Is your computer too old to run Sim-on-a-Stick? Probably not.

It's not unusual to hear educators say that their computers are not suitable to run virtual worlds. I suspect that idea comes from trying to use a virtual world like Second Life (SL) with a very taxing client like the official Linden Lab viewer. But are those same computers unsuitable to run Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)?
To answer that question, I installed SoaS and Imprudence viewer on a USB drive and asked a friend to run SoaS on his 9 years old computer - the same computer on which he has always been unable to run SL using the official viewer:
CPU: Intel Pentium III/Pentium III Xeon (0.25 micron process) with external L2 cache (2260 MHz)
Memory: 2000 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Windows Graphics Driver Version: 6.14.0010.5420
OpenGL Version: 2.1.0 - Build 6.14.10.5420
The result? SoaS worked. It was even possible to set graphics to High without crashing.



So, is your computer too old to run Sim-on-a-Stick?
Probably not.
My suggestion: install SoaS and Imprudence viewer on a good/fast USB drive and try using your computer to run it. The result might surprise you. It surprised my friend. :)

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