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  1. I would think the system would throw an error beep or some type of notification if it's not connected; but - is the 4-pin CPU power connector to the upper left of the CPU connected? I can't make it out clearly in the picture.
  2. Here we go again... so much for the offer to be "friendly and helpful." Just like last time it doesn't appear to be very sincere. And the idea that roytam1 is somehow "damaging" you is ridiculous on its face. Whether you like it or not, he's generating more users for the projects you're involved in. He just happens to make these projects work for platforms you have abandoned, thereby proving your decision to abandon them was arbitrary and unnecessary.
  3. If the installation went OK, and you're seeing no other issues, then yes, just verify that you install the update before attempting to add more data to the HDD. As noted USP3 may have already provided the fix (I don't use USP3, so I'm not familiar with all its contents). The point jumper makes is also true; however I doubt that a board this "new" would suffer from a lack of 48-bit LBA support.
  4. Once again: There's nothing special about Catalyst 4.11. The only thing significant about it was the fact that it added BETA support for some Xxxx series cards. "BETA CATALYST 4.11 release for RADEON X300, RADEON X600, and RADEON X800 AGP Series" This support remained in the later non-Beta releases, no doubt with improvements!
  5. You don't have to limit RAM to boot into DOS. rloew's RAM patch runs from DOS... Run 98 or ME SETUP; when the system asks to reboot the first time you want to stop it here and reboot to a DOS prompt rather than letting it continue to the second phase. Run the WININIT command to pack VMM32.VXD. Then run PATCHMEM. Then reboot as normal and let SETUP complete. Google GCDROM.SYS. Add to your bootable disk. For AHCI-only controllers you will need rloew's AHCICD package. Maybe possible, but IMO it's best to develop a more universal method as I've described above. Building your own customized installation CD (and method) would alleviate many of the annoyances of manual installation. I've never tried this myself, but IIRC, when Windows loads the USB driver stack it loses communication with itself (because the former "HDD" it was using as mapped by the BIOS disappears) and can't recover. This can be fixed by disabling the specific USB controller where the drive is attached in the Device Manager, but this requires trial and error with Safe Mode to find the right controller. The laptop BIOS may not properly handle bootable USB devices. Have you been able to boot with other USB drives? Different hardware can produce different results here. I've created flash drives that should have been bootable before but only worked on certain hardware, while others created differently worked everywhere.
  6. That's all well and good, but how is this helpful to the OP? And, that being said, many ME VXD's ARE compatible, but they must be patched (downversioned) in order to load under 98. And, once again that being said, there's no reason to start trying to transplant a bunch of ME VXD's to 98 just to be doing so or just because they have a newer version number. If it's not broken, don't fix it. How does 98 handle files larger than 4GB on the NTFS drive? Adding NTFS support to 9x unfortunately does NOT break the 4GB barrier. Unless someone has some good testing results to the contrary, this sounds like a situation ripe for causing data corruption. Why would you create all this unnecessary work for yourself? Why do you need KEX to watch a DVD?
  7. Let's try to keep the discussion here on topic and relevant to Windows 9x. This is not the place to be discussing anything and everything from XP to Windows 10, especially things which will never remotely be compatible or useful to a 9x system. These newer operating systems have their own forums. I realize many users (including myself) create multi-boot systems, but discussion of the other OS'es should go in their respective forums.
  8. KernelEx and WDMEX have completely different targets; KernelEx is for programs and WDMEX is for drivers, which are totally different beasts. I'm not certain it makes much sense to attempt to combine them (but I'm no programmer, so maybe I'm missing something). Now if you mean DLLHOOK, or the lesser-known "UNICOWS WRAPPERS" package, then it makes much more sense. I had hopes that with the "WRAPPERS" package that we might even be able to get roytam1's PaleMoon 26.5 build for Windows 2000 to run under 98, but I never seem to have time to work on making the attempt.
