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Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S Windows 98 Driver

May 29, 2012 at 14:08:24
Specs: Windows 98
i wanted a Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S Windows 98 Driver.
because i have a different language of windows 98.
please help.

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May 29, 2012 at 14:32:39
Win98 doesn't support SATA drives. You need XP or newer.

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May 29, 2012 at 21:09:34
Windows 9x CAN use SATA drives IF either:

1. Your motherboard has SATA connectors AND the appropriate drivers.

2. You are willing to purchase a third-party patch.

3. You could also consider a SATA-to-IDE adapter.

No special drivers should be needed for the drive itself.

What are your system specs? Manufacturer and model of your motherboard?

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May 30, 2012 at 08:01:36
This is not a SATA drive. it IDE. however. this computer came with it and no webpage has the drivers. i know its like more then 5 years old. but also its a unlisted cisnet computer. all i need is the right drivers. but if theres none. then i guess i have to use a usb. thanks.
Sorry i dont know if it a S-ATA Drive or IDE.

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May 30, 2012 at 08:21:09
oh and here's some specs.
Processor: AMD Athlon[tm] 64 Processor 3500+ 2.21 GHz
HDD: Maxtor 52049H3 (FAT16)
Sound: USB Audio (No Drivers)
Network Adapter: 802.11n USB Wireless LAN Card
Mother Board: Unknown
Ram: 960 Mb

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May 30, 2012 at 10:13:15
You provided the model number, I provided a link to the specs. If the model number is correct, it's a SATA drive.

"System requirements: Pentium® III 1.0Ghz or faster (or equivalent) - Pentium® 4 2.0Ghz or faster (or equivalent) CPU is recommended, 256MB RAM or more (512MB RAM or more is recommended), 1GB of hard disk space (10GB for DVD creation) and available internal S-ATA port. Windows® 7, Windows® Vista or Windows XP operating systems."

An easy way to tell the difference is to look at the data cables:

Out of curiousity - what is your reason for wanting to run Win98 on a fairly modern system?

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May 30, 2012 at 12:10:28

You need to determine whether or not the drive is SATA or IDE before anyone can assist you further.

Also you need to determine what the make and model of your motherboard are.

Without these pieces of information it is not possible to give you a solution.

The optical drive itself does NOT require special drivers for use, therefore the operating systems listed by the manufacturer are irrelevant here. (This is simply an example of laziness on the part of the manufacturer in not testing with older systems, and not wanting to have to answer questions from or assist people with older systems.)

What DOES require a driver is the SATA interface on your motherboard (if you have one).

Either your motherboard has SATA connectors or it doesn't, and either it has Windows 98 drivers for these ports, or it doesn't. Without the make and model, we cannot determine this.

If the board does NOT have Windows 98 drivers, then you will have to consider the SATA-to-IDE adapter or the third-party patch.

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May 31, 2012 at 08:31:32

i am installing windows 98 because i am collecting operation systems,
Here's my list of os's i have:
Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows 98 (Lite98)
Windows 3.11
i am doing this so i can use old programs the way its should be.


i was thinking of a third-party patch on it. but there is not so much free patches.
and i told you the make: Cisnet.


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May 31, 2012 at 11:12:15
That model optical drive is definitely a SATA type. Link below.

I can't see how a patch will help if you are trying to install Win98 from the boot.

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May 31, 2012 at 14:27:02
"i am installing windows 98 because i am collecting operation systems"

I have all those discs too, plus Win95, WinME, & Win2000. How many systems do you have? Maybe you should consider having an older system (or 2) for running the older operating systems? That is the best way to run "old programs the way its should be" rather a relying on a series of adapters & 3rd party patches.

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June 1, 2012 at 01:14:42

"Cisnet" by itself is not helpful here. We need to know the model of the motherboard inside.

The third party patch is not free, but the cost is minimal. You will have to decide how committed you are to this exercise.

Here is a link to where to find it, along with several other useful patches for Windows 9x. The SATA patch is in the "Prerelease and Beta" section.


The patch patches the Windows 9x IDE driver to be able to support SATA and includes an INF file so that the SATA ports are correctly identified. Then one simply places the patched driver and .INF into the \WIN98 folder and Setup will operate normally.

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June 1, 2012 at 06:28:41
Seems like a lot of work when an older system would accomplish the same thing.

Joe didn't state what version of Win98 he was trying to install. I am guessing inserting the patch into a floppy disk version would be problematic.

I would be easier to just use IDE drives on the current system. Then there is the issue of other hardware drivers that probably are not available.

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June 1, 2012 at 08:21:34
Easier to run older O/Ses in Virtual Machines.......

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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June 1, 2012 at 09:40:40

I have 98lite ( in the wrong language.
but you can use the Windows 98 SE English disc to change the language.


your right that its easier but. i don't want to use a VM. but i would like it to have more ram. not 300 mb. 960 mb at least. and thats all i have.

oh and is there anyway how to use windows xp drivers on 98?

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June 1, 2012 at 10:09:03
WinXP drivers are not going to work with Win98.

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June 1, 2012 at 11:45:05

Yes, using any older operating system these days is a "lot of work." Even installing and updating XP at this point is "less than enjoyable." But most people don't have room to set up a bunch of different computers to run different systems when they can be run on the same machine. (Either real or virtualized, both have advantages & disadvantages.)

The OP never gave us the specific model of the motherboard, so we don't know whether or not it has IDE ports. Logic would dictate that it does, and, while I agree an IDE DVD burner would be "easier," if the OP wants to use his SATA burner, I'm simply pointing out that there ARE ways of doing it under 9x.


No, you cannot use Windows XP or Windows 2000 drivers on Windows 9x. This is the greatest limitation you will face in your attempt to run Windows 9x on newer hardware.

You can usually run 9x without motherboard drivers, but, if there are no 9x drivers for your video card, sound card, network card, etc, then you will either have to live without them or use older add-in cards that do have 9x drivers.

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June 6, 2012 at 17:08:38
"The optical drive itself does NOT require special drivers for use...."

If the mboard has an integrated SATA drive controller / SATA data headers, go into the mboard's bios Setup and set the SATA controller mode to an IDE compatible mode of some sort, Save bios settings, then the SATA optical drive connected to the SATA data header will be detected by the 98 or 98SE CD, or the 98 or 98SE Startup floppy disk, and Windows 98 or 98SE, as an IDE compatible drive.

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June 7, 2012 at 08:55:38
Thanks Tubesandwires, i will try that.

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June 7, 2012 at 13:45:37
Thanks for the Thanks

If you have a generic desktop system....
The detailed info about how you set the SATA controller mode or similar - it varies depending on the bios version - is probably in the manual for your retail mboard model, in the descriptions of settings in the bios.
If you need help with that, you must provide us with the make and model of your mboard.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

If you have a brand name system, in most cases, unless, possibly, if you have a Dell computer sometimes that info is it the manuals for the model, we can't find the details about that on the web.
Whatever the setting is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI mode or similar, it's changeable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode of some sort - e.g. IDE, EIDE, ATA, PATA, Compatible, etc.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":

Tell us what it is.

If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Go here:
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific Model number
Quote the Product number (P/N)

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