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Rodney Dawn

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  1. I can write to the old drives in DOS fine. I tested them afoter formatting, by using the bootdisk to ''start computer with cd rom support'' and then copying a 50 meg .zip archive from a cd by changing to cd directory and then "copy test.zip F:\test
  2. Yeah, the Mach64 was one of the better graphics cards for the 486, and even came standard as integrated graphics on some socket 7 boards (no ''real'' VLB slot, but had the VESA bus internally connected as part of the chipset, essentially emulating the 486 memory subsystem as part of the northbridge on those boards.) This was an early attempt at decent integrated graphics which was later superceded by the Rage II which internally connected to the PCI bus on later socket 7 and eventually Rage Pro which internally used a 1x agp bus on Super 7 boards. Good to know its just a bios limitation, as I've got some sizeable PATA drives that would work great with ATA133 controllers (on machines with PCI slots) Unfortunately the fastest bus on the 486 machine is the VLB, and the best card I have found is an ATA33 controller that supports a max of 32gb. I got the Trident working in 256 color 800x600 by installing the vram from the broken card, and put the ATA33 card in the VLB, the 3.2 caviar SE is working perfectly with two partitions of roughly 1.5gb (minus a bit for formatted capacity) and is noticeably faster than using the old PIO controller. Yeah the 3.2 is a replacement for the original 400 meg drive as I needed more room to install ME to begin with. the original drive actually formatted fine, but was just under the minimum size (583mb according to setup) by a couple hundred mb so I had substituted the wd and configured with jumpers to limit capacity to 850 megs for the old pio controller (no longer necessary with the VESA ata33 card. The 3.2 was pulled from an old socket 7 machine, and fully supports ATA33 speeds. I may end up swapping it for a 10 gig MAXTOR ATA66 drive (which would downclock to ata33 of course, but because of the larger cache the Maxtor gives slightly better throughput (about 450kb/s better read/write) when downclocked to ata33 than what the wd (a true ata33 drive) gets. The old paralell port drives are mostly MFM, with a couple early PIO models (the larger ones). The trouble I am having, is using a bootdisk, I can get DOS to see them, and format with FAT, but in windows they either dont show at all or just show as a generic ''removable disk'' which locks up Explorer when I try to open it. I think its likely a driver issue, and need to find a modded driver from win95 tweaked to work with ME, assuming such is possible. I know it can be done with printer/scanner drivers, also using LPT1 so theoretically it should be possible with HDDs as well. I assume these were probably win3.11 or early win95 drives, and maybe even older than that. I would think they would work using ''msdos compatibility mode'' since the DOS bootdisk sees and can write to them, same for the 8" floppy (I have 1 good disk for it, and one which is magnetically degraded to the point of being unusable), but for whatever reason windows doesn't. LPT1 is set to allow bi-directional data of course, and my paralell port zip drive works flawlessly. Thanks for the tip about the orientation of the floppy cable, now I have both the 3.5 and 5.25 working as they should. That's what I was afraid of with the serial ps/2 adapter. I'll just stick with the serial mouse for now, though I miss the scroll wheel, and the ball is nowhere near as precise as the ps2 optical. Eventually I hope to find an ISA card with PS/2 connectors to solve the problem properly.
