Is it possible to support pci express port in windows 98?

April 24, 2012 at 05:11:44
Specs: Windows 98SE, Intel E6800 core 2 duo
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Mo-Bo
Intel E6800 core 2 duo Processor
4 GB Crucial RAM

I'm trying to install Windows 98SE and Through the right patches (thanks to R. Loew) I've been 90% successful. I can't seem to find a solution to the error I keep getting when I try to install the PCIe port drivers: "Windows cannot load the device drivers because the system is reporting two PCI.VXD bus types". Help!

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April 24, 2012 at 05:50:28
Apparently that error can only corrected by updating the BIOS. See this Microsoft Page under the "Code 2" heading:

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April 24, 2012 at 06:50:44
Thanks for the reply Phil, but I already have the latest BIOS from Gigabyte. When I first install the drivers they work perfectly and I can use the PC all day without a glitch - until I restart - that is when I get the error; nothing works from that point on and I have to restore to a pre-PCIe installation state (I use Acronis), then I can start over clean.

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April 24, 2012 at 17:54:55
This question usually starts a huge debate, but why are you attempting to run Win98 directly on modern hardware? Have you considered installing XP or Win7, then running 98 in a virtual machine?

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April 25, 2012 at 04:47:30
Then why bother asking that?... Here 'goes anyway, I hope this is sufficient:
1. I suppose Because I really, really, really want to.
2. A bit of digital romantic nostalgia with a modern twist.
3. I'm not challenged and intrigued by ths because it's easy; but because it is hard.
4. Call me what you will, sometimes I do things like this just for fun, (there are a lot worse things that I could occupy my time with) and it's morally righteous.
These are some of my reasons. Fair enough?
I like my logic; then again I'm a legend in my own mind...

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April 25, 2012 at 08:28:23
I assumed the response would be something like that, but sometimes the OP has no idea of the challenge that lies ahead. Now we know which camp you're coming from. Maybe LoneCrusader will chime in, he's a legend in his own mine as well.

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April 25, 2012 at 15:35:38
Really? Having an apoplexy because someone paid for one of R. Loew's patches and had success?

OK. You asked for it. I was going to sit this one out because I have no experience with PCI-E cards and didn't have anything to add, other than maybe a few links to MSFN, where others are tackling these issues, and looking for RESULTS, not for foolish "why" questions.

I applaud your answer. And I wish you success.
However, you've certainly NOT come to the right place for help in your quest.

Here you will find only two types of "help."

There exists one set of posters who do genuinely mean well, but have their minds set that Windows 9x is only usable on P3 hardware and earlier, and have the idea that 256MB of RAM performs better than 512MB. These are nice guys, just set in their ways, but they will generally always recommend that you "downgrade your hardware."

Then there exists the other set. This group is a particularly arrogant set, who always want to know why you want to use your own computer the way you want to use it. They act offended if you want to attempt something outside the mainstream of current Microsoft dogma. This group's default answer is always "upgrade your OS and run a VM."

This group likes to go around voting down the posts of people with whom they disagree, even when said posts have been chosen as "Best Answers" or have solved other poster's problems.

This group likes to refer to Mr. R. Loew's patches as "hacks" because he has dared to spend his time working on something that Microsoft has discontinued, and has dared to produce products that allow Legacy systems to run on hardware where they normally could not.

If you want real help with this, rather than having your time wasted by rubbish like the above, then go to MSFN, where we have an active, friendly, and helpful Windows 9x community.

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April 25, 2012 at 18:33:34
Thanks Lone Crusader for sticking up for us simple folk just having good clean fun!

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May 12, 2012 at 14:03:50
Re "the debate".

I think it is wrong to suggest that there are only two types of help available on this forum and then to send folk away.

As this forum is accessed by anyone who cares to come along to help (from the US and elsewhere) then why should they all fit only one of two categories? If LoneCrusader feels he can help at times then this in itself, presumably, disproves such a sweeping statement.

This is a forum so the advice and opinions will oviously be varied. If helpers can work together as far as possible rather than running each other down, then to my mind it would be a very good thing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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