|"I have 9x installed, and yet I keep getting notices telling me I need to install a flash player."|
There is nothing you can do about that. If you click on the link to upgrade it, the upgrade will fail.
In most cases you can still display the Flash content on the web page where ever you got that prompt, or if the Flash content won't display on the page there is almost always something else on the web page you can click on to get the info you want.
In some cases these days DirectX 10 or higher may be required on some web pages. You can't install DirectX 10 or higher except in Vista or Windows 7. (Flash 9.x is the highest version you can install in 2000 and XP, as well, and XP, at least XP with SP2 updates or later installed, already has a slightly lower version of Flash 9.x. )
I have both the last version of Netscape and Opera 10.10 installed in 98SE .Opera 10.10 is the last version that officially lists ME and 98SE as being supported in it's Opera supplied description, from what I've seen so far .
Tools - Preferences - Web Pages
Set Turbo to Automatic or On.
The last version of Netscape works reasonably well too, much better than IE 6 SP2 does, with some minor glitches on some web pages.
It's Edit - Find feature is superior to the similar feature in Opera 10.10.
It prompts you to confirm that you want to exit the browser (close xxx tabs) every time you try to do so, like IE 7 and 8 do in 2000 or above - Opera 10.10 doesn't in 98SE, and you can easily un-intentionally click on the wrong thing to close it and exit Opera.
It's based on Mozilla and is similar to older versions of Firefox, and you can get many Plug-ins for it .
"When I go to Yahoo site Opera still tends to get stuck...but I think it's a ram issue cause it's only when there's lots of graphics."
You definitely need more ram, but you also definitely have two other problems.
I've installed two plug-ins for Netscape that cure two problems you consistently have in 98SE...
- if there is a lot of java script used on a web page, it loads a lot slower (e.g. Yahoo pages).
Netscape usually produces a message when that happens that allows you to choose to not load that java script, but you have to click on that each time that web page is loaded and it applies to only that web page, not the entire web site. IE 6 SP2 never does that, and so far Opera 10.10 has never done that.
I found a plug-in that lets you selectively not load java script on a web page you find loads really slow because of that problem, and that remains enabled for that web page after that whenever you access it. .
- if there is a lot of Flash used on a web page, it loads a lot slower.
I found a plug-in that replaces Flash with an icon you can click on on the web page if you want to see it, but otherwise it doesn't load and you do not get error messages regarding it not loading.
If you want more info about using Netscape, I can supply more info.
There may be similar plug-ins for Opera, but I haven't found them yet.
"He's gonna let me use his Xp & Best buy said for 1gig it's $21."
If it's XP on a re-installation CD for a brand name computer model, it will probably refuse to install on your different brand name model.
If your Toshiba model has only 64mb of ram now, it's NOT likely you can install 1 gb of ram - and the $21 for 1gb applies only if your laptop can use DDR or DDR2 ram.
64mb DDR or DDR2 SODIMM ram modules, if they exist at all, are rare, new.
XP needs a minimum of 256mb of ram to barely run as it should, and more than that is a better minimum, e.g. 512mb.
If your model uses the older original SDram, that's more expensive, new, if anyone is still making it, and to buy used, unless someone has some used ram they can give to you that is compatible, and you may need to install two modules, and it's a lot less likely you can install 1gb total.
If your laptop runs at about 450 mhz or less, the laptop will perform much better in 98SE with 128mb of ram than it will in XP with 256mb of ram or more.
What's your specific model ? That's on the label on the bottom of the laptop, and it may also be shown in your bios Setup pages.