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  1. My copy of 98SE was originally customized by a business partner. It now resides

    on a IBM ThinkPad that was built to run XP.

    I have three OCZ Rally2 USB drives. When they were purchased several years ago,

    OCZ provided drivers at their site. I still use this ThinkPad because it has unique

    software that was created for a now extinct business.

    Google lists a blizzard of generic drivers for USB flash. I remember downloading

    several collections of these drivers. I use GoBack v4.0 that lets you mount a virtual

    drive. Without frequent complete backups or using an app like GoBack I would never

    tinker with flaky software!

    I'd like to buy some new USB drives for this ThinkPad. Are there one or two moderately

    priced brands with downloadable drivers that are guaranteed to work with 98SE?

    You can't be serious. You would have as much luck finding a fast food restaurant that serves Brontosaurus burgers.

    I still use an mp3 player that came with its own driver for 98SE but that is because I bought a few of them when the store had a clearance sale back in 2008.

    Even if you were to find "old stock" I wonder how long the USB sticks would remain functional given the fact that they would have been manufactured a decade ago. There is a button battery built into them which manufacturers guarantee for 10 years, and with luck lasts several years longer. Once the battery runs out the USB stick will no longer hold data.

    If the USB ports on your Thinkpad are USB 1.1 then I suggest you download the drivers Flasche provided the link for and use those. USB 3.0 drives are now on the shelves and one can only wonder how long USB 2.0 drives will be available. USB 2.0 drives are backward compatible to USB 1.1 but USB 3.0 drives are only backward compatible to USB 2.0.

    And what do you mean by "moderately priced"? The price of USB drives has come down so much over the years that where I live a 32GB drive cost less than a bottle of booze and a 16GB drive costs less a pack of cigarettes.

  2. To be honest with you 768 MB of memory ought to be enough for any game designed to run on Windows 98. If you are looking to improve performance upgrade the CPU instead. According to the manual your board can take up to an Athlon 1200MHz if you can find one. If not then go for at least an Athlon 1000MHz.

  3. I have been examining the Code further.

    CDVSD does some other checking if the MRANENIA Key is not present.

    It is possible that it indicates an OEM Version.

    Do you have a value for DigitalProductID in Key:


    MRANENIA is created if this Value is not present.

    The Retail Install creates DigitalProductID when you enter the CD Key.

    Yes I do have a value for DigitalProductID in that key.

    The key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

    contains redundant information. There is the ProductId, ProductKey, and ProductType.

    ProductType alone tells you what kind of install you have.

    115 = full OEM

    120 = OEM restore CD

    101 = full retail

    102 = retail upgrade

    112 = fe to se update from Microsoft

    116 = OEM upgrade and OEM fe to se update

    111 = MSDN

    110 = "select" - license for multiple installs

    100 = doesn't ask for a key at all

    Anyone want to volunteer to delete MRANENIA to see what happens?

    I might try it but not right now.

  4. The MRANENIA Key exists in Windows 98SE and ME when the Windows Installation is not Genuine.

    The Code is very obfuscated but I suspect that it might cripple something in the CD Driver or get reported to CD Applications.

    That can't be right. I have the MRANENIA key and I used my own genuine product key when I installed it. In my case the MRANENIA key is not empty, it has a hex string. I have another computer with 98SE and it also has the MRANENIA key but the hex string is different, this time a different genuine product key was used. Mine are both OEM keys.

    Dude111, was your installation OEM, retail or upgrade?

  5. You mean in 2005-2006 you didn't download the updates and back them up?

    I rarely used Windows update prefering to download the installers myself from the old Windows 98 corporate page. But even Windows update gave the option of downloading the installer instead of an automatic install.

    As far as FE goes once you install SP1 there are only about two dozen or so security and stability updates to install. Of the many hoxfixes that ended up in the unofficial service packs most of them originally were to address issues that cropped up with specific hardware configurations. If you check inside the .exe file you will see that many of the hotfixes were dual installers for both 98FE and 98SE. The installer would automatically detect which version you were using and install the appropriate file.

    Why today would anyone use 98FE when SE is more stable and a wider range of older hardware had drivers for SE but not FE? I heard some people say FE was faster than SE but on a fast Pentium 4 who would notice the difference?

    As far as printers go I never connected 98 to a printer. If I need to print something today I connect our XP laptop to the printer.