  9. Why would you install Windows 98 to a FAT16 partition to begin with? (I assume this based on you saying you "converted" to FAT32...) You should start with FAT32 to begin with... You can enable 48-bit LBA from the beginning if you create your own install CD or copy the contents of the \WIN98 folder on the CD to a folder on your hard drive and run SETUP from there (i.e. C:\WIN98CD)...; simply extract ESDI_506.PDR from BHDD31.ZIP (or patch your own ESDI_506.PDR with rloew's patch) and drop a copy of it into the \WIN98 folder of your new CD or into the folder on your HDD where you copied the SETUP files. SETUP will then use this ESDI_506.PDR instead of the older unpatched copy inside the .CAB files. This would allow you to combine the first 5 steps... Install using the command "setup /p i" (note the spaces) from your 98 CD or from the folder on your HDD. This will force 98 to use the older APM standard rather than ACPI (ACPI causes many issues on newer systems not designed with Windows 9x in mind). Running automated setup from the CD just runs "setup" without the switches, and thus leaves ACPI enabled. Always install any official updates and packages and drivers BEFORE adding unofficial ones, especially KernelEx.. Usually I install DirectX right after SETUP has completed, and before I start installing drivers.
  10. The Code 10 error in the Device Manager is common on WDM drivers that are missing a function.
  11. 2GB of RAM may be a problem here; try using rloew's RAM Limitation Patch instead. The various ram limiting "tweaks" never worked for me. I can't make out the picture very well; I assume it's just a black screen? IIRC this happens to my X600 laptop when I try to load the drivers under 95. Never found a solution for 95, but at least 98 worked in my case. What resolution was attempted/did you try to set for your desktop? It's possible the Mobility X700 or your laptop's LCD panel may not properly support some resolutions. Custom resolutions can be added to the INF file as well (adapt for your card's INF file/section and desired resolution obviously); it may be best to add one for the default resolution chosen by the drivers working under XP and reported in the DXDIAG you posted. Beyond this I'm not sure what to try next. SciTech Display Doctor might be of some use.. It worked on my X600 laptop under 95 but broke Plug & Play in the process. What do you possibly hope to achieve by loading an XP driver INF into the registry? First of all, as I've already pointed out, 2K/XP/Vista/etc display drivers DO NOT WORK under 9x. As far as I know, despite the fact that other devices can use WDM (.SYS) drivers, display drivers under 9x MUST be .VXD drivers. I can't remember the source of that, but I read it somewhere years ago, and I have yet to see any evidence to contradict it. Dependency Walker is for user-mode programs, not drivers, which are an entirely different beast. The proper way to check a 2K/XP WDM driver for 9x compatibility is to use WDMCHECK by Walter Oney or DISPPE32 by rloew on the file while running under 9x. Aside from all that; even IF it were possible to load a .SYS display driver under 9x, the NT-style INFs do not have the correct sections and registry entries to properly load such a device driver under 9x.
  12. What's the Manufacturer/Model and specs of the laptop you're using? This will help us figure out if there may be other issues contributing to the problem. Most likely you will need to first install Windows 98SE with ACPI disabled (SETUP /P I) if you have not already done so. When I tried with ACPI enabled on my laptop I got an unrecoverable series of crashes. It's been several months, and I don't have the machine readily accessible at the moment, but from what I can remember you should only need to uncheck one option box to disable PCI steering. Other changes may produce different results and these may vary yet again according to the hardware in use. Your changes to C8_30314.INF should have been sufficient; you don't really need to change anything else but you will have to point the Update Driver wizard to the 9X_INF folder manually rather than depending on Catalyst Setup. I would just use one line and truncate the entry to just ""ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700 Series" = RV410_ENU, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5652" eliminating the REV, SUBSYS, and CC codes, as these get really super device-specific for no reason as they all point to the same section. Now, C9_30314.INF does NOT have all of the required sections to install a RV410_ENU device. This may be the reason for the crashes if you were using this INF at this point rather than your C8_30314.INF, which does have all of the required sections. Simply reverting to your C8_30314.INF may work; if not, or if you experience crashes/instability, start over using 98SE with ACPI disabled as above.
