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  1. I gave up trying to fix the icon displaying wrong icon error with some backups of WinME with Revolutions Pack. So I replaced System.dat from a good build. This fixed it. It also fixed the conflict with PshExports_alpha1.7z and File64. It also got another program to run that used Qt5WebKit.dll. Added edit response in KernelEx Core Updates.
  2. An 8" floppy drive is something I had never heard of as well. I have a SCSI tape drive but no tapes. The old main board BIOS used to treat a floppy drive as a virus disk and would delete the drive on start up. If floppy seek can be disabled I do not know. I did not know this and lost Red Baron the game. The web replacement was too big to fit on a 5 1/4" floppy. I have only 1 ISA SCSI controller that works 100% now.
  3. I am fairly sure now the MFM add on cards you are mentioning were the ones I could not get going. I could get going ISA sound cards with IDE ports on them to work the hard drives from the Sound cards IDE with WinME. It is a winner in that the sound and IDE and Floppy drive controller were on the one card. I have several of these. It has been so long since I have worked on small drives. I think now the drives if under a set size might default in format to Fat16. I think the usable size difference would be in the order of kilo bytes between Fat16 and Fat32 if using the lowest cluster size if Fat32 format is possible.
  4. I made a mistake as I have never seen a parallel port drive. SCSI had a similar interface that looks like a parallel port but it is SCSI. SCSI came first before IDE. If the drives really are driven from a parallel port then I would try non-bidirectional access as bi-directional is later technology and only later devices work this configuration. Bit serial interface sounds like it needs serial and not parallel. Early serial can have 25 pin connectors. If they show as removable disks then perhaps ME is treating them as zip discs or there is an IO error. The ST506 interface which used discs with MFM technology used an add on controller card which was derived from the floppy disc controller. Although unrelated a USB to IDE converter on USB 1 can get some drives to be accessed even when they show as having IO errors when they are connected on faster interfaces. If it works in Win98 or Win95 then I guess it really is a driver issue and not compatible or has the access timings changed like Win7, hardware connected to the parallel port was nearly impossible to get working I found.
  5. I had no trouble with 256MB drives but they were driven from an old IDE interface. I could not get the ISA PATA add on cards to work as they seemed to require a slower access timing and my machine was one generation past the slower interface. I think the bus speed was doubled and PCI and ISA speeds are not locked to a set standard. If the drives are driven from an add on card the bus speed may need to be reduced to as slow as possible. I would still format the disk as Fat32 with the low cluster size. I have forgotten the instruction line. I think it has / z : 1 at the end but I do not know now and no luck with internet search. WinMe boot disc must be used as Win98 disc is not compatible. I got it : FORMAT drive: /Z:n formats a FAT32 drive with a cluster size of n times 512 Bytes.
  6. The larger drives need an ATA-6 controller. A must read is https://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/tp/137gb.pdf search for 137GB.pdf if link does not work. I am not 100% sure of the maximum IDE/SCSI size though I do know when accessing the 500GB size drive with Paragon Partition Manager it did not show size properly so I assumed that 500GB was just beyond driver capabilities. No trouble with 320GB as I mentioned.
  7. Some Serial to PS2 converters are just wired. This may not be acceptable. You will be able to check. Check this web page https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2Fpy9QuBnTWds%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dpy9QuBnTWds&tbnid=BOFb4-SLuq8AJM&vet=12ahUKEwi75vOm__zqAhVuELcAHfrXBmoQMygSegUIARC4Ag..i&docid=9ITymedw2fc5mM&w=1280&h=720&q=serial to ps2 adapter&client=opera&ved=2ahUKEwi75vOm__zqAhVuELcAHfrXBmoQMygSegUIARC4Ag I hope this link works. If the serial to PS2 adapter is causing clicking through to the sound it is not good for the mother board and I would avoid this arrangement. Make sure mouse cable is not too long if an extender is used as this too can stop inputs toggling properly.
