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    I got a 486 50Mhz Acer computer. Is it possible that i could use that to play mp3s...

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    I'm currently using a 486 DX2-66 and it plays MP3's as good as a faster computer, but I'm going to upgrade it soon anyway..
    System: P133, 64MB Ram, 2x 1.05GB HD, 16x2 LCD, 12 Key Keypad, 300W Inverter, FM Modulator, 45x4 CD.

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    I am having problems with my 486dx2-66 acer at the moment... cant get it to run mp3s through winamp or mpxplay easily.

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    For mp3 purposes, you are really in the stone age when trying to get a 486 anything to work. Save yourself the hassle, use the 486 as a boat anchor and go pick yourself up a core P-90 to P-120 Pentium box for cheap... look around a bit, you'll find you can pick one up real cheap... under #150.00 for bare bonez, Cdn $$, around here from some of the used comp retailers around here.


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    I'd say just go on Ebay and do a search for "Overdrive" or "Am5x86" ... it looks like you can get those suckers for around $10-$20 (used of course). Be careful though that you get the right one if you do, I remember having one (an Overdrive) a while ago and it being extremely picky as to which CPU's it'd work with.

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    mp3prelude: what player are you using and could you give me some specifics as to how you are playing mp3s? bc i cant get my 486dx2-66 w/133 mhz overdrive chip to do the same????

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    I'm currently using MPXPLAY in Dos, I dont have windows loaded. I've recorded the mp3's at Near CD Quality - 96kbps. I tried it at CD Quality - 128kbps but didnt want to play, uses too much Processor Power.
    System: P133, 64MB Ram, 2x 1.05GB HD, 16x2 LCD, 12 Key Keypad, 300W Inverter, FM Modulator, 45x4 CD.

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    mp3prelude, for your information;

    128 kbps is NOT cd quality. 256 kbps is really close to cd quality, and most audiophiles cannot hear difference between 256 kbps mp3 and the original cd recording.

    I would recomend everyone who cares about sound quality to read http://www.r3mix.net

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    And I would suggest to you that in MusicMatch, it is CD Quality.

    Here what it says:
    RECORDING - CD QUALITY
    MP3 (160kbps) w/oversampling
    MP3 (128kbps)
    Windows Media (128kpbs)
    WAV Format

    NEAR CD QUALITY......

    and then it has more options, I know it isn't 'real' CD Quality, but that is the program I am using to record mp3's so thats what I was talking about as it has those figures for CD Quality...

    Maybe I should use another program that dosnt give you the wrong info. Sorry if I got the Figures wrong...




    [This message has been edited by mp3prelude (edited 07-18-2000).]
    System: P133, 64MB Ram, 2x 1.05GB HD, 16x2 LCD, 12 Key Keypad, 300W Inverter, FM Modulator, 45x4 CD.

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