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zago27

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  1. Right now I'm having a strange behaviour with my Win10 1809 desktop. A week after the update, I noticed that it didn't delete all my files, nor it broke audio or network. I guess I had a bad version downloaded from WinUpdate. All of that while I'm updating Win8.1 on my non-Win8.1-compatible main laptop which I'm always carrying around.
  2. After restarting the download 7 times, I finally got Win10 build 1709 on my main desktop. And it also upgraded from Win10 Pro to Win10 Education. What the heck, M$!? However, nice to see that all my devices are still working correctly and the updating process took less than 30 minutes on my "slow" system (FX-8320, 8GB DDR3-1866, Patriot 256GB SSD). The previous major upgrade took something like 1 hour and 45 minutes...
  3. There are some applications that shouldn't, couldn't and wouldn't be running on small size/high PPI monitors. Unless they will become smart enough to auto-render and auto-resize ALL the controls on EVERY kind of display, apps like Photoshop, Premier Pro and all other media oriented software won't be small-screen-friendly. However, web browsers, instant messaging apps, some games, media content viewers are less big-screen-friendly. (I tried only once to read a plain text mail on a 24" 4K display without DPI scaling, I wouldn't recommend doing like that). On that side, DPI scaling in Win10 is one of the less crappy thing that has got implemented, even if software developers are going to wait for adding OS-controlled scaling features. P.S.: Previous OSes also got DPI scaling, but don't you remember that ugly font resize with no ClearType resizing?
  4. I did it the first time on my previous laptop, but I don't remember exactly which version I used. I remember that it was the latest version for Windows 7 x86 compatible A8-6410 and the integrated graphics chip, I think I did it in March 2016, but I'm not completely sure... I also did it second time with a Radeon R7 360 with CD driver version 15.20.1062 (2015/07/25). I noticed that I had more problems on x64 drivers than x86 ones and Crimson are less compatible than older Catalyst. Maybe there is a different WDDM implementation.
  5. I didn't notice any slow down, compared to 98 or 2000. I'll do it anyway, I know it is very unreliable. Actually, just before you wrote the post, I did a clean install. Nothing changed at all, it seems like it doesn't like this card. I can't use a machine without 3D acceleration, so I think I'm downgrading to Win98SE, which is always working fine. Well, I think that I just confirmed another "feature" brought by Windows Mistake Edition...
  6. Well, actually it isn't an extremely difficult mod. The only thing needed is a notepad (I use Notepad++ because of syntax highlight and better string research). I usually extract the package in a folder and navigate until I find the video INF file. Then, I edit it by changing all the "NT6.1" strings to "NT6.0". I did it successfully on several AMD Radeon GPUs, but never tried on nVidia ones. Another thing. I saw the GPU-Z graphs up there on other drivers. The 0% fan speed and consequent low performance, I think it can be fixed by using software like MSI Afterburner or SpeedFan, which can change manually or automatically fan speed. SpeedFan also can be configured with custom speed curves in order to achieve a silent system when possible and better cool it down when needed.
  7. Don't know if it can help, but I managed to run a Radeon R5 off a A8-6410 on Vista by editing Win7 INF files. It all worked fine on 2D and 3D, software and hardware renders. Maybe, modding official Win7 drivers may work fine on Vista's WDDM kernel.
  8. Hi! I've just installed Windows ME on a Pentium III 1GHz with a GeForce4 MX440 graphics card. Just before, I had Windows 98 SE, but I didn't upgrade it, it's a clean install. I've installed also Half-Life and Quake II. These games, which ran seamlessly on Win98, are now really really slow on WinME. When I launch DXdiag.exe and I run video tests, the 3D one fails on every DX level, from 7 to 9. DirectDraw 2D tests work fine. I downloaded the latest driver from nVidia website, which was working fine on Win98 and also Win95, and DX9.0c (August 2006) from Microsoft Download Center, and also this was working good on Win98. Previously I had a Matrox Millenium G450, but it performed really bad on OpenGL rendering (even worse than the Ati Rage 128 Pro!), so I uninstalled the driver and the video card, and then swapped it with the GF4 MX440. Now, I have potato performance on either OpenGL and DirectX, only Software rendering works fine, but a very low resolution. Is that a WinME "feature"? Or have I did it in the wrong way? Zago
  9. I always use the DX setup files from the Microsoft Download Center and it is a Zipped file after all. As usual I ran dxsetup.exe, but it works only once and, as I could see, it doesn't work properly. The second time I used it, it was stuck at the initialization stage and it never started the copying stage. I used the DX7 setup only to check if I had any Win98 problem, but that one worked fine. After that I tried the "manual way" and it is currently working with DX9. It's the first time I've ever seen this issue. I've been working on Win9x for about 5 years and it always worked fine. At least, I managed to fix it easily. I think I may create a batch file in order to register all the INFs and skipping the stock setup.
