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  1. So far I was able to test these Partition Magic 7 - can not resize FAT32 partitions larger than 256GB - can not create FAT32 partitions larger than 256GB + safe to manipulate smaller than 256GB FAT32 partitions + allows to adjust the cluster size GParted - can not resize FAT32 partitions larger than 256GB + creates FAT32 partitions larger than 256GB correctly - there are problems with manipulating FAT32 partitions smaller than 256GB EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition + can resize big FAT32 partitions - requires Windows 2000 or newer - no controll over the cluster size The Windows version of the Partition Magic 7 does allow to grow an oversized FAT32 partition, but it ends with application fault, when it comes to the actual job. There were no data loss in such a case, however. It seems the Partition Magic 8 is no longer available on the market, there are also some informations mentioning it is compatible just with up to 160GB hard drives. GParted had many versions, apparently. Some of them were able to resize FAT32, but some were not. Still I found nothing about ability to resize larger than 256GB FAT32 partitions in any version. I have no possibility to safely test all the available partition resize software. So, I'm asking for the solutions proven to work correctly with growing oversized FAT32 partitions on 2TB hard drives.
  2. No, it is not. There are quite a lot of problems with PCI-E Nvidia 6x00 cards. The official drivers do have just partial support for these cards. On the other hand the AGP versions are working much better. What do you mean by user made drivers? The unofficial driver releases in most cases do not solve the shutdown problems, or DOS application compatibility issues.
  3. Well. I found significant problems with DOS applications, when using GeForce 6600 cards. Apparently Ati x600 works much better in this particular area. Also, there are significant issues with GeForce 6200, depending on the card version. The ones with Turbo cache function will not work well, for sure.
  4. I was very pleased with Matrox Dual Head card, as well. But, when I started to play with linux (Ubutu) it appeared the linux drivers do not handle Matrox very well. I was unable to force them to use the other monitor output on boot. So, I had to move to a Nvidia, as Ati seems to have issues with DOS mode switching.
  5. I think this is a good reference to what graphic cards one can use in Windows 98: Compatible Hardware with Windows 9x
  6. I was able to perform the final testing. I did move the two hard drives with both operating systems from HP D530 82801EB to HP DC7100 with 82801FB controller. Now the HDD performance in both operating systems is almost the same. 6.7GB was copied in 2m 51s in Windows 98, while it took 2m 40s in Windows 2000. So, Windows 2000 seems to be a bit faster, but the difference is many times smaller. The question remains. Why the HP D530 is so slow. Is it the 82801EB fault, or perhaps there is some other problem with this computer model?
  7. The simplest solution is to activate Windows 98 boot menu, instead of adding another option to the Windows 2000 menu. In the effect the Windows 98 boot menu would show after selecting it from Windows 2000 boot menu. In the MSDOS.SYS in the [OPTIONS] section there is a BootMenu=1 switch. I t should force the Windows 98 boot menu to show. Also it is possible to increase boot delay, when Windows 98 waits for F8 key. The standard setting is BootDelay=2. So hitting the F8 key in just 2 seconds time is very difficult. Also it is possible to create a Windows 98 boot menu through CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
  8. The USB 2.0 is backward compatible with older USB standards. In windows 98 the USB 2.0 controller does not always work correctly. To be on the safe side it is possible to disable the USB 2.0 controller in the device manager. The remaining USB 1.x controllers should do the job, forcing the USB 2.0 devices to work slower.
  9. I do suspect the mentioned device does not have a proper driver installed. Windows calls a "PCI Network Controller" every PCI network adapter it does not have drivers to. "Plug and play" means a plug and play and not USB. Since the name refers to the PCI bus, it is certain it has nothing to do with USB bus. I think you mistook the device conflict with unknown device without a proper driver installed.
