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  1. No. CD's do not play, but this is old news. The last version to play cd's is 0.86i.
    I tried running the stand-alone version of 0.86i along side 2.2.0 but it threw up
    errors about msvcrt.dll. This is no doubt because msvcrt.dll has been replaced in
    the system folder. You might be able to figure out a way around this with
    registry hacks (known dlls).

  2. I just updated VLC 2.1.5 Rincewind (UPXed) to VLC 2.2.0 Weatherwax (no subsequent UPXing).
    Everything is running fine so far. Kernelex 4.5.2 without later updates.
    Set VLC installation to XP SP2, chose upgrade and keep settings, running with default settings.
    Size of 2.1.5 folder: 56.8 mb, 667 files, 242 folders. Size of 2.2.0 folder: 112 mb, 718 files, 245 folders.

  3. Posted in the wrong place.

    New version mp3DirectCut. Still supporting Windows 98.

    Features:
    Non-destructive cut, copy, paste
    Volume change, fade, normalize, pause detection
    mp3 recording with ACM or Lame encoder
    Fast mp3 visualisation and easy navigation
    Supports Layer 2 (dvd/dvb audio)
    ID3v1.1 tag editor · ID3v2 tag keeping
    Cue Sheet support
    Auto cue (track dividing by time values)
    Track splitting with filename and tag creation
    Trim · Crop · Fast play · Loop play
    VU meter, bitrate visualisation
    High speed recorder · Command line usage
    Unicode support

    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

  4. You will probably need Rudolph Loes's SATA patch to get started with 98 or ME on that board.

    From the readme:

    The PTCHSATA.EXE file Patches the Hard Disk Driver ESDI_506.PDR to properly

    support shared Interrupts and to disable Virtual Mode I/O not supported by

    many SATA Controllers.

    The SATA.INF file is a modified, stripped down version of the Microsoft

    MSHDC.INF file.

    It provides the necessary support for Motherboard Chipset SATA Controllers

    that would ordinarily be confused with standard PATA Controllers.

    SATA Controllers operate in NATIVE Mode when PATA Controllers are also

    present. This requires a different configuration to be passed to the

    ESDI_506.PDR Driver.

  5. For me the video issues appear mostly when scrolling a web page up/down, but some pages get broken when loaded, appear unscrollable (no scroll bar) and may trigger corruption if scrolling is invoked through hotkeys.

    None of my machines has any kind of PCI-e slot and the one in question is a VIA chipset with AGP 2x max. while the video card can take AGP 8x. It's difficult if not impossible for me to swap cards around in that machine; for one because of the physical configuration and then for fear that changing IRQs, DMA channels and other settings might trigger a software incompatibility (registry, private app settings and so on) that may even lead to system lock up or worse. I've had this machine working 24/7 for seven years and I'd hate to break it know despite those browser issues.

    Next day I turned it on the 'distortion' returned. Oh well.

  6. The symptoms you describe regarding video distorsion seem to match mine. There may be a (video) memory leak that quickly brings the system down. Are you by chance using an nVidia video card as I do? In this case it may have to do with the driver; I always get a crash in nvdisp.drv if I let the machine go on instead of rebooting a.s.a.p. There is a chance - at least theoretically - that something in KernelEx leads to that kind of crash; could be a stub, could be a bad/incomplete wrapper,a bad return value... Or it could well be the dreaded .NET that's linked dynamically to the VC8 runtime (msvcm80.dll -> mscoree.dll). Just dunno...

    I've noticed the video breaks on certain sites such as the AutoHotkey forum board if the CSS is enabled. When disabled (through the Quick Java add-on), there is no crash.

    I also installed the Web Developer Tools add-on in Firefox 9 and it almost always catches js/css/etc errors such as unrecognized commands or unexpected values.

    Another problem is with web-loaded fonts. Right on Mozilla's web site where the browser goes on first launch after installation, certain text strings appear garbled if "Allow pages to choose their own fonts..." in Tools > Options > Content > Fonts & colors is enabled. But even so, Unicode characters do not always render correctly, at least not on my system (for example in the Wordpress toolbar and its new replies panel, when logged in).

