As per subject. I want one for the workshop with big buttons and a large display so i can see it without diving for my specs (mildly longsighted) Ideally I'd operate this in a ploy back to keep out oil and swarf.
Must be able to to do squares/roots and basic trig functions.
I can find lots of 4 function calculators but no scientific ones.
I use the computer. LCD screen is attached to the wall with a telescopic bracket thingie, Keyboards are replaceable, but currently a long way from most of the crud. apart from the Ultrasonic cleaner next to it and the bowl of degreaser directly in front of it (I have a "Stevenson bench").
.I apologise for going off at a tangent, stealing the posting and having a 'senior moment' ( What else?) I was about to dump an old laptop which had been lent out to a mate to do Lodge accounts and the guy had the audacity to bring it back.
Assuming that I have to re-format etc, the thing, what programs are best suitable for the purpose. Sorry, Bob, to pinch the plot--- but I have two of damned things which I was going to bin.
It's supposed to be more secure than Windows, and certainly loads *much* faster at switch-on. It'll run at a reasonable rate on much lower-spec PC's than modern versions of Windows will manage, and it's totally free. For Unix beginners I'd recommend the implementation known as 'Ubuntu', which is practically self-installing and has excellent community support. It is also easy to install a 'Dual-boot' system, whereby you decide whether to boot into Windows or Linux at switch-on time.
I've successfully run a number of Windows programs under a Linux utility called 'Wine'. Not all programs will run, as the original had to have been written to proper Windows standards, without sneaky short-cuts - although in many cases the Wine developers have coded to allow for the most common of these. There are also DOS emulators which will run under Linux for Marv Klotz's excellent DOS programs - however, if using the implementation of Linux called 'Ubuntu' (which I'd recommend) go for Vn
7 rather than Vn 8 which has problems with DOS. Ubuntu also has excellent native implementations of most of the other programs you might need (Mail, News, Browser, Word-processor, Spreadsheet, Graphics etc.), most of which are compatible at the file-interchange level with the relevant Windows programs, and all of which are free.
A bit of a hobby-horse of mine, although there are charities which will pass unwanted old kit on to needy countries (but make sure you wipe your hard-disk properly first - just empying the waste-basket won't do...)
-to return to your original post, keep an eye on Aldi (there's one just down the road in Romsey, as you probably know. I bought an excellent scientific calculator there a few months back for just =A32.99. Reasonable size keys and display, solar/battery powered, and more functions than you will ever need. The item is not on sale just at the moment, but it will almost certainly come round again.
Depends upon how old it is. The installation cd for windows may have f disk and format on it. If it used windows 98 or 98se make a boot floppy. That should have the above software. Another solution is to download the hard drive utilities from almost any maker. Most of those can recertify the hard drive by writing ones an zeros to it. The installation program can create a partition table and format the drive. I will ask for a windows CD, or DOS boot disk.