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  1. I made a post about the Epson Stylus C88+ in the Compatible Hardware with Windows 9x thread last September, post #125. It was the only active-lineup printer I can find that supports Windows 98 SE/ME. Epson has finally dropped the C88+ from the product line around December, so that is it. There are still sufficient quantities in circulation, so if you need a printer, now is the time to get it.

    Google "Epson Stylus C88+" and you'll find lots of stores selling new ones including Amazon and Epson USA. I just bought one from the latter; it was the cheapest at $84.99 (free shipping in the U.S.).

  2. <snip>

    BAD: PDF Xchange 2.0 Build 54 will not install. After choosing English as the preferred language it reports an Error pane of "This program requires Windows version 5.0 or later". Both the full package (PDFX4.exe) and the viewer only (PDFXVwer.exe) react the same way.

    PDF-Xchange should work with KernelEx 4+ (See the bottom of this post.) I'm using PDF-Xchange version 2.5 from the Tracker Software site. Get the 'exe' installer and, after downloading, left-double-click on the file and it should install. KernelEx 4.5 Final is set-up to recognize this installer so no other intervention should be necessary.

    Correction: I just reinstalled according to my aforementioned instructions and found that I needed to right-click on the installer 'exe,' open the KernelEx tab and set the Compatibility mode to 'Windows XP SP2.' During the installation, I got some complaining dialogs but the install completed and vers. worked properly.

    FYI: PDF-Xchange bookmarks work but 'Print' doesn't. On Foxit, it's the other way around. Consequently, Foxit is my default viewer but for long documents with bookmarks I use PDF-Xchange to navigate.

  3. PDFXchange also works well on 98 with KernelEX. For me, it works better than Foxit as it doesn't continually deplete system resources.

    PDFXchange 2.5.0193 portable works fine on Win 98 4.10.2222 without KernelEx.

    Does PDFXchange print in Win 98SE? It doesn't for me but Foxit and SumatraPDF do. (I use KernelEx.)

  4. <snip>

    The msi installer.

    Anyway I managed to install it, but it's no good because even though it installed and shows as the updated version in control panel when I test it using FF 3.6.15 and I.E6 it brings up 2 ms dos windows, one after the other both in black, then when the disappear the box where the applet should be is in black too, so in other words although it installed the java doesn't work when testing or playing yahoo pool.

    JRE u24 java applets will work with Firefox 3.5.16. They will not work with FF 3.6.x. The trick for installing it is given by WIN98SE here. You can test your installation at Java Test. (I also uncheck Java Control Panel - Advanced - Java Plug-in - Enable the next generation plug-in.)

    FF 3.5.16 works well as long as you're not a stickler for the latest browser security updates.

    IE6 java applets no longer appear to test properly at the above Java Test but they do seem to work when they're tested at javatester.org.

  5. Dear all.

    I faced the same situation as described by loblo in one of his message under the above referenced post "Here it goes like that with KernelEx installed for the latest java runtimes. I run the executable which seems to autoexit without doing anything. In fact it extracts an msi installer + cab file to a subfolder of C:\Windows\Application Data\Sun\Java named as the version to install. Then I run the msi installer from there and it installs normally. Just installed the newly released update 24 today, no problems". I have a crash when trying to install but msi file is here. I have run u23 msi and u24 msi without trouble. ...amazing ...

    Thanks for your help

    This advice from WIN98SE also works for u23 and u24.

  6. Foxit 3.14 still depletes resources on 9X systems. I opened and scrolled several PDFs in the 4MB size range with it. After several minutes, system, user, and GDI resources were all down to the low 20% range.

    Although I'm just now trying it for the first time, the present version of PDF-Xchange viewer (2.0 build47) works with KernelEX and doesn't deplete resources, although it's memory usage can get high when multiple documents are opened. So far, it seems stable with KernelEX, enough so that I'm considering making it my default PDF reader.

