98 to 98se

Dell dem. xps r400 / 32 bit system
January 17, 2009 at 17:15:24
Specs: Windows 98, pent II/320M ram
win 98=present OS. wish to install 98se.
have NEW INSTALL, (not upgrade) software. (licensed).
Can I get around system wanting upgrade version? won't let me do from windows or start-up w/ cd.

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January 17, 2009 at 18:29:48
tried "win.old" trick. worked, allowed me to install.
NOW...can't get past error message:
"Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer." ???

Possible, wrong product key may be the problem? I bought this, & packaging & seal all look real. But...when came to enter p. key; it was already entered & I could not change. Was not same as my MS seal w/ key???

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January 17, 2009 at 21:25:45
You need to back up any personal files and then format the partition and install. You should then be able to use the correct key.

BTW, did you try hitting enter? The key that was displayed was probably the key for Win98.

I wouldn't worry about what key you used as long as it worked.

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January 17, 2009 at 21:31:12
Have just found it is not the 98se install that is causing problem. It is ok.

Caused when I install USB card... ??
When I take it out= no error.

So now I chase that.. always something, lol
thanx for your assist.

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January 18, 2009 at 10:05:12
usb support with 98(FE) and 98SE wasn't that great...; but it did sort of improve in time... Might be worth to locate suitable drivers for your add-in card?

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January 18, 2009 at 10:14:00
have no prior 98se & USB experience. So far this Belkin 2.0 USB card is not doing about 95% of its promised function. Keeps reloading card driver everytime I plug anything in. Only thing it has done so far is print a page, & even then does not show printer in Device mgr, only USB card...
In your experience, should I suspect card or 98SE?

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January 18, 2009 at 10:25:51
Is this a card that you install into the motherboard? You need to install the drivers after installing the card.

If an installed card is locking up the computer you may need to make some changes in the BIOS screens. First of all there should be an option for Plug & Play aware OS. You need to enable that.

Also, it may matter which motherboard slot you insert the card in. Generally the slot next to the video card shares resources with the video. Try installing the card in the lowest slot that is open.

If you still have problems then look for a setting in the BIOS screens called "reset configuration data". Enable that setting for one boot cycle and then disable it. Be sure to save the changes you make in the BIOS when exiting.

Reboot, then install the printer drivers BEFORE connecting the printer. USB devices usually require you to install the drivers BEFORE the device.

If there are not printer drivers for Win98se then you are out of luck.

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January 18, 2009 at 10:32:55
PCI card slot install, (desktop) for USB card. Didn't think about checking for 98SE driver for printer. Printer shows in control panel/printers. Just don't see it in device mgr.
Can't use flash drive because it doesn't show up as drive so I could open it. Other issues. I may be beating a dead horse...

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January 18, 2009 at 10:41:49
ALL USB devices used on a Win98SE computer need to have drivers installed. If a Win98se driver is not available for the device then that device will most likely not function under Win98se. Flash drives will sometimes work with a generic driver for that device. After you sort out the other issues you could post a new thread asking about the generic driver. I don't have a link handy.

USB printers do not show in Device Manager.

You must remember what OS you are using. USB was in its infancy when Win98se was released.

Win98se out of the box only supports USB 1.1. Your card allows USB 2.0 speeds.

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January 18, 2009 at 10:44:47

seems to share common feelings about '98 and usb support in gneral; may be worth to check out some of the info?


may also be of some general interest/help...



re-affirms the original M$ attitude to usb 2x and '98... They won't support it...' so one is on one's own...

Allowing for the above and that some manufacturers will provide drivers... I have found that some usb-2.0 cards (still) won't work well if at all with '98 - and some from Belkin are in that little group...

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January 18, 2009 at 11:20:33
Thanx for wealth of knowledge on link. Will sift.
RE: USB driver; followed book directions carefully. Used Belkin CD, but basically loaded nothing, & relyed on 98SE generic driver. Every time it asks to (re)load driver, it asks for 98SE disk.
Did cd 1st. install card 2nd, plug stuff in 3rd as directed.
Will study. Thanx again

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January 19, 2009 at 06:56:51
There's always WinME :)

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January 19, 2009 at 08:42:36
Are you sure the directions state that you should install the drivers for the card BEFORE inserting the card into the motherboard?

Try the other way. When Wi98se says it found new hardware hit escape and after you are in Win98 look in Device manager to see if the card is there. If so, update/install the drivers using the CD. You need to open the CD and browse for the drivers for Win98.

There are probably multiple drivers, for multiple cards on the CD. You may be looking for an inf file for the model of your card and for Win98se.

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January 19, 2009 at 16:48:25
direction quite specific about that order. even though it keeps asking to install driver, device mgr shows card as there and working properly with driver...

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January 19, 2009 at 18:16:59
"direction quite specific about that order"

You never mentioned the model of your card, so I checked the Belkin site & grabbed the instructions for a 4-port USB 2.0 PCI adapter card. Interesting that the last setp (step 10) is when they mention installing the drivers:

2. Remove the screws that secure the computer cover and remove the cover.
3. Touch any metal part of the case to ground yourself. This will discharge any static electricity that could damage
your computer.
4. Locate an empty PCI expansion slot.
5. Confirm that the 4-Port USB PCI Card will fit into the slot you have chosen.
6. Remove the port cover from the back of the PC which corresponds to the PCI slot you selected. If there is a screw, place it in a safe spot as you will be using it to attach the 4-Port USB PCI Card.
7. Push the 4-Port USB PCI Card firmly into the slot. Apply pressure as needed until the edge connector is fully seated.
8. Now secure the 4-Port USB PCI Card with the screw that you previously placed in a safe place.
9. Replace the computer’s cover.
10. Now that the 4-Port USB PCI Card is installed, you can replace the power cable. Proceed to the next section, “Installing the Software Drivers.”

I suggest you remove the card & uninstall the drivers. Boot into safe mode, go to Device Manager, then check every single entry & look for duplicates. If any are found, remove ALL entries for that specific hardware device. For example, click the "+" next to CDROM. If you only have one drive but it's listed twice, remove both entries. Then move on to disk drives & do the same thing...continue all the way down the list.

Also while you're in safe mode, run CCleaner, both the cleaner & registry scan...remove everything it finds.


Boot back into Windows & wait for it to reinstall all the hardware devices you removed. If you're prompted to reboot, do so. Once all the hardware is sorted out, shutdown, install the USB card, reboot & install the drivers.

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February 4, 2009 at 01:03:51
98se worked well for it's day.

There are a couple things though. For 1, add this line under "vcache" setting in the "system.ini"


After that, for USB support, you will need to find the drivers for your USB card/motherboard, ie. if an intel motherboard w onboard USB, download the drivers from the intel website for 98se.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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