    I have an old PC with two hard disks each containing a full installation of Win98FE. They both include all official Windows Updates for that OS. One of them is the original install from the vendor (I bought that PC in early 1999, just prior to SE's launching) and the other is one that I did a couple of years ago, by sheer chance shortly before Microsoft cut off the server for Win98 updates.

    But neither of these installations is particularly stable and so I have two main choices next time I need to install Win98 fresh:

    1. To somehow extract the Windows Updates from these installations, so that I can then apply them to a new, fresh install. Is that possible?
    2. To get the Updates from some other source.

    The trajectory of my computing learning is very different from that of most people on this forum. Although I had a lot of fun tinkering with computers in 1982-85, ever since Windows overtook DOS I had tended to approach computers as black boxes that performed magic; in 2005-6 I wasn't expert enough to back up Win98 updates. Had you talked to me in those years about backups and installers, I would have given you a blank, mystified look. :huh: But TBH I'm not sure how I would go about it today even if the updates were available the old-fashioned way -- I don't remember the Windows 98 update application offering a simple choice to download the updates such that they could be installed manually later. Memories of how it worked are getting fuzzy by now, but IIRC it was a fairly automated function unless you went to the individual information page for each update -- which on dial-up made for quite a tedious process. (Not that back then I would have given much thought anyway to such an "advanced" function as downloading individual update installers.)

    I do remember, though, that the last time I installed Win98, there were many many more than a dozen updates, maybe even several dozen. Maybe they weren't all security/stability updates, but there were a ton of them all told and it would be preferable to have them too, if possible.


    Your old PC with 98FE sounds like my old PC bought mid 1999 just before the release of SE. I bought a second hand 98SE OEM CD complete with manual and license key for $25 in 2004 but didn't get around to installing it until 2005.

    Don't bother trying to extract the updates from your installation. A lot of them are still available from here:


    and here:


    There may be some dead links but grab the ones you can. I may have some of those that are missing.

    I don't know what happened in those days by clicking the the Windows Update shortcut in the Start Menu. I always went to Windows Update Catalog (now gone).


    There you could select language, choose your OS, and be presented with a list of standard updates with a short description. You would then add them to a cart and when finished they would download into a folder (the default was Wu at the root directory).

    The installers themselves would be a few folders deep divided into subfolders by language, OS, app, and name of the update. They didn't have specialized hotfixes in the catalog but everything else was there.

    You probably don't need every hotfix. Many of them had to be requested from Microsoft to fix specific issues which did not affect a large enough number of computers to be put into general release. I adhere to the "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" philosophy. Most of the core updates from the former Windows 98 Corporate site ought to be installed in addition to 98FE SP1. The rest is up to your own judgment.

    If you do get a copy of a 98SE CD make sure the first thing you do after you install the OS is to install the 98SE shutdown supplements or you will be swearing your head off and saying how much better 98FE was.

  6. I have 32GiB of RAM, 8TiB of Hard Disk Space and 8 Cores at 3.1GHz. I'm not stopping here.

    Without further Mods, Windows 9x can support 512GiB of RAM, 384TiB of Hard Disk Space and 16 Cores at 21GHz.

    Wow, that is amazing! :thumbup


    If and when the time comes to do a fresh install of Windows 98 -- where does one go to get all the official updates through July 2006? (I'm thinking of Win98 FE, not SE.) Are there any repositories elsewhere, now that Microsoft has killed/repurposed the one(s) that stored the Windows Updates for 9x that you used to be able to get by clicking on "Windows Update" on the Start Menu?

    And, is it possible still to get 9x drivers for all the peripherals that one might have today (modern printer, current graphics card, and so on)?

    Not trying to be argumentative here, just genuinely curious.

    --JorgeA (still with a soft spot for Win98)

    You mean in 2005-2006 you didn't download the updates and back them up?

    I rarely used Windows update prefering to download the installers myself from the old Windows 98 corporate page. But even Windows update gave the option of downloading the installer instead of an automatic install.

    As far as FE goes once you install SP1 there are only about two dozen or so security and stability updates to install. Of the many hoxfixes that ended up in the unofficial service packs most of them originally were to address issues that cropped up with specific hardware configurations. If you check inside the .exe file you will see that many of the hotfixes were dual installers for both 98FE and 98SE. The installer would automatically detect which version you were using and install the appropriate file.

