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  1. Yep, there are rules everywhere in life. Better get accustomed to it. You should try being more organized yourself. Might have prevented some of the weird issues you kept having before. I saw. I can't moderate there anyway, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt on that one as there could have been progress on these systems for XP without progress for 98 and vice versa.
  2. windows 95 on gateway 600yg2

    Well, you found the culprit all right. Enabling "USB Legacy Support" means that USB input devices are set to emulate PS/2 (or older types) input so that they will be functional in DOS or other environments where there are no USB drivers (the first round of 95 SETUP launched from DOS falls into this category). The problem with this is that when Windows loads and loads its USB driver stack, the Windows drivers take over and the emulation is lost, leaving you with no input control unless either the KB or Mouse is not USB. In the case of Windows 95, where there are no USB drivers until one installs USBSUPP/XUSBSUPP, there's a chance that the emulation would continue to work provided one does not install one of these packages. However this would also have the effect of preventing use of USB Storage devices with that particular 95 installation. With 98/ME, the touchpad should work as a regular USB-HID device, but there might still be some hiccups during the SETUP process if any dialog boxes are triggered that require clicks to continue (unless the keyboard still works).
  3. windows 95 on gateway 600yg2

    You should be able to complete Windows 95 Setup without a touchpad/mouse. The keyboard will do everything that is required during this phase. TAB to move around, Space to check boxes, Enter to continue. How did the touchpad show up under the Windows 7 Device Manager? Did it show up as a USB device or a HID-compliant device? If so, there's no way of getting it working under 95 without the messy Hybrid setup that rloew and I came up with that mixes files from 98 and some 98-betas along with some special drivers rloew wrote. If it's possible to use a PS/2 mouse with this laptop, it may make your life much easier to do so.
  4. Do not post the same question to two different threads. While it may technically be "on-topic" for both threads, it is more on-topic in this one, and any discussion of the issue should not be split up all over the forum. Other post removed and MrMateczko's response moved here. Now to answer your question, not much has changed. MrMateczko covered everything I'm aware of. I have not been able to continue my "newer Intel chipset" testing beyond the X99 platform as of yet. Too many real life issues going on for the past few months, and no quick end in sight yet. But I WILL get back to it. Eventually...
  5. Win 98: Explorer in another language??

    It is a Native USB Driver package but it contains the latest available version of EXPLORER.EXE among its files. It's been a long time since I have worked with NUSB package files but I believe one or more patches to EXPLORER.EXE were made for ease of use with removable drives. Most likely it also already includes the 256-Color Tray Icons patch, but if not you should apply this patch to the NUSB version.
  6. Need some includes from Walter Oney books and CD

    I have the book but not the CD. Apparently I didn't notice it was missing when I bought a copy of the book to archive. I emailed Oney once before about a specific old "Memphis" DDK that was used during the transition from 95 OSR2 to 98FE and he was somewhat less than helpful. He acted like he didn't know what I was talking about despite there being several old articles still out there that he had written about using it. I wouldn't count on getting much results there.
  7. Planning to get this PC for a particular build

    In general I would advise anyone to avoid "prefab" (Dell/HP/Compaq/eMachines/etc.) computers for any type of gaming build and especially for Windows 9x builds. From my experience with certain Dell machines that originally came with XP, Dell seems to make subtle undocumented changes to the motherboards which can cause the onboard devices to not always function as expected despite having 9x-compatible drivers. Also they frequently use garbage OEM BIOS'es which not only severely limit the options available to the user but can even cause wide incompatibilities and annoyances when trying to run Windows 9x. Also avoid any Intel-branded motherboard later than the D875PBZ for this same reason. Intel chipset-based boards by say Gigabyte, MSI, etc. are fine, just as long as they use AWARD BIOS or something else besides Intel. I personally like P4's and have a whole stockpile of P4-compatible hardware. But if you're going to do this, don't settle for anything less than 3GHz and 4GB of RAM, especially if you plan to dual-boot with XP.
  8. ATI Radeon X1800XT for Windows 9x?