    A few times in my life I tried Opera but unfortunately it never managed to grow on me and got to a point where I swore it will never get on any of my machines ever again. I'm a man of my word (most of the times, at least). As for older versions of Firefox, I haven't tried any, not recently at least. I believe they wouldn't be much help anyway nowadays, considering where HTML5 and all other web languages go. Apparently even Firefox 9.0.1 (installed yesterday over 9.0 beta1) lacks a lot of knowledge in recognizing commands and parameters. Had similar video crashes with SeaMonkey long time ago and I just can't remember if I ever tested any Palemoon version altough I do have a few (with sources too) in a folder, somewhere. Anyway, if I got it right, Palemoon is just a fixed/tweaked version of the same Firefox version, so there shouldn't be much to expect from it in terms of 9x compatibility or anything.

    Almost forgot: don't get any hopes about that SQLite3 wrapper - it's only intended for use in AHK scripts. The wannabe-editor I'm building can only display DB tables and their contents, currently - no editing yet (if ever). And those SQLite3 library versions are quite different, it's hard to keep track of what commands work with which version, not to mention the Firefox library is custom built and if replaced with an official library, it will crash the browser instantly at start. I've just tried to load mozsqlite3.dll in my editor and it failed, therefore I won't be able to test its exported functions. :(

    (it's msvcm80.dll that's linked to mscoree.dll, not msvcr80.dll - edited to correct that)

    Somehow I missed your post of last week. I only noticed it Saturday when I was looking at

    DougB's post about mplayer.

    I only use Nvidia cards. On this machine, PCI-e cards. I've tried several but the 'distortion' never

    went away. This week I tried a new one with a big heat-pipe on the backside. When I installed

    it, the heat-pipe blocked the PCI-e 1x slot where I had my network card. So I moved it to the

    4x slot. At first Windows seemed to have no problems accepting the change. Soon their were even

    more display problems that had nothing to do with browsers. So I had to revert to the previous setup.

    The problems continued even then.That's when it occured to me that the ethernet card might be

    causing the distortion. I installed an old Linksys PCI 10/100 card and that seems to have solved the

    problem! The network card presumably caused problems because of a lack of support for the PCI-e bus

    in the OS. To test, I opened seven tabs in Palemoon 3 with the same multi-image views that precipitated

    the distortion and left them open all day. So far, not a hint of a problem. It's early, and only time will tell.

    I could live with only Opera as a browser but I prefer any Mozilla browser. I really don't think

    kernelex had anything to do with my issues because there is no problem in browsers using other

    layout engines.

  7. I actually had no idea you were working on a wrapper when I first posted. I was just excited that later
    version of Mozilla browsers would work. I have now read the recent posts in this thread. Here is my
    situation. I have no problem with Firefox 3.68 on my regular machine (Pentium 4, AGP). A couple of
    years ago I built a modern AMD machine (Pci-e video, Athlon X2) and with the help of rLoew's patches
    installed Windows 98SE. Eveything works fine except Mozilla browsers made with Gecko engine 1.9x.
    After browsing for awhile video distortion sets in. It starts with just a few white lines in images but
    quickly degenerates into total video distortion. I've tried many strategies to correct it, all to no avail.
    Is this what you mean by Firefox breaking your video driver?

    The good news is that browsers like Opera 12 work O.K. and Firefox 2 or 4-9, work without this problem,
    presumably because they use different Gecko versions. Firefox 2 is too old and it's not getting any
    younger and Firefox 4-9 were kludgey without native History and Bookmarks.

    I've now installed Pale Moon 8 and SeaMonkey 2.61 with success. SeaMonkey worked by copying over
    the places.sqlite file from Firefox 23. No localstore.rdf needed. This didn't work with Palemoon. I had to
    install it on Win2K and copy over both files. I installed Palemoon 11 at first, but got random freezes just
    like Firefox 10.

