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Windows 7: Building a Windows 98 machine


05 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Building a Windows 98 machine

Reading this post here - Windows 3.1 I decided that I wanted to build a Windows 98 machine. I certainly have to hardware to do so. The issue is getting the hardware and drivers to work with 98.

System specs are....

Abit BE6 II, ver 1.0
Pentuim 3 733MHz
512Meg SD RAM PC-133
Western Digital 30Gig HD
Creative Live Soundcard
Radeon 8500LE (128meg)
Plextor PleXwriter 40/12/40A CD Writer
Linksys Wireless Network card
Samsung floppy drive
Antec 400W PS
Antec Mid Tower case.

Some pics.....

Building a Windows 98 machine-win-98-system.jpg

Building a Windows 98 machine-pentium-3-processor.jpg

Building a Windows 98 machine-98-installed-hw.jpg

I decided to try Wireless, so I went with a wireless card instead of the card card on the right of the last pic.

Anyways right now all the hardware appears to be working, but 98 is giving me fits about various missing files. In fact I can't boot with out a warning about these missing files, and even when I attempt to install drivers for the hardware I'm still prompted to install the 98 disk to find missing files. And in case you're wondering.... yes I have a legitment copy of Windows 98.....

Building a Windows 98 machine-win98-disk.jpg

So I don't know what's up right now... still a work in progress



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05 Nov 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Try finding the win98 drivers you need online. Then put them on a CD or USB flash.
Then when it asks for the Win98 CD, see if you can choose other location for drivers.
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05 Nov 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you haven't found it yet the last 98 driver for that old 8500 can be found here,

Ati Catalyst 3.10 Win Me|98 download from Guru3D.com

Might also want to run memtest on it just in case. My first build back when was with Win 98, and what you're describing sounds familiar. In my case 98 would install no problem, but shortly after getting to the desktop and installing drivers it would start getting unstable. Turns out the stick of ram was bad out of the box and once replaced everything was fine, no more errors/missing files/etc.
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05 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yeah, that's what I've been doing hafl the day. Thought I had some drivers but I'd have to dig through tons of CD's.

Anyways all those files 98 was complaining about being missing was solved by updating to 98SE. I couldn't find the disk for the life of me earlier and was looking for something else when I happened upon it

Building a Windows 98 machine-win98se-disk.jpg

So the missing files issue is solved, now I just need to update the drivers for the hardware

At the moment though I trying to get the wireles adapter configured. Got the drivers installed, just need to get the software configured so I can get on the net.

@ stormy, thanks a million

As for the missing files, well you've seen what I wrote.

Thanks.


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05 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
If you haven't found it yet the last 98 driver for that old 8500 can be found here,

Ati Catalyst 3.10 Win Me|98 download from Guru3D.com.
Getting a "sorry this download link is expired" message

Building a Windows 98 machine-guru3d.jpg


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05 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Try finding the win98 drivers you need online. Then put them on a CD or USB flash.
Then when it asks for the Win98 CD, see if you can choose other location for drivers.
Windows 98 is floppy only. I tried USB and CD back in the day.
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05 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Well I found the display drivers, spyre over at rage3d linked to ATI's site.

As for the CD or flash thing, I believe Doc Brown means put the stuff on a CD or flash drive than transfer it over to the 98 machine, which is exactly what i'm in the process of doing

Still having trouble configuring the Linksys wireless software to allow connect to my router. It's not alowing me to choose the security setting I have so I can input the password

I just downloaded an update so I'll see how that goes.
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06 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Well I found the display drivers, spyre over at rage3d linked to ATI's site.

As for the CD or flash thing, I believe Doc Brown means put the stuff on a CD or flash drive than transfer it over to the 98 machine, which is exactly what i'm in the process of doing

Still having trouble configuring the Linksys wireless software to allow connect to my router. It's not alowing me to choose the security setting I have so I can input the password

I just downloaded an update so I'll see how that goes.
Ahhh I see.
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06 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Well seems the wireless card is problematic under 98. Everytime I try to use the wireless software to configure the card it freezes and I have to Ctrl+Alt+Del out. Just tried to update reinstall the drivers and I keep getting a windows saying it can't find this file - RT25009 and now Windows keeps crashing with this error....

Building a Windows 98 machine-win98-error.jpg

Anways it's time to give it a break since I've been at it a couple of days now. I may play with it some more this weekend but I'm probably going to move the OS to completely different setup - one with newer hardware.

That's it for now.

Later.


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06 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The video and sound drivers are typically the easiest to find once you locate a reference. As for any WiFi type setup with 98 you would be far better off using a nic card and ethernet cable with RJ-45 plugs patching to a router directly since hardly any drivers were written for the older Legacy versions.

Before changing ISPs here in order to connect in the 64bit 7 the old dsl setup still saw 98-XP support but lacked for Vista even! That ruled out the old usb type adapter method even when the new ISP's provided connect by usb modem had to be replaced with one that saw ethernet. Now even other OSs are able to connect even on VMs.
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