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  1. Just popped in on the off-chance to see if there had been any more posts - and wow, I see we've moved on a bit ... Ok - some feedback in case anyone's interested in what this old duffer is up to: If it appears to anyone that the OP title is misleading - well actually it's not: for the purposes of a data sort-out, I wanted to achieve more IDE slots which would be guaranteed to run without problems under Win98SE, and as such this was both a hardware and software enquiry. As I commented in my OP, I was thinking of using a RAID card in non-RAID mode, but what I didn't say then was that it's been a
  2. Thanks - that was exactly what I was looking for - a recommendation from someone who understands these things. Appreciated. Colin (who's living at the trailing edge of technology ...)
  3. Thanks for the reply - yes, 'cheap' I understand ! I've got a few spare 10/100 LAN adapters in the drawer, and I'm sure 100 will prove adequate ... There are two jobs to do - the biggest of them is to sort out the archives, which contain 15+ years of software, webpage, and document collecting (!) Doing this will entail file-comparison and disk-to-disk transfers within the 'NAS box' so LAN speed won't be an issue. Later on though, there will undoubtedly be the usual computer-to-computer data transfers, where speed would certainly be handy, but if it should become an issue, then I can always
  4. This is both a Hardware and Software enquiry - so I thought I'd post here first, just in case anyone else has already been down this route ... I have half a dozen 250Gb hard drives containing archived material, and I'd prefer to install them somewhere safe and be able to access them all together, rather than keep plugging them in one-at-a-time. I have a spare Optiplex GX110 tower, and was thinking of turning it into a Network Storage box - my idea being to buy a cheap pata RAID card and use it in non-RAID mode to access 4 more IDE drives. 6 x IDE (plus a smaller boot drive) should be enough, a
  5. Tried to log-in today - after a long period of absence - and it was a right game. Took me half-a-dozen attempts and some ingenuity to find a workaround .... The problem was that there is a banner advert spread on top of the 'User Name' box, obscuring it. So - no User Name entry, no log-on. Stopping the page before the advert loaded was the only way I could find around the problem, then entering the User Name, then reloading, then entering the password. Bit of a production ... would be useful if this could be sorted. Using Firefox. Ta.
  6. Thanks for the suggestion, but 2.5.3 reports a page fault and 2.5.4 reports one of those "something-or-other is missing in Page Export whatever ..." messages - so no luck. But thanks. I've tried VLC streaming - but that doesn't work either. Weird.
  7. I'm trying to convert the .vob files from a DVD (Girl from Rio - Hugh Laurie & Vanessa Nunes) into .avi format. The DVD has 2 audio tracks - Portugese (default) and English. I've tried using Yasa Video Converter, which does a good job of conversion - except it deletes the English soundtrack in the process ! Before contacting them for advice - I was wondering if anyone here could recommend a Win9X compatible converter which either preserves the sound tracks, or (ideally) would allow the English audio track to be selected as default. Many thanks.
  8. A Google for "clean DVD lens" returns 1,380,000 results. I wonder if you could be wrong ?
  9. Just stumbled on this thread as I've just bought 2x DVD±RW (±R DL) DVD burners - should arrive any day now - and I'm looking ahead. Good to hear that they should work ok on Win98Lite/ Nero. One is a Toshiba SD-R5372 external (Freecom USB2), the other is an LG GSA-H10N with DVD-RAM capability - looking forward to trying that. Couple of points - one reason to use USB-burners is simply a case of limited space. My workaday machines are Dell GX110's (whisper quiet) in low profile cases - easy enough to piggy-back 2 x 250Gb HDD's on the floor of each case, but there's only room for 1 x CD drive. A
  10. Thought this might be the best place to post this bug report .... I just installed Win98Lite onto a DELL GX110 without a sound card - so I installed a CT4830 card, using the SB Legacy driver package from the DELL site. All seemed well except when I came to try driving programs from a "Re-Start in MS-DOS mode" mode. Then, anything called from the command line would instantly cause a re-boot. After much hair-pulling, I eventually found that a Dosstart.bat had been created in C:/Windows which called a C:/SBPCI/APINIT (whatever that is) file. Deleting the Dosstart.bat file cured the problem. Hope
  11. But I didn't - so the rest of your post is redundant. But I didn't need to - for as I said "I've just installed ... without any problems whatsoever." As there were no problems, there was therefore no need to research the matter any further. Had any problems arisen, then I certainly would have looked into the matter further. To elaborate: I've been running 160Gb Hitachi DeskStar HDD's under Win98Lite for some time on Dell GX1's and 110's by creating 4 x 30Gb partitions and ignoring the remainder. I recently bought another 160Gb HDD on eBay but the vendor dropped it whilst packing, and sent me
  12. I've just installed a 250Gb HDD on a 2001 motherboard running Win98(SE)Lite without any problems whatsoever, so thought I'd pass this info on ... I'd read LLXX's 22-page thread (impressive programming skills there !) and duly downloaded the replacement EDSI_506.pdr, but as things turned out I didn't need it. If you have a motherboard based on any of the following Intel® Chipsets: 810/E/E2/L 815/E/EP/G/EG/P 820/E 840 845/E/G/GE/GL/GV/PE 850/E 860 then the Intel® Application Accelerator enables the use of hard drives larger than 137GB (48-bit LBA), under Win98/98SE/Me, providing that the partiti
  13. IBM's Thinkpad stuff is now located on the Lenovo site. For Thinkpad queries, checkout: http://forum.thinkpads.com
  14. I'm having difficulty installing WMP 7.1 or 9 on a Win98Lite system running Firefox 1.5 The install begins ok, then I get a message from the 'Windows Media Configuration Manager': "The Windows Media Update Notifier is currently unable to detect available updates. Please try again later". Then the install abruptly finishes. Same whether I'm on- or off-line. I checked the command-line switches, but there doesn't seem to be a 'no upgrade' option. I'm now wondering if WMP 7.1/ 9 requires IE to be installed ? Is there a workaround ? Ta. Colin (Same story if I try to install the WMP 6.4 codec pack
  15. You're welcome. I've found a better site - with (UK) prices. http://pctradestore.com/code/ui/main/produ...&subcatid=0 3rd from the bottom: " 3.5" Internal IDE to IDE Mobile Hard drive Rack Caddy with 2 Fans and Key Lock". As you can see these can be sourced quite cheaply now, as USB-caddies have become more fashionable. My only negative criticism of these devices is that they are often fitted with cheap Chinese fans, and as the lubricant dries out they start to vibrate. I've tried re-lubing the fans but eventually settled for disconnecting them completely, and removing the HDD tray top in
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