 colors
and installed it. Besides making working with Windows a lot easier due
to the higher resolution this driver has the advantage of using a VESA
mode that is displayed with a refresh rate of 85 Hz on my graphics card
(this can be set with a DOS utility that came with the card), whereas the
standard VGA mode only runs at 60 Hz * 1,25 = 75 Hz (standard VGA refresh
rates can be increased by 25% with the same DOS utility). The difference
between 75 and 85 Hz is quite noticeable on a 19" monitor, believe me!
Interestingly, starting Comm. 4.08 in Standard mode lasts much longer
than starting it in Enhanced mode on my notebook (386SX-20, 16 MB, 1 GB)
- 3 minutes instead of 1min15s; however, I couldn't notice such a big difference
on my main machine (PIII-500, 128 MB, 2x8GB[+20GB FAT32]).
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Last modified: 03/08/2000 (dd/mm/yyyy)