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Will a 4gb flash drive even work in Win 98se?


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#1 rebecca_kostya

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:03 PM

I have a laptop running win98se and need to get one of my larger flash drives to play nice with it. I am trying to use a Sandisk cruzer 4gb (model SDCZ36-004G), or a Lexar Firefly 4gb. They are both recognized by as being plugged in to the machine, but the search for drivers comes up empty. I have gone to each of the manufacturer's websites and downloaded the recommended Win98se drivers and installed them following their directions, and no change. I have also tried pointing the computer to check the folders where those drivers are located while it's searching, and still nothing. Seems the computer is searching for a .inf file, and there are none with that extension in these driver downloads, only a .inx. I am beginning to think it isn't even possible. Any thoughts?
thanks in advance!
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:16 PM

Are all your other drivers updated such as for all your hardware?

What is in the file contents of the driver file?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:29 PM

Well, unsure if all the other drivers are updated or not. Haven't had problems with any other hardware, so I'm guessing so. This machine has been used by my computer illiterate father for many years, so could have any number of anomalies. I'm just trying to clean and speed it up for him so we can get more use out of it.
Here is an image of the file contents in the lexar driver file folder, as it's what I have handy (can show the other in a few mins if need be):
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:34 PM

Here's an image of the sandisk driver folder (if it's even the right one...):
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:35 PM

Have you ran the Setup.exe, and where did you get the driver from?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:42 PM

I have run the setup exe and went through all the "install" screens. The drivers came directly from the Sandisk and Lexar websites, where I searched for product specific Win98se drivers.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:44 PM

Seems that none of my flash drives work, actually, except for one OLD 512mb sandisk I had. Anything made in the last five years seems unusable on this system. :-(

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:01 PM

I think it might be related to no USB 2.0 driver support in WIndows 98.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:14 PM

Ew. Sounds like I should just stop wasting my time then, eh?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:31 PM

When you installed the drivers was the device disconnected from the system?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:50 PM

I think so, but don't remember for certain. WIll that make a difference? I did a restart after install as well just in case.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:58 PM

There can be problems trying to use flash drives bigger than 2GB on Win98SE.

Sandisk cruzer 4gb spec it doesn't say Win9x/ME. :wink:

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:15 PM

Try the generic usb drivers here:
http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php
They worked great for my old Thinkpad and it's only running 98FE
I can now use any flash drive with no problem.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:30 PM

Try the generic usb drivers here:

The generic ones have never worked for me. :wink:

http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/win98se-usb-mass-storage-drivers.php

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 01:00 PM

Try the generic usb drivers here:
http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php
They worked great for my old Thinkpad and it's only running 98FE
I can now use any flash drive with no problem.


They work for me too on a 10 year old PC running Windows 98SE.
I'm using the nusb33e generic drivers. They haven't failed with anything I've plugged into
a USB port yet. I use a lot of different new USB flash drives [including a 4GB SanDisk Cruzer].
I can also plug in Mobile Phones and Cameras, which are treated as external drives to transfer
Photos, Data and Ringtones etc.




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