  8. You're right about that, but it doesn't appear to be a problem here. FF9 on Win98SE can
    edit the .rdf and .sqlite files, but cannot create them properly once the history or bookmarks
    entries are completely deleted. I don't know the exact cause of this, but it seems like it might
    be fixed with kernelex or a kstubs hack. What do you think?

    Something else: while experimenting, I saved my profile from Win98SE after copying the files
    over from Win2K and then uninstalled everything. After a clean install, I copied over the
    places.sqlite and localstore.rdf from the saved profile. It didn't work.

  9. From a sugestion by Drugwash, I copied my 'places.sqlite' from a Win2k working enviroment (FF23)
    to a FF9 profile on Win98SE. This gave Firefox 9 Bookmarks and, I only realized later, History.
    The Bookmarks Toolbar however displayed nothing. This was do to retension of an old file named
    'localstore.rdf', as I did an upgrade installation from Firefox 3.6.28. Copying over the 'localstore.rdf'
    fixed the problem. There is no problem if you completely remove all Firefox preferences and settings
    and do a clean install.

    The History part is not just a leftover, it keeps going until you clear history. Bookmarks can be deleted or edited, but not added. You can add new bookmarks to PlainOldFavorites addon.

    Also: copying these files from a Linux installation works. You don't need another Windows
    installation. Just a live CD.

  10. I have just installed and tested Firefox 9.0 beta1 on my 98SE and will soon test the stable 9.0.1. Earlier I've tried 12.0, 11.0 and 10.0.2, without success - there were crashes and/or hangs all over the place. But the 9.0 beta seems to work decently here, at least today. Not even video driver corruption as it used to happen with other browsers, but there's still time for that.

    One thing about bookmarks: they can be used if the SQLite3 database called places.sqlite is copied from another working Firefox installation's profile. I've got mine from a Firefox 13.0 on XP and all links are usable; new links cannot be added but at least an already existing collection of bookmarks can be used. If it doesn't work at first attempt, make sure you set mozsqlite3.dll to Windows 98SE compatibility in KernelEx properties tab.

    I should clearly state that my 98SE machine has a lot of manually upgraded system files on top of an old Auto-Patcher installation, so if it doesn't work for you, try to find out which files/API you're missing (Dependency Walker may help) and update your files, keeping old versions as backup for safety. Also Problemchyld's SP3 may be of help.

    Thanks for the places.sqlite suggestion. Bookmarks are added to the menu but not to the bookmarks toolbar. However, if you copy the whole profile they are displayed.

    Obviously another file is involved for the toolbar display, but which one?

  11. Are you sure your card is listed in the inf of the driver? The copy of NV 82.69 that I have lists no

    7800 cards at all. Windows may install drivers but refuse to load them on reboot in the product id

    is missing from the inf. You can try manually adding the id if it's not there.

  12. Unless I'm mistaken, all USB-3 expansion cards are PCI express (just like SATA 2 and 3).

    Does anyone here know of any motherboard with working win-98 drivers for the PCI express bus?

    There is no support for the PCI Express bus in Win98SE and no vendors supply drivers.

    However, at the software level PCI Express is backwards compatible with PCI.

    If there are Win98 drivers that support the chip on the board it may work.

    I've gotten a PCX5300 and 6600 PCI-Express cards to work in Win98 with standard Nvidia drivers

    on a MSI 870S-G54. The product id had to be added to the agp.inf file.

    The builtin Realtek RTL8111DL network chip worked with the Windows 98 driver from the Realtek website,

    even though the chip is not supported. Unfortunately the driver caused random shutdown problems.

    I replaced it with a TP-Link TG-3468 PCI-Express Network Card. It worked fine on the MSI board with

    the drivers from the Realtek site.

  13. @ ragnarGD

    I'm not an expert on anything and I'm not a gamer either,

    but for what it's worth, here is some information from someone

    who is using a Nvidia 6600 PCI-e video card in Windows 98SE.

