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  1. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    I said 'help' keep it alive. The fact that you think you deserve to be compensated for your hobbyist programming is exactly why the source should be released, so it would benefit the community of people who still use Win9x. People who could help make it better, ie - work out any bugs, expand on it's scope, etc... It would also help attract new people to using Windows 9x who didn't feel like using antiquated hardware. I also hinted that Linux has the superior model, which it does, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any Bill Gates products worth having. What does is cost to pick up Windows 98, under $10 if you look in the right places?
  2. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    Oh well, this turned out to just be too much hassle... I multi-boot, so BIOS disabling of features isn't the best idea. If Rloew ever decides to help keep Win9x alive by making his patches free, and/or making the sources to his patches open-source, I'll come back and try again. It's not like there aren't legacy, or legacy compatible, OSes that support newer hardware for free. See FreeDOS (supports modern hardware), or Linux. Not everyone has to get paid, and it's not like Windows 98 has any market value. Free, and open-source, is the superior model. As it is, if I decided to setup an older PC this for Win98, I wouldn't need the patches, or workarounds. If I needed modern OS support on old hardware, I'd use Linux. The only real sensible option... My PC is somewhere between old, and new, as far as Win98 is concerned. I'm back to the first conclusion I made. Either build a in-between PC with Windows 9x in mind, or just go new and virtualize.
  3. Windows 9x/Me Security Thread

    Don't forget that you could also use Linux to scan Windows. I believe you could make a tiny Linux compatible partition around ~200MB, or maybe even smaller. Then do a minimal install of Debian, Fedora, Arch, etc.. I've done this before, and I didn't even install a desktop environment for the distro. Add the proper repos for your distro, and from the Linux command line, install the program with a package manager. Debian, Ubuntu; apt-get install clamav OR aptitude install clamav Arch; pacman -S clamav Gentoo; emerge clamav To update the definitions is something like... freshclam To scan... clamscan /media/Windows/ clamscan /mnt/Windows/ clamscan /media/Windows/io.sys clamscan <path to folder/file> NOTES; This method will require you to have a boot manager installed, like one of the GRUB derivatives for instance. This also won't provide "active" protection, but only clean-up after the fact.
  4. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    I followed the link you provided. Read until I saw the SATA patch mentioned, and clicked on the second link. Why would I keep reading the front page? Maybe he should mention on the page I linked to that they can be bought separately...? I quoted the price of what I thought it would cost to acquire the SATA patch, nothing else. Noted. I'll post back with the results when I have them. Thanks for the heads up.
  5. Help finding Sound Blaster Windows 98 drivers

    Creative Audigy SE (SB0570) Sound Card - Bus Type PCI - Device ID 1102-0007 - Subsystem ID 1102-100A - Device Class 0401 (Audio Device) - Revision 00
  6. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    What??? $11 dollars is expensive? Not that I'd commit to getting it if it was only 11 us dollars, but.... [emphasis mine] http://rloew1.no-ip.com/Programs/Patchtb.htm
  7. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    I've never been able to afford to build a custom PC from scratch, and I have always pieced together what I could for dirt cheap/free. This PC has... - Pentium 4, 3.4 Ghz (Prescott w/HT) - Nvidia Geforce 8400GS (512 MB) - DDR2 SDRAM (3.5 GB) - XW4200 motherboard (HP) - North Bridge: Intel Alderwood i925X - South Bridge: Intel 82801FR ICH6R - Intel 82801FB(M) ICH6 (AC'97) Working WDM drivers, without DOS app sound support - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE (PCI) Non-functional in Windows 98. It's the main sound card in Vista, Linux, and FreeDOS. - Yamaha YMF-724 DS-XG It's from an older PC, and works for DOS apps. It doesn't seem to have any effect. Is there any particular reason Rloew's SATA patches are so expensive? It' almost like they have industry/company pricing, without an option for single end-users.
  8. Help finding Sound Blaster Windows 98 drivers

    Those are for the emu101k chip-set cards. I'm looking for ca-0106 chip-set drivers. There was only one Live! card that had it, and I had the model number in brackets. emu101k... Although my card is a 'Sound Blaster Audigy SE' (the kind for $3o every where you go), I tried this one... It worked for the first session, but upon a reboot, I got this constant horrible static/garbage from the speakers. Oh well, I have an old Yamaha I pulled out of my original 98/ME PC. I was hoping to take it back out for tower space, and to return it to the other PC for use. Unless someone knows how to modify Creative's NT drivers into 9x ones, I'm out of luck. Thanks for all the help, and suggestions.
  9. Help finding Sound Blaster Windows 98 drivers

    If vendors were known to full archive, or even post every driver they released.... Perhaps I should rephrase the overall question. Does anyone here currently run a sound card with the above chipset in Win98, or do they have Windows 98 labeled drivers for them? It could be anything from something on the net you've downloaded, or an installation disc.
  10. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    So there's no way to load drivers up in the Windows startup files? I guess I'll try it here in a few minutes. When I've been going through the step-by-step boot option, I've noticed drivers that aren't listed in the System.ini, or Win.ini. Are the options embedded into the kernel itself?
  11. Help finding Sound Blaster Windows 98 drivers

