Solved Wipe hard drive on emachine (win XP) and install win 98.

July 9, 2014 at 15:30:14
Specs: XP, AMD Sempron 3100+
I have an old e machine T3104 with Windows XP. I no longer use it because I bought a newer computer. I have an a Umax Astra 3450 scanner that I love but is not supported by XP or my current Windows 8.1 (which I hate). I want to know what to do to wipe the drive on my e machine and if I can install Windows 98 on the e machine. I could find no drivers to support my scanner in XP or Windows 8.1. I love the scanner because it will scan negatives and slides and does all that I want it to do. I cant afford to buy a new scanner and have not found any that will do that job.

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July 9, 2014 at 16:17:30
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First, you have to see if the hardware drivers are available from emachines for Win98. If not, you cannot.
Second, you need to make sure that the hard drive is PATA (EIDE) or the BIOS can emulate PATA or Win 98 cannot install or run (SATA drivers were never available for it). If neither, you cannot.
Third, You will need to partition the hard drive before you can install Win 98 because there is a limit to the possible drive size supported by it and FAT32. Win98 install disk can format it though.
You need not only the install disk but a non used activation key.
If you do not have a Win98 SE version, you cannot upgrade and there are no more patches available since '98 has not been supported by MS for quite a while.
Finally, IF you are able to do this, your old scanner is unlikely to work well for much longer as it is past what is usually considered its life span. Probably not worth the trouble.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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July 9, 2014 at 16:27:26
Possibly run 98se in a virtual machine in win-8.1 or even XP?

Rather than duplicate here what I found via google re' win-8 and a VM, suggest you look here

It appears that for win-8x there is a built-in equivalent utility?

Also for the XP version

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July 9, 2014 at 16:31:47
According to the page (below), the drivers posted there are for Win 9x thru WinXP:

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July 9, 2014 at 18:29:29
Fingers. When you refer to hardware drivers for windows 98, I assume that you are talking about the Umax driver. If so I already have the disc for the Scanner. Im not certain that is what you mean. I am not too very computer literate and you are dealing with somewhat of a novice when it comes to software, hardware and so on. I am not sure about how to go about checking out the hard drive. I do have a brother that is able to help me out with that. Former HP employee (him). I do have the windows 98 disc that came with my computer prior to the e machine.
I want to thank you for your help on this. I wish I knew more about this but I just never had the desire at the time to delve too deep into it at the time. I had many other interest and obligations at the time.

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July 9, 2014 at 20:33:51
The drivers would be the 98 drivers for the hardware in the computer--motherboard drivers, audio, video, etc. If those are available on the support page (or elsewhere) for your emachine model then installing 98 shouldn't be a problem.

Given the processor speed you should use 98 SE as there are some problems with FE and processors faster than 2.1 gig. You should use the updated FDISK or the ME version of fdisk to do the partitioning as the version that comes with 98 won't properly see a drive or partition larger than 64 gig.

But check the link in T-R-A's posting first. XP drivers for the scanner would make installing 98 unnecessary. Sometimes drivers from third party suppliers get sloppy with their OS coverage description but download it and give it a try.

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July 9, 2014 at 21:36:39
I think that you are more than likely right about going the way of an XP driver. It would probably be a lot less work and research. I am as I said a novice and a senior citizen and want to enjoy the time I have left without having my face stuck in a computer screen trying to ferret out things that I may or may not understand.

Thank you for your assistance. You have been a great help to me. Have a good day and stay well.

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July 10, 2014 at 00:38:57
You're welcome. If you try those drivers let us know how they work out. As I mentioned above, sometimes the OS specs they give for drivers aren't accurate. You won't know till you try them.

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