  13. IMO, you've mixed too many parts together for starters. If you're using rloew's RAM patch you should not need HIMEMX, and unless you have some specific reason for using it, you most definitely don't need EMM386. Nor do you need to limit MaxPhysPage... (what is burnmem.sys? ) When using PATCHMEM, you can forget about all of the "tweaks and workarounds" used by those without it. re: Slow Boot due to unrecognized Machine Type... I've seen this problem once on an AMD machine. Newer systems don't handle Gate A20 in a 9x-friendly way. Setting /MACHINE:1 on HIMEM.SYS in CONFIG.SYS may solve the issue. I've not used rloew's AHCI driver yet, so I can't address that part specifically... If you have the option on that board to use Native SATA mode (may be labeled as "IDE") then it should work with his SATA patch, but I doubt that option is still present. Maybe someone who has used the AHCI driver can comment on this. Newer motherboard manufacturers no longer care about optimizing their BIOS code for x86 operating systems. They assume everyone will be using x64, so they don't bother to optimize the MMIO RAM allocation to make the most memory available to x86. I had an X99 system where only 1873MB of RAM was available to a 32-bit system when 4GB was installed; this later increased to 2910MB after a BIOS update but I never could manage to get their tech support to understand the problem. A good BIOS modder might be able to help with this, but they're hard to find in my experience. Newer video cards usually use a "memory banking" method to avoid tying up all of the 32-bit RAM.. since your 780GTX is XP compatible it should do this, but who knows what the onboard Intel HD Graphics will do. I've had 9x up and running on my X79 and X99 systems. I have an X299 system that has yet to see any experimentation with any OS... I detest onboard graphics to begin with, and the fact they're no longer supporting XP rules chipsets using them out completely. The "X" series boards and processors may cost more, but it at least rules out one set of legacy compatibility problems.
  14. This problem (Mobility X600 in my case) drove me nuts for a long time on a laptop I was trying to get up and running with 9x. Despite scattered reports of people getting Mobility X600/X700 chips working under 9x, no matter how many times I tried or how many different Catalyst versions I tried, nothing ever changed. Forget Catalyst 4.11, use the last 9x compatible package. 2K/XP WDM (non-.VXD) Display drivers do not work under 9x, so they won't get you anywhere either. If you're having the same problem I did, then this should cure it. Disable PCI Steering on the PCI Bus under Device Manager. The reinstall the ATI Catalyst package if necessary. Manually choose an X700 device from the list, or add your specific VEN&DEV to the INF if you wish.
  15. I've had to use MTP a handful of times with a smartphone and XP and myself found it to be profoundly annoying.. so much simpler to have the media mounted as a drive rather than a device. Not to mention pure USB Mass Storage Mode allows for much greater backward compatibility with OS'es. Just my opinion though.
  16. This particular subject is of interest to me as well... several times I've considered getting a smartphone and every time I always choose not to because of this or that reason. Apparently now I may be forced to because they claim my network is changing and my old flip phone will no longer work. This particular issue is one of my major peeves. I believe it is still possible to achieve "USB Mass Storage Mode," but from what I understand it requires using a rootkit on the phone/taking root control of the Android OS. I've tried to read up on that process, but what small amount of info there is is not conducive to those who are new to the subject. It doesn't help that now it seems those who want to use this mode are beginning to be "looked down on"; i.e. more people are wasting their time asking "why do you want to do this" rather than actually providing any useful information or solutions. Also, it appears one just has to blindly "trust" whatever tools are available for the rootkit operation.
  17. I faced a similar odd issue with my XP x64 Media/"HTPC." You have to manually choose which output is used for sound, whether over HDMI or output to the Audio jacks. If you're using HDMI output, then the jacks do not produce output. It's been a while since I had the issue so I can't be more specific. Examine all of the settings for your Sound and Video hardware in the Control Panel, etc.