    There is no reference to any PCI Express cards in the nvagp.inf for the

    official 77.72 driver for Windows 98SE. However the driver does

    support the chip on the card. So it's a matter of inducing Windows

    to load the driver anyway. Just pointing Windows to the driver files

    is not enough. It will copy the files but refuse to load them -- usually.

    If you are persistent, Windows will eventually display the message:

    "The driver you are trying to install was not written specifically for your

    hardware. Do you want to install it anyway?"

    If you say yes at this point, Windows will copy the files, offer to reboot and

    then load the drivers. The first time I attemped this, it took me 2 hours to induce

    the message! Later I learned how to modify the inf file, so the driver installed

    normally.

    I added the following line to the section [Mfg]

    %NVIDIA&DEV_0141.DeviceDesc% = NV30, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0141

    I added the following line to the section [strings]

    NVIDIA&DEV_0141.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6600 PCI-Express 16X"

    After that all I had to do was click the Setup file in the 77.72 folder.

    For me this PCI-e card gives me all I need for 2d and 3d display in 98, 2K and Linux.

    Occasionally when booting into Windows 98, I will get a distorted display, but it's

    quickly corrected with a change in color depth. After that there are no other issues.

    Sfor has complained about frequent display distortions in DOS applications and

    utilities. I have not seen this on my box. If you have DOS games, it could be a problem.

    I have also used a 6800 GT card in this box. It was even more stable than the 6600 card

    as far as screen distortion is concerned. However, I had other issues with it. The program

    VLC would not run properly if 'Use hardware YUV-RGB conversions' was checked in preferences.

    An analog WINTV card also displayed video as if no driver were installed. The game 'TuxRacer'

    did not run correctly and 'Abe's Amazing Adventure' would not start at all. 3D Pinball ran O.K.

    That card was a powered card. I don't know if that made a difference in either case. The problems

    disappeared after I switched to the 6600.

  14. The best option for getting PCI Express video cards to work on Wndows 98 appears to be

    the Nvidia 6000 series, either using the 77.72 driver or the 81.98 (shutdown problem).

    These cards have not been manufactured for some years. However 'new old stock' cards

    sometmes show up on E-bay. Some new GeForce 6600 pci-e crds are up for sale right now

    at a very low price.

    If anyone on this board is interested, here is the link:

    http://www.ebay.com/...=item231c66198f

  15. @rloew

    <You need my SATA Patch to use ESDI_506.PDR with the SATA Controller.>

    Yesterday I did a fresh install of Windows 98SE on a MSI 870S-G54 (AM3) using your SATA patch.

    Installation was very fast and smooth. However, when I shutdown Windows, it hung and I had to

    use the power button to complete. Shutdown,restart,warm restart, and shutdown to DOS all hung.

    I knew from previous non-fresh installs that USB2 was causing the problem, so I installed NUSB35.

    That fixed the problem and gave me USB2 support. In an earlier post you mentioned WinME modified

    drivers. Why are they needed? What can go wrong?

  16. I only asked for clarification because his statement seemed open ended. Thanks for the response Rloew. I'm slowly planning a new computer

    but I'm not sure what OS's will end up on it. I'll try 98SE and 2K and see how much I can get out of them. My fallback OS is XP. My current

    motherboard (ASUS P4S800D-X) supports SATA-1 and as a boot drive, but I don't use it. The advantages seem small compared to the disruption

    it would cause with my existing setup. SATA-2 and SATA-3 would offer considerable advantages, as would USB3.

    Oops. Forgot to ask RLoew. Last night I searched this forum for your comments on testing of video card with 512 MB memory on Win98.

    I didn't come up with anything. What did you determine?

  17. rloew said

    <I have developed Patches and INF Files that provide support for SATA Drives without any problems with all of the Motherboards I have tested.

    <Most add-on SATA//E-SATA cards work including PCI-E Cards that have no Windows 9x Drivers.

    All 3 revisions of SATA?



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