    So far, the latest version of KernelEX seems to be working quite well on my 98SE unit. I did experience some short lived graphics issues on a website with interactive Java maps. These disappeared when I left the page and didn't reappear when I returned. The earlier incompatibility with SSM is gone. No problems with VPC 5.1 or any other software I'm using. The present version of SeaMonkey is working quite well with it. Can't test printing with it at this time.

    I'd like to see what else would be necessary to get Sandboxie running on 98. Probably asking too much with this one.

    Does PDF-XChange Viewer print on Win 98SE? I'm using KEX 4.5 Final and I've tried versions 2.0.42, 2.0.47 and 2.5.191 on 2 different machines and neither one will print from PDF-XChange. The reader part works fine for all versions. I can print form Foxit 3.3.1 and Acrobat 7.0.9 so I have workarounds. This forum has been clear about the Firefox 3+ printing problems but I haven't seen any mention of PDF-XChange 2+ print problems.

  7. Well, I am back to the same problem again with trying to print from Firefox. Crashes every time. Too late to roll back to Firefox 2 (didn't save it). Seemed to work for awhile with the newer version of Kernel EX, but this problem has occurred with every version and whatever the core problem is, it still isn't fixed. Works for some people though I guess, but not for me and a number of others who have posted the problem here over the years


    Here's the comment from Xeno86 on the KernelEx Wiki: Printing basically doesn't work with Firefox 3+. As suggested I use the IE View add-on in FF 3 for printing from IE6 and it's only a minor inconvenience since IE6 is preloaded in Windows and it opens very fast to the page I want to print. The Abduction add-on creates an image of the page which you can print from another program like Irfanview. Finally, if you want to try IE Tab, vers. 1.85 is the last one that works with Win 9x but I've had problems with it when printing from FF3+.

  8. GOOGLEEARTH 5.2 version kex 4.5 final 2000sp4

    GOOGLEEARTH caused an invalid page fault in

    form KERNEL32.DLL in 0187:bff80616.


    EAX=005500b4 CS=0187 EIP=bff80616 EFLGS=00010206

    EBX=8238aef8 SS=018f ESP=0054fff0 EBP=00550074

    ECX=00000003 DS=018f ESI=000000ff FS=193f

    EDX=00000000 ES=018f EDI=005500c0 GS=0000

    Byte CS:EIP:

    89 45 88 53 8b 45 08 56 8d 55 80 57 89 4d 94 c6

    Another Google Earth 5.2 failure:

    GOOGLEEARTH caused an exception c06d007eH in module GOOGLEEARTH.EXE at 0177:004023be.


    EAX=0064fd1c CS=0177 EIP=004023be EFLGS=00000246

    EBX=00000000 SS=017f ESP=0064fcc0 EBP=0064fd10

    ECX=ea9292d0 DS=017f ESI=00404f3c FS=71af

    EDX=81d63818 ES=017f EDI=00000000 GS=0000

    Bytes at CS:EIP:

    8b 45 d8 e9 f3 00 00 00 57 ff 75 e8 ff 15 50 40

    Stack dump:

    00400000 0000002c 00000000 00000024 00404f3c 00406250 004041c0 00000001 00404f86 00000000 00000000 0000001f bff70000 bfa05345 00406258 00000000

    I had to use Orca on the MSI in Windows\Temp to delete all references to "9x" and it installed. When I try to run it, the aforementioned error occurs.

  9. That is not a Java-Applet, it is a Flash-Application,Applet...?.

    Just Right-click on the map and you will see it.

    I did see it was a Flash but the website labels it a "Java Radar Loop." Apparently, pure Java applets will not work but Flash seems to interface OK with Java. As I recall, pure Java applets didn't work right with Firefox 3.6.x products even when I used JRE u20. (E.g., on http://ftl.flightview.com/fvFTlive/web/default.asp?aln=AC&acid=1&depdate=20100808&depap=YYZ&arrap=NRT.)

