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Epson IM300 epos graphics chip drivers for XP

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Help! Can anyone please guide me to a legit source for xp drivers for what I believe to be a chips and technologies 69000 graphics chip that sits on an epson IM300. I'm up  against a deadline and wonder if anyone has been down this side track. The objective is to get working at 640 x 480 the 10.4" DSTN touch screen that ran when this system was using Win98 sadly I cannot successfully join the 98 install to sbs 2011 essentials as it is not support officially and although theoretically can be done has proven painful - so I upgraded and hoped for the best.
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Why do you think a machine designed for Win98 will run WinXP?  They usually are too old.  As it is, this isn't even a regular PC - it looks like a point-of-sale machine, which makes it even more difficult.
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Well I suppose it's why I joined EE. When my knowledge over 21 years runs out I turn to experts exchange, contribute when I can and pay my twice yearly dues. When I am up against it then sometimes you can short circuit the pain and turn to EE. I agree this is an EPOS system but essentially it is a 1999 system that was produced within the xp legacy development time frame  and I just hoped someone would have trodden the this route before , slim chance apparently. Can you contribute to a solution?
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I've built all kinds of machines starting from before the first IBM PC, and the main obstacle is drivers, as you have already guessed.  That machine is physically limited to a 640x480 screen, and touchscreens require their own software.  Is there a reason you are trying to get this to work, other than curiosity?  The expense in time will far exceed any benefits of running such old hardware - a modern phone has more processing power and is more configurable.  Just trying to save you from going down a dark hole.
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Thank you and I really do apprciate the point you are making. Its a long story but its either this or spend £1400 + on a new EPOS when the only stone I need to complete is a compatible driver - I just though I would give it a try LIke trying to convert the win98 driver to an XP one as an example... just any pointers in the right direct from anyone would be good before I give up totally. Thanks though I do understand your point but having put xp on this old 433 celeron system with 384MB ram and got all the drivers bar one - it would be nice to win.
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How far do you get in the WinXP install?  Does it complete, or fail before finishing?  If you can get it to complete and boot, you don't need video drivers - the WinXP install disc has its own and those are the default with every installation.  If the install CD can't complete, you can't go any further, because there is no procedure to install basic video drivers at that point.  This differs from hard disc drivers, which you can add at the F6 prompt.

For fun, you can try a live Linux CD such as Knoppix (but you can't install any Windows software if it works, though you can read the filesystem).
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Apologies for the delay. Another day at the CoalFace. No problems with OS Install it does not find the drivers for the graphics but does not fail just puts in default get you by driver. Install completes fine. Its the driver for the LCD touchscreen unit. I found an NT4 32bit driver off the epson support website in experts section BUT the exe file does not work - sick! I cannot get in to see what ini and inf files need changing to do a suedo upgrade of them to XP level. Bugger! I'm going to lose arn't I?
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Sorry, those drivers are very specific and you need knowledge at the hardware level to write them.  I don't know of any way to get a driver written for one OS to work in another, except Vista drivers for Win7, and that's only because they are similar OS'es.
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