Heh heh, memories fade especially mine.
But I remember. What Gape's version of Dialup Networking 1.4 does is not install, or at least activate, Virtual Dialup Networking components that, for those who don't use Virtual Dialup Networking anyway, sometimes interferes with Ethernet Cable (or I suppose DSL too) internet.
I couldn't get a connection with my cable internet access using my ethernet PCI card and cable modem unless I would go ahead and uninstall Virtual Private Networking and delete the components of it from Network Properties.
With Gape's pack I didn't need to go through that hassle.
So now that things are better, thank G-d, WELCOME BACK GAPE!
And, yeah, how did you manage that neat trick with Dialup Networking 1.4 Gape? No one else has been able to figure that out.
Somehow, since you've been gone, I've lost the ability to successfully install a stable Windows 98SE system. Anytime I do I get some inevitable error that causes Windows to either not be able to boot (Error loading Device IOS. Real Mode Memory Allocation failed), or the last time destruction of my partition table when installing the Via Hyperion drivers for the Sata controller.
Actually I haven't been thrilled with any Windows version since 98SE. Nowadays I took the plunge into purchasing Window Vista but it churns my hard drive so much and is so buggy that Explorer doesn't even recognize new files added or the deletion of files (some but not all) unless I restart after adding (like from a DVD rip) or deleting them (like deleting a large amount of files at one time).
I've been so disappointed with Vista that I usually use Linux nowadays nearly all the time. It's really awesome. However most of my older software, much of which still will run on Vista, will not run on Wine within Linux but ran best on Windows 98SE.
My systems are still from the mid XP period and so I get the best Windows performance out of them with either 98SE or XP. But then even XP won't run some of my older stuff at all or not as well as on 98SE.
If you can get an updated pack out that, for reasons entirely unknown to me, does allow me to use Windows 98SE stable on it, that would be awesome. I would just go back to installing major stuff like Internet Explorer 6 SP1, Direct X, WMP 9, etc. individually like I used to and combine that with your Service Pack for the updates.
Well, at least it would give me incentive to try 98SE out again. I love how the Auto-Patcher lets us zip through installing just about everything we need for 98SE but I really haven't been able to successfully use 98SE since your Service Pack was the only option besides either trusting Windows Update (not even available anymore and it wasn't trustworthy on 98SE when it was), or installing each one individually.
There's something in the newer updates or newer versions of some software that wreaks havoc on my systems, and I mean ANY of my computers. Even those that are old enough that they were designed in 98SE's day. I just can't run the thing these days.
I'd use your pack and install the rest of the updates by hand like the old days and see what happens.
I do remember that using your pack effected the order of Microsoft Office installs because of some MDAC files. Newer Office versions had to be installed after your pack and older versions needed to be installed ahead of your pack. It was kind of confusing but if I did it wrong Windows was shot to death and wouldn't startup.
So if successful I'd run Linux most of the time and go into Windows for using older games and music creation stuff from that period. Since Vista runs like crap on these machines I'd just wait until someday building a new computer (years down the road) before using it again, but might dual-boot on that hard drive with XP Pro for DVD video purposes. I use a second hard drive for Linux, Debian Lenny being my distro right now.
I just hate to boot into Vista so I'm missing out on my large amounts of Windows software purchased over the years even though I successfully installed and used a lot of it on Vista. I just don't want to boot into it and sit and wait while the hard drive churns to shortening of its lifespan and I have to deal with all the bugs of the new operating system.
I like the old bugs better!
So yeah, I can't wait until you get the new pack finalized after all the modern updates are figured out.
I have no idea if it'll work any better this way than using the Auto-Patcher as the updates should be essentially the same, but I'm willing to give it a go just to try something.
Darn it though. I've always installed most of the stuff in the Auto-Patcher anyway and it is so easy to just run that program and let it do it for me. But if somehow your installations can give me stability back it will be well worth the work for me. I can't see what's the difference but I remember a time when I could run Windows 98SE on these motherboards and the last time I could do that was back when your pack was current.
Looking forward to having some fun.
Epox EP8KRAIPRO AthlonXP3200+ NVidia GeForce 6600GT AGP Audigy 2 ZS Crucial 2x1024MB 3200 RAM