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BradleyPhillips

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About BradleyPhillips

  • Birthday 11/22/1991

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  1. Thank you! In the second link rloew had wrote "... go to safe mode and Disable, NOT Remove, everything under "Hard Disk Controllers" using Device Manager." Disabling the primary IDE controller allowed it to boot properly. I think it was looking for the hard drive in the primary IDE slot and not finding it.Now when I start the computer it tells me I am missing "vnetbios.vxd", but if I press enter it will continue to boot up normally. My biggest issue now is that it won't detect my cd drive. It seems to want drivers for it. I tried a SATA cd drive as well to see if it would read that, but also nothing. The test you ran confirms the need for the SATA Patch as it does not affect anything else.Since it puts you in Compatability Mode, you lose the Driver for Optical Drives. I see. That would make sense. How do I know I'm in compatibility mode? And where would I find this patch?
  2. Thank you! In the second link rloew had wrote "... go to safe mode and Disable, NOT Remove, everything under "Hard Disk Controllers" using Device Manager." Disabling the primary IDE controller allowed it to boot properly. I think it was looking for the hard drive in the primary IDE slot and not finding it. Now when I start the computer it tells me I am missing "vnetbios.vxd", but if I press enter it will continue to boot up normally. My biggest issue now is that it won't detect my cd drive. It seems to want drivers for it. I tried a SATA cd drive as well to see if it would read that, but also nothing.
  3. Hello, I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I just put together a computer for Windows 98 SE to play old games on and I've encountered quite a few problems along the way but I've managed to figure out most of them. I was able to partition my SSD and install windows 98 on it but my big problem right now that I've been having no luck with has simply been trying to get Windows 98 to start. I can start it just fine in Safe Mode but when I try to launch normally it goes to a blank screen with a white underscore blinking in the corner. Before I go on, I'll list what I have. MB - ASRock 775i65G http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/775i65G/ CPU - Intel e5800 CPU http://ark.intel.com/products/42802/Intel-Pentium-Processor-E5800-2M-Cache-3_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB SSD - Micron M500 SSD http://www.storagereview.com/micron_m500_enterprise_ssd_review RAM - MEM-DDR512PC3200LLAW 600W Rosewill Power Supply generic floppy drive generic IDE CD drive PS/2 mouse + keyboard + vga monitor I also have a sound card and a graphics card but the monitor won't get a signal if the graphics card is in and the sound card doesn't seem to have any effect so I'm leaving them out for now. When I start the computer I get this screen: If I press 1. Normal, the Windows 98 splash screen appears, then the screen goes black for a few seconds and the exact same screen re-appears except this time it's non-interactive with a white underscore blinking in the corner. Sometimes the screen is just blank with the blinking underscore. If I let it sit, it will restart and give me this screen once again. If I select 3. Safe mode, the computer will start in safe mode perfectly fine. My best guess is that the issue is either with the SSD (being connected through SATA) or something to do with the RAM. I tried starting it up with a stick of 128mb RAM but I think the stick was bad as I couldn't even get safe mode up. I feel like it wouldn't make sense for the SSD to be the issue as I can run safe mode just fine and navigate the directories and such but I came into this expecting to have trouble getting the SSD to work properly so it wouldn't surprise me. Any help would be appreciated. I've been at this for hours.
  4. Hello! It's nice to meet you all. I am a new member to this forum. I've been coming here a lot in the past couple weeks doing research on Windows 98 compatible hardware. Many of the threads in the 9x/ME section of this forum have been incredibly helpful. It's surprising how difficult it can be to find information on some of the older systems. This place seems to be the only reliable and current source of information. I recently purchased one of the older Alienware "Dragon" cases from the early 2000s era. I had been looking for one of these for about 7 years now and very luckily stumbled upon one for a good price. For many years I've wanted to build a super 98 SE machine and I thought that case would be perfect for it. Now that I have the case, I can finally start building the machine. Here is the case: I am very excited to get started and already have some ideas for what to put into it. (Starting with the rereleased ASRock 775I65G mainboard currently for sale on NewEgg) But I would like to start a build thread and post progress as I go and ask questions. Is there a section for that sort of thing on here? I expect this project to take some time and I just know I'm going to run into things that I won't yet understand. By the way since I'm introducing myself, If you would indulge me, I would like to show off a few of my computers. I greatly enjoy messing around with old hardware and software and learning about them. Here I have an IBM 5150 PC, a Win95 Micron setup and a Tandy 2500 SX/25 with DOS 6.0 and Win3.1. I use the 95 and the Tandy pretty often for old games mostly, but I'm missing the older DOS disks for the IBM to really do much with it. That one has been a challenge to try to figure out but I'll manage it someday. My primary computer is an Alienware Aurora Star Wars edition I bought in 2005. I've upgraded it throughout several times since then and currently has an Intel i7 870, 16 GB RAM, EVGA Geforce 670 FTW, Xonar DX sound card, p55 Classified 200 motherboard, 1 TB harddrive and Windows 7 Home Edition. It does well for me. There are a few things I'd like to upgrade on it such as the harddrive to a SSD and my optical drive is failing, but otherwise It's a very good machine. I also have a 2005 Alienware Aurora very similar to how my Star Wars edition came originally. All original parts (Though the alien head on the front was missing so I replaced it with Darth Vader's.) and I installed the Star Wars theme stuff from my original software disc onto it, so it's kind of like how my primary computer used to be. Thank you all for reading, it's great to meet you. - Bradley
  5. Starting a new project.

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