Is this 98 second edition?Crucial
says that the system takes PC133 with a max of 256 & max of 128 per slot (2 slots). For about 50 bucks you can max it out.
You have to ask yourself if it is worth it though as the system probably isnt worth that much.
1. Best thing to do if you want to get on the net with this is to hard wire it. USB devices were iffy with 98 assuming that you could find the drivers for them at all.
Get rid of that crappy Telepath modem. I used to work for Gateway over this time and those things are JUNK!
See if you can find a RealTek RTL8139A B or C PCI Nic card for about 10 bucks or so. That should work with 98.
Check www.driverguide.com for the drivers if Realtek doesnt have them. Then cable it into your router with Cat5 Ethernet cable and youre done.
2. I have the HD from my old Windows 98 machine. Would this work in this machine?.
How big is the drive?
Unlike XP, 98 was pretty tolerant of hardware changes. Gateway doesnt have drivers available anymore so try Driverguide.com. Check device manager & make a list of items listed under sound video & game controlers and display adapters. Make sure you can find the drivers that you need before you swap drives.