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  1. Windows ME Service Pack

    Hello, can this service pack be used on 98SE2ME? That is, install 98SE, then 98SE2ME, then your ME service pack? I have not read any other documents yet. ( Wasn't the prior ME service pack from a decade ago that your refer to built by "the guy"? I never tried it. )
  2. List of working Web Browsers on Windows 9x

    The list of browsers on the first post does not specify which version of Win 98, i.e. FE or SE, but here is my 2 cents: 1. The last known Opera version that works in NATIVE (or "vanilla" perhaps) Win 98SE is version 10.63. I've been using 10.63 for years, since it came out in ~2010. I have not used Opera 9x in years, but iirc, Opera 10 has Turbo and 9 does not, so 10.63 works great especially when you're on modem dialup, to accelerate (compress) images w/Turbo. 2. While Firefox is the last known working version for 98, people have had good experience with subversion, which I think is the last absolute iteration of Firefox 2. Some say 22pre is even slightly zippier/responsive than 20 or 21. I have not tried 21 or 22pre. Maybe I should, heh. 3. K-Meleon 1.54 works ok for me in 98SE, however the only thing I hate about it is when Javascript locks up with certain JS-heavy websites. It will just freeze there, sometimes forever, sometimes finally popping up a window saying to discontinue or continue JS. Sometimes if it locks up 'forever', I just have to go in 98 Task Mgr and delete K-M. 4. I have IE 6, i.e. 6.0.2800.x on 98SE, although it's been awhile since I've used it online.
  3. Peer to peer with 9x?

    Yes, I suppose workgroups. Yes, I assume it's the same as "ad hoc", but "peer to peer" (or P2P) seems like the older original naming for it. The IP address (at least in IPv4) across all computers are set up as the same except for the last part: 1.2.3.x. The subnet should be the same for all. Then in file explorer, you just map the drives so you can see a PC's drive contents (files/folders) from another PC, and so forth, as well as use the printers directly connected to another PC off another PC in the network. I recall doing a P2P network on XP with 9X a few years ago, but there was like some other things that I've forgotten (something about a logon with password crap, etc) that had to be done to get it to work, so that's why I'm asking if anyone's knows that there might be similar issues/hindrances with 7.
  4. Peer to peer with 9x?

    How hard or easy would it be to configure a Win 7 (or 8 or 10) box into a peer to peer network so as to communicate with PC's that are Win 95 and/or 98(SE) that are also set up as P2P? I have an old (mid 1990's) 32-bit networked database program I use in 9x and wondering if that program can be installed on Win 7 and then used via P2P between all these PC's. I have not attempted anything yet as I don't want to mess anything up in Win 7. Or forget the database program for now, I will also be ok if I can just get P2P between 7 and 9x.
  5. Help, registry corruption 98SE

    Thanks I will try DeChk and TrID. I was being philosophical about whether to delete or convert to file the scandisk repair, because either way, I'm hosed. There is some urgency in trying to get this operating system back to normal as this is a PC that is used frequently. The question is whether I should proceed with the Scandisk repair and save the CHK file and then peruse it with DeChk and TrID. Will I find anything useful? While the operating system is working, I know it is going to freeze or hang or say something about a corrupted registry again, because of the parts on disk that are corrupted. When it freezes, there is this thin light green horizontal line below the active title bar. Hard to explain, you would have to see it. Scandisk shows that it "found 1261568 bytes in 3 lost file fragments". That is where I have stopped and the PC is turned off for now. Yes, the desktop is working, but as I said, once the O/S needs to run a particular file that is already corrupted, it will freeze. Or a small window will pop up at any time saying it found a corrupt registry and it needs to restart. I wish the O/S knew what system files are bad. There have been a couple times in the past where I've seen 98SE (and also in XP) where it tells you that it found bad system file and it overwrites the bad file with a good copy from some backup folder or something. Anyone know what I'm talking about? That would be one surgical skill needed in this scenario.
  6. Help, registry corruption 98SE

    Ok, I got my desktop back. Here is what I did... 1. Booted to command prompt (from 98 startup menu). 2. Backed up the registry cab files in win\sysbckup (as stated in my previous posts). 3. Renamed rb000.cab to rb000.bak (even tho I won't use Registry Checker). 4. Instead, I used Scanreg/restore . 5. Picked "rb005" cab in the list, which looked like the best cab as discussed earlier. 6. Rebooted, hoped, & prayed. 7. It booted all the way into Win 98SE desktop. Yay. But I'm not quite off the hook yet. I did a Scandisk (Windows version) & it found abount 1 megabyte of corruption. That might not seem like a lot, but this is 98se & this is only an 8 gb harddrive, so 1 mb could be any thing(s) important. I checked win\sysbckup and a new RB000.cab was created by Windows. I have not proceeded with the fix in Scandisk yet, so I ignored it for now and continued. Eventually I will have to either Delete it or Convert to file. WHICH ONE? Next, I will have to find (or buy) another hard drive and back (or clone?) this drive up, before things may head in the wrong direction (most likely due to the fix inside Scandisk). Anyone recommend a nice backup and/or cloning drive-to-drive software? Thanks to rloew for the help!
  7. Help, registry corruption 98SE

