I don't have to feel embarrassed nor have to put up with people who mock me because of my "old" OpSys.
As I've told people for years, "If it works, leave it alone. If it works well, why spend money unnecessarily?"
I've been called antiquated and stodgy for years.
Started using DOS around 1982.
I bought Win3.1 in 1995 to run a laser engraver for my new business.
Updated to Win3.11 around 1996 when I needed networking capabilities.
Ran a single computer operation via NetBEUI on a small 10Mb hub with laser cutters and printers on a Cat-5 print server.
Added more Win3.11 machines for separate business purposes.
Upgraded three machine licenses to Win98SE because of the Millennium issue.
Still have the original upgrade licenses for 98SE and have collected more full licenses cuz I love the O/S.
Have been running on various machines, including 1Ghz AMD and Intel proc's for business, and Dell laptops for personal use.
Hardware keeps failing and gets replaced, but my Win98SE O/S keeps plugging along provided I can find the correct drivers.
Oh yeah, I finally decided to buy some newer used Dell desk-side machines with WinXP, but I only use them if absolutely necessary.
Recently got my hands on an Aopen XCcube EZ65 "shoebox" computer second-hand.
Intel Celeron 2.4Ghz with 1Gb RAM with an Asus V7100Pro64 add-on AGP video card.
Did a search online and saw a brief description of Win98SE capability on Asus site.
Couldn't resist a challenge, so I had to know if it really would run.
Located one of my uninstalled licenses and began to search for M/B & video drivers.
It took a while, but I located all of the original Asus drivers: on-board BIOS, VGA, M/B chipset, LAN, audio, USB2.0.
Next was the V7100Pro64 -- does not support W98SE. Bad news, but I could live with on-board VGA.
Couldn't put it down. Saw spec's of V7100Pro64, so I had to find drivers.
Nothing on the internet at all.
Alternate method for discovery: Run Knoppix "Live CD" O/S, which provides very good computer discovery information.
The video card is seen as nVidia NV11 GeForce2 MX-400, so I did a search for that driver and found it.
Burned all drivers to CD and installed Win98SE on test harddrive.
Installed clean, no BSOD, no 0E exceptions.
Only one hiccup because I originally installed drivers in wrong order.
Installed AGP video card and then drivers.
The machine works like a champ, and the O/S is really snappy!!!
Machine is the fastest Win98SE installation I've ever had the pleasure to use, and I'll never let anyone tell me the O/S is a POS.
*Remember* I don't make changes unless they're absolutely necessary.
However, since it does not support USB sticks larger than my 512Mb SanDisk Cruzer Micro I boot Knoppix.
That O/S sees all the hardware fine, USB sticks of any size (so far to 16Gb & 1.5Tb external drives).
I can connect any 1.1 or 2.0 USB device and Knoppix sees them.
I transfer very large files (greater than 512Mb) using Knoppix, and then boot Win98SE.
Searched for some updated prog's and information on Win98SE for my new install.
Looking mainly for tips and tricks on Windows Explorer for a while.
Pretty soon I had three windows and twenty tabs open -- it's easy to get carried away.
I saw "unofficial Win98SE ServicePack2.1A" on a free S/W site, and I couldn't resist.
Have downloaded the SP2.1A and SP3.3.
Will do proper research before installing SP3.3 on a mirrored drive for testing.
Also looking into NUSB3.6 to see if it will allow Win98SE to "see" larger USB sticks. Hopeful.
I still use my Win98SE machines everyday for various tools and in various locations.
I only surf with Knoppix or Ubuntu since they can't be hacked, and I don't have "safe" virus S/W -- yet.
I'm hoping to test the SP3.3 update on the mirrored drive with the existing configuration.
Once everything is working I'll test NUSB3.6 to see if I can use larger USB memory sticks.
So that's it. It's good to be here, and I've got a LOT of reading to do.
This post has been edited by Laser98IX: 17 July 2012 - 08:46 AM