Hi all - first post on the forum. Recently I've been attempting to run W98se on older pci-e based motherboards with the objective of getting a 7800gtx/256mb running - ideally a 7900gtx - to play late W98 era/post Glide games that benefit from extra ram/gpu but that don't always play nice under XP/W7, even with fixes and patches - games like USAF.
For W98se I install the fixes/performance tweaks [only] from Unofficial SP 2.1 and SP 3 final, add nusb33e, and the modded nV 8269 drivers. I'm sticking with 512mb system ram until I can get gpu issues sorted.
So far I've tested 2 VIA/socket 775 based boards: MSI P4M900M2-L and a Biostar P4M890-M7-TE - both have W98se chipset drivers so I was hopeful.
W98se runs, but no matter what I've tried I run up against a wall with pci-e. The 7800gtx gets recognized [needed to install drivers via Device Manager], but will only run in VGA mode or Windows will hang on reboot after the splash screen.
On deck is salvaged HP dc7100 workstation motherboard [#3509929-001]. It has an Intel 915G/P/GV chipset, which from the MSFN W9x hardware sticky seems to be okay, and I downloaded W98se drivers from the HP site.
Anyone have experience with this board? I'll be assembling/testing over the weekend and will post results.
And more generally what tips do people have to wrangle pci-e slot setups into working under W98se - they seem to be plagued with trouble but i read scattered reports of success...
Edited by tincup2, 27 September 2013 - 01:33 PM.