    Why today would anyone use 98FE when SE is more stable and a wider range of older hardware had drivers for SE but not FE? I heard some people say FE was faster than SE but on a fast Pentium 4 who would notice the difference?

    As far as printers go I never connected 98 to a printer. If I need to print something today I connect our XP laptop to the printer.

  7. (OP in Australia?, where it is not unusual to find computers 'kerbside')]

    to throw away PC's along the roads....


    The computers are put out on the kerb for quarterly "council cleanup" days when household items not suitable for the weekly garbage are disposed of. Much of this stuff gets recycled. You always see guys driving around in trucks picking up scap metal and car batteries. If you expect to find a computer you have to be lucky, they don't last on the kerb long.

  8. Yes! It's an old Seagate Barracuda, 6GB noisy as hell!

    Yeah, older drives are noisier than modern drives but "noisy as hell!" ?

    Sounds to me as though your hard drive is failing. At least you ought to check it for bad sectors.

    Do you have another hard drive you can try?

    Then again is the overall age of your hardware. Old motherboards may work OK from a cold start but can become unstable after they have been powered up for a while and get warm.

  9. I may be wrong but I don't think Intel released chipset drivers to run Windows 98SE on 945 chipsets so even if you get 98SE to install you may have other issues.

    As a 15 year old your resources may be limited but you would save yourself a lot of hassle by buying a used computer with an 865 chipset and IDE support. They are quite inexpensive now. Just make sure you can download 98SE drivers for all the components and inspect the motherboard for bad capacitors before you part with your money.

    You may even be able to pick one up for free. You would be surprised at what companies throw away and what ordinary people put out on the curb these days.

  10. According to the nvidia website the last version for Windows 95 is version 66.94 but the last version to mention Windows 95 in the readme file is version 56.64 !!!


    I am tempted to say "if it ain't broken don't fix it" but if you feel you must upgrade then go for the highest version that works under Windows 95. If you have a problem then downgrade one version at a time until you find one that works trouble-free.

    The bugs you mention may only be associated with particular hardware combinations.

    The installers are still there but you have to edit out the javascript code and link directly to the file. Grab them while you can.

  11. Back in 1999 when I got introduced to computing with Windows 98 first edition, not knowing any better, when I had a problem I would just reinstall 98 on top of 98. As time went on I realized there were easier ways to fix minor issues. I don't know if this would work in your case but you sound desperate.

    Even though I used a full OEM CD the installation routine worked like an upgrade with the option to back up the previous installation.

    I believe the htt and desktop.ini files will be replaced with fresh copies with a time/date stamp of the installation time. I don't think these files were the cause of the initial problem however. It was probably some registry issue.

    I don't suppose it would do any good if you are using a non-English copy of Windows but I could upload copies of desktop.ini and the htt files from my 98SE computer. They have not been modified since the installation date of 8 February 2005.

  12. Please accept my apology if I didn't say that it was a SATA drive being controlled and used in native SATA mode, and that it was formatted as a single primary FAT32 partition with 732,395,680 kilobytes total disk space, 23,095,744 kilobytes free, 32kb cluster size, 22,887,365 total clusters on disk, 721,742 available clusters. Is there any other information that is necessary in order to arrive at an answer to my original question?

    Or perhaps nobody here has encountered this phenomena before?

    That is pretty risky. Installing Windows on a much smaller active partition with the bulk of your data on an extended partition would be safer in the event Windows became corrupted and failed to boot. I hope you have another computer you can connect your drive to in the event you have a problem and need to salvage your data....or at least a rescue/utility CD.

    For the problem at hand, did you try reducing the percentage of space reserved for the recycle bin?

  13. I had a similar situation a couple of years ago and the problem turned out to be the motherboard not the RAM.

    Vectra Manual 338kb



    I don't know what you paid for the new stick of RAM but you can probably pick up a working Pentium III computer for as little as $1. Windows 95 can live quite happily on it without going overboard on the CPU speed.

  14. You mentioned in another thread that your computer is from 2001 which means your motherboard is 11 years old. Before you spend any money you really ought to open up the case, blow out the dust and have a good look at the caps (capacitors) on the motherboard.

    If you see any leaking caps your best move would be to get another computer or motherboard. If there are caps that are only slightly swollen then you may get a couple years more life out of it but its days are clearly numbered and performance may suffer. Sometimes you will find only a single blown cap, or more likely on an old board you will find that all the caps of a particular type have come to the end of their life and are swollen. Ironically from what I have seen boards made in 1999 hold up better than boards made in 2001 and later.