  10. Well, I managed to successfully upgrade to DX9.0c. I located an older DX7 setup from my Half-Life CD and I got DxDiag to see at least DX7. Then I extracted all the CABs from the DX9 folder and manually installed all the INF files. Rebooted and reran DxDiag, finally detected DX9. I needed help because I'm in a hurry preparing some machines for a retro LAN party, but I solved my problem easier than I expected.
  11. Hi, I'm trying to benchmark with 3DMark suite a bunch of old Windows 98SE machines. I've tracked down all the latest applications available to Win98SE, including DirectX 9.0c (August 2006) and 3DMark2001 SE. The last one, however, refuse to install. The error says that it needs DX8.1 or newer, but I've already installed DX9.0c. So, I took a look to DxDiag: it is actually detecting DX6.1!!The point is that nVidia Control Panel (I'm using a GF4 MX440) is detecting the latest DX9.0c. I really don't know what to do. Can anybody help me? Zago
  12. After 10 months of Win10 on my AMD FX machine, I went back to Win7. It was really annoying having tons of useless notifications that it needed new information about my Microsoft account, which was working just fine. Then, the permanent communication to the Internet: I didn't care about how much bandwidth it was using, but WHY it was using it! After the last major update, RAM usage went from 1,2 GB to 2,2 GB, all used by new svchost.exe processes, which only two of them were AMD related services! Now, with Win7, no more useless and unknown CPU and RAM used by a huge OS. Note: I disabled WinUpdate because it used to fulfill RAM (10GB) and CPU (8 cores at 4.2GHz). I had Win10 even on my 13-inches MacBook Pro from 2010, but after Creators Update, BootCamp drivers went all bad: I couldn't use built-in keyboard or trackpad and it kept going Blue Screen every time I turned on the laptop. Now, with WinXP (yep, the one which uses 70MB at the first startup, not 700MB!) I have no problem at all, it works like a charm. IMO, Win10 is being crappier every time I turn it on!
  13. Problem solved. In the 4th slot, there was a bent pin that was shorting with the opposite one. Once fixed, the computer boot up successfully. Now, it is working fine. Actually, I am using 2x512MB DDR2-533 non-ECC sticks.
  14. @Tripredacus Thanks, I didn't pay attention at that section on the user guide. The RAM plugged in was a non-ECC unbuffered. If I'll found an ECC stick, I'll try it. If it still won't work, I'll put inside the case something new.
  15. Hi, I've just got an old Acer Altos G320 server from a computer technician. It is based on Intel SE7320NH1-E motherboard, Intel Pentium 4 HT 631 CPU, integrated ATi ES1000 video controller, DDR2 memory. During POST, screen wouldn't switch on, system fans spinned at max speed and I heard 3 beeps from internal speaker. I took a look at the board troubleshooting guide: 3 beeps - RAM error. I changed the 2GB DDR2-667 module with another known-working module, a 256MB DDR2-533. It still didn't properly boot up. Tried all 4 slots in single and dual channel. Still no luck. CPU power is provided via a standard 8 pin 12V connector, but after I saw how was the board layout, I think that 4 pins power the CPU and the others power the 4 memory slots. The original Acer 8 pins power supply unit was changed with a standard 4 pins unit, the technician who gave me the server told me that the last time he used it, it was working. I put on a 8 pins PSU, on-going 3 beeps at startup. I had a faulty motherboard that beeped when it hadn't RAM sticks plugged in and when it was plugged in, it simply didn't boot up. It worked until 5 minutes before. May I have to heat up the board and restore some solder points? Or simply throw it away?
  16. I picked up a random board: ASRock AM1H-ITX; supported CPUs Athlon and Sempron AM1 SoC with integrated Radeon R3; supported OSes WinXP, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 (both 32/64 of every edition) http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/AM1H-ITX/?cat=Download&os=XP VGA Driver (71,76 MB) Another type of board: ASRock FM2A88M-DG3+; supported CPUs A4, A6, A8, A10 FM2/FM2+ APU with integrated Radeon HD7xxxD series (Ax-5xxx), HD8xxxD series (Ax-6xxx, A4-7xxx), R5 (A6-7xxx), R7 (A8-7xxx, A10-7xxx); supported OSes WinXP 32, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 (32/64 but XP) http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A88M-DG3+/?cat=Download&os=XP VGA Driver (263,38 MB) Both links provide Catalyst 9.0 for XP32 and XP64. I hope that helps!!
  17. AFAIK, desktop motherboards with SATA controller come with a BIOS that can set SATA ports emulation as IDE legacy ports, (i.e. my MSI AM3+ board provide a single port configuration, another MSI 1150 board provide a global configuration). You should check if your system is configured as a global SATA controller and no IDE/Legacy ports are activated if you use SATA mode, and viceversa if you are using IDE mode XP provides native IDE drivers, but it needs third party SATA controller drivers. Check in your Device Manager if you are using SATA/AHCI/Enanched or IDE/PATA/Compatible/Legacy emulation, then check if it is available a driver upgrade.
  18. I've downloaded all the version on this server: the only usable is from 2006, the oldest. The original user guide from 2006 says that is capable of WEP, WPA and WPA2 on 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP. Tomorrow, I'll install it on my machine and see if I get another Code 10 or if it works.
