Solved No drives found during windows 98 install

April 2, 2013 at 16:20:48
Specs: Linux x86_64
Im trying to install windows 98 on my computer, currently I have windows 7 and linux mint intalled on two other partitions on the one harddrive I have, I'm attempting to install windows 98 on a new third partation.

When installing i select start computer with cd-rom support.

then the screen says: this driver is provided by Oak technology inc......then info about the driver....Device Name: OEMCD001

but right after that it say: No drives found, aborting installation

from their it brings me to a dos prompt,

I'm not really sure where to go from here, I think maybe it has something to do with config.sys and autoexec.bat? Do i need to edit those somehow? download a compatible driver?

I will do whatever it takes to get a native install of windows 98 working on machine, and i mean WHATEVER IT TAKES

here is link to the hardware on my computer:

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April 2, 2013 at 18:02:35
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Most likely the problem is that your computer has an SATA drive which is not supported by Windows 98. SATA was developed long after Win98 was released. That can likely be overcome but I expect that will be only the beginning of your problems.

A big problem (but not the only one) is going to be the lack of device drivers. The Windows 98 install CD won't have drivers for devices that did not exist when it was produced. It is unlikely that the manufacturer will provide drivers for an obsolete OS.

Installing Win98 is likely to be a long hard road if it is possible at all.

If you really must run Win98 your best option is to install a virtual machine like VirtualPC or VirtualBox and install Win98 on that. This will be much easier and provide greater flexibility in use.

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April 2, 2013 at 20:39:59
LMiller7 is correct. You're attempting to install a 15-year old OS on a relatively modern PC. Lots has changed since Win98, and, as previously mentioned, you're best bet is to run it under some sort of VM. Even then (also fore-mentioned), finding drivers for the hardware on the machine will be problematic at best. The absolute best bet would be to find a machine from Win98's heyday and install it on that.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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April 2, 2013 at 20:53:45
Whatever it takes? That's the spirit. Although it will be exceptionally rough in your case with the chosen hardware.

If you are determined to do this, better familiarize yourself with these pages. The first is a link to the most active Windows 9x community remaining today and it contains a wealth of information, especially in the "Stickified/Pinned Topics" section.

The second is a link to a Consulting Firm that provides third-party updates to Windows 9x that will allow you to use all of your RAM, fix HDD size issues, and provide SATA support. These are not free, but they do work and I recommend them 100%.

As stated, the lack of device drivers will be the wost obstacle...

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April 2, 2013 at 23:45:42
Yeah, the easiest way to do 'whatever it takes' is going to be a VM setup. Or you can look around for an old P-III era machine and install 98 on that one. Depending on the exact hardware you have now, a 98 install is going to be extremely difficult if not impossible.

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