W98 to XP JPEG problems.....HELP

Dell / Inspiron 530
February 1, 2009 at 13:04:31
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core2 Quad 4G
I have a bunch of old, but important files on CDR's from my old Windows 98 computer.
These were saved on a Dell running Windows 98se several years ago. For the last few years all my PC's have been W XP pro.
Now, when I put the CD in my new computer, and my older xp computer, the disk comes up blank.
Just to check that the files are not corrupt, I formatted one of my old computers and installed Windows 98. Sure enough, all the files are there.
The problem is that I don't own the original compter I saved them on and I have no drivers for display or ethernet. So I max out at 16 color and everything is giant. I can't get online either due to no driver. And Dell's website was no help finding drivers for the older computer.
Either way, I was hoping someone here could help me find a way to open the pictures I have on these disks. They are very important to me and include many pictures of my mother who recently passed away.
If anyone can PLEASE help, it would be greatly appreciated.
As I said, the CD appears blank in every XP computer, but the files are 100% there

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February 1, 2009 at 14:12:11
You might try ISO buster, it has a free version that's recovered a few dead DVD's for me:

Also - you say you have the computer that has all the files, but you cannot copy them because you have no network drivers?

Grab a linux disc, the ubuntu installer disc will work: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/dow...

Boot it up, it'll give you an option to 'Try w/o making any changes to my computer' -- the linux kernel works w/ most older hardware (especially 95/98 stuff) so you should be able to get online / file sharing, there's a web browser & you can grab your files from the hard drive that way.

Good luck

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February 1, 2009 at 15:42:19
Thanks, but it wants me to purchase software in order to see if it will work. I DL'd the free version, but if I want to extract a file I have to purchase a key.
I appreciate the help.
Anyone else?

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February 1, 2009 at 18:36:08
You might be able to save "as an ISO" without purchase (you can on my old version of ISO Buster freebie). You can then create a new CD.

Try copying the files onto your W98 HD then burning another CD using a different CD brand. Make sure you use a CD-R (not CD-RW) and Finalize it. Set the burn speed as low as possible.

With a bit of fiddling with drivers you could make a Flash Drive work on W98 and transfer them that way. I'd better not mention floppies LOL, it would take hours.

Have heart, if the CD is readable on W98 there is a way to get them to XP somehow (providing you can keep your hands on the machine). I work between W98SE, XP and Vista machines and have never been defeated yet.

some other bloke...

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February 1, 2009 at 19:19:44
Are you sure you didn't save them by using a packet writer? If that is the case you can finalize the CDRs and then they should be OK to read on any Windows computer.

You may not have even realized you were using a packet writer. Nero InCD or Roxio drag to disk. There were a couple of other names with the predecessor to Roxio.

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