    Oh, looks like you posted a new reply (above) while I was editing my last post above. As my edit shows (last sentence), I just wanted to be sure whether I type SCANREG/RESTORE, or just SCANREG. I assume it is SCANREG/RESTORE as that goes directly to the restoration, while SCANREG itself will perform a regsitry scan, which is what we don't want. Again, just being anal-retentively careful and precise. Also, if the restoration is successful but I get a popup in Windows soon after saying to reboot to perform the registry checker, does that mean some other file(s) is messed up?
  8. Help, registry corruption 98SE

    That sucks! Ok I will rename RB000 first for now. I have copied all the contents of \sysbckup to a folder on drive D:, i.e. D:\sysbckup as further backup. As far as I recall, I started opening up the PC a few hours after 1:04pm as the RB005 timestamp shows. I am confused on which one you want me to do. In your first post you said to let the Checker do its work (after renaming the cab(s) and then cold rebooting). Here, you want me to use SCANREG. I have tested SCANREG/RESTORE and it runs and I do see those cabs listed, however I hit the cancel button instead of proceeding, as I am a scaredy cat, and rightfully so. I have no full backup of this harddisk. So with all that added commentary, please let me know again if I should use Scanreg/restore now instead of your original suggestion of the Registry Checker. I'm just really being careful here. Oh and if you want me to use SCANREG, do I specifically use SCANREG/RESTORE ? Or just SCANREG? I rarely use it so I don't know all what it does.
  9. Help, registry corruption 98SE

    Hi rloew, Here are the cabs listed in \sysbckup (including bytes, date, time): RBBAD.CAB 8829941 10-24-17 3:30P RB000.CAB 2341188 10-24-17 1:22A RB005.CAB 2341156 10-23-17 1:04P RB003.CAB 2341154 10-21-17 5:28A RB004.CAB 2341354 10-20-17 6:01P Primary disk has 860 mb free left. The PC has been on for several hours now (in command prompt mode) so I'm hoping it's not a stability/CPU issue... although I'm also hoping I did not mess up the drive a little bit because maybe this K6-III 450 could not handle 75 mhz fsb for some reason. It has been on 75mhz for 4 years with the K6-II. I also had a K6-III 400 before that, which means I had it at 66fsb x2. The reason I switched to K6-II 500 was because the K6-III 400 will not handle overclock to 450. Thus I had the K6-II 500 underclocked to 450. Now I have this opportunity to switch to the K6-III 450 so as to take advantage of the internal L2 cache again (K6-II does not), and at 450 not 400, but now all this crap happened. Also, this motherboard will not handle K6+ CPUs as that would mean core voltages under 2.5V which this old PC's BIOS does not have. I'm already gambling with the K6-III core 2.4V to work at 2.5V (which is ok, to overvolt just +0.1V). The biggest mistake I made was a few years ago was when I put the AX5's fsb to 83mhz (to get to 500mhz) and that messed up the hard drive that already had 98se established on it. The AX5 could only max out to 83 fsb. It messed up parts of the hard drive, so I had to make a new drive with 98se on it. I assume the overclocked PCI was part of the problem. That messed up hard drive is now the secondary drive on this PC so I can pick intact files off it. It has been stable since I backed off from 83 and down to 75 fsb. I have not done a chkdsk or scandisk, as I might further disrupt something. Also, what about manually doing a SCANREG/RESTORE? What is that RBBAD? Is the Registry Checker actually loading from that too? It's 10-24-17 here in my timezone. Around midnight of 10-24 was when hell broke loose. So it's a toss up if RB000 AND RB005 are good or bad. This leads me to assume that RB003 and RB004 are good ones, as those are dated 2-3 days before all this hoopla. I will await another reply from you (or anyone else) before I start with your instructions in your first post. Thanks.
  10. Hi folks, long time no see. Today, one of my older 98se socket 7 boxes is acting up. At bootup, it keeps going into the blue-colored screen, Microsoft Registry Checker. It supposedly loads up a new registry and tells me to Restart. However, it doesn't work. It will keep going into the Checker, then loading, then rebooting. However, at the first times it acted up, it was able to load up a good registry and get me into the desktop normally, but now never more. Going into Safe Mode at boot does not help either, it will still go to the Checker. But I can go into either of the Command Prompts (98 Startup Menu). The disk contents there seem ok and intact. It has been at least 20 times since this has gone/looped through the Checker and reboots. This all started last night. I replaced the motherboard 3V coin battery and I changed out the AMD K6-II CPU to a K6-III CPU, at same frequency. I would think changing the battery would have no issue, i.e. the BIOS kept losing its configuration. That problem solved. So my only guess is the CPU changeout. Specs: Abit AX5 Pentium motherboard (circa 1997-98). AMD K6-III 450 (AHX) - Configured via SoftBios to 75mhz fsb at x2 = 450. The K6-II 500 was setup exactly the same for years with no issues. Also, I/O at 3.3V, Core at 2.5V. 256MB memory (max) 2 hard drives The only difference between the K6-II and III is that the III would not accept "System bios cacheable enabled" in bios, so I have that disabled. Otherwise it would hang at startup (the K6-II will work with it enabled). Everything was working ok last night after the CPU replacement, but not today. It has been awhile since I've tackled with Windows 98se registry issues, and I don't remember any of the tricks, so any help is appreciated. Or how far am I hosed with this? I would like to save my desktop and not have to start over with a virgin registry.
  11. Undelete?

