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  1. So everything is more or less clear. That is, with this option, the ability to write is saved and thus it works correctly. Questions are removed (This was not entirely obvious to me from the description). Thank you for this valuable clarification.

  2. I have such a question: there in the source it says - " noticed that the cause of the page fault was a write to a non-writeable page while executing in ring 0.". What does it mean? Under "normal conditions", it should have made this recording successfully? What is this entry, how important is it, and what does it affect? Is it possible, instead of eliminating the symptoms, to allow the necessary recording to be performed (If my assumption is correct), by removing write protection to this location? What can be the concomitant consequences of the fact that this record cannot be executed? Even if my concerns are unfounded, I would still like to see a more detailed explanation - what and where it wants to write down, why it can't do it, and what indirect consequences it may have. For clarity, let's say if we take a computer based on 440BX or similar, fully 9x compatible, does this recording succeed there?

  3. When I searched, I didn't find anything easier than LICEcap v1.1, which allows you to write to a regular GIF file with a given refresh rate. It is able to display the passage of time, as well as mouse button clicks:


    It works on Windows 98 and higher. Sometimes, however, it was still necessary to convert the resulting GIF to MP4 to add to the video hosting service. This was required in cases where the GIF size exceeded the size allowed for adding to the photo hosting site. There are quite a few free converters that allow you to do this, both directly in 9x and in a VM with a later OS, but I made do with free online services. Thank you, this tool really looks great, light, simple and convenient, I will definitely try it out in action.

  4. Is it possible to adapt this WIN.COM patch method to Windows 98 FE? I just tried "fdapm poweroff" from MS-DOS and the machine shut down gracefully. The method of shutting down from Windows with the WINOFF16.EXE program also works, but the method with WIN.COM does not work. Even LOGO=0 (Always used) and BootGui=0 (Disabled for the duration of this test) do not help. I renamed WIN.ENG from the "ACPIOFF4.zip" archive to WIN.COM and put it in the WINDOWS folder (Together with: FDAPM.COM; WINEXIT.BAT; WINOFF16.EXE). Did not help.

    WINOFF16.EXE shuts down the computer for a long time, but it is guaranteed. As an alternative, is it possible to bind WINOFF16.EXE to "Start=>Shut Down...=>Shut Down=>OK" so that instead of the standard procedure, WINOFF16.EXE will be executed whenever the computer is shut down in the normal way?

  5. I will add to the above from myself. Currently on Windows 98 FE with KernelEx (with the latest changes) and some updates, the following versions work for me: 086i; 1111; 206; 210; 224; 228; 300; 3018. All versions from the PortableApps website (Because different versions have conflicting and mismatched settings, and it's better that they don't intersect). Also VLC doesn't like long paths and folder names with spaces (Which only affects online video streaming). Versions below < 2XX perform better on older hardware, but do not support modern HTTPS video streaming (the old one is unlikely to be seen anymore). Versions 1111 and higher do not play files from NTFS disks. Version 206 supports YouTube and Twitch.tv links, but this requires updating the root certificates, as well as the twitch.luac and youtube.luac files, and on more modern hardware, also turn off AES-NI in the BIOS (Otherwise, VLC fails when you try to open a link to YouTube or Twitch). Versions 210 to 3018 are only suitable for local playback. Everything that is written about VLC at the link above on the WIKI is correct.

  6. On 2/5/2019 at 12:48 AM, SweetLow said:

    Of course.

    Here is original post.

    The translation:

    (string value)
    If this is "1" then disable any PnP (ACPI BIOS and PnP BIOS). If this is "0" (or absent) then will work well known ACPIOption.
    So use the next table to switch:
    "IgnorePnPBIOS"="1" - PnP disabled
    "IgnorePnPBIOS"="0" and  "ACPIOption"=dword:00000002 - use PnP BIOS
    "IgnorePnPBIOS"="0" and  "ACPIOption"=dword:00000001 - use ACPI BIOS
    Of course, don't forget to full redetect your hardware in control panel after any changes.

    P.S. This registry key is exactly what "setup /p i" does. And it is actual for Win95 also.

    This really works for me. For several years I could not fully solve the problem of correctly migrating Windows 98 from an old computer with functional ACPI (Conroe865PE + x6800) to a newer one (Q87 + 4790k), by transferring (Clone) the old IDE PATA HDD to a new AHCI SATA SSD where ACPI is used by default and every time after detecting devices and rebooting, a blue screen fell out. At first, I managed to modify the unofficial Intel INF from LoneCrusader:

    in which I deleted the line regarding ACPI. As a result, an unknown device was constantly hanging in the device manager, designated as "%*PNP0C08.DeviceDesc%" under a yellow question mark, and the PCI bus had to be added separately, by hand. This in detail caused some discomfort and attracted attention every time, although it allowed the use of Windows. I was looking for just such a way that does not require reinstalling an already configured Windows. But only recently found it. Used the following values: 


    As a result, ACPI disappears completely! Correctly. Finally. Naturally, I redownloaded INTELINF_9.4.0.1017_98SE.ZIP and used it in its original version. And all the devices were correctly detected and installed (Except, perhaps, "PCI Communication Device"). The PCI bus was picked up again and also completely automatically! What didn't exist before. Thus, the functionality of these registry settings under Windows 98 RTM (Gold) is fully confirmed.

