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Modern motherboards which are working with Windows 98
Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:27 AM
I used your link http://www.viaarena....mp;SubCatID=189 and also used the hyperion Pro driver on the driver CD that came with the Gigabyte board. While there are some ! errors on PCI and other unnecessary devices in device manager, it all appears to work.. except sound but I don't think I will bother with that! I am running truecolour in 1024x760. I am not trying any 3d games though.
Thanks for your suggestion about using the Win98 VIA® Chrome9 HC Graphics driver for VIA P4M900. You were right.
Posted 10 August 2007 - 09:44 PM
If normal PCI (no PCI express) is working OK you need only to buy sound card.
On http://www.cmedia.com.tw/?q=en/driver you can see which sound cards support Windows 98
This are CMI 8768/8768+ and CMI 8738. Sound card CMI 8738 is possible to buy for 10 US dollars or less
Edited by Rjecina, 10 August 2007 - 09:45 PM.
Posted 23 August 2007 - 07:59 PM
For this MBO is possible to download this Windows 98 drivers on ECS website: SIS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter, SIS SATA/RAID driver, RealTek Codec Sound on board driver, SiS Compatible VGA Multimedia Driver. All in all this are all needed drivers for MBO to work on Windows 98 SE (only new needed drivers are for USB 2.0)
It is important to say that on that MBO only working solution is IGP card (with 128 MB ram) because no other GPU card will work with Windows 98.
Similar situation is with SiS - ECS solution for AMD. Name of socket AM2 MBO is 761GXM-M. ECS site is giving Windows 98 SE drivers for SiS AGP VxD Driver, SiS180/181/182 Raid Driver, RealTek Codec Sound on board driver so it look that this will work with Windows 98 SE
Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:55 AM
> MSI K8M890M-V Socket 939 Micro-ATX anybody using it?
Looks like you'll be able to get it functional in win-98 by downloading the via drivers from here:
(VIA Hyperion Pro Driver Package)
That board has PCI and PCI-e slots. You won't be able to get a pci-e video card running on win-98, so you'll have to find a PCI video card.
If you are a die-hard AMD fan, you might want to look at this board:
It uses the ULi M1695 chipset, which seems to have win-98 support:
(Note that ULi was purchased by NVidia in Dec. 2005)
Otherwise, you might want to look at this board:
It uses the VIA PT880 Ultra Chipset (same link as above for the drivers). It can take DDR and DDR-2 memory, and it has a PCI-e ->AND<- AGP-8x slots. The downside to this board is that you won't get the audio working so you'll have to use a separate sound card.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:38 AM
I have had no trouble using NVIDIA PCI Express graphics cards with Windows 98SE, as long as you use the Tweaked Unofficial NVIDIA Display Drivers for Windows 98 and ME.
You won't be able to get a pci-e video card running on win-98, so you'll have to find a PCI video card.
Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:32 PM
This is available in the US, for instance, at http://www.outletpc.com/c3504.html for $59.95
If you are having trouble with Win98 with over 512MB of RAM, see
Posted 22 September 2007 - 06:52 PM
One of the reasons for running Windows 98 SE on new hardware is the best-possible support for DOS as well as driver support for older or special hardware, especially in the industrial / embedded world. However, often, old special purpose hardware does also require an ISA slot, which has become a rare gem on modern mainboards.
Personally, I run DR-DOS 7.08 and Windows 98 SE (besides a host of other operating systems) on a Commell P4LA Rev D BIOS 2.1 industrial mainboard, equipped with Core2D E6600 SL9S8 2.4GHz and 4x1 GB RAM.
- Intel 945G PCI-Express chipset & ICH7R chipset (RAID + Matrix storage support)
- CPU Intel Core2D, Pentium D, Pentium 4, Celeron D (no EE editions) with 800/1066 MHz FSB, LGA 775 socket
- lots of BIOS config settings
- 4x 240-pin DDR2 533/667 RAM slot for up to 4 GB of RAM (of course, Windows 98 SE can only use a fraction of it, but still)
- 1x 16-bit ISA slot
- 4x 32-bit PCI slots
- 1x PCIe slot 4x
- 1x PCIe slot 1x
- 1x PCIe slot 16x
- Onboard VGA (Intel GMA 950) with 224MB shared memory (no driver support for Windows 98 SE, so only standard VGA resolution under Windows)
- PATA: 2x EIDE/ATAPI UDMA100 devices or a 40-pin DOM (disk-on-memory)
- SATA: 4x SATA-II (modern OSes support all 6 channels simultanously, whilst only up to 4 of them can be used under Windows 98 SE. I'm quite confident that - with a little bit of tweaking - all six channels could be made work in DOS and thus in Windows 98 SE as well, although most probably not at full speed.)
