Jump to content

Essential Troubleshooting User Guides for Windows Millennium. Crucial for hardware, internet, embedded dos, & updates.


mwmillennium
 Share

Recommended Posts

I am broadcasting this user guide because the essential information is being slowly lost from internet search providers. Windows 9x is a very functional OS, however, Microsoft rarely included the troubleshooting essential for resetting parts of the file system, which is the way the OS typically gets to work back to normal, even in 2022. I've learned through experience that Virtual PC Emulation is never going to support all DOS and 32-bit games library. A real PC made between 1993 - 2001 must be purchased and taken care of. The Windows Millennium embedded virtual mode DOS window is 100% functional in the exact same performance as in Windows 98... however, the AUTOEXEC.BAT and the CONFIG.SYS files located in the path C:\WINDOWS or in C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD expect accurate command strings in relation to the upgraded MS-DOS Version 8.0 which is a part of Windows ME itself. Additionally, one must be mindful and careful in searching for that one original 16-bit DOS driver made by the Sound Card manufacturer because the name of the string can vary. The file path I mentioned a moment ago is not the DOS BOOT system files. Rather, it is a secondary replica of the DOS BOOT system files which is intended to be read by the embedded virtual mode DOS, which Microsoft designed. For the reason that the AUTOEXEC.BAT and the CONFIG.SYS files were left completely blank by Microsoft, I do not know why. However, with efficient work and knowledge, DOS Gaming is very functional and the CD-ROM, SOUND, MIDI, and Analog Joystick strings must be applied. It also should be noted that the MS-DOS Editor application doesn't even permit editing of the system file path I mentioned. It should be manually edited under Notepad by copying and pasting it to Desktop, and re-naming the file extension to .TXT.

1) Let us start with AUTOEXEC.BAT.
A) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the SET SOUND string is different.
It appears: SET SOUND=C:\WINDOWS\CWCDATA\CWCDOS.EXE /P
(CWCDOS.EXE is the original 16-bit DOS driver made by the Sound Card manufacturer.)

B) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the string particularly has the "I5" and "H5" instead of the usual "I7" and "H7."
It appears: SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6
(On a SoundBlaster brand only, it appears: SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 H7 P330 T6 J200)
Note: Apply the "J200" at the end of the string IF ONLY your sound card is SoundBlaster. If it is SoundBlaster-compatible brand otherwise, skip and proceed to the next step.

C) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the string SET MIDI is PART ONE in order to activate the Analog Joystick under DOS.
It appears: SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0
Note: PART TWO in order to activate the Analog Joystick involves installing Direct X 7.1 through 8.2. Then restart. Then these dual 16-bit and 32-bit drivers will combine functionality. The Joystick is therefore active under Control Panel > Game Controllers.

D) The CD-ROM string is a universally recognized one.
It appears: LH c:\command\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001

E) The complete code string as a whole is a ton of gibberish code, however, it is VERY IMPORTANT to use this version of code IF YOU'RE USING WINDOWS ME because it is the resigned DOS Version 8.0 code included with it.
Note: Open attachment below.

2) Let us continue with CONFIG.SYS.
A) The original purpose of CONFIG.SYS was intended to sort the Disk or Diskette boot order. Microsoft expanded on it to specify memory thresholds and character thresholds. Subsequent to Windows 98 and ME, it also includes expanded memory and hardware drivers. The HIMEM.SYS string is crucial. It is used to manage extended memory on DOS.
Note: Open attachment below.

3) If you have recently upgraded or installed Windows Millennium, you should adhere to the strict update process.
A) Do not download and run the "Unofficial Service Pack 1" auto-script. The person who created that script did not take into account that most updates needs to be individually installed and to restart the computer every time. Your computer will either crash on blue screen or your registry will become obsolete. Instead, go over to this link so that you can download a folder that contains all relevant updates individually > https://archive.org/download/WULOS and select the file "WinUpdates_95-XP32.iso."