    And my question is this: is it possible to somehow configure or replace the ACPI Table even before Windows starts, so that ACPI still works correctly? To make Windows shut down automatically without pressing a button (This action is still required). Instead of ACPI, this function can theoretically be performed by APM, but it is not at all in Device Manager and it is not even detected when detecting devices. It is not seen among the system ones even when trying to add a device manually (Indicating the path to the INF folder). Is it possible to force install APM (Or fix ACPI)? Support for APM is declared by the manufacturer, but for some reason it is not detected and does not work. I have to turn off the PC with the button (After the inscription "It`s now safe to turn off your computer."). Whereas on the old hardware it turns off automatically by itself. Perhaps here it needs to be somehow previously activated from under DOS (or by means of RU.EFI at the BIOS stage)? Thank you.

  7. I have already thought about the option of purchasing a separate sound card myself, especially for Firefox 52.9 and Mypal 29.3.0, so that there would be sound in the browser. But there was no reliable confirmation. Now, thanks to you, it is there. It's not even difficult to make a shortcut that will switch the sound card by default before launching the browser and return everything as it was after. And the output from this sound card can be combined with the main one (If desired). A complicated scheme, yes, but I don't see any other way out (Except to use the browser in a virtual machine, which negatively affects the YouTube frame rate). But for the successful implementation of this, you need to know exactly which USB card model you should purchase and which drivers to install on it. So thank you for confirming that such a scheme will, in principle, work under Windows 98 and it will be even better if you write with which sound card and which drivers you managed to do it (So that it would be clear what to buy). Thanks.

    As for YouTube's performance. Firstly, as mentioned above, links can be searched through a search engine, you can also use an alternative muzzle (Links to them can be found on the Internet). In principle, you can also watch there, they do not lag so much and are even less demanding on the browser version (You need to choose the right one among them). Also, you can open the link instead of:



    then only the video itself will open. You can also look in the direction of extensions that change UserAgent. The iPad version is more lightweight, but at the same time it is complete. Mobile version also. But these are all crutches, it's about viewing the YouTube site itself "as is", and nothing can be done here, because browser engines are outdated. If only somehow run Mypal68 (For XP initially which) or MiniChrome from Kafan for Windows XP (Based on Chromium 87). Their engines are better compatible with modern YouTube.

  8. On 30.03.2023 at 13:53, Danielx said:

    so i just did. i downloaded firefox 52.8, followed all steps deliberately with all the DLLs, kextensions and whatelse not.
    but, guess what. @awkduckseems to be a very clever duck indeed, since he or she was right! :D
    youtube indeed *does* work with firefox 52.8 in this situation. maybe work is not the right word for it, it tries to do its work, almost. 
    well what happens if i try to open youtube.com? it loads like forever, than it draws correctly. fascinating sight to see, youtube.com in 2023 on a windows98se, still wonderous and marvelous!
    the best experience you could probably get with firefox 52.8 on w98se is disabling all cache, disable hardware acc (at my case with vbem), disable all site prefetching in about:config and such.  then you use google to search a certain video and strangely enough it never can remember any of your cookie settings and you get more advertisements thrown at than on any other device and it is slow. but..

    it works! you even see the video and even with vbem in acceptable speed. artifacts happen thou, but most of the time the video works quite well. and if u wait long enough rest of the youtube page is loading as well, it only takes a lot of time till everything is ready. i guess it has to do with only having one core able to work with in w98se and few extensions of cpu may not be used correctly? that i would just assume. all over all, you *can* watch videos with it.
    Btw i'm using the hdatsr from 16-bit. with this it wont play sound in youtube. however, with my usb headset sound from youtube works without any problems. fullscreen is impossible thou because of vbem or the firefox incompatibility with windows or disabled hardware acceleration. anyways, it is interesting how far we have come with this :D never expected it to reach that deep into  the depths of modern web.

    This is very good news! Since there was no sound with any proven drivers under Windows 98 yet. I even tried an unofficial WDM driver for Sound Blaster 16 ISA (From Windows ME, where there is sound with it). Would it be difficult for you to write with which USB headset you have achieved such success (the name of the model at least) and which drivers you put on it (You can specify a link to them or add here)?

  9. And yet, starting from which processor can the problem manifest itself in one way or another? The Readme for the patch says "CPUs - AMD ZEN 2+, Intel Tiger Lake+" and these are apparently the versions from which the problem begins to manifest itself too clearly. However, the problem itself was described back in 2015, respectively, the problem was already on the hardware of that time. Does this mean that the problem is also present on 2015 hardware, but to a lesser degree? Accordingly, the patch should be applied there as well?