  8. Check this https://msfn.org/board/topic/180643-how-to-make-5-14-3-12-floppy-drives-work-on-a-single-cable/?do=findComment&comment=1172919 The 137 GB is a BIOS restriction, I run 320GB drives and 470GB IDE/SCSI should be possible on ME. 500GB is just out of driver range. USB has driver updates and up to 2TB is possible. I like to think of the VLB as a VESA card as I did not know about it. Adding extra RAM did not work for me and it seemed like a BIOS update on the graphics card was necessary. 16 bit color : - the Mack64 must be the best card available in the VESA and ISA format. Near the end of the old hard drive might be impossible to write to anymore. If you format using Fdisk the drives with the smallest cluster size of 512 bytes it will allow 1 write and subsequent writes may still fail. If so a format again with 512 is done. I am not suggesting to re-partition the drive as this will probably make things worse. The speed of the drive is inversely proportional to is age and proportionally to the number of platters/heads. The access timing once going past the drives capability does not make it any faster. Do not have recycle bin configured have delete instantaneous. Once the drive section that is faulty is writable then a re-partition with Fdisk fixes the drive. Have to be writable five times at least. I am rusty about this though.
  9. Zwei-stein is something I thought would be too outdated but it will open any file you have codec installed for and export in an AVI; WMV; or RM package or just audio as WAV or WMA. For instance if you have google VP8 encoder installed then AVI conversion selections will include this encoder. Zwei-stein when sampling the source uses anti-aliasing and a very low resolution video can be seen a lot better. Output resolutions are limited though and exported AVIs have PCM audio only resulting in an audio track that can be larger than the video. This is not an issue with RM or WMV conversions. Videos may need importing twice if it does not import first time. I have tested HEV1 and imports HEV1 and converts: - will need KernelEx to run the LAV filters. I used Loblo's YouTube downloader as dl.exe in WonerFox. It does not bring up the intermediate error message but has the same analyze end result saying an internet access connection error. I tried downloading a video from a non-encrypted web address.
  10. True but to test for equivalency for NT4 I used the WinNT and sub-directories for scanning tests for original posting requirements.
  11. Scanbin can be run on 98/ME, I think that Psapi has to be replaced for the install. You can choose your directory of testing and I chose the WinNT directory when testing the NT4 User.exe and NT4 Gdi.exe. Do not try and find all calling modules when using Scanbin as the system will run out of resources scanning all of the hard drive but will be OK for a small directory. The first scan is for called modules, it is the second scan for calling modules that tips the scales on resources.
  12. Jumper lets talk about ME Gdi.exe and User.exe. Scanbin specializes in 16 bit executables, it has DLLs used, Exported and Imported functions, Address tables, Hexa dump and general information. It is not so good with VXDs though. Gdi.exe only links to Kernel32 with no indirect calls to other libraries. User.exe directly links to comm.drv; ddemi.dll; gdi.exe; keyboard.drv; kernel386.exe; mouse.drv and system.dll. This is the service pack User.exe that I am talking about and the Gdi.exe was the original.
  13. With KernelEx, if Explorer.exe is set KernelEx disabled then all programs started after Explorer ( at run time ) should start up as well KernelEx disabled. This should make the need for a separate build without KernelEx unnecessary. I do not think that the swap file size setting works as the minimum setting does not alter WIN386.swp size. ( No the figure I chose was not 1GB needed an extra 0 and corrected last post. ) I know that CometBird9 has to have disk cache set to 1GB or less.
  14. Note I do not use ConservativeSwapfileUsage because of some problems occurring with certain programs. The SwapFile will only get used if Vcache runs out. Normally I have no SwapFile in use and have Vcache set to 500MB. The SwapFile will get used if I visit a rather complex web site like a gaming modding web site. I think the SwapFile should be limited to 1GB though due to Virtual memory manager problems. This can be set in SYSTEM.ini MaxPagingFileSize=1024000. It would be wise to make a minimum setting of 1GB as well so not to be caught out with low disk space. ApplicationData files would be a good contender for the RAM disc.
  15. A good comment and idea Jumper but I checked with Scanbin.exe on the GDI.exe and User.exe and in this case I determined originals were OK and why I had not mentioned this myself.
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