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  1. How to make restorable backup CDs of Win98SE? So I have just completed building a Win98SE system on a second disk (80 GB) with all driver updates, IE-6, DirectX 9c, MediaPlayer 9, the unofficial 98SE service pack 2.1a. All of that uses 882 MB. Before I go further; * re-attach my primary disk (500 GB) which contains MS-WinXP, Solaris 10, and RHEL-6 and modify grub to have boot option for 98. * load all my old games into 98SE. How do I make a restorable backup copy of this virgin Win98SE to CDs for a fast restore of my working system? I read... ...and, wow! I wish I had known that in my earlier life, great stuff. But it is for backup from partition-to-partition, or disk-to-disk. I want something that will backup a disk across many CDs, be self-bootable, ask me what disk letter to restore to, and it will re-image drive back to state it was when backup was made. What are my options?
  2. Sorry for delay on acting on info provided, only able to work on "hobby" machine as time allows. Booted to DOS mode and made changes to c:\windows\system.cb as recommended by STEVEN W and SUBMIX8C. Basically put changes I had made to c:\windows\system.ini also into c:\windows\system.cb. MS-Win98 SAFE MODE now works!!! Re-formatted disk drive. Re-installed MS-Win98 SE. Again install of MS-Win98SE would not finish as expected, reboot, F8, DOS mode, re-applying fixes to files c:\windows\system.ini and c:\windows\system.cb, reboot, and verifying both NORMAL and SAFE MODE booted MS-Win98SE to GUI mode. Worked GREAT!!! Next I followed SFOR recommendation, rebooted to BIOS menu, went in and recorded settings for USBs, then disabled them all. Saved BIOS, booted into Windows, and applied HP driver update SP27532 "Intel Chipset Support for Windows" (Version: A, January 18 2005) without issue (one or two planned reboots occurred by install of drivers). Rebooted to BIOS menu, return USBs to their original (pre-disabled) settings. Saved BIOS, booted into Windows with not issue. I have no USB devices to test if they work, but Windows is not hanging, I am HAPPY!!! I was not able to act on SFOR recommendation to go to a HP DC7100 because; a) I don't have one, B) using IDE not SATA drives in my HP D530, c) I have a AGPx8 GeForce 6800GT with 512mb 128bit DDR2 that I want to install and use in system. I have read on other web sites to stay away from PCIE graphics for building a MS-Win98SE system, but I gather SFOR has that work, cool. Thank you STEVEN W and SUBMIX8C and SFOR!!!!
  3. I found in my basement a box of my old MS-DOS and MS-Win9x games and I want to replay them again. I am trying to add MS-Win98SE to a HP Compaq d530 CMT mid-tower PC (cpu Intel P4 socket N 478, Intel 865G Chipset, PCI bus with AGP 8x) which is already running MS-WinXP Pro 32-bit, RHEL-6 64-bit, and Solaris-10 64-bit off a IDE ATA-100 500GB disk drive. HP's d530 web site has drivers for MS-Win98SE. I installed a second IDE ATA-100 80GB disk drive to load MS-Win98SE onto to get around MS-Win98 disk limit (max disk size of 127 GB). The machine has 2gb of RAM. The install of MS-Win98SE go well until I receive the error message "Insufficient Memory to Initialize Windows". I do the internet documented fix of; power off/power on PC, press F8, then boot to Command line only, edit file c:/windows/system.ini, Add to [vcache] section: MaxFileCache=8192 (per many game sites). Add to [386Enh] section: MaxPhysPage=30000 power off/power on MS-Win98SE finishes install just fine and boots and runs fine. My problems start when I try to apply HP driver update SP27532 "Intel Chipset Support for Windows" (Version: A, Januray 18 2005). It installs to hard disk good and launches. The install reboots the server, as it should. MS-Win98SE launches and begins to find new hardware devices, as it should. After processing many devices, MS-Win98SE hangs on "Intel 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller 24D2", after about 5 minutes, MS-Win98SE reboots and the GUI fails to run from that point forward. I can get to Command line mode, but not to SAFE mode. I believe I cannot get MS-Win98SE GUI to boot into SAFE mode because I understand that SAFE mode bypass all [boot] and [386Enh] sections of the system.ini file (which skips my fix of "MaxPhysPage=30000"). So I cannot troubleshoot through GUI. I need help. Is there a way to boot MS-Win98SE into SAFE mode on systems with more than 512MB? With SAFE mode unavailable, any suggestions on how I debug what the problem is with the HP supplied "Intel 82891EB" driver? If I cannot debug "Intel 82891EB" driver, does anyone know of a way that I can have the installer skip "Intel 82891EB" and install all the other driver updates? Also, does anyone know of any commercial driver update products that still support MS-Win98SE? Thank you