Offler Posted January 9, 2007 Share Posted January 9, 2007 (edited) Here are some tips that may be useful when searching new driver for win98.1. Turn off the computer, unplug it and take a look on piece of hardware which you want use.This is not a joke. There are various ways how to find suitable driver.a ) searching by product nameb ) searching by manufacturerc ) searching by chipd ) searching by FCC IDExample - Adaptec AVA 2904 - adaptec - aic 7850 - 55x77Most comfortable way is to open manufacturer's web page, click support and find product name, but oops - device is not listed, or driver is not working correctly.In this case try to find your device driver by finding driver for its chip. For example sound card Fortemedia FM801 is also known as Terratec TT801, I512, AU-10, AWC-510, SF256-PCP, MF4CH-256, Quad-Extreme and La-Ma-Zi. all these devices are based on same FM801 chip and drivers are compatible.FCC ID is last way how to identify unknown device. Thru this you may find manufacturer, device type, ever year of production2. Correct OS for my drivers?Windows 98 can handle drivers designed for Win95,98,98se,Me, 2000. There are two driver standards - Wdm and Vxd - details are below. (mostly XP drivers support windows 2k so there is high possibility that w98 is supported thru them)3. Test your driversTake some time to test their functionality and compatibility. Use so much applications as possible - good diagnostic tool is also DXdiag - suitable for graphic cards and sound cards.If an error occurs try to fix it with bios or system settings. if everything fail try to install a different driver.4. Where to search?Try to use classic search engine web such as google, or you may try www.driverguide.com.VXD StandardThese drivers were developed for windows 3,11 and 95. All 9x based systems can handle them.WDM StandardThese were developed as standardized driver model for Windows 98 and 2000 - one driver for both systems. These can be used on windows 98, 98se, Me, 2000, XP and other higher systems. Windows 95 (or earlier system) cannot use them.They also have some advantages - Tv tuner using wdm driver can gain higher resolution for displayed TV signal. These drivers do not have legacy support for Dos, but you can use DOS driver in real Dos environment.What is interesting that ATI and NVidia w9x drivers are VXD based, higher standard was used only for 2k drivers, althought there is possibility that they should work on win98 systems. (those drivers seems to have some locks - inf driver is not readable for win98 and their installers are using unknown dlls)I want to discuss some things about Win9x and their driver compatibility.Many users (mostly XP users) says that new hardware is not compatible with older windows... Here is my experience.I use Windows 98SE, with Unofficial Service Pack and Kup. Now i am using WDM drivers with soundcard and tvtuner developed for win2k, and my Lan card is usind driver originally developed for windows 2000.Also i bought some new pieces of hardware - WifiCard and USB key. Wifi has w98 driver which was useless, but i downloaded driver for higher windows and it worked without trouble... Seller also didnt know that USB key shall work, but it works without limits...Many drivers which are not developed for win9x are able to work without any error. Problems are caused by driver packages (for graphic cards) which have OS detection and they refuse to install the driver.In my opinion some drivers work and some doesnt independently on windows version which they officially support, and sometimes it is hard to find useful driver and it is myth that win98 doesnd support new hardware. Many drivers designed for Windows 2000 are fully compatible with Windows 98, but display drivers have some limitations...Also i want ask you for your experience for w2k/wxp drivers on windows 9x... Edited February 10, 2007 by Offler Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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