The configuration is as follows:
Motherboard: GA-K8VM800M-RH with K8M800 chipset (includes UniChrome Pro IGP) and Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
CPU: Sempron 2800+ (Palermo core, 256 KB cache)
RAM: 512 MB DDR400
HDD: WD1600JS-08NCB1 160 GB SATA disk
DVD: TEAC DV-W516GDM
Standard case with power suply, FDD, accessories.
The cost is about $250.
I installed Windows XP - everything OK, Windows Vista RC2 - everything OK but it was not possible to set refresh rate since there is no specific driver for integrated graphics, and then Windows 98 SE.
It was necessary to change the setting of the SATA controller from IDE mode to RAID mode because there is no Win9x driver for SATA IDE but there is driver for SATA RAID. This is recommended by VIA. All other drivers work as expected with one exception - the audio driver supplied by Gigabyte (Realtek WDM driver) caused GPF during driver detection after the reboot. For example:
Date 11/12/2006 Time 21:50 MSGSRV32 caused a general protection fault in module COMMCTRL.DLL at 0001:00000afc. Registers: EAX=36eeec40 CS=1caf EIP=00000afc EFLGS=00000282 EBX=0000fffe SS=1f57 ESP=000070d6 EBP=000070dc ECX=00000000 DS=1d47 ESI=00020058 FS=0000 EDX=80d736ee ES=0eb6 EDI=0002b242 GS=0000 Bytes at CS:EIP: 66 26 89 07 8e 46 0e 26 ff 04 8b c7 1f 5e 5f c9 Stack dump: ec400e27 70ee000f 29a79e40 36eeec40 0058422e 0e270eb6 9a487268 ec4029a7 422e36ee 0eb60058 00010058 36ee0000 575c3a43 4f444e49 495c5357 445c464e
Very often the GPF was in module KRNL386:EXE and in other 16-bit modules. But alwas it was caused by MSGSRV32. It means dead end - Explorer will not start and the only possible thing to do is to shut down Windows.
Then I disabled sound card in BIOS but problems remained - it was not possible to install DirectX9, nUSB caused same MSGSRV32 errors during disk detection.
So I have reinstalled Windows 98 SE with SESP2.1A, IE6.0SP1, all updates, DX9.0c, and then tried to install various sound drivers. At first Windows Update offered a driver (This was for the first time I have seen Win9x driver in Windows Update). It worked. Then I tried Vinyl Audio driver from VIA website. It worked. Then I tried the latest Realtek driver (setup.exe) and again the same problem with MSGSRV32. This time I had the sate before saved by Ghost so it was easy to go back and I tried to install the Realtek driver maanually using the device manager - and voila, everything was correct.
I remember that I had exactly the same problems with Realtek WDM AC97 driver on board with Intel 915P chipset so there is - probably - some conflict between the drive, Windows 98 SE and some hardware configuration.
Has anybody found out what is the reason of those MSGSRV32 errors and how to avoid them?
Other two problem are not so easy to describe.
The first is significant random slowdown of Windows - everything is extremely slow. Even the disk transfer rate drop for short time to < 10 MB/s while standard is 60 MB/s (measured by HDTach 2.70)
The second appeared repeatedly when I pressed backspace in Total Commader several times. Then blue screen with Exception 0E appeared, repeated 5 times, then almost black screen appeared, no mouse, when I pressed Ctrl-Alt-Del the task mananager appeared but behind it appeared small window with GPF in VTTimer.exe (part of the video driver) and everything got frozen.
I supposed that there sould be no problems - but there are some.
Has anybody encountered any of these problems and/or does anybody know how to solve them?
This PC is just for testing, I will have it another two days and then it will go away with Windows XP, but I would like to know if this PC is not compatible with Windows 98 SE or I made just some error.
If I will have some time I will also try to use Windows ME, Windows 98 (Gold) and maybe also Windows 95 and OSR2 - to see what VXDs and PDRs will cause faults because of high speed AMD processor.