Windows 98SE on a new computer

Posted on 2005-04-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
i just built an albatron K8X890 ProII with an athlon 64 3000+ and PCI-E. i have some old programs that need to run on 98. is it possible to run windows 98se on it? or is it a bad idea?

i've tried it and had problems getting everything to function on 98se. the system hangs on the 98 shutdown screen even after installing the patch from microsoft. i received a couple of fatal exception 0Es right after a clean install, but they've gone away. an external usb 2.0 drive was working, now it's not. xp of course runs fine.

if it's not recommended to run 98se on this motherboard, please let me know. i can always run a seperate box with it. if it is ok, is there anything special i need to do to make it stable? since i'm using sata, firewire, etc, 98se is having to assign single IRQs to many devices. are there certain devices that MUST have it's own IRQ?

thank you for your help!
Question by:schvankus
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    You can still do it but you will have issues using over 512MB RAM.  There is a fix if you are still interested.  I use 98 on mine as well:)
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    Yes, I'm using 1gig in dual channel mode. What's the fix?
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    It's possible conditionally ... the condition being that drivers for all necessary components exist, and that you can find them.  This includes at least:

    -motherboard chip set
    -video card
    -sound card-
    -network card(s)
    -other motherboard and PCI devices (USB, Firewire, RAID, etc.)

    There is a problem using Win98 with "fast" CPUs, but that problem doesn't exist in 98SE as far as I know (and for that reason and others, please be sure to use 98SE and not 98 (1st edition)).

    Also, I believe that a patch is required to use more than 512 megs in 98 and 98SE:;en-us;253912
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    As for USB 2.0, you will need a PCI USB 2.0 4 or 5 Port Card, it will come with the drivers needed, but check the box to be sure they are included.  Most Belkin USB 2.0 Cards I have seen do have the CD Rom drivers.  

    The onbboard controllers for USB 2.0 most likely will not work, unless you motherboard has Support for them, but I doubt they will function.

    Also make sure it is formatted to FAT32 instead of FAT.
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    Use Virtual PC.  Work great
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    Here's the fix to limit Win98's use of cache:
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    Running windows 98 on a system as powerful as that is a bit of an overkill for 98 you will not get full performance plus you lose the stability of windows xp.  A better idea would be to purchase Virtual PC from microsoft and use it to run windows 98 inside of windows xp.  This gives you all the power and features of windows xp while providing you with an outlet to run windows 98.

    To try it out you can run a 45 day free trial without any restrictions and see if you like it.

    Personally I hate BSOD's and Windows 98 is so flawed you will get them no matter what you do, with Windows XP you can rely on your system while still running Windows 98 applications through Virtual PC.
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    Curious as to whether or not your USB 2.0 ports are working now, as you did mention in your question that they had stopped??



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