    Update: Ok, so finally, got this all finished up last weekend. I was in no hurry, but 3 months downtime makes me wish I could've hurried a little more, heh. Purchased a new 500gb drive and drive enclosure (with eSATA III & USB 3), for a total of just under $45, as external backup device a couple weeks before. I used the eSATA mode since that is the fastest method of my 6 year old laptop. I used DMDE shareware, as was recommended above, and put it on a USB stick. Never used file recovery tools before so it was at first confusing but was able to figure out the basics. I found out what they meant by "directory recovery is only with paid editions". In freeware mode, which is what I used, only per-file recovery is available. You cannot just click on a folder you want to recover. So what I did was manually add the necessary folders (and any nested folders) on the backup drive and then recovered the files into their designated directory. Then recovered files in next nested directory, etc. Unfortunately I was only able to recover 70gb instead of the 80gb I lost, because I recalled I did do some file activity that I forgot about, approximately 5gb's worth, right after I lost the 80gb, so that's probably why I couldn't find 10gb of it in dmde's file recovery windows. The recovered files were in mostly good condition. However, a few of the files are actually backup copies of DVD movies and when I recovered entire movie folders and then run them as usual, it didn't work, but most of the VOB's seem to run fine by themselves. I can always recopy the movies. Or I can always try re-authoring, which is something I've never done before, so this looks like an opportunity to learn that skill. I also keep a changelog on all my computers, for hardware and software changes, so luckily I was able to read my records and trace what other possible files of the 10gb that are lost forever that were not seen in the file recovery window. Anyway, thanks all for the help.
  12. Undelete?

    Thanks for the replies so far guys... Ok so DMDE looks like a good candidate, it's only about 1 mb and can be used on usb. However, the description says the freeware version has some kind of recovery limitation, but not sure exactly what it's saying: "DMDE has a number of freeware features such as disk editor, simple partition manager (e.g. allows partition undeleting), a tool to create disk images and clones, RAID constructor, file recovery from the current panel. Paid editions support file and directory recovery without the restriction, DMDE Professional Edition has additional features to recover data for clients (compare editions)." What restriction??
  13. Undelete?