- Marvell E8053 Yukon Gigabit LAN (DOS and Windows 98 SE drivers exist, but I could not get 22.214.171.124 to run so far, so I use an Intel PRO 1000 GT PCI Gigabit LAN addon card. For me, the Yukon driver either hangs or crashes during Windows startup.)
- Audio Realtek ALC880 HDaudio with S/P-DIF (no DOS and Windows 98 SE drivers exist to the best of my knowledge.)
- 1x 32-pin DIP JEDEC DiskOnChip socket
- 1x CF-Card slot Type II
- 8x USB 2.0
- 5x RS232, one of them configurable as IrDA
- 1x RS232/422/485 port
- 1x LPT incl. ECP/EPP
- 2x FDD (up to 2,88 ED disks, but without 3mode support)
- 1x PS/2 keyboard
- 1x PS/2 mouse
- 8x user programmable digital I/O ports
- configurable hardware watchdog
Since no Windows 98 SE drivers exist for the GMA 950 onboard graphics (or at least I could not find any), I installed an ATI All-in-Wonder X800XL PCIe DVB-T/PAL 256MB (100-714502) graphics card into the PCIe 16x slot. I think, this video card is one of the latest, for which Windows 98 SE drivers are still available: Catalyst 6.2 as of 2006-02-09. This driver suite officially supports only the Radeon 9800, 9700, 9600, 9500, 9200, 9100, 9000, 8500, 7500, 7200, 7000 and Xpress 200 series (incl. All-in-Wonder variants of them). However, it also provides beta support for the Radeon X850, X800, X600, X550 and X300 series (but not for the All-in-Wonder-variants of them). Trying to install these drivers, the automatic installation will detect an "incompatible card", but if you install the drivers manually, it is still possible to use the video card in all resolutions, with dual monitor support and as 3D graphics card. So far, I was not able to get the TV Tuner running, and the driver for the Remote Wonder Plus remote control causes a non-fatal protection fault at startup.
In regard to 945G chipset driver support. Intel does not officially provide Windows 98 SE drivers for them, but manually installing assorted generation 8xx drivers from various packages, I was able to find working drivers for most components. Only very few yellow "!" can be found in device manager:
- Other components:
-- ! PCI card
-- ! PCI RAID controller (not essential for operation, see below)
- Audio, Video, Game controllers:
-- ! ATI WDM TV Tuner (I still have some hope to get it working)
- System components:
-- ! PCI standard ISA bridge (secondary) [the primary PCI standard ISA bridge works] (not essential for operation).
EDIT: With the updated Intel drivers from http://windows98.ic.cz it now shows up as: "Intel® 82801GB/GR (ICH7
family) LPC Interface Controller - 27B8". The yellow "!" did not vanish, however...
- Universal serial bus controllers:
-- ! ATI RemoteWonder Plus (I still have some hope to get it working)
Since RAID works on BIOS+hardware level, having no RAID drivers for Windows 98 SE is not much of a problem, unless someone would need maximum harddisk performance. In my case, my focus is more on reliability. Therefore I use RAID 1 for redundancy, and only a small section of the drive matrix as RAID 0 (for cache files). Recommended harddisks for RAID are Western Digital *YS RE2 SATA harddisks, where the 15s read timeout can be disabled using the TLER utility. In case there would be a RAID fault under Windows 98 SE, one would require another operating system such as Windows 2000 or XP in order to rebuild the RAID. However, basis setup does not require any drivers or tools at all and can be done from within the BIOS.
I hope this information may help some people to find a mostly DOS and Windows 98 SE compatible modern, flexible, and highly reliable industrial grade mainboard with support for PCIe, PCI and ISA at the same time.
Edited by matthiaspaul, 23 September 2007 - 01:57 PM.
Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:57 PM
According to the review at http://www.digit-lif...m2v-k8t890.html
have anyone tried ASRock ALiveSATA2-GLAN with win98 ?
it seems to be allmost the same as ASUS M2V
(but "K8T890 CF" instead of "K8T890" ?)
"ASRock ALiveSATA2-GLAN is based on the same K8T890 chipset as the system board being examined in this article [Asus M2V]. Taking into consideration that the two companies are more than related, one may wonder why they would release models that are similar"
Posted 05 October 2007 - 09:07 PM
AM2 Motherboards for Athlon 64 and Sempron which can work with Windows 98 SE:
ASRock AM2NF3-VSTA (chipset nvidia 3). This is old AGP type of MBO which is having Windows Vista logo. Users will be without sound in Windows 98 SE if they do not buy sound card
Gigabyte MF3 (chipset nvidia 3). FSB of this MBO is only 800. Because of that Semprons will work 100 % OK but Athlon 64 which needs FSB 1000 will work 20 % lower of what is possible.