    As for your videos lagging...

    What is your connection speed? The higher resolution flash videos are quite large and stop and start because they take longer to download than it takes to play them. Try pausing the video for a couple of minutes while it downloads and then resume play as the progress bar moves to the right of the screen. Make sure the download stays ahead of the playback.

    And if the sound isn't in synch with the visual it may just be a poorly made video. See if you get the same problem on a different computer. Don't automatically assume you have a hardware or software problem.

  15. @Arminius

    Buying a P4 even for $5 doesn't make much sense as you can buy Pentium Dual Core E2140 for as low as $15.

    P4 (no matter how fast) will have problems even with heavy Flash based web pages...

    Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think a Pentium Dual Core E2140 will fit into the socket on zanet's Pentium 4 motherboard no matter how hard he tries to hammer it in. As far as I am concerned a $5 upgrade makes perfect sense.

    My internet box runs on only a 1GHz Pentium III and I get by OK though I am thinking of retiring it and replacing it with something faster. In my case the slow down is caused by the virus scanner getting bogged down scanning the flash files as they download rather than the actual playing of the flash animations....and that is on an a board with an Intel i810 chipset.

  16. Hell, my 2008 build struggles now with some YT vids.

    nVidia 8600 GTS, P4 #550 @3400 MHz and many

    of the new 720p .mkv file format vids, prompting conversion

    with SUPER <c> to .avi format at a rate of ~300MB per hour.

    Yup, some Youtube videos are so resource hungry older computers have a hard time keeping up. It also depends on the connection speed.


    I don't think there is anything wrong with your graphics card. You may want to upgrade your computer though. I know a vendor who has a box full of assorted P4 processors 2.0 GHz or better he sells for $5 each. 512MB sticks of PC3200 DDR RAM are $7 each. He even gives you one month to return the item in case it proves to be defective. You should look for computer recyclers in your area.

    The price of new hardware has come down so much in recent years that the price of old components has had to come down accordingly. The sad thing is it is only a matter of time before it will no longer be profitable to be a used parts dealer and most of that stuff will be melted down for gold recovery.

  17. I tried that but ran into another problem before I could get any further. The site said I needed Java for driver search to run, so I downloaded the latest version that's compatible with 2000 ( from File Hippo. Unfortunately, according to the Java test site it isn't working (or is disabled) and the driver search just stalls.


    I am using W2k and was able to go to the nVidia website using Browncoat's link and successfully do the search without Java installed on the system, unless you count the old obsolete MS Java that Microsoft used to include with their OS's.

    I use Opera 11.64 as my browser by the way.

    Anyway....the search recommended ForceWare Release 90 version 93.71 WHQL for your graphics card.


    Sometimes you can pick up an entire Pentium 4 computer of 2005 or later vintage that has up to 64MB of onboard graphics for less than the price some vendor's charge for just a graphics card plus postage. It depends on whether or not you live near a major city I suppose.

  18. In Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 11, test the latest version of Flash Player that you're running and it should run okay. Apparently, Adobe did this to prevent the installer and uninstaller from working on a Win2k machine. The DLL files that I mentioned above are no longer tested on Win2k.

    Interesting that the ActiveX version of Flash Player 11.x will work with IE6. The release notes for Flash Player 11.x state that it requires IE7.0 and above. That's why Adobe had parallel releases of 10.3x and 11.x until very recently, 10.3x supposedly being for those who still used IE6 in XP.

    It draws a clear distinction between new versions of software that are no longer "supported" under an old OS and new versions that no longer work.

  19. As I had only 1,7 Gb HDD

    However I'm going to buy another 1,5 - 2 TB HDD and place it instead of my 200 GB HDD, that will go to my Windows 98 PC.

    You have a 1.7 GB HDD installed? Are you sure your Windows 98 PC's motherboard will recognize a 200 GB HDD? If it doesn't you can probably get a used 20 GB or 40 GB drive for nothing. At least you would have more elbow room.

  20. The time stamp aside is there any evidence that the IE401SP2 version of EXPLORER.EXE v. 4.72.3612.1700 is better than the slightly older one that later shipped with IE55SP1/2 ?

