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  1. I have not tried this program my self, but there is "RedNotebook". I do not know if this will run on Win9x. It does have versions going back to 2008. It mentions export functions, but I do not know if PDF is supported. None the less, is does seem to support images. It is also specifically aimed at Diaries and Journals. If you click on the "Files" tab, you will find versions even up to the current actively developed version. There is also the "Old Versions" folder. You may have to use a version from there. You will be wanting to download the files ending in "exe". Pay attention to the date and descending version number, if you need hunt for an older version. I know this may seem like common sense. But I am attempting to attend to any level of user experience. Update:RedNotebook 0.4.0 is likely the only one to run, on vanilla Win98. It supports export to Html, Latex, and Text. Seems somewhat basic and without image support.
  2. I should add that, PDFCreator wants to install it's own toolbar and set Yahoo as your homepage; or something like that. The Yahoo option can be unchecked. And for me, it seems the toolbar did not install; since the application author no longer hosts if for download (causes the installer to stall for awhile, at the end of installation). So these "should" not be a problem.
  3. Well, I don't know of any specific to diary or journals. Until someone mentions something better, I'll fill in with something that might work for you. It will require Windows 98 or newer. You can first get the AbiWord 2.4.6 installer from here. Abiword supports images and several formatting options. There are two other files for download, on that page. They are extra plugins. You can get them if you want. But they are not required. One of them (abiword-pluggins-impexp-2.4.6.exe) downloads required dependency files (dlls). The files are still available online. But if you want back-ups, in case that changes, you can get them here. In that case you would extract any dlls from the dependency archives to "C:\Program Files\AbiSuite2\AbiWord\bin". Again, you would only need to do that, if you manually downloaded the dependencies. Further more, you would only need the dependencies, if you installed the extra import/export plugins, without an internet connection. Then you would download the PDFCreator 1.2.3 installer from here. It is a print to PDF application. When you run the installed application, it hosts a virtual printer. The printer outputs PDF files when any application selects its virtual printer to print a document. For me, since I tested it with wine, I had to print to a .ps (postscript 2.0) file. Then add that file with the PDFCreator Virtual Printer Controller. Then it printed the file to PDF. If you are using Windows, it believe it should be automatic. Like I said, this is not a diary/journal application. But you could just save your entries to a folder with the date as the filename. Likewise, you could name the PDF files by date.
  4. If your audio device is not supported, you might have another option. This is most useful on laptops, but it isn't always pretty. Many of you will already know about this. But until a couple of years ago, I didn't. Most USB audio devices (cheap ones) are supported by the Windows "Generic USB Audio Device" driver. But its not perfect. Here is a description on USB audio, from Microsoft. It is also a WDM driver. So performance may be chunky, depending on your system. Some systems I have tried, end up with choppy audio. For example, window's sounds will stutter, but synth is fine. Seems to be more a problem on Virtual Machines. Using a ASIO driver may help, if you application supports it. Good luck!
  5. I'd be interested in the sources for the mod, and maybe which tools are used to compile it. I've also noticed that it cannot play an mkv that has ogg as the audio stream. Sherpya has built many Mplayer binaries for Windows. From the "old" folder on Sourceforge, one of the last builds (maybe the last) from 2010 seems to work pretty well with Win98. I would recommend reviewing the mplayer config file and associating mplayer.exe with the desired file types. It also works with the Hxdos extender on dos. But the forked version (hxdos), with support for ac97 and hda, is probably required; for most people. It does not work on Win95. I have also been able to use Mplayer, from the Freedos distro, inside a windows Dos windows. It needs to be a fullscreen Dos window. Depending on your video card support, for vesa access via a Dos windows, graphics may become crippled; when you leave the Dos window fullscreen mode. I have not tested it with Win3x, but it has worked with Win95. Edit: I suppose you could use newer versions of Sherpya's Mplayer, with Kernelex. And for anyone attempting to use Mplayer for Dos, keep in mind that it "does not" use Window's acceleration and "does" use Window's soundblaster emulation. Not ideal for slower computers. It's really more of a novelty.
  6. I second Bruninho. I ran into something similar back when checking out the Lynx web browser. The homepage had a small graphic icon "Viewable by any browser". After looking around it turned up this Campaign. The link provided by Bruninho is more progressive and Retro targeted. But retro business aside, its an example of people creating the web they want. Rather than just complaining about JS. What would be really cool is a resurgence of Hotline or things like it. There was a small moment when people were integrating homepages into things like gnutella. Fear of exposing your real IP and the explosion of piracy's immediate gratification gave rise to bittorrent/filelockers and server based social networking. Now some really cool networks are gone or held up by dedicated grey beards, aided by a curious few. Modern devices all but put the final nails in the coffin. B.B.S. is dead, long live B.B.S. But back to Web 1.0, it would mostly support even dos webbrowsers. You could likely even use Amiga and a couple of 8bit systems, to view some content.
