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  1. I encountered similar issues on W98 when still using a Netgear USB wireless networking adapter. If this was connected during boot, the system would hang. Netgear's software to connect you to wireless networks caused all manner of bizarre behaviour with Windows Explorer too (even if the program was closed) and I ultimately found a means to get the system an ethernet-based connection.
  2. Was using W2K myself up to the beginning of 2018. Predominantly for (some) research and typing, light internet browsing (I still frequent some forums that are friendly to the antiquated browsers). Was useful for the work aspect, as, with the system incapable of handling the modern web (2.4GHz P4 Northwood, 512mb RAM etc), there was no use trying to meander around the internet in a cloud of distraction. There was something wrong with the system, as under W98, W2K or even XP, it's performance was never particularly good. Even a faster 2.8GHz Celeron did not help. So for this, I'd happily rate it 9 or even 10 out of 10. I appreciated the extended kernel, but trying to get that working amidst of a myriad of conflicting unofficial update packages is not something I'd have any great interest in now. Personally, I'm of the opinion that if you can get away with period-correct software on W2K, use that. And use a newer system for those data-sensitive tasks you might have to do (internet banking, for example).
  3. ... Despite the "Cries of terror" from certain individuals who maintain XP *will* compromise every last bit of private information.
  4. Ah yes, I remember several of these requests from when I hosted my own site from home. A lot of that is basically bots seeking out vulnerable parts of a PHP server, or even IIS (which explains requests for .asp documents). The other three that are requesting a directory seem to be random and aren't necessarily explainable. That "w00t" request comes in various shapes and sizes, although I can't recall specifically if that was targeting anything. Basically, with Apache, I would block these not with robots.txt, but with the .htaccess file instead, particularly the Baidu search engine bots, which would not be sensible and request files that exist, but keep looking for directories on the server that DIDN'T exist. My attitude was "fair enough if you want to index my site, but FFS, INDEX WHAT IS THERE! Don't go looking for 403's and that sort of thing!"
  5. I wish... The PHP boards I've been on do include a "legacy" theme. Don't understand why the IPB folks find that so difficult to do.
  6. The software they give you for your modem is more often-than-not bloatware that only adds another program to the system tray at boot and does absolutely nothing to help. My suggestion is to use some sort of "sacrificial" Windows installation if some software installation is required, otherwise, use the web configuration interface via "" or whatever your user-guide tells you. The other suggestion is to get a proper router that accepts the connection from your modem and can then send it out via A/B/G/N wireless or ethernet, the modem is then put into a "bridged" mode where it simply passes on data to the router, whose WAN port assumes the IP address of the modem. All this is in very, very simplistic terms, but it gives you an idea.
  7. I found the same thing too... This makes me wonder how long it will be until a concerted effort is made to lift these legacy-OS sub-forums to another platform. FWIW, PHPBB's "subsilver2" theme that I use on another site works exceedingly well even on IE6 on my Windows 2000 system. NoScript is a very big part of my browsing these days, especially on a laptop where battery life is important (even though this 2011 MBP spends it's life hooked to mains...), and on my main system. The modern web is just too infested with folks wishing to bombard you with BS, attack your computer or slow it to a crawl for no particular reason.
  8. Personally, I have given up on Firefox these days given the insistence on "rapid releases" and the "Asstrails" user interface. Until recently, Chrome seemed like the appropriate choice, with Pale Moon as an alternative on my Windows 7 system. With the "impending doom" of Chrome on OS X Snow Leopard I switched over to Sea-Monkey, which is essentially Firefox and found it to be far more agreeable than other browsers. And its seemingly more stable, too.