    IE6 and Win 98SE do work with JRE u21 (See #700.) and I use the IE Tab add-on to switch Firefox to IE6 for the above URL. The interesting point here is that the Java applet problem appears to be germane to 98SE in conjunction with the Mozilla plug-in but not the IE6 plug-in.

    Xeno86 said he'll look into the Firefox/JRE (#698) incompatibilities but he couldn't "promise a fix." I hope he succeeds but if he doesn't, IE Tab is at least a workaround.

    FYI: WIN98SE, I decided to follow your instructions in #678 and use Firefox 3.5.11. It's a more elegant solution to the Java applet problem. Thanks for discovering it

  10. I would advice you, to try just much as possible various Java oriented sites.

    Btw, have you checked http://www.pluginchecker.com/ mentioned by WIN98SE/schwups?

    pluginchecker.com does not work for Java in Firefox 3.6.8. An example of Java that does work for me is: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx?location=usct0094&animate=true. (You will have to wait for stormy weather to see the rain formations moving.)

  11. Sorry, EvanD, but it's not a proof. I could show you exactly the same picture from my Firefox 3.5.11 (it means only that Java 6 update 21 was installed on your PC).

    Have you tested Firefox 3.6.8 and Java on such sites?

    http://www.javatester.org/ or http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml

    You're right, with Firefox 3.6.8 on javatester.org, the applet test fails. However, JRE u21 works on all the sites I normally go to including the Flash test which, from previous msfn.org discussions, I was led to believe requires some form of a java applet to work (isn't that why we uncheck "new java plugin?").

    For IE6, JRE u21 does work. See figure. It does not work for Seamonkey 1.1.19.

    I plan to keep JRE u21 for a while until I run in to a practical problem. When that happens, I'll revert back to u20.

    Thanks for alerting me to try the direct Java applet test; at least I now know there's a potential problem lurking ahead. Is there something I should be wary of?


  12. I can't confirm EvanD that Java 1.6.21 works with Firefox 3.6.8.

    It works up to Firefox 3.5.11 (and Opera 10.1), if I rename "new_plugin"

    (see Member WIN98SE before).

    The plugin checks fails with Version 3.6.8.!

    pluginchecker.com / www.java.com/de/download/installed.jsp

    Note: I don't allow the internet Connection to install Java.

    In my post #680 the java JRE file is a standalone 15.3MB download from filehippo.com (links are in the post). When it installs, I get the "not-supported O/S warning" on a new Oracle (as opposed to Sun) dialog which I ignore and then go ahead and complete the install. The result in "about:plugins" is as shown. The paths and file names shown may be a clue to help.

    Over the years, I've added all kinds of unofficial SPs and patches from MGDX.com so I can't tell you why my system works and yours doesn't. The stuff we do to our Win98SE and ME systems makes them all different. As a result, we're all dependent upon the gurus; e.g., Xeno86 and/or Tihiy for solutions to our problems. Regardless of whether they solve our individual problems or not, they've done wonderful work with KEX in keeping 98SE and ME existing as living O/S's. Whatever I'm able to make work from their efforts, I greatly appreciate while recognizing that there are limits to what they want to do or to what they're able to do. Kudos to them for everything they've done!


  13. I played with KernelEx 4.5 yesterday and successfully installed Mozilla Seamonkey 2.0.4 and BOCHS PC emulator 2.4.5. Good work.

    Did you have to do anything special to get Seamonkey 2.0.4 to install? Does it work well and does Seamonkey 2 have the same problem with printing that Firefox 3.6 has? Thanks and good work on your part!

  14. If you want to print with Firefox 3.6, you should change the number that identifies the operating system 4.10.2222 with this 5.1.2600 in Regedit. There remains the problem in some cases for images

    I changed from Version 4.10.2222 to 5.10.2600 in two places in the Registry and you're right: 98SE did not lock-up, the Print dialog appeared and printing was successful. Just changing it in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion" wasn't sufficient but when I also changed it in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{10303d00-16dc-11d4-a58a-00902766e933}," the print started working. (Just one test case so far.)

