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  1. Started using Win ME again and looking through old threads there are a few service packs. Which one is regarded as the most stable/best (in order of release date) 1. Windows ME SP 2.0.2 Beta 8 http://www.mdgx.com/spx/MESP202B8.EXE - 21MB Last update in archive 2007 2. Unofficial Windows ME Service Pack 2 Alpha 2 http://www.mdgx.com/spx/MESP2_BUGGY!.EXE - 6MB Last update time in archive dated 2010 3. Unofficial Windows Millennium Edition Service Pack 3.0 Beta 5 UWMESP3.EXE (67 MB) Last updated in archive dated 2014 (Can't find link to this one) 4. hjsuffolk14 service pack The original thread about this service pack has disappeared. Found reference to what I think is the latest version (can't find links yet): UMESP3.EXE v3.03 (33MB) Also two other files are mentioned by hjsuffolk14 - 9XCUP.exe (114MB) and UMECU102.exe (30MB) not sure what they are for.
  2. I ran a few more tests and tried Smartdrv from the following versions: version SHA-1 Win98/SE 55ecd7166087c37247e7c176c7853ba28b8f9dbc WinME d15355b83037f037729255fc23d1fa530349da22 (seems identical to win98, just version check different) PC-DOS 7.1 b1808c00ec1b4f5354d5063c8c41d97c8f93c9cf R. Loew V1 d55f969c281b93b01eddd2c141f69957e1ebc8ce R. Loew V2 22153248cdda06ebafa5715b3739b15666dd0501 Unkown Version dated 2003, found on Hiren's Boot CD 56ad818c09411e8c37bc941d75721dae1eb27093 In all the above versions directories above 128GB disappear in DOS. Last I tried Smartdrv from Datalight ROM-DOS v7.10 (Revision 4.20.1594SU). (They also include a Rom-Dos 6.22 version in the package but that only supports Fat16). This was released in 2008 as free for non-commercial use. Since 2010 they started charging for it to cover support costs and have not updated it since 2008. The readme file of this release says "ROM-DOS 7.1 is capable of utilizing hard drives up to 2 Terabytes". I copied it over to to DOS7.1 and it worked. Directories above 128GB are now accessible after running ROM-DOS Smartdrv. One oddity is that Rom-DOS Smartdrv is only 21KB in filesize but when loaded in DOS 7.1 it takes a massive 51KB of conventional memory. Much more that all the other smartdrv versions that didn't work. I didn't run any benchmarks to test the speed differences between all the versions of Smartdrv. Rom-DOS has a full set of utilities that you can just run from DOS7.1 as native apps. I also tested booting straight to ROM-DOS and it shows long file names natively, without needing any TSRs loaded. In the future I'll benchmark it to compare the speed vs MS DOS7.1/8
  3. I enabled the following in about:coinfig, changing from false to true: javascript.options.wasm javascript.options.wasm_baselinejit didn't work though. It says on archive.org it will use javascript if wasm is not available. Does the archive.org link above work in New Moon with you.
  4. I have run more tests and found the cause of the crash. Running Smartdrive /X or any other option makes no difference. This was using DOS7.1 on single 256GB FAT32 primary partition. What happens is on partitions bigger than 128GiB, any data residing on the drive above the 128GiB boundary 'disappears' to DOS after Smartdrive is run. The data is not corrupted or deleted, just no longer able to be found on the drive by DOS after Smartdrive is run. When you run a dir command the directories and files that were visible prior to running Smartdrive have disappeared but DOS still works as normal and every file below 128GiB is visible. What was causing the crash was when I ran smartdrive from a folder stored above >128GiB. DOS would then freeze because the folder I was in disappears as it is above 128GiB I checked this by running Smartdrive from a folder below 128GiB (I copied it to the root directory) and it now works as normal but all folders and files residing above 128GiB disappear and are no longer accessible from that DOS session.
  5. How do you get archive.org online games working using New Moon (using version 28.9.1a1) e.g https://archive.org/details/zahlorie After clicking on the 'click to begin' icon, it says "loading game data..." and stays stuck on that message. Not running any ad-blockers or any other plugins. It works on chrome.
  6. What is the model of the SATAII controller you used. I found a Dos benchmark program to use: https://www.japheth.de/Download/DOS/IDECHECK.zip It's command line and let's you select UDMA mode, PIO etc. Doesn't give a lot of feedback if it fails to run so try with the /S:127 option. On my Promise TX2 150 PCI card using an SSD it benchmarks in DOS at 65MB/S. Also tried Smartdrive on a single partitioned 256GB SSD to see what happens on drives bigger than 128GB. Smartdrve loads as normal from the command line but then when it next accesses the drive for anything Dos will freeze.