MSI K9MM-V (chipset Via K8M800) is old AGP type of MBO.
Foxconn K8M890M2MA-RS2H (chipset Via K8M890). This is PCI Express MBO !! She can work with Windows 98 SE only if we use integrated GPU on MBO. This GPU is having direct X 9.0 support and motherboard is having Windows Vista logo.
ECS K8M890M-M (chipset Via K8M890). Similar like Foxconn version.
Windows 98 SE drivers for all this MBO will be needed to download from chipset producers sites.
http://www.viaarena....mp;SubCatID=164 for K8M890 GPU
http://www.viaarena....I...&CatID=1110 for all Via chipset
http://www.nvidia.co...win9x_4.27.html For Nvidia 3
Next month I will write something similar about Core 2 Duo motherboards
Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:41 AM
Even if I was not able to find this motherboard in local stores. (Italy)
Can anyone tell opinions if windows 98 could possibly work also on:
This motherboard that can be more easily found and supports Sata2.
What kind of problems there are with Sata 2 and windows 98?
Thank in advance to everyone that can help and thanks especially to the ones that already did put very good information on here.
Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:39 PM
-support for Core2 CPU (newer revisions), I use E6400@2,4GHz
-intel 945 + ICH7R
-additional onboard IDE ITE8211 = up to 6 PATA devices! (fully utilized by 3 optical drives, 2 HDDs, 1 ZIP 100MB)
-4 DIMM slots (I use 2x512MB DDRII 667MHz in dualchannel)
I managed to install Win98SE without serious problems. I installed official drivers for ITE8211 IDE, Marvell Yukon LAN, modified drivers for nVidia 7600GS PCIE, unofficial USB2.0 drivers included in nUSB 3.0 & 3.2, modified intel INF files. In device manager left only one unknown device called "motherboard resources" but it's OK. I didn't tested SATA yet (currently have all on PATA) and I don't use onboard sound because of better SB Live!
-SB emulation driver doesn't work under DOS and Win98 (only possibility for dos games is some kind of emulation - DOSBOX, VDMSound (XP), DOSEMU (Linux))
-Windows 98 hangs during shutdows process (bad combination with nvidia) and I have to use restart and shutdown manually
-This crap boasts with overclocking features but it have very bad behavior when FSB exceed about 320MHz, then on all restarts the system is going power off and on within 2 seconds which I belive doesn't prolong life of HDDs. But I fixed this issue by HW-modding - I inserted an asymmetric delay circuit in PSON ATX supply signal to avoid shutdowns when signal goes high shorter than 2 sec.
Running MSDOS 6.22, FreeDOS, Win98SE+KEX-4.5.2+nSP+nUSB, NT4.0-SP6, WinXP-SP3, Debian Linux
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L, Core 2 Duo E8500@3,6GHz, 4GB DDR2, GF7900GT/256M, SSD Samsung 840 Pro, WD1000FBYX SATA, SB Audigy 2
Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:30 PM
In my thinking this MBO is maybe having problem GPU. I do not know if problem is with Nvidia or ATI.
In the end this will not be your problem because you will buy is shop PC with MBO and GPU and then they will connect that. If it is not working then this will become shop problem (they will need to change GPU)
I think that best possible GPU which is supporting Windows 98 SE is Nvidia GeForce 6 series (Nvidia 6x00) because it is using pixel shader 3.0 . Other possibility is ATI Radeon 9550, 9600 or 9800 (they support only pixel shader 2.0). They all must be AGP or you will have problems
You will need Windows 98 SE drivers for your 4CoreDual-SATA2.
here are chipset drivers: http://www.viaarena....I...&CatID=1110
here are IDE-SATA drivers: http://www.viaarena....mp;SubCatID=143
here are sound drivers: http://www.viaarena....mp;SubCatID=104 (I think that this will not work ??) It will be best to buy separate sound card which is supporting Windows 98 SE
I have writen here links for drivers because they are not on ASRock site.
Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:32 PM
The only strike against it is it has no AGP slot and stupid Windows sees the onboard video even when it's disabled in BIOS. Can't actually disable it, but choose zero for the frame buffer, and it has a (!) on it in device manager when set to zero.
Posted 19 November 2007 - 06:57 PM
Here is an interesting new "dual" mb for AMD Phenom X4/X2 from ASRock
based on NVidia nForce3 250 and NVIDIA (ULi/ALi) M1695
It supports both PCIe x16 and AGP 8X!
