Solved Win98 drivers for 915G chipset

March 20, 2013 at 16:22:20
Specs: Windows XP
Is it possible to run 9x on P4?

specs D915GRV w P4 672/4GB/.5TB
I can't find drivers for onboard graphics chipset but some guy at Intel say they will run. How about virtualization as the 672 has it built in. Any help would be appreciated, i been trying for half a year to get 9x out of vga mode w my 1920x1080 monitor. Intel does provide .inf but it is unpackable w winrar.

9x (w98se) installs ok but no graphics support : is it possible to manually register the drivers? Intel .inf util states support for 9x but always crahes.

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March 28, 2013 at 10:51:09
From the film, Night of the Comet, 1984

Characters: Samantha & Regina, Hector & Regina, DMK

Samantha: What are you waiting for?
Hector: We're waiting for the light to change.
Regina: We do NOT cross against the light!
Samantha: Are you nuts, auntie Regina?
Regina: You may as well face the facts Samantha. The whole burden of civilization has fallen upon us.
Samantha: What's that supposed to mean?
Regina: It means we do NOT cross against the light!
Samantha: That's totally stupid, there's nobody here! See, we're talking ghost town!

Just then, a convertible comes speeding around the corner, Samantha jumps out of the way to avoid getting hit. The convertible turns around and comes to a stop by Samantha.

Danny Mason Keener aka DMK: Gawd, I'm sorry but you shouldn't cross against the light like that.
Samantha: Nice car.
DMK: Thanks, I have 23 of them. You want to go for a ride?
Samantha: More than you know.
Hector: We don't know anything about this guy. Where's he from? What's his name?
Samantha: What's your name?
DMK: Danny Mason Keener.
Samantha: Danny Mason Keener, okay?
Regina: Yeah, all right.
Regina: Well, just be back by midnight, okay?
DMK: Midnight?
Samantha: The burden of civilization is on us, okay?
DMK: Oh, yeah. Bitchen, isn't it?



#1
March 20, 2013 at 16:38:42
Start here with your AA number...

http://www.intel.com/support/mother...

Skip
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#2
March 20, 2013 at 16:54:50
Thanks skip, already tried that: the GRV is OEM board not supported by Intel but GAG board is the same thing. Trouble is that Intel not provide drivers for 915 for w9x yet if i could unpack the .inf (which does support 9x) I might be able to make it direct me where to put the drivers manually by registering them...I am a newbe on such thing and don'r really understand how to construt a proper .inf even if i can figure out how to unpack the damn thing. Intel make it so it unpackable with rar or zip.
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#3
March 20, 2013 at 17:23:23
Strange that you can't unpack the inf. What is the file type of the compressed file?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
March 20, 2013 at 18:12:07
Sorry, maybe this will help explain: Intel D915GAG under OS support there is only one entry and it is for an ,inf for ALL OS:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...

I know that is kind of messy but you can dl it by D915GAG then dial into win9x support, there is only one file at this point and it is packed in an unknown format,

Maybe I should explain further: I have run the exe but it still will not unpack on win98 or any os. Also note that this file has NO drivers,

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I am sorry, my old addled brain is faiking: when i do unpack it it says for 2K/XP only so I try an older MB .inf like 845 that does support 9x but that one will not unpack to give me a guideline for constructing a proper .inf for 9x so i get stuck every time trying to figure out how to buld an .inf for w9x on 915. Reminder: I never built a primary driver for win9x before, it's new territory for me.


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#5
March 20, 2013 at 19:50:17
Try this version of the Intel Chipset Drivers:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

This is the last version that supports Windows 98SE/ME. The file they have listed for "All OS" does not contain any Windows 9x files. See this for more info and a possible "Unofficial" driver if the one given does not work:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/158...


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#6
March 20, 2013 at 21:48:18
This is the chipset update for the 915 boards. It has 98 SE support:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

(Edit That's the driver found in your search link above. You shouldn't need to unpack anything. It's an .exe file. Just run it.)

It looks like the video on that is called 'media accelerator 900 graphics' (82915G). I didn't see any separate 98 support for that. Maybe the chipset update will have some support. If not, the motherboard has a PCI-E slot so you can always add a card--making sure you get one with 98 drivers.


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#7
March 21, 2013 at 05:01:03
If the specs in your original post are for the unit you are working with you need to know that Win98 will balk at more than 512MB of RAM. There is a work around, which you may already be using if you get as far as it appears you have.

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#8
March 21, 2013 at 10:54:21
The .exe file that DAVEINCAPS is referring to is what is called a self-extracting archive. You double click it and it unpacks itself usually into a new folder in the same directory where the executable was double clicked, and inside there might be a win98 folder and this would be the target you point the installer to where the .inf file to install with is to be found. It's best to do this in the Windows/TEMP folder as inf files need DOS mode support when it comes to finding files to install hardware with, in other words an installation can fail because the path is too complex for the 16 bit processes used to follow the path to the files gets lost. Double clicking the self-extracting archive that you placed into the Windows/TEMP folder solves this problem nicely. It's the spaces in particular of a folders name that foul things up but long names alone can also derail the train. Eight characters or less in each name with no spaces and you are good to go.

Normally one does not change anything in inf files to make them 'work', at this level it's far too complex a task for a noob to even think of doing.

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#9
March 21, 2013 at 22:48:51
Yeah, it's a self-extracting exe file but when you run it, it automatically extracts the files and then runs SETUP. It detects your OS and then installs the updates. You don't have to do anything else.

