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  1. There are times when I connect cameras, routers or other devices on my local lan that I don't always remember what their IP address is. So I resort to using programs like "Advanced IP Scanner" to do a scan and show what IP's appear to be in use. I've also written a dos batch file that performs 1 ping on each of the 254 IP addresses and pipes the result to a text file. In both cases, if I have some audio streaming from the internet being played by VLC, or I have a web-cam window open (low-bandwidth, 1 frame per second) while I'm doing these scans, that the audio streaming or the webcam feed will drop out. Is there some max_number_of_connections thing that I'm hitting on win-98? Is there some registry entries that I can mess with?
  2. >Windows 9x will crash with more than 512MB of RAM Don't you mean that *during installation* Win-9x will crash if the system has more than 512 mb ram, but after installation the amount of ram can almost always be increased to 1 gb with the correct editing of the win.ini file? > Windows 9x will not use Native IDE SATA controllers/drives without a paid patch Don't you mean to say that if win-98 sata drivers are available for the given controller chip (as is the case with at least the Silicon Image 3112/3114 chips) then that means win-98 *will not* be using ESDI_506.pdr (but will be using some other 32-bit driver) when the SATA controller is set to Native/SATA mode in the bios? (in other words, for at least the 3112/3114 chips, Win-98 is fully compatible with SATA controllers that are set to native/sata mode in the system bios because there are available win-98 drivers for said chips).
  3. > I want to build a powerful retro PC that will have dual boot, XP and 98SE. Look into the Asrock 4core DUAL-VSTA and DUAL-SATA2 motherboards. Based on VIA chipset, there are win-98 drivers for everything except HD-audio. Win-98 drivers for SATA controller means you can set large hard drives to native/sata mode and you won't see the 137gb drive-size limit. Those boards have PCIe *and* AGP card slots so it will take either type of video card, and will take DDR or DDR2 ram. These are socket-775 boards. You'll probably have to look on ebay for them. These boards were sold new about 9 or 10 years ago.
  4. I can pick up a new ASRock G41C-GS R2.0 (Socket 775 Intel G41 + ICH7) for $85. It's an interesting board - it has 2 DIMM slots that will take either DDR2 or DDR3. I don't know where it ranks in terms of socket-775 performance (if near the top I might pick it up just to make a nice XP system with the many 775 CPU's I have). But I'm really interested if win-98 will run on this thing. On-board audio, ethernet and graphics I can do without if necessary, but SATA and USB and DMA and other chipset stuff I'm going to want working drivers. I haven't been paying attention to where Win-98 is at after ICH5 so I don't know what's possible and what isin't.
  5. I'm not talking about KB's that do telemetry or win-10 preparation/downloading (those are "bad" for other reasons). Is there a list of KB's that have technical faults that MS would rather you not install? Of the over 700 MSU files that I have, I'd like to pull out the defective ones.
  6. The Win-7 SP1 32-bit image that I created that had the largest number of KB's rolled in had 577 KB's. So for now I am comparing that list of 577 to your list. Your list has 456 KB's. Given that, it's somewhat surprising that there are only 167 KB's that are in common to both lists. There are 410 kb's in my list that are not in yours. There are 289 kb's in your list that are not in mine. My list of 577 includes 3125574 (the convienence roll-up). Your list does not - but I'm not sure the wmic command will show it. I also do not have any kb updates higher than 3173040 (which is approx. August 2016). You have 9 KB's higher than that, which probably became available since Sept. 2016. I have a separate list of 96 "bad" kb's that I will not install for one reason or another. You have 23 KB's that are on that list. Here they are: 976932 2505438 2506928 2545698 2592687 2660075 2670838 2726535 2840149 2882822 2923545 2970228 2994023 2999226 3078667 3086255 3092627 3093983 3102429 3107998 3118401 3124280 3167679 One more thing. What I consider to be my "standard" Win-7 install image was built using 279 KB's (not 577). It does not include any "bad" kb's. It is up-to-date as of Sept 1, 2016. I don't think there have been many new updates / fixes since then. Maybe a dozen. Your installation of 410 kb's seems high. I don't think you would have such a high number if you performed a new install today and accepted most "Important" and *some* optional KB's that Windows Update would offer you.
  7. Open a command prompt (as administrator just to make sure this works) and enter this: wmic qfe list full /format:texttablewsys > "C:\hotfix.txt" This will dump a list of all kb's, updates, hotpatches and fixes to the file c:\hotfit.txt. You can change the path and file-name to somewhere else if you want - just make sure you can find the file. Upload the file here as an attachment. I'll compare your KB list to my own lists and see if I can spot any differences.
  8. About 6 months ago I was working with RT7 Lite to incorporate all known KB updates into a base-level Win-7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit CD image. At one point I had about 550 KB's rolled into the image (far more than what would be offered by MS during WU update sessions at the time). When I began using finished/installed OS on a test system, I was seeing the above behavior (getting stupid message when renaming or creating new folders, and the issue with Libraries). So I began to back-track and created new installation images with fewer and fewer KB's rolled in until I finally narrowed it down to 958559. Just that one single KB, when rolled into a virgin Win-7 SP1 Ultimate 32-bit CD image, caused these issues.
  9. I have found that kb 958559 causes this behavior on Win-7 SP1 Ultimate 32-bit: - not showing (not having) any Libraries - not being able to create new libraries, and - giving an "Item not found" message when creating new folders or renaming existing ones.
  10. Just downloaded USB Device Tree Viewer 3.0.8 ( and tried to run on my system with Kex 4.5.2015.11 and I get USBTreeview.exe is lined to missing export cm_get_devnode_status. Even tried setting it to Win-2k compatibility. Any ideas if this can be made to work under Win-98?
  11. I guess in these situations when an ebay vendor is selling the same key over and over gain and MS sees these validation attempts from different IP's and black-lists the key, that the key sequence never finds it's way to the internet by way of discussion, etc. If the computer is OEM or brand-name then there's a good chance that you'd be able to create an installation ISO that is tied to some OEM codes in the BIOS that define what windows license the computer had when it left the factory.
  12. >Well, bad news! > > I've been told by Microsoft that the product key that was used to activate Windows 7 over the phone was blocked Put part of your key into a google search and see if the entire key come up in the results. That should tell you if the key has been widely circulated.
  13. RT7 Lite seems to work. I've used it to create win7-sp1 rollups with over 500 kb files and other stuff (like IE10 and .net). And by the way, there are some kb's inside the convenience roll-up that are "bad" by most measures - hence why I've manually rolled in only the good kb's and none of the bad ones.
  14. > Perhaps mouse B itself is faulty? Could be a loose contact that just about makes a connection in the first port but doesn't in the second port? But I get the guitar-sound when mouse B is plugged into or out of either port. So Windows must be able to see it being plugged in and unplugged, so there must be some communication with mouse B in either port. I define "working" when I move the mouse and the arrow moves on-screen. The led or laser light is visible/on when mouse B is plugged into either port.
  15. This laptop is a core i7 and dates to I think 2011 and I don't think it has USB3 - I think the only way to give it USB3 is through a docking station or slide out the CD drive and slide in a USB3 card. But none of that should matter because I have one mouse (mouse A) that works in both ports and another mouse (mouse B) that works in only one of them. Windows gives off that sound (like a guitar being plucked) when either mouse is plugged into or removed from either port.