Does nForce3 250 chipset work ok with Windows 98 ?
Edited by modicr, 19 November 2007 - 07:05 PM.
Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:55 AM
To tell truth I think that there will be maybe problems with Uli1695 but it can work because here is download for Uli1695 and Windows 98 SE
Can you latter write if everything is working OK ?
Posted 28 November 2007 - 08:59 AM
Edit: I hadn't found MDGx's description of his tweaked 82.69 driver when I posted the above, and now see that it claims to support the GeForce6150 - but it doesn't mention 6150 with nForce430, while it does mention the nForce4xx support in its 6100 list. So I'm wondering whether I'll still need Win98SE drivers for the non-graphics features of the chipset (disks, LAN, etc.): if they're not included in the 82.69 package, anyone know if they're available elsewhere?
Edited by billtodd, 28 November 2007 - 10:27 AM.
Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:25 AM
Short version is you must find drivers for nForce 430.
I do not believe that this drivers for Windows 98 SE exist but ....
Posted 05 December 2007 - 09:51 AM
I will - I do not have that mb (yet) ...
Can you latter write if everything is working OK ?
In the meantime, I was able to install Windows 98 SE on
Gigabyte 8I945GZME-RH. It has Intel chipset 945GZ and
the southbridge is ICH7 (82801GB). Because there is
no driver for onboard graphics, I put in PCI GeForce 6200.
OTOH, has anyone installed Win98SE on
Intel 965 motherboard (with ICH8) ?
Finally, there is an interesting (cheap) ABIT board with
new P35 Express chipset and old ICH7 instead of ICH9
southbridge - IP35V:
IMHO this one could be compatible with W98SE ...
... makers have employed several strategies including
the use of the older ICH7 southbridge on their P35
motherboards which is against Intel's official
Posted 06 December 2007 - 06:54 AM
I think there are Win98 drivers for the northbridge, southbridge, VGA, LAN and audio (non-Intel chipsets), but I don't know whether they work for sure.
More details here:
Edited by diskless, 06 December 2007 - 01:06 PM.
Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:49 PM
Bad thing in my thinking is that she do not support: "CPU Overheat Shutdown to Protect CPU Life". This is my only reason against this MBO.
I dunno about that, because that feature has existed at least since 2003! I would think that it supports it, because all processors newer than earlier 2002 should have a built-in thermal sensor.
Thus, this reminds me of motherboard manufacturers appearing to be slacking 5 years ago or around 5 years ago, when with AMD, despite the Athlon XPs having a thermal sensor, the motherboards still used the old school in-socket probe.
Edited by RJARRRPCGP, 06 December 2007 - 01:50 PM.
Posted 06 December 2007 - 06:53 PM
I can only tell you that this MBO support Windows 98 SE.
Reasons for that thinking is possibility to download from SiS site Windows 98 SE drivers for GPU, SATA and Raid on this MBO (chipset SiS662 and SiS964). For coming to this place you must visit this address
In reality I do not like PCI Express chipsets (this is that chipset) but ....
Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:10 PM
On other side in manual about AsRock 775i65G they are writing how MBO is supporting this option.
This writing about good stuff but not about bad (MBO is not supporting Overheat Shutdown) is marketing
You must not forget that AsRock is cheap because they use old tehnology.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:30 AM
I have now a system based on Asrock 4coredual-sata2 -Intel core 2 quad processor -2 Gb of DDRII -
The problem was and still is to find a suitable compatible graphic card and I have it partially solved it by using an old (used and noisy) Ati Radeon 9600 on Agp.
Windows 98 seems running perfectly even if I am still at the beginning and I have not configured any vcache limit yet, only added "MaxPhysPage=40000" in system.ini under 386E nh,
also got some problem in recognizing the dvd disk which is placed on the secondary Master Ide.
(of course I am speaking about windows 98 - The DVD disk works in other Operating systems - for this reason it does not seem to be a problem due to a bad hardware configuration in the jumper or connections)
I will give a new post when I have solved my problems or/and (hopefully) after some time to inform how the motherboard is dealing with windows 98.
p.s If anyone has had and did solve a similar problem in dvd disk recognition under w98 or knows about a post in this forum about this kind of problem please let me know.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:04 AM
I have been able to use the disk drive only with the generic dos drive on the windows 98 disk following a microsoft installation procedure.
No way to read DVD for now.
And I got a new problem that did show up only after I started to install programs
someone on here may be able to help: It is not anymore possible to start dos under windows 98 cause I get out of memory message. -
I have limited the size of [vcache] in system.ini with this :
and the memory with this in system.ini:
and I have tried various other settings for this entries with no results.
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