  19. @jaclaz FTP server provides every info about the adapter. I'm going to try its drivers and utils in a while.
  20. I was looking forma ZyXEL drivers, but the supporto server was in maintenance and I couldn't search them
  21. @Dibya I could run Vista x86 on my HP 15-g065nl, which is based on AMD A8-6410 APU with Radeon R5. I downloaded official HP Catalyst drivers, took Win7 x86 INFs and renamed all NT6.1 sections in NT6.0 and manually selected drivers from Device Manager. I did that with all AMD drivers, the only that didn't work was the internal TPM. No bugs, no crashes, no BSoDs. XP refused to start installing because I couldn't switch to IDE legacy mode on that limited BIOS. If it can help, there are a bunch of ASRock mobos for AMD platform (FM2+ and AM1) that have XP drivers for APU integrated Radeon R3/4/5/6/7 GPUs. Maybe, it is possible to port them for other chips. P.S.: I used Vista for a couple of weeks, just for fun!!
  22. Now, I tried a Win2k dual-boot and the RTL8193 runs fine. PCI bus is OK. ISA bus is also OK: sound card plays fine (no problems on MIDI, WaveTable, Line In, CD In, Outputs). I'll try the USB ZyXEL: on the attached disk there are only NT drivers and utilities, from 2K to 7. On the side of the box, "Compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7". I'll search the web for the right files for 9x. At this point, I think I have a corrupted version of NDIS on my Win98 setup disk. It sounds weird, because my old Latitude is was OK, my ThinkPad is OK and the VM on my main desktop is OK and I used the same disk.
  23. I use Win10 since the first release. Originally upgraded from Win8.1 on my laptop, it was an awful crap. My A8-6410 APU has never been used so bad. Win7 ran extremely well, Win8.1 worked nice, but I hate that f*****g Modern UI. Win10 was very very very slow in everything. The browser was bad, the media player suite was bad, software that ran well on 7 or 8.1 was bad on 10. A week later, I was setting up drivers on Win7. Now, I have my brand new computer, based on FX-8320e, R7 360, Kingston 120GB SSD, 8GB RAM 1866MHz. I read about the Anniversary Update, I wanted to try. Downloaded, set up: it currently works way better than the original build, so I tried it on the laptop. It is still quite a crap, but it really works fine. Just had a BSoD, while recovering from standby, bad usbhub.sys was the cause. If you want a reliable OS, stick to Win7. If you like Metro/Modern UI, Win8.1 is nearly identical to 7, the only difference is the interface. If you want an updated OS, Win10 is the best choice. In work environment, 10 is the worst OS. I personally find it too multimedia-friendly, at home is quite a good system.
  24. I've personally put Win98 on an IBM ThinkPad T42. Things that were working: - Intel 855PM Chipset - Intel Pentium M 745 CPU (stepping numbers says it is a Pentium 3 and even Linux in old flavours detect it as a Pentium 3) - ATi Mobility Radeon 7500 - Intel PRO/1000 MT Gigabit Mobile Ethernet Adapter - SoundMAX AC'97 Sound Chip - IBM Integrated Bluetooth III - IBM 56k Modem - IBM Fast Infrared - Texas Instruments PCMCIA Slots Things that weren't working: - Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG WLAN Adapter (Intel never released a 9x driver for such card) My laptop was running flawlessy Win98SE on 768MB DDR with no VCache or paging tweaks.
  25. Hi! I've just built a Win98 macchine, based on a MS6163 motherboard, a Coppermine Celeron 1000MHz on slotket, 128MB of RAM, nVidia GeForce4 MX440 GPU, SoundBlaster AWE64 sound card. I mainly use this machine with Impulse Tracker and Audacity and I usually download IT, MOD, S3M, WAV and MP3 files from a FTP server on the Web. This PC can't be connected via Ethernet to the router because is located in a different room, so I'd like to install a WLAN card. I round many cards: - PCI Atheros AR5005GS: can't find Win9x drivers - PCI Intellinet Wireless G Network Adapter (Ralink RT2560 chip): set up driver and utility, but in Device Manager shows a Code 10 error and the utility can't find the card. Tried many versions, none worked. - USB ZyXEL G-202: on attached disk, there wasn't 9x driver, but the box and the user guide say that it is fully compatible with 98SE and ME. ZyXEL website provides driver, but no Wireless utility. Code 10 in Device Manager. - PCI USRobotics Wireless G Turbo Adapter: found driver and utility, Code 10. No adapter worked. I did a last try: RTL8193 Fast Ethernet PCI card. Code 10, Realtek diag tool doesn't detect the card. Then, Kingston KNE20BT 10BaseT ISA card, Code 10. Same thing with RTL8026AS ISA Adapter. The same 98 setup disk has been used on my old Latuitude XPi P133ST. Network stuff is OK and I used a PCMCIA Fast Ethernet card, until the CPU stopped working. What can I do? Thanks in adavance, Enrico
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