  7. I've recently had luck with "VDMSound.win9x.bin.alpha3.zip", when using WDM drivers. Probably works with VxD drivers, too. It is just stitched together enough to work. There is some reg addition needed to kill the tip of the day. Once you understand how it is put together, you can fix it up to your needs. I've never tried the original VDMSound. It is for Win2k and up.
  8. I'll be sure to add it to the collection. Is that a recent discovery, or did you pull that from memory? Good find, either way.
  9. Hmmm. But it doesn't do this when you load a non-D3D game? If you are getting different video initiation on the host side, then you might have your answer there. Do you know what I mean? Edit:You could test your WineD3D build on other VM software (or real machine if available). This way you can determine if it works in it's own right (absence of pass-though). Others might even be willing to test, too. It it ran, it would be slow. But it could eliminate one variable in your process. This edited suggestion has nothing to do with the above questions.
  10. So we could distill this down to, compiling newer versions of WinD3D for WinXP and Win98? And you are suggesting that he altered them in no way, for compatibility with his Qemu fork. But obviously they are altered. Unless you are suggesting that no one ever tried to target the newer versions to build for the older versions of windows.? Meaning you believe no one has actually bother compiling the newer versions (WinD3D), to build for (target) the unsupported versions of Windows. But he has tried, and had some success. Is that about it?
  11. Thanks for looking into it :) They would probably work okay with Win98 and kernelex. But, with some trade offs, other might work better. Bochs works on Win95, but is hardly very useful. After Qemu 0.10.1 accelerated virtualization was moved to KVM. Qemu still works without KVM. But as version numbers increase the evolving compilers build less efficient binary(faster CPUs often more than make for the difference) and non KVM performance is less a focus. So in my tests, Qemu provides less performance beyond 0.9 and 0.10, unless you have a KVM capable CPU. Kqemu provides similar benefits to KVM, but doesn't require a KVM capable CPU. It doesn't compare in performance or features, but it is way better than nothing. Qemu with Kqemu is similar in performance to Virtual box, without KVM (Maybe Virtualbox 3-ish). You're not gonna wanna play heavy games through it. But it could still be very useful. Qemu dropped support for Kqemu after 0.10.1, to focus on KVM. So any version after that has no option for kqemu, without manual patching and rebuild. I am sure Kqemu >=0.10.1 would work with Kernelex and Win98. I am not too sure about Kqemu (maybe). But if you use Win95, you'll need to do some work. Maybe not that much. Kind of like Dosbox for 95/NT. It takes a bit of love. An older version of Qemu (without Kqemu) would perform worlds better than Bochs. As a Win95 user, I'm primed to want an alternative to running Win98/Kernelex or Bochs. Which seems to mean I need to roll up my sleeves. Without Kqemu, I can use Qemu >=0.9 under dos using with HXDos. I can even have sound, with a non-official version of HXdos. But depending of host card's VESA design, SDL can produce hairy results. Also, dos doesn't provide 2d VESA acceleration. On a machine with Windows 2D acceleration, SDL would perform more than well enough. As can be seen with the unofficial Dosbox build. The trade-off with older versions, is occasionally running into unimplemented hardware emulation. If accomplished, Qemu with Kqemu, would likely perform better than newer versions using Kernelex on Win98. And on 95, just about anything would be better than Bochs. Sorry Bochs, but its true.
  12. You might not be interested in trying anymore. So I apologize if this reply bares no interest, as you specifically said you need someone to do it. I understand that, and have been there. But if no one comes along, you could list more details of the method(s) you tried, and the errors you ended up with. If nothing else, this provides someone (that knows what's going on) insight into the situation. I would certainly offer assistance, but I've yet to actually build anything Windows related. I'm nearing that point. I've been able to work out a lot of other compilation issues. I have never written a complex application, but can modify the heck out of one. So I'm not promising I could help much. But I'd for sure give it the time of day. I'm sure there are plenty around like that. Probably more competent than I. On a side note, I myself am looking into building Qemu 0.9-0.10 for Win95. Something before KVM came along. Maybe even get Kqemu for Win95. Although for completely different reasons. If someone else has already done it, feel free to gloat :)
  13. I have this 2003 era laptop, with soldered ram (512Mb). But the initial 640k (and some above) are fine. The laptop includes an additional 512Mb memory stick. With Linux I can use a kernel boot parameter (mmap) and tell the OS to ignore the bad on board memory range. It runs very stable that way, other wise the motherboard heats up and the usual bad memory issue arise. What is the best way to deal with this in Win9x? A himem.sys configuration? Or maybe eat up the bad memory range with a ramdrive, that I never use?