If you want to extract it without it running the setup then use winzip or similar software.


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#10
March 21, 2013 at 23:08:24
Re: #6
@DAVEINCAPS

As I stated earlier that file does NOT support or contain any files for Windows 9x, despite what Intel says. It will NOT run on a 9x system. The version I linked is the last version that supports 9x.

See my other link for further discussion of this.


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#11
March 22, 2013 at 00:50:05
That seems to be true. When extracted its readme file only lists support for win 2000 and up. I thought I'd try it on the 98 machine just to see what would happen. The file wouldn't extract on 98 without an updated shell32.dll so I copied the already extracted files to it and ran SETUP but got a missing dll error.

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#12
March 27, 2013 at 19:06:26
DAVEINCAPS'
That .inf refuses to run except for XP, I have tried it in 2k and 9x and it refuses to run.
I am study mdgx .inf format but i can't even open the Intel inf to see how it is formatted.
I seem to be battling against some corp decision to not support old OS by the chipmakers. Maybe I should give up.
Problem being that old CNC machine and some of my old software require 9x to talk: NT fails to communicate. (abstraction layer). That's why I ask about virtualization, can virtualization elenenate the need for hardware drivers?

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#13
March 27, 2013 at 19:18:34
Othehill,
I know how to handle 4GB in 9x, the problem is that I cannot get graphics drivers to run. My monitors are 1920x1080 and damn sure 9x can run so. Hell, even WFW should be able to run so. Your advice is appreciated and I always love your contributions to technology for us dummies. BTW > .5GB is system.ini or is it win.ini? I forget.
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#14
March 27, 2013 at 19:33:43
skipCox,
trouble is it's an OEM MB so intel say unsupported, closest to the GRV is the GAG.
Exact match as far as I can tell. Maybe better to give up on INTEL GRAPHICS altogether and buy a batch of pci graphics boards that support 9x and to hell with Intel.
I am not mad at you, please do net misread me, I want any help i can get and appreciate your kind and generous help.
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#15
March 27, 2013 at 20:21:28
Thank you LoneCrusader, Thia is the direction I was heading, yet roadblocks
happen at every step. Your lead will help me in the correct direction yet it is not clear how much time i should put into this effort.....maybe better to just purchase a batch of graphics cards and shut off onboard graphics?
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#16
March 27, 2013 at 20:33:27
Derek,
I misstated. It is the moherboard driver cabs which cannot seem to be extracted.
I tried with everything and they seem to be encripted for the MPC 365. My goodness, I even got the board director involved in such a trivial problem!
Thanks, from your friend for running such a great board.
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#17
March 27, 2013 at 20:52:52
Using an add-in card is always a possibility in the event you can't get the onboard graphics working. I forgot to specify that Intel separates their chipset and graphics drivers into different packages, or they did in the 9x days at least.

As you have found, no 9x graphics driver is listed for your board or chipset. So, the only advice I can give is to try these three packages. Note that two of the downloads are named "win9x.exe" but have different content.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...


There is a decent chance that that motherboard was originally supported with 9x drivers, because the 875 boards still worked under 9x. If the links I provided don't work, your best chance of finding a 9x graphics driver would be to try and find an original drivers CD that came with that particular board...


Who would have thought all those drivers CD's that came with older hardware would be so valuable now... to us 9x'ers at least.


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#18
March 27, 2013 at 20:56:21
The EDID from monitor does show so why can't i use it?
Seems to be plot to discourage w98 usage!
All I want is 1920x1080 native resolution support!
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#19
March 27, 2013 at 21:05:39
Thanks lonecrusader, you made my day!
Waite until i peruse such great info.
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#20
March 27, 2013 at 21:07:43
If you get working graphics drivers, whether from my links or from an add-in card, you MAY be able to add a specific resolution you want to the registry to enable it. If you find it isn't available, read these threads at MSFN:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/120...

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/159...

You're welcome :)
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#21
March 27, 2013 at 22:03:32
Bitchen! hey wont let me post such a short thanks,
NTL your guide may be another deadend like so many other over the last year.
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March 28, 2013 at 10:51:09
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From the film, Night of the Comet, 1984

Characters: Samantha & Regina, Hector & Regina, DMK

Samantha: What are you waiting for?
Hector: We're waiting for the light to change.
Regina: We do NOT cross against the light!
Samantha: Are you nuts, auntie Regina?
Regina: You may as well face the facts Samantha. The whole burden of civilization has fallen upon us.
Samantha: What's that supposed to mean?
Regina: It means we do NOT cross against the light!
Samantha: That's totally stupid, there's nobody here! See, we're talking ghost town!

Just then, a convertible comes speeding around the corner, Samantha jumps out of the way to avoid getting hit. The convertible turns around and comes to a stop by Samantha.

Danny Mason Keener aka DMK: Gawd, I'm sorry but you shouldn't cross against the light like that.
Samantha: Nice car.
DMK: Thanks, I have 23 of them. You want to go for a ride?
Samantha: More than you know.
Hector: We don't know anything about this guy. Where's he from? What's his name?
Samantha: What's your name?
DMK: Danny Mason Keener.
Samantha: Danny Mason Keener, okay?
Regina: Yeah, all right.
Regina: Well, just be back by midnight, okay?
DMK: Midnight?
Samantha: The burden of civilization is on us, okay?
DMK: Oh, yeah. Bitchen, isn't it?


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