Windows 98 General Problems

Dell Dimension c521 desktop
November 30, 2009 at 16:27:36
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Windows 98 SE, 1GB RAM amd athlon 64
Okay. So I have semi-successfully installed Windows
98 SE after Windows XP. The installation is finished,
so that part's okay, but actually getting it to run can be
an issue, as I now know. I do however have a
functioning dualboot system and XP can boot up fine
still. But here are my current problems, I think they're
in order of importance but please look at them all to
see if you can help - any help is appreciated.

Issue #1: SATA DVD-RW Drive not showing up...
I have copied some of my Windows XP drivers for
these into my drivers folder in Windows 98 but I don't
think it's working yet. And my 'config.sys' and
'autoexec.bat' files were blank until I added the DVD
thing into it which by the way does not work because
there is no D:\Windows.000\Command\mscdex.exe, but
there is somewhere because I can run that from the
Start -> Run... Function.

Issue #2: General Drivers (nVidia Display, etc.)
I'm stuck in VGA mode at the moment and it's driving
mr crazy. Note that I do intend to use this partiton for
gaming and have an nVidia 6150LE graphics card built
inti my PC. I tied nVidia's reccomended driver but I get
this error during installation: Seup was unable to locate
a detected device's PCi ID in nvagp.inf. I need the
DVD or CD drivers first so I can attempt to try my Dell
Deicers CD

Issue #3: Startup/Shutdown Problems
Well, Windows 98 takes at least 15 minutes to turn in,
probably more like 20. And it's not unusual fo me to
get a Blue Screen of Death at shutdown, which is also

I have 1GB RAM but already fixed the large amount if
ram problem in win98. I have my WinXP OEM CD and
a retail CD for Windows 98 SE. I have no floppy drive.
I have a USB flash drive. In XP, XP is drive C:\ ,
storage is drive D:, and win98 is drive F. CDs are drive
E I think. In win98 it thinks I have a floppy drive, A:,
Windows XP is C:, Win98 is D: (Windows.000), and the
cd drive doesn't show up at all. I got the flash drive to
work in win98 though.


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November 30, 2009 at 16:47:27
Win98SE is the better one of both win98 version.

Don't be surprised about BSOD on Win98, when you simply copy driver files from WinXP into the Win98 !!!
WinXP drivers are completely differen from the Win98 drivers and are not downwards compatible.

Issue #1: In the config.sys file, used by Win98, you have to create an entry for the cdrom driver.
E.g.: config.sys
device=d:\location_of_driver\name_of_driver.sys /d:mscdex001

Use the search function in Win98 to locate the MSCDEX.* on drive D:
When found, you have to create an entry in the autoexec.bat, use by Win98 to initialize the driver and assign a drive letter to the cdrom.
E.g: autoexec.bat
d:\location_of_mscdex\mscdex.exe /d:mscdex001 /l:x
where x is the drive letter, that should be used for the cdrom.
When done, restart Win98.
CDROM should be shown.

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November 30, 2009 at 16:55:23
Win98 doesn't have any SATA controller drivers. Also, finding Win98 drivers for any SATA controllers is going to be hard. They probably don't exist.

If the Dell BIOS has an option to run the SATA drive in an IDE compatibility mode, which I doubt, then you might be OK with that.

You aren't going to do much gaming with an integrated graphics chip like the 6150LE.

You need to install Win98 chip set drivers for your motherboard, if they even exist.

After extensive research I don't think there are any Win98 drivers for the nForce 410/430 chipset or the 6150LE graphics chip.

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November 30, 2009 at 17:04:42
Yeah... but fyi I do some gaming on this chip already - the game
(only game) I use is NFS: High Stakes. Yes, yes, there are
compatibility mode things and patches and all, but it always
works better with Windows 98... Looks like I'm just gonna ditch
this project now. Sorry :(

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November 30, 2009 at 17:30:41
"Looks like I'm just gonna ditch this project"

Good move. Never should have tried it to begin with.

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November 30, 2009 at 18:44:28
Yeah, check goodwill, garage sales, or dumpsters for an old P-II or P-III and install 98 on it.

Issue #1--Setting up a cd drive in config.sys and autoexec.bat is only for dos support--not windows. As I mentioned in your other threads you can use that setup to copy the files from a cd to the hard drive. Then boot up normally to the desktop and run the copied files.

Help me Jebus!

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December 1, 2009 at 12:40:27
I just can't believe you can't run virtualbox or something.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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