  14. These days, I am surprised someone doesn't sell printer kits. Some 3d printed parts, a couple of servos/motors, and a micro controller or small FPGA. We could be making printers for Dos. Might even be easier. Drivers seem harder to write, the more modern the OS. Well, that is unless you don't have the toolchain, documentation, etc. I suppose it would cost more, than a new printer. But that's pretty common, in the obs"ELITE" world of computing. Seriously, you'd think opensource printers would have been a thing by now. Some silly Slogan, "The FREEdom to print, Richard M. Stallman". I suppose he is more a free software guy. But the firmware could be opensource.
  15. LoneCrusader, long time fan of the 95 work the two of you have done. I fortunately have one legacy port :)
  16. The same driver supports 98 and 95. But either Win95 support is poor, or it doesn't support DirectX8(very well).
  17. Yes, I have one of those (Sx0). I think the chip (V30) is a P4M800. There are plenty of handy tools for finding out specs. But A nice easy one is KolibriOS. The chip is displayed on the blue kernel boot screen. Once booted, there is a pci info tool that lists manf/dev ids. Its not bad for a 1.44mb OS. Any memdisk bootloader or direct map should work, for the 1.44 floppy img file. It has more applications from an addon pack (Doom/Quake/FFplay). But for me it is a nice quick tool for moving files from fat/ext*/ntfs to fat32. It has pretty good USB support and is only booted as a ramdrive. I totally hack the desktop, because its a bit cluttered for me. Hope no one minds me selling this thing, while posting in a Win95 section. As a Win95.... fanatic, Kolibri has been almost as useful as Grub4dos. Though there are probably plenty of machines it won't work on.
  18. I think that has VIA in it. I have some V90, V90L, and V90LE clients. They install Win95 nicely. But the video driver is buggy. It only seems to work if you uninstall DirectX. I think the driver was designed for DirectX9. I have heard that there might be ways to fix this. But nothing has worked for me. VEMB works though. I don't think Scitech would work. But I haven't tried. Or you might have the Sx0 series. That is GeodeGX2. The older has CS5535 chip and newer (part number ending in L) has CS5536.
  19. I should have tried this before. For whatever reason cancel on somethings and next/finish on others finally allowed me in. Not sure which combo did it, but it worked. I'll have plenty of other problems ahead of me. But this problem is fixed. This is still from a memory mapped boot. So I will keep trying to get a local boot working. Also, now it is possible that I might be able to change things from inside Win95; possible fix. If I find something that works, I will report back on it. Time to make a larger image file with more tools. Thanks for the ideas, everyone.
  20. They seem to have gone up in price, since I last looked. In US ebay $16+8 S+H. It looks like it has a special pad, that might be needed to use with it. I see a Win logo on the back of the box. Here
  21. I see, "usb --int". Good to know that its there. I am sure it will come in handy on many projects :) The blinking cursor only happens from USB boot. But there are all kinds of strange things with USB. Even with an ext4 partition, syslinux cannot traverse the root directory. The same is true with grub4dos. If I have menu.lst and grubldr in /boot/grub, it cannot be found. Everything needs to be in root. I've never seen that before. I tried again booting the USB with a fat16 partition, using Dos mbr. When starting Win95 (no bootloader) it exits initiation and outputs "It is now safe to restart your computer" or something like that. Then if you reboot, the famous "c> cannot locate command.com". That probably is due to the fat16 partition not having the correct geometry. I've not had that issue when using a fat32 partition. There are many MBR/PBR to choose from. Do you mean one from the actual IDE partition? BTW, Zeroshell, is cool.
  22. I've also thought about disabling detection, just to see that everything boots fine. If it did, has anyone configured devices without detection?
  23. Your enthusiasm/ingenuity is in line with mine. The problem is that the only successful load, so far, is from ram. Nothing is saved after shutdown. Even if I configure everything on another machine, for booting on this one, the reboot clears everything. So if the task could just exit to Dos, then maybe I could copy the registry for some tweaking.
  24. Thanks Goodmaneuver, I was thinking I should pick up a serial mouse anyway. Optical serial mice are cheap on Ebay. And the idea of an optical serial mouse amuses me.

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