  10. I just do not get it. The MaxPhysPage and MaxFileCache should not affect a pure DOS application, when GUI is not runnig. As for the Windows 98 boot menu. Instalation of Windows 2000 does not mean there will be no windows 98 boot menu. In normal circumstances the Windows 98 boot menu appears after Windows 2000 boot menu. It just could be a bit difficult to hit F8 when necesary. In my case I do have Windows 98 menu forced through config.sys. But there is BootMenu=1 setting possibility in the msdos.sys, as well.
  11. If the MaxFileCache is too big, the DOS related applications stop running. Yo should try to decrease the MaxFileCache. In my case on 1GB RAM the MaxFileCache setting above 800000 prevents DOS applications from running.
  12. I'm thinking about testing older than 6.2 Ati Catalyst driver sets. But, I have serious problems with getting these. The Ati (AMD) pages do not offer such old driver sets, not to mention there is hardly anything about Windows 98. I can not get to the Windows 98 driver sets on Filehippo, as well. I found just XP or Vista related packages there.
  13. The general speed difference between the two systems is not the topic here. I did research the problem, and the HDD performance on other computers is not particulary different between the systems in question. In some cases Windows 98 HDD performance appeared to be faster. Also I do not work with Windows 98 FE, at all. So, I'll be referring just to Windows 98 SE. As for the network speed difference, Windows 98 adds a significant lag to TCP/IP stack. The max connection speed suffers from that lag. So, in general Windows 2000 can get higher TCP/IP transfers, than Windows 98 does. On the other hand in certain circumstances Windows 98 seems to work significantly faster with NetBeui than Windows 2000 does. According to my experiences Windows 98 is faster with high quality video decoding. Too bad it can not handle newer codecs, thou.
  14. When it comes to getting USB flash drives working in Safe Mode, it is possible to use DOS drivers, for such a task. But, it is a road full of thorns, as it is relatively difficult to get DOS level drivers to work correctly. The easiest thing would be to enable BIOS USB flash drive support, if available.
  15. I'm using various DOS tools, quite fequently. According to my experience the AGP based ATI cards do have a tendency to hang when a full screen mode DOS application is launched, or switched to full screen mode. On the other hand the Nvidia AGP cards were much more reliable in this kind of tasks. So, when looking for a PCI-E Windows 98 compatible graphic, I started from Nvidia. The GeForce 6600 do seem to work reasonably well, but when it comes to DOS applications they gave me a headache. On the other hand ATI Radeon x600 seems to be working mych better than GeForce 6600, but it shows exactly the same symptoms, as older AGP ATI cards. Currently I'm trying to get a HP DC7100 i915 equipped with PCI-E DVI capable graphic card.
  16. I do not think so. The HP DC7100 Intel 915 + 82801FB uses exactly the same BIOS naming convention. With both computer models in both Windows 98 and 2000 the "combined" mode presents OS with just one dual ATA controller with one PATA and one SATA. Both subcontrollers do show master and slave drives. It disables the third from the integrated controllers, as well. On the other hand, the "Separate" settings prevents Windows 98 from booting, while Windows 2000 detects additional controller. My observations are showing the same Windows 98 instalation ported to DC7100 works significantly faster with some disk related operations. In D530 i865 P4 3GHz ICH5 moving about 1GB of data by a DOS based application works several times slower, than on DC7100 i915 P4 2.8GHz ICH6 with a much slower HDD. It could be related to a fact the ICH5 82801EB is the first from the SATA capable 82801 series, so it could have some bugs in the BIOS "IDE compatibility mode" or driver for Windows 98.
  17. I decided to leave Silicon Image controllers behind, when I started to play with cheap second hands HP computers with integrated Intel SATA controllers. Also, I had an opportunity to test two dual boot HP DC7100 with Intel 82801FB chip. I found no significant difference with HDD performane (W98 vs. W2000) in case of those two. But, both of them had just 40GB old SATA drives. So, the difference in tranfer speed could be bottlenecked by the drives poor performance. In any case, I'm planning to make some more detailed testing by moving the two huge Seagate dives to a HP DC7100. I should get a definitive answer, then. For the moment, the issue seems to be related just to the 82801EB chip or just to the HP D530.