  18. You're welcome. Google search for the exact filename in quotes. Ignore any "too easy"/questionable sites that come up early in the results. Go through the results looking for any full HTTP URL addresses to where the file once existed; try those live and in the Wayback Machine. If those don't work (i.e. the akamai.net link), the look for any FTP URL addresses. In this case the file name was inside a .TXT file that existed on an FTP server. I took a chance that that folder would contain the files listed in the .TXT, removed the .TXT file from the address, and checked the containing folder. As for Windows 10, that's out of my expertise. Theoretically drivers for earlier Windows 8/7/Vista might work, but it's a trial and error experiment.
  19. I noticed those as well... if I were going to guess I would say that those files are Rudy's notes on changes he was making for an updated version. The question is whether or not these changes were pushed into the "current" source code; whether or not these versions were ever actually built; whether or not they exist anywhere stand-alone, or whether they may only exist in use on his testing machine(s).
  20. I've not seen any issues with it using Firefox 52.9.0esr under XP x64, so most people should be able to access it fine. I've not tried to access it on a 9x machine though. I think most of us 9x'ers have been forced to use XP, Linux, or some later Windows for online activity for some time anyway, but there are probably still a few holdouts. His debugger apparently was able to do kernel debugging on the target machine itself.. The only other debugger I know capable of this for 9x is SoftICE (although my knowledge of that entire subject is very limited). I know I kept trying to get him to try SoftICE when we were working on the HDA/USB3 projects so that we would be using a common tool but I don't think he ever tried.
  21. Since you mentioned this; Around that same time (little earlier; May 22) Rudy told me something interesting in an email that I don't think was mentioned publicly or expanded on elsewhere. So we have yet another interesting bit of work from close to the same period. Hopefully this will turn up as well. I know he collected a lot of data. Most recently we were both working on backing up the content of Windows Update for XP as there was a rumor that it would shut down. Too many things for the older systems have been lost over the years, and he was well aware of it. I know he also had an archive of HP's entire printer drivers library before they disappeared all of the 9x files. Who would have ever thought a drivers CD would be valuable.. but now in many cases they are for us dinosaurs. Whatever makes setting up the page and getting everything uploaded easier for you works for us. We're just glad you're doing it. (Although it would be nice to not use anything that doesn't work properly with XP compatible browsers, lol.. )
  22. I believe we can rest easy. Rudy's son does have plenty of experience of his own in programming and other matters even if they aren't directly related to our beloved older versions of Windows. It's just a major task to organize another person's work who doesn't work the same way you do or work in the same subjects you do.. which of any of us would know where to begin? I've been trying to decide how to handle some of the things I have that we worked on and I'm having trouble figuring that out myself. I'm confident everything will eventually be sorted out. I've been working on some webpages dedicated to Rudy's work, but it's slow going for this old dinosaur whose HTML knowledge is 20 years old and who writes all of his HTML by hand in Notepad. I would like to eventually have more than just file links and the text of README files.. I've been adding screenshots of Rudy's work in action as I have them but it would be a major time consuming task to stop and create such content for everything. Here's what I have up so far.. some of the pages are just placeholders, and most of the file links go to the archive.org collection for the moment although I do plan to host them myself eventually. I have also added a couple of small projects that we had worked on that were never released. I'm dreading the writeup on WDMEX when the time comes, lol.
  23. So, I assume you're saying that MFC40.DLL does not exist in a clean installation of 95RTM or 95A (OSR1), and does exist in a clean installation of 95B/95C (OSR2.x)? If so, this sounds like a winner. Thanks for your help! I'll try to verify this myself as well, but my workspace and testing systems are a wreck right now. Even 95 VM's are not working on the machine I'm using now. Not to mention that I haven't worked on FIX95CPU or used it myself in over 6 years (I slipstreamed the fixes so I never have to use the manual version anymore), so it may take me a while to implement the change and push out an updated package. In the meantime, anyone who needs to use FIX95CPU on a KNOWN OSR1 installation can rename FILEXFER.EXE on their HDD to something else before FIX95CPU installs, or delete the line referencing it in FIX95CPU.BAT on the FIX95CPU floppy. NOTE the latter of those options will make the FIX95CPU floppy useless for OSR2 installs!

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