    The thing is I think EXPLORER.EXE that came with IE401SP2 and the copy of SHELL32.DLL that accompanied it were meant for use with Win95. I no longer remember whether EXPLORER.EXE got upgraded on Win98FE by SP1, and IE401SP2 wasn't meant for 98SE in any case.

    It has to be said that EXPLORER.EXE and SHELL32.DLL for NT 4.0 in IE4SHLNT.CAB underwent a similar "downgrade" to an older January release in IE55SP1/2. It makes me wonder whether the inclusion of the older versions was an oversight or by design.

  21. But Gmail still sucks!

    A friend of mine also had trouble with Gmail. Give Yahoo a try.

    CDex 1.40 uses "Lame Encoder 1.27, engine 3.92 Alpha." And as somebody already mentioned is quite old. (The program itself is copyrighted 2001).

    I can tell from your reply that you are either a novice at making mp3s or you never read the help files that came with either CDex or Audiograbber. CDex 1.40 isn't limited to Lame 3.92 Alpha. You can give it a newer version of Lame by copying the newer lame_enc.dll into the CDex installation directory. When CDex was still under development the developer would include whatever the latest version of Lame happened to be.

    You can screw upgrading your OS if you want but it doesn't mean you have to screw upgrading your CDex installation.

    Well, MP3val doesn't like any of the files from "Deep Ripper" either.

    There you go. Don't bother using MP3val. It sounds like a buggy piece of junk.

    I tried Audiograbber, it was okay. But it only lets you create 56kbps MP3s.

    This is what I mean about you never having read the help files for Audiograbber. Audiograbber will give you a full range of bitrates but you have to supply the codecs.

    If you only get the option for 56kbps mp3s this is because the only codec Audiograbber has available is the "advanced" version of Fraunhofer, L3codeca.acm. This shipped with WMP 7 and 9. What you need is the professional version L3codecp.acm that shipped with WMP 10. You can find a standalone installer for this codec on MDGx's site.

    Audiograbber supports a whole host of codecs. If you want to use Lame with Audiograbber then copy lame_enc.dll into the Audiograbber installation directory where the program can find it.

    The only thing you have to look out for is that some of the latest official versions of Lame no longer worked under 9x. It had something to do with the compiler that was used. Fortunately there are alternate compilations that DO work under 9x.

  22. The other few programs either don't support VBR, thus they create huge files,

    VBR files are always a pain in the backside. OK for four minute songs perhaps but VBR files tend to be more temperamental than CBR. How much bigger are your CBR files over VBR files? Like maybe 10%?

    or else they don't allow me to rename the files to my liking.

    I use the 1by1 window to rename files.

    Only problem is "MP3val" says every single file I rip has a "problem." These files work on every mp3 player though and burning program.

    So, is MP3val just some fear-mongering B.S. program or what?!?!?

    MP3val may just be a buggy app that is more trouble than it is worth. I have never used it.

    If I have any MP3s that absolutely don't play, I can usually fix them by converting to WAV then back to MP3. Problem solved.

    By re-encoding mp3's you are negating your attempt to producing high quality sound files. The only time I have come across mp3s that didn't play it always was due to bad ID3v2 tags. Removing the tag fixed the problem.

    I got a ripper that is versatile enough and simple enough to adjust the plethora of settings, yet all the files need fixing?. Lame.

    Which version of Lame? Some people swear that Lame 3.93 was the best version ever produced. Or maybe you need to try different compilations of the newer versions of Lame, some don't work on 9x, others do. Some might just be buggy on 9x.

    I mainly rip audiobook CDs therefore find 80kbps mono CBR optimal. Fraunhofer has proved itself to be the better codec at that bitrate. Depending on the source CD I have found that recent versions of Lame try to "encode too much data" resulting in sound artifacts in the mp3 which were not present in the original wave file and have a gravelly sound when played back.

    I have CDex 1.40, 1.70b2, as well as Audiograbber 1.83 installed on my system and I don't use ANY of them to rip CDs. I prefer CDFS.VXD instead, the one that displays audiotracks as wav files in Windows Explorer.

    Then there is the question of what kind of ROM drive do you use to rip your CDs? Most people have DVD or DVD combo drives as their primary drive. In my experience some DVD or DVD combo drives don't read CDs very well at all and can cause a BSOD. They can't get the job done and choke. On the other hand CD-RW drives do the best job reading CDs IMO.

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