New Computer time

March 22, 2009 at 13:46:23
Specs: 98, 8/8
Seems to be new software being used here. There for a couple of months, I could not fully see or use this site. Now I can go again.

Found that the old computer is going to cost more in hardware to get going again than to buy a late model sharpy/special one. I can get an obsolete P4 computer for about $40 to $50 locally. The softwares I am using are 16 bit and OK, but the files are getting stretched a bit too. The software vendors BOTH reccomend going to a faster CPU. like in the 1.4 to 1.8 G range, AND especially a bunch of RAM. Like in the 400 to 500 MB range. 256 will not make it with them.

Have not bought anything, but only thing bad I can find out about these deals is that the included hard drive (of about 20-40 G) has been used on MS Windows 2000 or XP. Mouse and keyboard plug into their main baords, I got a few extra video board here with software too. Can I simply reformat the H-D to a clean new installation of Win 98, or is there some other problem you forsee? Or is best to simply install my old hard drive and go with that?

The software I am using is 16 bit and works best within Win 98, and as for what I am doing this works out good also. But, my older pooped out computer, had several SIIG add-on boards installed to run like a plotter, another serial port etc. Provided new slots in MB are up for it, will new computer understand the addition of these boards?

Essentially, all I want is another computer that works like the old one, but goes faster and can handle the bigger files now. Would I be pulling a stupid in purchasing one of these then?

Wm.


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#1
March 22, 2009 at 14:21:55
What is the 16 bit program that runs under Win98? BTW, Win98 is a 32 bit OS.

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#2
March 22, 2009 at 15:15:08
>>>"The softwares I am using are 16 bit and OK, but the files are getting stretched a bit too. The software vendors BOTH reccomend going to a faster CPU. like in the 1.4 to 1.8 G range, AND especially a bunch of RAM. Like in the 400 to 500 MB range. 256 will not make it with them."<<<

Of course vendors (both software and hardware) are gonna recommend faster CPU's. It's their business to make money by selling you upgrades. If you're tied that tightly to Win98, then half a Gig of RAM will require some tweaking to use (I'd stick with 256MB on a '98 machine). There are also drive size limitations that would need to be addressed, as well as other driver/security/update issues (as mentioned a couple posts back)...

>>>"Provided new slots in MB are up for it, will new computer understand the addition of these boards?"<<<

If your old boards are ISA, then that will be a show-stopper. Few machines built since roughly 2000 have ISA slots (thanks to M$'s PC'97 spec recommendation).

Seems like the 95/98 forum is becoming more of an "old-OS-on-new-equipment" forum as of late...


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#3
March 24, 2009 at 02:14:25
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. :-)

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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