  3. Yes, it has several empty sockets. I've also got an identical card with a broken D-sub (VGA) connector which I could pull chips from to populate the empty sockets on the working Trident card. Hopefully that will bring it up to either 640/480 16 bit, or 800x600 256 color, either of which would be a nice improvement. Then I could use the VLB slot for a nice (for its time) Ultra ATA33 card (the HDD is a WD32000 caviar SE 3.2gig capable of running ultra ATA33 mode so would definately benefit from running at ATA33 rather than PIO mode. (and could remove the jumper limiting capacity to 850 megs (needed by the motherboard PIO controller) and take advantage of the full drive. the VLB ATA33 controller supports drives up to 32 gb) and of course windows ME can theoretically handle up to 137 (or more with patches) so the full 3.2 being usbale would be no problem. Going to use partitionmagic to resize the C: partition to 1.5 gb, then partition the remaining space to hold the swapfile, and expanded data storage, assuming I get the trident ISA gpu sorted out so I can free up the VLB slot to run the ATA33 controller, that is. Probably going to have to play with the jumper settings to get the ATA controller ''happy'' though. while the Mach64 gpu runs fine with 40mhz FSB/VLB the HDD controller likely needs the busclock at 33mhz (which is standard for the chip anyway, 33x3. but I was running it at 40x2.5 (still 100mhz cpu clock) for the improved system throughput of 40mhz fsb. 50x2 is also workable, as I have really good EDO dram, but not practical as even the MAch64 VLB card has major issues with the VLB running at 50mhz. I dont never run the chip above rated 100mhz, but I have tried many combinations of fsb and multi to get to 100 in order to optimize throughput while maintaining full function of all components. The chip originally had no real cooling, so I used some thermal adhesive, and a small northbridge cooler off a junk p4 board (bad caps and toasted mosfets) and a small chipset fan with 3-pin to FDD power addapter (tapped for 5v so it stays silent) just to help keep it cool under the heavy (for a 486) workload of running windows ME. Granted even this simple mild active cooling is overkill for a 486, but it was free, runs quiet, and will no doubt prolong the life of the system. ON the software aspect, the old 486 has only had two real issues with ME. One being it doesnt like to use the 5.25 and 3.5 floppy together (backing up old 5.25's to 3.5's) or reading from either floppy while writing to the paralell port attached zip drive. (likely a bug in the old floppy controller and not windows itself) This happens regardless of busclock. The other is a sound glitch, where if I use a regular serial mouse, the startup and shutdown sound plays properly, but if I use a serial to ps/2 adapter to use my optical mouse it sometimes causes crackling in the audio. I'm thinking this is due to the adapter itself, as the same optical mouse in a standard ps/2 port doesn't cause this crackling on K6, pentium, or newer systems also running ME. Speaking of paralell port drives, I also have several tape drives, a good working 8" floppy, and a few hdds in the 80 to 130 meg range which I have been trying to get working with ME.
  4. Thanks That will certainly make things easier.
  5. Yeah I just gave it a try, and it does indeed run on ME if you replace Psapi. I made the mistake of running the machine out of resources trying to find all calling modules, but it does indeed work. For reference, the equivalent directory to C:/winNt, on ME (and 98/se) on a default install would Be C:/Windows
  6. opteron updae, still looking for a simple way to update win7 bootloader to recognize ME (installed on a DOM SSD in a PCI to ATA133 add in card) AM3+ Opteron 3380 if that helps. Primary GPU R9 390x PCIe, secondary GPU ATI 7000 PCI bios set to display first pcie, then pci then onboard (radeon HD6200 series) legacy BIOS boot mode, SATA set to IDE mode. I can boot either OS by selecting boot drive in bios, but would be simpler if someone could help me edit win7 boot file to recognize ME (D:/windows)
  7. was actually wondering about purchasing that package myself. got a nice quad opteron I'd like to be able to use at least two cores of for some apps in ME.
  8. Sorry I was unable to relpy sooner. RLoew, You have done a great service keeping win ME(9X) alive with your ram patch, and various other programs. I think I speak for the community in general when I say, R.I.P, and your work will be sorely missed. Thank you for all your help, and rest well wherever you are now.
  9. As another ME power user myself, I'm happy to talk about all ME topics as well. I have limited experience with 95c and 98 as I upgraded to ME as soon as it came out, but I know at least a handful of ME tweaks that theoretically should work for 98/95 too/
  10. As to why word processing matters, well simply, I do all spreadsheet work on a NON-Networked winME machine, and save to a Zip250 disk which I then use on a Kali Linux machine behind Tor for online transactions. I dont trust even woindows 7's apparent lack of telemetry (when properly secured) where finances are concerned. Note the ME machine I do this on has no network connection at all, and the data only goes online via Kali linux, so I get both FAT32/s lack of ADS, and the security of Linux in one go.
  11. Ok, firstly, win2k/NT4 is NOT ME, they are two very different, although somewhat visually sililar operating systems. Not sure if KernelEX, being intended for 9x/ME would be of any help on an NT based system like 2k, but then I was never a fan of NT at all until win 7, (and only win 7) so perhaps someone more into the whole 2k/xp era could be of more help. Using my limited XP experience, (before ''upgrading that A64 skt 754 machine to ME) as a guide, I would say, make sure you have all updates, especially explorer, media player, and directx, for your os, and if that fails, then explore compatibility options. if someone has something akin to kernelex for nt4 then by all means use it, KernelEx itself is gold for 9x/ME (well only tersted on ME but still it is nice). Make sure your graphics card has hardware acceleration, and make sure you have the latest java runtime and adobe flash your os supports as well.