    However, just for testing purposes, I tried to apply the patch on Windows 98 and it didn't seem to work:


    Enter path to WINDOWS\SYSTEM, or Windows instalation
    0: cancel execution
    1: patch files, VMM32.VXD will be extracted, extracted files patched
    2: patch files, VMM32.VXD will be patched directly [default]
    3: do 1 and 2 simultaneously
    4: scan *.CAB archives, extract files and patch them (VMM32 directly)
    Choose (0-4): 2
     Status | File path
            | C:\Windows\System\VMM32.VXD
            | C:\Windows\System\VMM32\VMM.VXD
            | C:\Windows\System\VMM32\NTKERN.VXD
            | C:\Windows\System\VMM32\IOS.VXD
            | C:\Windows\System\NDIS.VXD
      N - new patches to apply
      C - file created (extracted)
      E - some already patches
      Status: no patches to apply found
    Patching proccess failure
    Press enter to exit...


  10. On 9/18/2022 at 6:17 AM, schwups said:

    Have you tested which Firefox version is the last with support for vxd drivers?

    Firefox 14. Sound support when using the VxD driver was discontinued in one of the nightly builds between versions 14 and 15. Among all the nightly builds of version 14 that I checked, I came across both supporting sound, and where there is no sound anymore. In version 15, it is no longer completely (Although I did not thoroughly check the nightly assemblies 15 - there are too many of them).

  11. On 5/16/2022 at 1:04 PM, ks4 said:

    CMI8738 isn't the only card on which sound in Firefox in Win 98 is working - I'm testing FF with KernelEx on VMware Player with Win 98SE and sound works. I'll do a comparision between my sound drivers and its installed components.

    Would you care to provide more information regarding this? Namely:

    - WDM driver version for CMI8738
    - VMware Player Version
    - Version of installed add-ons (Guest OS Tools) for VMware Player
    - Windows 98 SE Version (Are any non-official updates taken from WinME installed)

  12. On 5/10/2022 at 10:53 PM, ks4 said:

    Hello, I have FF 52.9.0esr running on Win 98SE, but there is no sound. When I had a CMI8738 based card with WDM drivers installed, sound worked in FF. When I changed it to VxD, it stopped working. Also when I changed card to Audigy 2 ZS with VxD drivers sound refused to work. I've tried clearing cache, reinstalling flash and even reinstalling whole browser, but it didn't help. Have you some ideas where can be problem? Is it something with VxD drivers?

    I also changed graphics card from GF 2 MX400 to GF FX 5500 (using the same driver version - Forceware 77.72), and video stopped working. Interestingly, video works on MyPal 28.0, but it has some graphical glitches and is less stable than Firefox on my PC.

    Greetings. I have a very similar problem. There is sound in Windows ME with the WDM driver, but if you install the VXD driver, the sound disappears. And in Windows 98 there is no sound at all, both with the VxD and with the WDM driver. At the same time, there is sound in the system itself in all cases. Sound is also available in older versions of Firefox (<14 and some early nightly alpha builds of 14). Starting from version 15, the sound is no longer available in all that I managed to try at the moment. I don’t know what to do with this problem, so far I see the option of installing a separate sound card with WDM drivers, especially for browsers, or looking for some purely software sound card emulator based on WDM drivers. And the fact that you have CMI8738 sound under Windows 98 SE, with installed WDM drivers is a very good sign (In terms of WinME is not required in this case). Because I have sound on SoundBlaster16 only in WinME and only with WDM drivers. This may mean that the WDM driver for CMI8738 has some key files that give sound to Windows 98 SE (not only in WinME, as in my case).

  13. In Firefox Portable 8.0.1, Flash Player works exactly until we set the compatibility mode with Windows XP SP2 on the file XUL.DLL what is required in newer Firefox (including 52.9). The symptoms are the same. However, in Firefox Portable 8.0.1 we can use NT4 compatibility mode for XUL.DLL and in this case, there are no problems with FlashPlayer. I don't know how to do the same in Firefox 52.9 yet.

  14. I managed to find out using VM's that there is indeed sound in the FirefoxPortableLegacy52_52.9.0 running in the original Windows ME environment. However, as it turned out later, under the same conditions, neither in the original nor in the updated unofficial SP3 "https://www.htasoft.com/u98sesp/" Windows 98 SE, there is no sound, as in the original clean Windows 98 FE (My main system). These are the kind of pies. Do you have the same thing?


    Here are some of the original Driver CDs for the D875PBZ.


    This model uses the Intel CSA bus for the network card. Perhaps, for correct operation, you need the original driver for this board, supplied on the official Driver CD.

    Previously, you could download updated driver versions for this model on the Intel website. At a minimum, their names can be found via web.archive.org from around 2003-2005.

  16. Hi. There was such a good project called UNICOWS WRAPPERS, now its support and further development, unfortunately, has been discontinued (for known reasons) and is unlikely to be expected in the foreseeable future.

    Is there a list of programs that help launch these WRAPPERS, in various combinations with KernelEx and other solutions?

    (Similar to the "KernelEx Apps Compatibility List").

  17. Greetings!

    I use Windows 98 FE for day-to-day operation, music, cinema, internet and games. This is the basic (and the most basic) system. Here's a message like this from outside (using GoogleChrome software, shipped from Virtual PC 5.0):




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