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:126.96.36.1998 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?