Solved Optimizing Performance for PC Instrument

August 22, 2013 at 18:49:17
Specs: Windows 98
Just installed Windows 98 on a Gateway PC built for XP. Hoping to use it for stability purposes but it definitely seems to be running on thin ice. Original intentions were to run FL Studio and Wordpad.

I don't want internet, only upgrades/tweaks for my Soundcard, USB, Drivers, and Performance.

Also it would be neat to change the screen area aspect ratio.


Pentium D Processor

1x 512MB of RAM
(took one out, also have 2x256 and 4x128)

(also have 350GB, 2x 20GB, and 2x 3GB)

Hoping to use two HD's for storage.

Can anyone tell me if I can utilize the strength of the hardware, and simplicity of the OS?

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August 23, 2013 at 00:18:17
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You'd need to check the driver download support page for the gateway. If it shows 98 drivers there then you should be able to set up its hardware.

If the sound and/or video are separate cards and not on-board you'd need to check their manufacturer's site, unless they originally came with the gateway.

I guess you got 98 installed OK on the SATA drive? With 98 on IDE drives there were some problems with partitions larger than about 137 gig because they used 48 bit LBA addressing. I assume 98 on SATA drives will have the same problem so you may need to keep the partition size to 100 gig or so.

Your 512 meg of ram is about right. More than that and you need to modify some of the startup files.

f you can't find drivers or have other problems and want a stand-alone 98 machine you'll probably need to find an old P-3 or early P-4.

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August 23, 2013 at 11:56:03
There are all sorts of potential problems with Win98 on a "modern" system. You should be able to run older software (if that's the issue) using XP & Win98 compatibility mode. Or you could install XP with more RAM & then run Win98 in a virtual machine. What version of "Fruit Loops" do you have?

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