  7. Interesting that certain motherboards support UDMA in DOS with no DOS device drivers needed, only bios support (this is also common on pci ide controllers like promise 133 etc). I have a 2002 HP intel 815T motherboard that runs UDMA100 in DOS or PIO mode just depending on what I selected in the bios. I wonder if this can be enabled with other bioses or hacked in so they don't drop back to PIO mode in DOS. Connecting a SSD to the ide port using a cheap ide to sata adaptor I get 92.5 MB/s in DOS with no smartdrive or XHDD loaded, just himem.sys and mouse drivers. (XHDD loaded slows speed to 34MB/S.) Using Norton Ghost 11.5.1 in real mode dos, to verify a 24GB spanned image the speed is 5550MB per minute( Ghost shows MB per minute) which is 92.5MB per second. What is a good dos benchmark program for disk speeds, most are too old when in comes to UDMA speeds and produce unreliable results (like speedsys).
  8. Something strange with these browsers in XP (firefox, new moon etc). After so many tabs being open (not a lot) I get full 99-100% CPU usage in task manager and intermitten freezes and puases. The computer hasn't crashed just the browser using 100% cpu usage. Trying to analyze and find the cause using Sysinternals 'Process Explorer' doesn't help. This is the same when using a clean XP install with just SP3 or a clean install with all posready 2009 updates. Exactly the same browsers with win7 and no problems.
  9. Get the same problem with the latest New Moon (palemoon-28.9.0a1.win32-git-20200125-eb49b28df-uxp-a64ac6d70-xpmod.7z) and previous versions when run on XP on fast Core 2 Quad. Is the UOC patch needed with Roytam latest New Moon builds (when using C2D or newer processors) or is it already optimized?
  10. In a fully updated system (up to April 2019 ) is the latest version of Windows Explorer (file manager): Explorer.exe - version - 6.0.2900.5512 - Date 14 April 2008 SHA1 9D2BF84874ABC5B6E9A2744B7865C193C08D362F Was it never updated after SP3.
  11. I have found WinMe + MESP2 http://www.mdgx.com/spx/MESP202B8.EXE (tick the Performance Tweaks option) to be faster and far more stable than 98SE alone even compared to 98SE + the great U98SESP3. This is when using old hardware (P3-500 with 512MB) right up to more modern C2D motherboards. (Disabled System Restore and PC Health.) It was a surprise in so far as the various posts all over the internet with horror stories about WinME. What I noticed most was it uses less resources and is much more stable when viewing huge PDFs, playing HD videos etc compared to 98SE. Installs on modern motherboards without freezing compared to 98SE (of course only VGA driver for GFX). Also this is the only Microsoft OS I have used that has recovered from a BSOD, pressed enter and it took me back to the desktop and worked from there (I wrote down the error message from the BSOD to trace it to an IRQ conflict with two soundcards). DOS 8's limitations was the only reason I stayed with 98SE on old computers up to 2013. Since then I have used WinMe and a basic batch file to backup and switch (IO.SYS, Command.Com, Msdos.Sys) with 98SE DOS 7.1 version of those files when I need to boot into DOS.
  12. Whats the correct procedure to update and keep existing settings. Is it simply extracting new binaries over your current installation.
  13. The latest I can find that works is Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 (rev82) Search for "mplayerc_20081005_win9x.zip". You also need the latest ffdshow installed with that to watch newer codecs. I think "ffdshow_rev1936_20080413_clsid.exe" is the last version for win98. There might be later versions that work, maybe someone else can post if they know.
  14. I booted DOS 7.1 on a 32gb usb pen drive (made with dos from win98se with service pack 3.1) with the latest io.sys. This was using grub4dos. To test the integrity of the 2TB fat32 drive in dos, first of all I filled it up using Win10 and created a hash. Then I wiped the drive, booted to dos and copied across the same 2TB of files. Verified the hash and it matched. Dir/s/w/p in the root of the drive in dos didn't produce any garbled text from start to finish. The drive is an internal SATA 4GB WD Black, using a z270 motherboard and 8GB. I managed to get 8GB ram showing in realmode dos 7.1 using EMS64.exe. (it uses EMS 4.0). You still need to use himem.sys. I then created the ramdrive using shsurdrv.exe. This got around the XMSDSK 2GB limit.
  15. I changed my user agent to Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:53.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/53.0 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/html5 now plays video. How has it been working for the others here who use XP (Windows NT 5.1) in the firefox useragent string??

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