    Really? Good. Now, for the sake of posterity and to assist anyone else who might have trouble finding this information, please describe in detail: 1) what steps you took in your experiment(s), 2) what specific driver version(s) you experimented with, 3) which specific non-9x-supported ATI card(s) you tried modifying the drivers to work with, 4) what specific other hardware was used during the test(s) including motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc., 5) which specific version of Windows 9x you were using in your experiment(s), 6) what version of DirectX were you running, 7) what other drivers, if any, were installed on the system at the time of the experiment, 8) what other software was installed, if any, that might be relevant to the issue, and 9) any other information that could be helpful to someone to reproduce your results. When you have done this, then we will know just how thorough your input is on the subject. Even more interesting. Please provide some direct links to pages documenting experiments on the subject. I highly doubt the number will approach 20, much less 100. A bunch of people saying "can I do this?" to be answered with "no it won't work" does not count as an "experiment." Too young? Not likely, but irrelevant. So, "Omega Rad" drivers have been "really good at getting newer cards to run on 98"? OK, please list for us which specific newer cards they provide support for that Catalyst 6.2 did not and which specific version to look for? And, JFYI, Windows 9x can and does run just fine and "fully work" on plenty of motherboards with PCI Express chipsets with a few unofficial updates. Many games that came out just before everyone started dropping 9x support can very well benefit from more improved or more modern hardware, whether it be a newer video card or more than the standard amount of RAM. WarCraft III and Rise of Nations are two specific examples that I've played myself. I've seen both lag during big battles when running on a 3GHz P4 with 2GB of RAM. I could not imagine running either one of these games on such an antique as you seem to think is "adequate" to build a proper Windows 9x machine. And, also FYI, I can have 4GB of RAM "stable" under Windows 9x, and so can anyone else.
  9. ATI Radeon X1800XT for Windows 9x?

    Maybe not. But if everyone here had always taken that attitude about experimentation then many of the things we now know to be working would have remained hidden. Don't be so ready to rule out things before they have been tried. Now yes, in this particular case I doubt that any ATI cards newer than the X850 XT PE can be used. However I also don't know how much effort was ever put into changing that either. If no one had taken the time to try with nVidia, then we would have no 7xxx card support. Don't be surprised if few here share this opinion. My opinion is that there is no good reason to artificially limit your hardware. Why slow any computing experience down on purpose? Most all of these "older programs" will benefit from higher performance, other than maybe some DOS game that requires slow CPU cycles. DOSBox is the answer for this.
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  11. Last Versions of Software for Windows 98SE

    Despite claiming compatibility, the newer versions of CPU-Z are missing the VXD file that is required for the program to do anything under 9x. I recently tried to use the newer version of CPU-Z + the VXD from an older build and if I'm remembering correctly I got a BSOD. I don't remember offhand what the system specs were, but it was a "newer" machine.
  12. You can add the Streaming Proxy manually in the same way you added PCI Bus to your setups. In my experience it always gets reinstalled when a new Audio device is installed anyway but I don't have any USB Audio devices, only add-in cards.
  13. No. As far as I know there are no .VXD drivers for anything USB. And no .VXD drivers for anything HD Audio either; hence why we need a permanent solution to the 98SE WDM Audio problem.
  14. Issues when using an audio device with WDM (.SYS) drivers as opposed to 95-style (.VXD) drivers seem to have been around for a long time. I turned up this old thread elsewhere where they were having trouble getting audio output to be produced and volume control to be available when using WDM drivers. Despite the title it is hardly "resolved." Anyone else here experienced issues with WDM-driver audio devices? Did you find a solution? I've seen some issues myself but found no immediate solution other than to use the 95 ,VXD drivers when available. We need to find a solution for this, not a workaround. (especially if any "newer" audio devices are ever to be backported )
  15. I understand completely. I'll always prefer Windows 95 OSR2 over any later version. I didn't have good experiences with 98FE so for a long time I resisted using even 98SE; but once I was forced to use it for something I wanted to do I found that 98SE works well for the few things that 95 won't do. You're lucky that you've been able to get these systems to run with so much RAM. I have never been able to get a 9x system to boot with more than 512MB no matter how many tweaks I tried. The only time I saw 98SE boot with more than 512MB was when I experimented with an older version of the Unofficial Service Pack. It booted with 1GB but it was really unstable and crashed after a few minutes. This issue seems to vary widely across different hardware configurations.