  18. I'm sorry, but you asked two different questions. So, I'm not entirely shure to what question the presumed answer applies to. In any case, both operating systems are working with exactly the same "Combined" BIOS setting. To be more precise the HP Compaq BIOS does not have "IDE emulation mode". However, the "Combined" setting does seem to be "IDE emulation mode", as opposed to "Separate" (probably AHCI).
  19. Does your 250GB drive have a SATA interface? I do suspect the performance issue is somehow related to the SATA. As for my drivers versions: Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers CONFIGMG.vxd 4.10.2225 Primary IDE controller (dual fifo) ESDI_506.pdr 4.10.2230 IOS.vxd 4.10.2225
  20. HP D530 with Intel 865 chipset and 82801EB controller. Two SATA Seagate 1.5TB and 2TB drives. HDD controller is set in BIOS to compatibility mode with multisector and UDMA enabled for both HDD drives. Dual boot Windows 98SE and Windows 2000 professional. File copy operation between drives (5.86GB): - Windows 2000 - 2m 13s - Windows 98 - 3m 15s The Windows 98 does have DMA transfers enabled for both HDD drives. I'm suspecting the W98 does not take advantage of the higher than UDMA 33 modes. I'm looking for the way to check what particular UDMA mode Windows 98 is using. Also, It would be good to force Windows 98 to perform as well as the Windows 2000 does.
  21. According to my observations many Nvidia and Ati cards do have problems with DOS applications. Sometimes newer driver versions are more stable, but sometimes not. In case of AGP, the Nvidia seems to be more reliable, when Ati seems to be better with PCI-E. When it comes to plain old PCI cards with S3 chip were very reliable. I forgot most of my results with plain PCI, anyway.
  22. I was lucky to observe a perfect system shutdown, when the ethernet cable was unplugged. Following through, I did confirm, the system shuts down correctly, when DHCP lease is released, just before the shutdown or reboot. The next step was to separate the Microsoft Networking client and sharing from TCP/IP, while leaving just the NetBeui for file sharing. TCP/IP stack is still available for Internet access, while file sharing is done just in the LAN through NetBeui. The system seems to power down and reboot correctly, now. Strange, but effective.
  23. I do have a HP DC7100 convertible minitower computer. It does have i915 ICH6 chipset with i82801FB IO controller. The board does have 4 SATA and 1 IDE connector. The BIOS allows to set "combined" mode, in which the OS is presented with a standard Primary/Secondary dual IDE controller architecture. The Windows 98 seems to be working fine in such a situation, but it has an access to just 2 SATA channels and the IDE controller. The remaining 2 SATA channels are disabled. Since the HP/Compaq BIOS naming is quite different from other releases, I can only suspect the "combined" is equal to "compatibility" mode. The other from the "combined" BIOS setting adds a separate SATA controller. It appears, the Windows 98 fails to boot in such a case. It could be possible to go around the problem, by using DOS compatibility mode disk access, but it does not seem to be an efficient way. So, I would like to know, why Windows 98 behaves as it does. Also, is there a way of getting the full potential of the 4 SATA channels?
  24. The GeForce 6800 is the oldest from the 6000 series. The next one was 6600 then the 6200 was released. As far as I remember, the 6200 support came in the Forceware 7x. There was no support in the Forceware 6x for GeForce 6200.
  25. I have an update, as I was able to test a Gigabyte GV-NX66128DP (PCI-E GeForce 6600) with HP DC7100 (Intel 915). There is support for the GeForce 6800 series in Nvidia 61.76 driver package, however there is nothing about the 6600 series. After testing 77.72, 71.84 and 81.98 driver packages, it appears the system restart function works correctly in all of them. System shutdown works good except for 81.98. The computer ended with "it is safe to turn computer off now" like message, so I had to turn the power off by myself. In all three driver packages I did experience problems with running DOS applications. There was a dialog informing about an "illegal operation performed by the application" or complete loss of video function in full screen mode. The workaround is to change the screen color depth at least once after booting the system. The DOS applications are seeming to work correctly, after that.

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