    If it were as simply as looking on the Creative site, would I have asked here? This place specializes in these types of retro questions.
  12. Hello. I installed the latest (Jul 27) version today, with 'all' options selected. After what appeared to be a successful reboot, and update in DOS mode, I get an error message upon the desktop loading. Cannot find path 'C:\Program' ... or something like that. I also noticed that all of the start menu items are missing their icons, and only display text. EDIT; After I rebooting yet again, the menu icons returned to normal. My first guess was that a script error had truncated the full path to "C:\Program Files\" to the above mentioned path, and this led me to inspect the autoexec.bat. What I found was the following being run each time I had restarted since. @IF EXIST C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI32.DLL COPY/Y/Z C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI32.W98 @IF EXIST C:\9!M\GDI32.DLL COPY/Y/Z C:\9!M\GDI32.DLL C:\9S2M\SYSTEM @IF EXIST C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI.EXE COPY/Y/Z C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\GDI.W98 @IF EXIST C:\9!M\GDI.EXE COPY/Y/Z C:\9!M\GDI.EXE C:\9S2M\SYSTEM @IF EXIST C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER32.DLL COPY/Y/Z C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER32.W98 @IF EXIST C:\9!M\USER32.DLL COPY/Y/Z C:\9!M\USER32.DLL C:\9S2M\SYSTEM @IF EXIST C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER.EXE COPY/Y/Z C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER.W98 @IF EXIST C:\9!M\USER.EXE COPY/Y/Z C:\9!M\USER.EXE C:\9S2M\SYSTEM @IF EXIST C:\9!M\O2DOS.BAT CALL C:\9!M\O2DOS.BAT Obviously, something interrupted the install progress, and it remained incomplete. I'm guessing it was a batch path error, or possibly a hardware issue on my part. Since I had installed the older 982ME on my original 98 PC without issue a couple years back, I didn't bother to use the backup option. I suppose I'll have to reinstall Windows yet again.
  13. Last Versions of Software for Windows 98SE

    Here are a couple things I found out. WinRAR: Payware Last working - 3.93 Current - 4.01 SmartFTP: Freeware Not working - 4.x versions
  14. Hello. Could anyone tell me if there are any Windows 98/98SE/ME drivers in existence for the CA-0106 chip based Sound Blaster cards? As far as I can tell, these are the only current models that have the chip. - Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit (SB0410) - Sound Blaster Audigy LS - Sound Blaster Audigy SE - Sound Blaster Audigy Value - Sound Blaster 5.1 VX - X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCI) I'd even be willing to do a manual (forced) install of another one of the above models if I could get basic functionality.
  15. Installing Win98SE on more 'recent' PC.

    Well it's been a pain but, I finally go the Intel mobo chipset drivers to install. Talk about an IRQ, and I/O, nightmare... I started with a fresh install to see if I could troubleshoot the shutdown issues. 1. I had to disable BIOS IRQ assignment of the Intel USB, and SMBus, controllers to fully install the Intel Chipset Software utility. After that, I reset the BIOS without issues. 2. I installed the VBE9x VESA drivers, using the Miniport VGA driver from the set. DXDIAG reported the video memory at 1.5 MB (LOL), and the screen refresh/scrolling rate for Windows apps was pretty bad. I followed that up with an install of MDGX's unofficial DirectX 9.0c silent installer. The preformance increase was slight but present, and DXIDAG now reported the video memory as unknown. DirectDraw seems to be functioning. 3. So far up until this point, Windows had been restarting/shuttting down properly. I then installed the Ethernet drivers for the mobo onboard ethernet port, and also installed the offline installer of IE6 SP1. After rebooting, I decide to take a break, and shut the PC off. But... the shutdown hang was back. My uneducated guess would be another IRQ, or I/O, conflict was created when I added the device. 4. I installed the drivers for my sound cards, and well... that was a lot of fun trying to find drivers for them. In the process of searching for them I found an article detailing a patch from Microsoft for Win98 shutdown errors. After applying it, the PC shutdown without any hang. But upon restart, I had a new problem. I was getting a non-specififc 'Windows protection error', which kept the system from booting. I could either let the error happen, and after manually powering off, select the normal mode from the safe mode menu. Or, I could hold the CTRL key down from boot, and select step-by-step, saying yes to all with the exception of 'process windows startup drivers'. With the added note that I haven't been able to 'reboot' into DOS at any point without the system crashing, that's where I'm pretty much at. I'll probably have to troubleshoot the drivers loaded by windows on startup, but I don't know where to find docs on how to add/remove them from the process. In all actuality, it could be any number of the following causes - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/149962 . My original plan was simply to use DOS. But either... there weren't any drivers for my sound cards, or my mobo didn't have the support needed for them to function in real DOS mode. In the process, I noticed that DOS (as an industry standard in some places) has actually seen improvements in USB, SATA HD, and SATA optical drive support. http://johnson.tmfc.net/dos/driver.html , http://bretjohnson.us/ Windows 98 has worked great for me as a DOS with GUI, running all the DOS apps I've thrown at it with sound. Much better than say running OpenGEM, without sound. But while the SATA HDD works capably enough in compatibility mode (at least for DOS programs), I have no access to my Dvd-rw drive at all. In DOS, I had all my USB, HDD, and optical drives working. Is there any way I could load those DOS drivers at the Windows 98 boot, and have that support persist into the GUI aspect of OS?