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  1. Well, my failure of v4.5 b2 to install is fixed. I had deleted \Windows\KernelEx with the files from 4.0RC2, where it keeps KERNEL32.BAK. Replaced \Windows\System\KERNEL32.DLL with the stock version and now it installs just fine. OK, I am an id***... [it won't let me call myself an i d i o t! How kind.] but found nothing saying NOT to do that! There's only a slight hint that you can install the new ver over the old one without uninstalling first. I don't know if the patched bytes are in the same locations for every version. Perhaps the installer can simply omit the check for a stock KERNEL32.DLL. Or each version could recognize a previously patched KERNEL32.DLL and restore any bytes NOT to be patched. That would also save 400K+ of disk space.
  2. M()zart: Tried it again (new day, new boot) - micross.ttf (Microsoft Sans Serif) disappears from the Properties dropdowns when you go back to them again. Yet it DOES take effect, the menus are now micross.ttf. Sadly the menus still have black rectangles at the end of many items.
  3. See #556 below -------------------------------------------------------- Also on the subject of the font problem in Seamonkey 2.0 menus: Changing the font for everything in Properties\Appearance works if you use "Times New Roman (Western)". It's ugly. But we found no way to change the system font to micross.ttf from XP. The font installed, but refused to 'take' in Properties\Appearance.
  4. Your work is much appreciated. However, we have a problem in 98SE installing 4.5 Beta 2, downloaded from SourceForge 3/22/10. Uninstalled 4.0 RC2, told it delete settings, made sure its Registry key and \Windows\Kernelex were gone. Rebooted. The 4.5b2 Installer gave an Illegal Operation box, and "returned: -1". It erased the extracted setup file and added nothing to the Registry. We can't find anything about returned codes - can someone help ? Our 98SE is much hacked, but the old v4.0 Final2 re-installed OK.
  5. Seamonkey 2.0a3 works! Installed KernelEx 4.0 RC2 in 98SE with 98Lite (removes IE and all its components). The Seamonkey install requires Compatibility set to Win2000SP4, as does Seamonkey.exe. The install failed to finish, but all files were installed. It did NOT pick up old settings, and did NOT respond to being run with -GRElocal; the profile was installed in the default \Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\etc. I will have to do the fixups manually. This could be a bug in the Seamonkey alpha. But it works fine, if a bit slower than Seamonkey 1.1.14. Could be it's just slower. Thanks, guys!
  6. Compatibility report - 98SE on Asus M2V full size ATX with Athlon 64 X2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was this thread that led me to get an M2V, so here's my results. You can still find the M2V in Canada but they are gone in USA. The M2V uses a crappy AMI BIOS which allows only 1 floppy and doesn't blank the monitor or turn the drives off in DOS. Have BIOS rev 2001, 1GB DDR2 800 RAM, Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (2.5 GHz) ADO 65W ver #ADO4800DDBOX. Running dual boot 98SE (IE removed with 98Lite) and XP Pro SP2. Both were installed by Ghosting from a drive from an old VIA chipset mbd. For 98SE we used the 'new profile' trick from http://www.motherboard.windowsreinstall.com/win98me.htm It took forever and some blood pressure pills but eventually worked. 98SE cannot use 1GB RAM. In SYSTEM.INI under [386enh] added MaxPhysPage=39000 (tells it to use 998 MB). System shows 898.0MB. Word is you can use anything under 40000. XP chugged and just booted. Installed XP drivers: LPT1 had '!', says 'DMA 04 is being used by DMA controller' (BIOS shows DMA3). Fixed after change in BIOS to 'EPP + ECP' VIA Chipset driver, did both Machine.INF and IDE driver - gave cryptic 'Fail to Installed' but didn't say which! Seems not to matter. Asus PC Probe gave 'ACPI driver install fail - not for this model'. Tried SpeedFan 4.34b26, it worked crudely but in XP only. 98SE: ----- No 98SE driver was ever written as far as I can find for the onboard Realtek ALC660 sound chip or the Attansic L1 NIC. We used cheap add-in cards and disabled onboard ones in BIOS. Got a Sapphire AMD/ATI Radeon X550 128 MB PCIe w/TV, VGA and DVI output for about $40. It has no fan and got quite hot, so we mounted a small ball-bearing fan on its heat sink, 4.8 CFM 5000 RPM. Works like a charm but wipes out the adjacent PCI slot. Catalyst 6.2 works in 98SE. Got it at http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/98me/radeonaiw-98me.html The 8237A's USB 2 requires drivers for 9x - and none are included. Got VIA driver v2.42L, VIAUSB2V242L.zip. With just the \Win98&ME files on a floppy, Add New Hdw, point to the USB device, not the last two Unknown Devices. Wants USB2VIA.cat, which is absent. Told it Skip, twice. Device Mangler now has 'VIA PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller'. It works. Programmable Interrupt Controller is VEN_1106&DEV_5351 VIA VT3351 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller (caused sleep problem). Found it in \VIAMACH\VIAMACH.INF (from motherboard CD). Patched VIAMACH.INF by remarking out 'Exclude from Select' line. Now Dev Mgr\Properties\Reinstall Driver works. There are still 2 '?' Devices in Device Manager. One is the SATA in the VIA chipset, DEV_0591. The other shows Resources = Mem FED0 0000+, IRQ 0, IRQ 8. I have no idea what that is, but it doesn't seem to hurt anything. Now both partitions work fine, no problems in XP; with these inconveniences in 98SE: Using only IDE hard drives so far. The front SATA connectors may work in 98SE, the CD has VIA RAID drivers for 98SE - but not tried. Apparantly the 2 rear SATA connectors run by the Marvell 1621 (88SE6121) controller are hopeless in 98SE. Disabled the Marvell in BIOS setup.