B) Please be advised that you may not need to install too many updates for too long from that folder, as because Microsoft released an update-related Security Disc in 2004 to various magazines, which includes a lot of final component updates. Go over to this link > https://archive.org/details/securityupdatecd_2004_woutdirectx9 and download the .ISO file.
Note: This is the only version of the Security CD that has Direct X 9 removed. Because Direct X 9 removed compatibility with dozens of 32-bit games and also removed the analog joystick driver.

C) Do not install Direct X 9 ever. Direct X 7.1 is pre-installed with Windows Me. You may also install Direct X 8.1a and 8.2. Version 8.2 is when you stop.

D) You may also browse the very large collection of updates and additional applications located here: https://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm

4) Browsing the World Wide Web (mainly Google and MSN) in 2022.
A) Download the custom built browser called RetroZilla 2.2 located here: https://github.com/rn10950/RetroZilla/releases/tag/2.2

B) Install Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (IE6SP1). Don't listen to what everyone is saying regarding TSL connections being blocked by external websites. That's bs. Google will load on unsecure HTTP via either TSL and/or SSL. Therefore, open Control Panel > Internet Settings > Advanced. Then scroll down to check mark "SSL 2" "SSL 3" and "TSL 1." Install RetroZilla 2.2. Open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then add these scripts:
Script 1: security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_aes_128_gcm_sha256
Script 2: security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_aes_128_gcm_sha256
Again, open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then search these six scripts and disable them each by toggling it to FALSE.
security.ssl3.ecdh_ecdsa_rc4_128_sha
security.ssl3.ecdh_rsa_rc4_128_sha
security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_rc4_128_sha
security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_rc4_128_sha
security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_md5
security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_sha
Again, open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then search for Java and disable the script called "javascript.enabled" by toggling it to FALSE.

C) If you set up Networking Devices (Sharing) via the Home Network Setup Wizard, your Internet Connection (IP Address) will be negatively compromised. Don't. There is a new yet little known setting in Windows ME called "IP Routing Enabled" which causes this issue. You can view this unusual setting by opening Start > Run > type "Command" > type "WINIPCFG." IP Configuration Utility will open and you will see that setting check marked in blue. It cannot be resolved simply by de-selecting the check mark because the registry settings were compromised too. Therefore if you have no Internet Connection (IP Address) because of this, then this troubleshooting will fix it and get the connection restored.

C-continued) Repairing Winsock2 in Win9x/ME. Open Control Panel > Network. Inside the "Configuration" tab, remove all protocols (the protocol icon is T-shaped) while leaving the Network Adapters (green icon) alone. Close the Network Properties window, AND DO NOT CLICK YES FOR A REBOOT. YOU MUST NOT REBOOT YET. Open Regedit and delete these keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Dhcp
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Dhcpoptions
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\MSTCP
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Winsock2
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2
Then close Regedit.
Open Control Panel > Network again. Click Add, then click Protocol, then click add once more. Then a third box appears. Click Microsoft on the left panel, then click TCP/IP on the right panel.
Have your Windows ME CD inserted for the CAB rebuilding process. Click OK and close all boxes. When the request to reboot appears. CLICK YES and REBOOT.
And your Internet Connection (IP Address) settings are now restored.

5) Release and Renew the IP Address, Default Gateway, and DNS router data.
A) Open Start > Run > type "Command" > type "WINIPCFG." Click Release All and then click Renew All.

6) Easy way to boot into Safe Mode.
A) Hold down the "Control" key when you reboot the computer.

7) Burning blank CD-Rs for file transfer.
A) CD-Rs manufactured since 2015 changed to dyes that are unstable on older CD-ROM Drives and the dyes melt very easily due to the higher power output of the laser. Your best bet is to purchase a lot of orders of vintage CD-R stocks on eBay.com.

_______________________________________
Have *´)
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ * .
´***Great Times!!

I am so very tired and I will provide more troubleshooting guides when I return in a day or two.

AUTOEXEC.TXT CONFIG.TXT

Edited by mwmillennium
  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...