|If I'm hearing you correctly, you are running APPs (16bit) that were developed for Win95, or earlier version, on a Win98 machine and you want to get them to run faster via speedier CPU and Ram and a bigger HDD. OK so far?|
It is still possible, via eBay, to find new P4 Mother Boards that are setup to accommodate Win98, if Win98SE.
I have one running Win98SE and have been able to run it with 1GB Ram with few if any Problems. I typically run it with 768MB (1, 512mb &1, 128mb Dimms. The Motherboard upgrade appears to iron out some of the supposed limitations of Win98. HDD limitations are easily overcome via Partitioning or HDD MFG Software.
Right now I'm running the same MotherBoard with a Pentium P4 2.4Ghz Hyperthreading CPU with 2 GB ram and WinXP PRO SP3.
In my opinion this Mother Board LOVES Win98SE more so than WinXP PRO,when running a P4 Celeron 2.7Ghz.
The Board I have is a Biostar P4M80-M4 that I bought off eBay. Seems some folks here are not in favor of the Via Chipset on the P4M80-M4 but I have no complaints with it. It aint the fastest Rocket in the Silo, but it sure warms up Win98SE.
I'm sure you could still find a similar Mother Board on eBay, maybe even one with a better Chipset.
All Windows updates for Win98SE are Still available from MicroSoft Windows Update.
I have some pieces that may be of interest. OS, CPU, Heat sink/Fan. Feel free to Hit me with a priviate message.
A fellow Duck/Beaver. :-)
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