  9. Drivers were a bit of an effort, although the system is based around in i440BX/ZX chipset (on either an Acer or AOpen motherboard), ESS sound solution and Number-Nine (Really S3) graphics. I seem to have found the correct drivers, although haven't yet gotten around to reinstalling Windows. I gave up on archived drivers from IBM quite quickly, and initially thought Intel had pulled the 440 Chipset INFs - although it turns out they call it a "400-series chipset" these days. Fingers crossed this all works. I haven't found a source for the original IBM software, and was initially going to use a Direct-Cable-Connection to accomplish a transfer. Then I realised the system was probably still victim to a trojan infestation of some sort (judging by entries in MSCONFIG) and thus elected against doing that.
  10. Picked up an IBM Aptiva system recently, and will have to do a clean-installation to clear out the remnants of some sort of infestation (Windows as a whole is being temperamental, and there are torrenting applications installed). I've used Autopatcher successfully in the past, but how does this (now-discontinued) packaged stack up against the more recent "Un-Official Service Packs" developed for Windows 98?
  11. That is REALLY interesting. Last year, I began working on a guide on the Un-Official Updates, plus how to get Windows up-to-date before installing them. Having checked just now on the page, I see that my SP4 and Update Rollup 1 links are dead. (If anyone would like a link to my page - they are most welcome to PM me. The site is presently mirrored on someone elses home-grade internet connection, and I would prefer not to capitalise on this). I wonder what this means for the Windows Update service? Can it still be trusted to provide a complete set of patches after an installation of Windows 2000, or not? (I did an install on my system with it last year, after updating the WuA and nothing else. Having installing Update Rollup 1, Gurgelmyer's SP5 I had about 127 updates). Look, for the record - I too am more than happy to test out SP5.2. My Windows 2000 machine is still used in a home production setting, as its just so much quicker and easier than diddling with my Macbook or Windows 7. I have a couple of hardware platforms this might work on, too. Not to mention the ability to test in VirtualBox or VPC2007. My suggestion would be for anyone and everyone to get what they need/want STAT before more of M$'s archive is lost to the winds of time.
  12. I completely agree. A lot of modern software, websites and such are all style, and no substance. The few that are left with a simplistic interface that works with nearly any browser are becoming increasingly fewer and farther between.
  13. On a somewhat-related note, am noticing under Sea Monkey (version 2.40) on OS X Snow Leopard that the board keeps announcing that it uses cookies to me. I suppose this is related to the fact that I have No-Script installed and running most of the time for browsing.
  14. For me, I might consider it a mixture of all of the above. Growing up Windows 98 was still king. Loved using that OS on hardware of the time. My first computer was something like an AMD K6 on a tiny HD with a pathetic amount of memory. Actually ended up with a system like this in 2007 for a short while. Interesting to tinker with This was followed by an AcerPower Pizza-Box style machine with a P2. Big leap forward, and eventually went on to run Windows ME, 2000 and finally XP on it (<- this was back when XP Gold/SP1 was king and XP worked great on P2 systems). During the 2004/2005 period, I was excited to see XP finding its way onto more and more machines. Eventually, it was so ubiquitous having on older OS or computer became a necessity, a dream I've realised since 2010 in varying means. These days, Windows 2000 is where its at a lot of the time for me (Same with OS X Snow Leopard on my late-2011 MBP 13"). I'm familiar with it, its reasonably fast and its solid as a rock. Can't get much better than that, in all honesty. Vista and 7 I can and (in the latter case) certainly do work well with, but again, too ubiquitous in the business world nowadays. Windows 8 and 10? These are completely and utterly unmitigated disasters from Microsoft. This is what happens when Windows is made "free," when Microsoft tries dumbing down their OS to iOS levels of stupidity and functionality, when Microsoft ignores the requests of Power-Users for a lightweight, adept OS that doesn't pack in stupid amounts of unnecessary bloat. When the day finally comes that I can no longer use Windows 2000/7 or Snow Leopard, then I am abandoning what is fast becoming "The Wreck of 'Ol 97" and headed over to the *nix pastures. Despite all its shortcomings, there is at least a flavour for every taste-bud and none of the troubles that plague Windoze these days.
  15. Maybe new links, but the old ones I put in myself are still quoted above.

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