    Now a question for Tihiy, Xeno or another guru: Is it OK to leave 98SE spoofed as XP perpetually? (In the past, Xeno has advised resetting version back to 4.10.2222. I inferred that spoofing could cause compatibility problems with other programs.)

  15. <snip>

    So the situation isn't improved yet and i'm not sure if/when it will.

    Tihiy, thanks for your explanation of the FF 3.x printing situation. I hope it gets fixed but I understand that an expert programmer needs to feel it is a priority to him before a patch is attempted/implemented. Since printing in 9x is already intermittent and you experts understand the API requirements, I infer that a fix is possible. That's better than no hope.

  16. I don't recall it to be fixed. If it prints, results are comparable to FF3.0 (bad).

    With Final 2, Firefox 3.5.x could not find the print driver. With 4.5 Beta, I see a good Print Preview on all pages I've looked at (~10). I printed one page of formatted text (no images) and it came out fine.

    According to BenoitRen, the Win 9x Firefox 3.x.x print interface code was removed so I was surprised to see it work. I jumped to the conclusion that Xeno86 modified the 9x print interface but I could be very wrong. Nevertheless, I now get printing (albeit not well tested) and I did not have anything with Final 2.

    I just looked at Firefox 3.6 Print Preview and it, too, looks good. Perhaps the printing will turn out to be less than perfect but I now have something rather than nothing. I cannot make any statement about what others have experienced or may experience with KernelEx 4.5. We shall see.

    Correction: I cannot print with Firefox 3.6. When I try, Windows locks-up and no Printer Dialog appears. This did not seem to happen with 3.5.7. (I tried at least 4 times and I got a printer dialog with no lock-up.) So, you're right, the results are bad.

  17. Dear all,

    Thought my explanations were clear, i will then try to be more precise.

    1) Obviously I have Kernelex final installed


    7) then a new string appeared on the right pane with invitation to give a name - I have called that new string CurrentVersion

    8) then I have double clicked on this newly created string (on the right pane) and entered 5.1 in the corresponding window

    Note that Xeno86, the KernelEx author, recommends undoing the change after installing Flash 10. Other installations that work on Win9x (ver4.1) may not work if they think your O/S is XP (ver5.1). He provides the Regedit scripts for setting and un-setting CurrentVersion. See Post #2 at http://www.msfn.org/board/kernelex-4-0-final-2-t130936.html

  18. After upgrading to Firefox 3.5, the printing blank pages I experienced with 3.0.x is now worse. Print Preview can't find the printer and ctrl-P is now erratic. Sometimes the printer dialog appears and the print command still prints blank pages. Other times ctrl-P causes Firefox to crash with the following error:

    FIREFOX caused an invalid page fault in

    module KERNEL32.DLL at 0177:bff7a388.


    EAX=007a000c CS=0177 EIP=bff7a388 EFLGS=00010212

    EBX=00000014 SS=017f ESP=009cd4cc EBP=009cd4f0

    ECX=00000033 DS=017f ESI=007b01a4 FS=6137

    EDX=007a0000 ES=017f EDI=002e001c GS=0000

    Since KERNEL32.DLL is involved, I'm hoping that KernelEx might be able to eventually solve the Firefox 3.x printing problem that some of us are experiencing. If it's a Firefox problem, I know there's no hope that anyone will look at it with Win 98SE being the O/S.

    BTW, the browser image retention artifact I used to see in the Firefox 3.0.x window and the spill over onto the Desktop is now gone with Firefox 3.5.

  19. Guys, I've just installed Adobe Reader 7. It runs nice and seems faster /sleeker than 6 but unfortunately I have empty tooltips (no big deal), no label on tabs (a bit more annoying) and no visible text on bookmarks (very annoying).

    Does someone else experience that ?

    Yes, this apparently is normal. See: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=495627

    I do, however, see content in the thumbnails in the left-side panel.

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