@rloew: If I wanted to add the second gig module in my machine, I would need your patch, correct? Would I need to do anything other than install the patch?
If you want to make use of that second Gigabyte, definitely.
Considering the Gigabit Network you have, you will probably need the /M option.
Gigabit Ethernet sometimes causes issues even with less RAM. The /M Option fixes it.
As far as your Video card is concerned, you can get a DVI adapter to use with your Monitor.
I did go and buy an adapter, but here's what it is. It's actually not DVI at all, it's DMS-59, which I've never heard of before but apparently it's a dual monitor setup situation. The reason I was taken by surprise is I do have a DVI to VGA connector, and it was nothing like it at all except for the size and shape. The seller didn't have that even listed nor a good picture of the card so when I first saw it, I totally assumed DVI because it looked so much like it. So anyway, an adapter I bought today, just have to wait for it, it was cheap so I'm fine with it as long as it works.
Does your patch use a special license per computer or can I use it on all my 98 machines? I just installed Windows 98 on another machine that can and will take more than a gig of RAM. I will list details about that below. I just have to wait to either get the job I just applied for or go back to work in the spring since I'm running out of money.
Anyway, as for my other project I'll just list here since it involves the same type of deal but a different computer. I'm working on my Dell Vostro 400 machine. It has a G965 Intel Chipset board in it, I believe it's actually a Foxconn board though. The downfall? It's completely 100% SATA driven. So this required a bit of extra work.
I through the Windows 98 install CD directory on a flash drive and booted from the Windows 98 CD, which it does at least boot but I have no access to it otherwise. I was able to fdisk and format the main drive, no problem. I decided to go with dencorso's method about the BIOS. This computer has a very crappy Award BIOS, which generally I love Award but the BIOS is so stripped down, it's useless basically. At least I have IDE emulation but that doesn't apply to the CD-ROM drive. But that's okay for now.
So, after all it said and done, setup /p i here we come. I go ahead and install it as is. However, we still had a bit of a wrench in that plan as it froze after the second install reboot but we could boot into safe mode. That's right, we had to go into msconfig and enable drive compatibility since we're dealing with a SATA hard drive. Oh, and of course I installed Xeno's vcache patch after the first part of setup. So i was all set there. After the reboot of changing drive compatibility, we went onto the third part of setup just fine. That completely lightning fast truthfully. Before I knew it, I was to the desktop.
Now sadly, just about none of my hardware would be detected as the graphics is an Intel G31/G33 family and as far as I can tell, there's no WIndows 98 driver for it. The onboard LAN is an Intel 825xx based LAN, which I found no 98 drivers from except these little shady outfits which I like to call them that claim they are Windows 98 drivers, but you need to download the driver using their special 'driver detective' software. I will not do that, not unless I'm sure it is safe, which as far as I'm concerned unless someone tells me different, it's not. The sound is a Realtek High Definition codec so out of luck there. So with 2 PCI slots on the board, one 1x PCI-E and 16X PCI-E....we have installed a basic 3COM internet lan card which has 98 drivers built into the OS itself, so we're good there. A C-Media sound card I bought used from the local computer shop for $1. Works fine for my needs. So no more PCI slots open. That's where my new video card comes into play, that I cannot hook a monitor up until I get the adapter. It's an ATI Radeon X600 which I've seen is somewhat unofficially supported. So I will definitely be trying that out.
So for the specs,
Dell Vostro 400
Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.3GHz
Standard VGA graphics (for now, hoping to upgrade to ATI Radeon X600 with 256MB of RAM)
C-Media CMI8738 sound card
1 gig of RAM
160GB SATA hard drive (using 48LBA 137GB patch)
3COM Etherlink adapter of some kind lol
and WIndows 98 SE
Luckily all is good so far. I hooked up an external USB DVD drive to it but My Computer seems to freeze when I open it up with it connected so I may have to look into that but other than that, every works great.
Edited by Tommy, Yesterday, 11:03 PM.