  12. Just wondering if anyone else remembers, and actually liked VLB. dont get me wrong, AGP is much nicer and easier to work with, but for older 486 and early pentium/AM586 machines, VLB was nice. Its dependencies on outdated memory archetectures were a disadvantage against competing PCI standard, but when it worked, a nice card like an ATI mach64 VLB was a real beast in win 95, and a decent basic card for ME as well (to bring an old ISA/VLB system with no AGP up to ME specs for basic browsing and word processing, etc). Granted even a AM486dx133 and 64mb of EDO ram was still slow as molasses in winter for ME, it was certainly better than no hardware acceleration at all. Just finished refurbishing an old 48xdx100 which brought this topic to mind. with a mach64 VLB in it, I can actually run 16 bit color 800x600 on ME without bogging the machine down too much for word processing, while the traditional Trident ISA gpu is stuck at 640x480/256 color mode in the same machine. granted most ME capabale games need something much beefier than VLB could deliver, but then again those wouldnt run well on a 486 anyway, but for casual use it beats the heck out of standard ISA (and early non accelerated pci too for that matter), with the right card of course. VLB can be a Pain to get setup on some configurations, but when it works, it was gold--until Rage pro 3d PCI and Rage pro 128AGP came out that is.
  13. Thanks That will certainly save a good deal of time (and a couple gb of backup space).
  14. I may have to go that route if I have issues with conservativeSwapfileUsage being enabled. Havent had to limit vcache yet as only 384mb of ram right now, but on the AthlonXP machine with a 256mb gpu and 1gb ram I set vcache to 500mb and AGP Aperture to 32mb (was set to 256mb until recently as I mis interpeted the bios setting. I always used to set agp aperture to match gpu ram. As an update to my previous, I plugged a small test hdd into the Athlonxp machine to clone the existing ME install onto and then connected the drive to my Opteron with an IDE to Sata adapter, and oddly enough it booted. (base video obviously, but realtek ethernet driver, and usb controllers had drivers. It would take a lot of hardware wrangling (video sound and proper HDD controller add in cards) to make that anywhere near day to day usable, but I was just testing chipset compatibility anyway. Still it certainly opens up some new possibilities. (you can ''sort of'' make 7 almost feel like ME by setting classic view and turning off all the nanny-nags with regedit tweaks but its nowhere near the same, and does nothing for program compatibility either.) Probably going to hunt up the necessary cards and get a dual boot set up on here too, since the test proved it to be possible, with a bit of work. Plenty of PCI (and PCie) slots to work with, so the hardest part will be getting win7 boot manager set up to accept the dual boot. Getting back to the p4 "All in one" build though, I decided on a radeon 9000 AGP, 128mb, aperture set to 64mb, and went with the 865 chipset as the board in question had mosfet cooling while the 845 did not. HD ac97 disabled in bios, and replaced with Creative Soundblaster PCI. 450w SFF Energystar bronze PSU, single 12v rail, and routed power through the side panel that sits behind the motherboard to the monitor using a 12v molex to 5.5mm jack adapter cable so the whole thing works off a single AC power cord just like a factory ''all in one''. I have it installing windows at the moment, and should be ready to start installing updates (from a dvd I prepared to simplify things) before long. Going to run 1280x1024 resolution, and once fully updated I will make a backup to a mechanical hdd, and then install KernelEx for better browser support. I actually dual boot two ME installs on the AthlonXP, one with KernelEX and one without, for various apps, but due to space restrictions in the SFF all in one build I'll just running the single install and keep a backup without KernelEX just in case.
  15. if your bios doesnt support usb booting, and you have another pc running windows ME (or 98se presumibly but untested) connect the hdd of the other pc to the working one, boot windows, fdisk, change to the second disk by pushing option 5 and then option 2 then push option 1 to create a primary partition, then reboot, fdisk, and format the new drive, then copy contents of your install cd to a folder , name it something like setup for convenience later. run msconfig to enable selective startup click advanced, and check the boot menu option now apply and reboot. choose safe mode, then when windows loads close off help and support, open my computer, then copy files from boot floppy or cd onto your new drive. then shut down, unplug the working c drive from the working computer, insert ME cd or boot floppy and boot up to run fdisk and mark the partition active. shut down again, remove bootable media and remove the newly prepared drive. reconnect working c drive and reassemble working computer. insert prepared drive in the computer needing installed, let it boot to dos prompt then type cd /setup/win9x, hit enter, then type setup.exe and hit enter again. Sorry for the late reply, but I have used this method to work around exactly that sort of problem. an easier way if doing a lot of these installs would be to keep a small hdd made bootable and setup with the install files on it, then just connect it as a slave drive in whatever system you need. (system should boot from it when master drive is not bootable, but may need to select it in bios on some systems. Edit: THis is for windows ME. Theoretically it SHOULD work for 98, and probably 95 but I have only tested with ME.
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