    Hello, Last weekend, I accidentally permanently-deleted (shift+del) about 80gb of files and folders. Of course, would like them ALL back, or most, if it can't be helped. I don't know what happened, I only wanted to delete a subfolder's worth of files, but instead deleted a bunch of other folders with files. Perhaps my mouse button got stuck or something and drag-highlighted them, who knows. But I knew something was wrong as when it was in the process of deleting, it was taking longer than expected and the popup delete window listed "hundreds" of gigabytes rather than only a few gigs. After a few seconds I quickly canceled, but by that time I already lost ~80gb. Better than the hundreds of gigs though that it was about to kill. It has been probably 10-15 years since I've done anything like this and obviously was not on Win 7 (probably 98SE or XP, can't recall), so I need some refreshing. Or if Win 7 has an undelete of its own? This is on a Win 7 laptop. I've googled for freeware undelete apps, but not sure which one is the best. Yes, I would prefer freeware if possible. I only saved one file on purpose that was only a few kilobytes long so don't know if it saved over one of the lost files. Before the delete, the drive only had about 1.5gb. After losing the 80gb, the capacity went up to ~81.5gb. I have not touched the laptop in about a week. Also, once an undelete software is chosen, how do you install it on the drive without it potentially overwriting these deleted files? Or can it be run on a memory stick or burned cd? Anyway, need your help on this delicate matter, thanks.
  14. On one of our 98SE PC's, we have been using OE6 for close to 20 years now. It's not perfect, there have been some times there have been issues that couldn't be (and have been) solved, but it's easy to use and has been of good convenience and we don't intend to stop using it, at least once it's hopefully fixed/perfect again. In the past year though, my dad has friends that keep sending tons of mails with large megabyte attachments, mostly unprocessed photos from their smartphones (they aren't computer nerds, so they know nothing about jpeg compression). Some of these attachments were in the order of 5MB to 10MB or more. After looking at them, he/we usually then delete the email(s). However, as most know, the megabytes increase the filesize of the Inbox db. The filessize stays the same even after you trash the emails, until you then have to compact it. Well, we neglected to compact the Inbox for a while now, so the size bloomed to almost 900MB. When I recently (a few days ago) attempted to compact, it said something (I didn't jot it down) to the effect of "msimn caused invalid page fault in directdb.dll." I looked this up and it said to replace the corrupt folder db. When I tried that it pretty much erased (or reset) everything in the Inbox. We don't want that to happen, because we still have tons of mail in there we do not want to get erased. Luckily I made a backup of the Inbox db, so I recopied that back in the appropriate folder (under \Identities folder). So what are our options? Here are some of my ideas of which I haven't tried anything yet > - First idea: Make a new folder, say "Inbox_temp", then move all the email from the corrupt Inbox db to this one, then rename it back to Inbox, while the previous Inbox is first renamed to something else. However, the question is, when I start/click the "Mail Sending/Receiving" button, will it start receiving from the last point forward, or will it start receiving from the very first email on the server? Note, we only have 56k dialup, and there is about 1.5 GB of mail on the email server, so if this new Inbox happened to start at the very beginning, it would takes days to complete. We don't want it to start from the very first email on the server. - Second idea: Rename this corrupt Inbox to something else, like "Inbox_Old", then let OE6 automatically make a new empty Inbox. However, will this new Inbox also start receiving mail from the first and oldest email from the server or will it start from the last time the receive button was pushed? I assume it will start from the very beginning which is what we don't want. I am thinking the first idea has some promise, but not really sure. We don't want to continue receiving new mail into this corrupt Inbox, but if we get a new (or possibly repaired) Inbox, we want to start receiving mail at the last point it left off (which would be about a couple weeks ago, iirc). Any other ideas? This PC's specs are: Win 98SE (with Soporific autopatcher), Pentium-based mobo with 256MB memory (max) at 75Hz frontside bus, 450MHz AMD K6-III, and about 750MB harddisk free. Yeah, it's an old machine, heh. Because of the low overhead of the CPU and memory and the bloated 900MB Inbox, Outlook Express will sometimes say low memory and will not show the Inbox unless I recover as much memory as possible as well as a fresh reboot. However, I know it will run perfectly and quickly once the Inbox is properly optimized. Anyway, we need your input, thanks.
  15. Generic/Text printer driver

    Ok thanks I checked that printersetup.pdf and it helped, only just a little. What I discovered was I was entering the decimal codes wrong. As for example from my first post, I wanted to enter the code for "compressed printing" (i.e. 15 or 17 cpi). I mentioned it was Esc + 15 decimal. This is the usual code in practically all Epson FX emulated impact printers. So then in the generic printdriver (for W98SE), I press the escape key which enters as ESC with the angle bracket in the blank line. Then I use the Alt key to enter subsequent numbers. I enter "Alt 15". This all comes on the line as ... <ESC><164>Nope, this doesn't work. I read the PDF and discovered you need 3 decimal numbers to enter, so the 15 for compressed should be keyed in as Alt 015, not Alt 15. So what it should have been was Esc + 015. This comes out on the line as <ESC>^Oi.e. the latter part for 015 shows up as the caret symbol and the letter O. I ran it and it works! Then I remembered that in general that's how you enter in Ascii practically anywhere else in Windows, i.e. you need 3 numbers after pressing the Alt key. There's still some more tinkering around, but at least I was able to get other codes to work with the Alt key for those numbers that don't have symbol on the keyboard. Unfortunately in the printersetup.pdf, when it starts to talk about enter font codes, it doesn't, because it wasn't necessary for the machine it was using it for, so they kept the font commands blank. And still need to know how to add several generic printer drivers to my printer list if possible, etc.