just acquired an Intel C2D Q9550S (4 x 2,83 GHz, 65W, 1333FSB).
And i just happen to have more than enough compatible GPUs, Audio, NICs and RAM lying around, and some cash to spend on a fitting MoBo. Does anyone have a suggestion (or even better: Experience) on a MoBo that could run W98SE together with this baby? Needs to have a fitting chipset, PATA for my sneaky IDE-SSD, and enough strategically distributed PCI(e)-slots for Sound and - probably - LAN. 8GB Ram or more would be nice, too. Any idea?
I just acquired a refurbished ASRock G41C-GS R2.0, which is compatible with Windows 10:
- Northbridge: Intel® G41
- Southbridge: Intel® ICH7
4GB DDR2 Ram, limited to 1GB for W98SE with XRayers/Ushers method (thank you both!). I'll use 8GB DDR3 later on with Windows 10 on that machine.
...as there are some modded inf-files around here, suggesting this may work. I'll report, once everything either works, or does not...
Onboard LAN (Realtek RTL 8111GR) is not supported by Realtek on W98SE any more. Modifying INF doesn't help, the driver simply doesn't work for it. Disabled.
- I put into the PCIe 1x Slot an older GBit PCIe NIC from Realtek (a RTL8168) that is supported on W98SE and Windows 10.
The modified INFs for ICH7 recognize SATA/IDE, and in "compatible" mode, the drives work.
Unfortunately, the system hangs during boot with the controller in "Enhanced Mode" (which would be the one interesting for SSDs in Multiboot, as it allows trim)
This is probably, because the INF does not touch the MS Single FIFO for the channels, which should change to the Intel Dual FIFO ones...
(that's just my unqualified guess... when i dump the driver onto the system somewhere else, the Intel Dual FIFOs show up... hell if i knew why...)
- i disabled the Single FIFOs, so the SSDs for XP and Windows 10 (updated from W7Home64bit) are invisible to the system
- I installed a separate PCI-card with a VIA VT6421 controller on it, which is supported both by W98SE and Windows 10, providing IDE and two SATA-I ports, connected an IDE-DVD to it, and boot W98SE from it (OS boots both from IDE and SATA-SSDs, and a SATA-DVD is usable as well)
I did't check Onboard Sound, as i own an Audigy 2 for that purpose (which is, you already guessed, compatible with W98SE and Windows 10).
I did't check the onboard-GPU, as my GeForce 6600 256MB PCIe resisted for a short time, but now works with the 82.69. (which is... you know the drill... thanky you to RLoew for the shutdown-fix!)
The modded inf for the G41/ICH7 provides a ich7core.inf, which i use successfully.
USB2 works fine with the Native USB Drivers. I use the german inofficial SP2.1d, as provided by Leotard (thank you!).
As all onboard-devices are replaced by add-in cards, and no slot is available any more (and no space for anything but a 1-Slot GPU), it very much depends on your taste if you call it a success. Thief 1 runs perfectly on it, though, which is a good benchmark, as that game is very sensitive to bad W98SE setups.
A close shave, as the englishmen call it.
Edited by ragnargd, 12 August 2015 - 02:00 PM.
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