I don't know to what extent anyone here is using (or trying to use) skype under win-98 - or if that's even a problem or issue these days with kernelEx. I thought I'd post some recent experience I had with it. Skype is not something I've ever used before, but on this win-98 computer I apparently did mess with it back in 2006 (version 188.8.131.52).
But because some relatives of mine recently wanted to start using skype on their home computers (win-XP) and because I have this old Skype icon on my desktop - I double-clicked it last week - and it seemed to work just fine (?!). I had nobody to talk to, but I did call the test account to see if my audio (speakers, mic) was working, and they were.
So yesterday I got skype working on a couple of my relative's XP systems (set up their account, downloaded the software, etc) and when I went back to my win-98 computer and started skype, it started but pretty quickly threw up a screen saying that I had to update my version because of a security issue. So I said ok, but the update process failed, leaving me with the old version still installed. So I unplugged my network connection, started skype (it starts just fine) and I set the auto-updated to disable. I then plug in the network cable and it seems to be working again. I call the new accounts I set up and it works, but when they try to call me, and I answer, skype crashes. So I read the following from this old msfn thread:
Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:16 AM
My addition is Skype. I have version 184.108.40.206 working very well, so long as I remember not to try video. Skype announce a version 1.4.x as the last to support Win98, but go on to say that later ones might work, they just give no guarantee.
Ok, so I download version 220.127.116.11 from somewhere (oldversion.com?) and it works fine (but I think I did have to set the KernelEx compatibility option to win-98 for the skype.exe program file). Even video works great. The people running XP that are calling me have a usb web-cam (I don't) and I can see them just fine. And they can call me and I can answer and it doesn't crash.
So I don't know if the current version of skype works on win-98 with KernelEx, but I can say that version 18.104.22.168 seems to work just fine - including receiving video from the caller.
Edited by Nomen, 19 August 2012 - 11:34 AM.