Win 98 SE install issues...

Dell / Latitude d410
February 12, 2009 at 09:54:16
Specs: Windows 98 SE, Pentium M 1.73GHz 256Mb RAM
Hi guys, hope you can help...

I've been trying for the past week to get Windows 98 SE installed on my Dell D410. The problem I'm having is this.

There is no internal floppy or cd drive on this system, but I do have an external usb dvd drive. After reading through many posts on this site and others, I managed to cobble together a customised boot cd to enable me to install usb support and thus install Win 98 SE from the external drive. The boot cd works to a point - the ramdrive loads, usbaspi kicks in and lists devices but then it hangs on the "...scanning usb devices..." message. I've read other posts where people have had this problem before and the general consensus seems to be that if legacy usb support, (or usb emulation in the case of my dell laptop), is enabled in the BIOS then usbaspi wont work. If I disable USB emulation in the BIOS then I can't boot from the external drive.

So, my question is this...Is there something I'm missing? Getting Windows 98 SE to install on a laptop with no built in drives can't be impossible surely!?

Thanks for taking the time to read this:) I'm extremely grateful for any feedback, useful or otherwise!


P.S. Windows XP Home (Pre SP1) cd boots and installs just fine. Would there be any files on there that would enable me to make a Win 98 SE cd boot in the same way?

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February 12, 2009 at 12:11:47
It's probably easiest to remove the laptop HD and attach it to another PC via an adapter card such as this:

Then you can copy the necessary files directly to the laptop drive and run the installation from there.

Before removing the drive (and if it's possible to do so) it's best to partition, format and set the drive active while it's in the laptop as sometimes one computer will see the same drive differently than another PC.

Once you've connected it to another PC, copy the WIN98 folder from the 98 cd on to the laptop drive. When that's done put it back in the laptop.

Then boot up with your boot cd. At the dos prompt type C:\win98\setup and enter. That should start the installation.

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February 12, 2009 at 14:18:14
There is a different driver for DOS USB support you can try:
Look at the bottom of the page where there's a link to something called a Cypress USB stack driver. I've never used it, but it sounds like it might not have the some problem with the legecy USB stuff.

But, are you sure you want to install Win98 on this laptop in the first place? It doesn't sound like there is any Win98 driver support for the hardware in that laptop. You may not be able to get anything but 640x480 16-color VGA, no sound, no ethernet, forget the wireless stuff. I don't know what you have planned to use the laptop for, but I think you'd be better off to go ahead and install WinXP and then run Win98 in Virtual PC.

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February 12, 2009 at 14:28:11
Not sure if this will work but it's worth a shot. I'm assuming the the HDD is already formatted as FAT32:

1. Copy the Win98 folder from the Win98 CD to a thumbdrive.
2. Create a Knoppix Linux Live CD:
3. Create a bootable DOS CD:
3. Boot off the Knoppix CD, then copy the Win98 folder from the thumbdrive to the HDD
4. Exit Linux, boot off the DOS boot CD, then run setup from the C:\win98 folder

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February 12, 2009 at 14:45:15
Thanks for the replies guys:)

Cheers for the suggestion, I've ordered one for the princely sum of £2.98 including postage! Will give it a go after I've tried the Cypress usb driver that pyrolitic suggested.

I just want to use the laptop to run a bunch of older games that suffer from compatibility issues in XP. I'll leave any driver issues until I've got 98 installed.

Cheers again guys! I'll let you know how I get on.

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