Windows 98SE has been very stable, especially after installing the latest version of the Service Pack available for SE (3.24). I also discovered you can no longer download IE6-SP1/MP9 via the Microsoft applet that connects to servers. Nevertheless, I had a local copy of Media-Player 7 (the Me version?) and was able to use the MDGx website to find the SP2 upgrade to bring IE to 5.5 (also curious to note Wikipedia doesn't display correct after upgrading to IE 5.5). IE has been far more stable than I ever remember it out of the box, and wasn't scalding me with "This application has performed and illegal error" messages like it always used to.
I managed to get SeaMonkey 1.1.19 installed. No - I haven't installed KernelEx and don't really plan to, SeaMonkey is working absolutely fine. I had to disable images to sign onto the website, but I found a version of Ad-Block Plus I could use to stop ads blocking me from signing in.
I also discovered the following commandments from Windows 98: "Thou shalt not leave the Netgear WG111v1 USB Wi-Fi connected during bootup, for fear of hanging after the splash-screen. Instead, thou shalt connect it to any available USB port at the Windows Networking logon prompt."
"Thou shalt exit the Netgear application as soon as possible after logon, for fear of causing peculiar Explorer behaviour."
The computer is happily connected to the network, and required only me putting in the right Workgroup name. Didn't need to use the XP Network Setup wizard, more or less zero-config
I shall include a screen-shot, not to worry, I WILL be adding extra functionality to the system during today, after a complete backup of the system's state (so I can use the "pcrestor" function if anything goes south on me).
- Note that I have also ordered the graphics card, a nVidia GeForce FX-5500 (AGP 8x) graphics card (which will hopefully allow me to use the CORRECT resolution on my monitor) and an enSoniq ES1370, a PCI soundcard supposedly based on the SoundBlaster16 - which will hopefully eliminate the crackly startup sound - the only sound that has 'trouble.'
Edited by nostaglic98, 07 June 2013 - 05:59 PM.