Install Win98 onto laptop...

March 2, 2009 at 21:15:28
Specs: Windows 98se, 1.5 ghz/1.0 gb
Greetings! I have an older Gateway 600ygr Laptop.Received with no HD. So, a new one was installed, and FDISK was used to create a partition.But, the laptop has a non functioning cd/dvd drive.So, Found a "utility"- FREEDOS to help the USB port "connect". Done.Now, when I attempt to "install win98se, using either 1.) USB Flash Drive or 2.) External CD Drive, the "Install" goes through "SCANDISK" okay,then Prompts "Windows 98 requires 16mb Memory to install!??? In the BIOS, it reflects 128 ram? So, I am stumped! any ideas? Thanks -ez

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#1
March 2, 2009 at 22:35:50
If you can boot to see the USB port, just copy the contents of the Win98 folder (afair--it's around 120MB) to a usb stick, then to a directory on the freshly-formatted hard drive and install from that directory by running setup.exe...

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#2
March 2, 2009 at 22:50:26
As in mkdir? on the hard drive?

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#3
March 3, 2009 at 06:39:09
Fixed it,BIOS reflected 128mb ram,(more than 16mb) so I removed 1 of the 2 "sticks", Win98 Installed then,without a hitch! Thanks -EZ

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#4
March 3, 2009 at 12:41:30
W98SE should be able to use up to 512M of RAM. The error message you got is a quirk, which is rather misleading.

In fact can make it run with greater than this if you put the appropriate entry in system.ini so shout back if you are interested.
You don't usually see much change in performance beyond 256M though.

some other bloke...


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