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#1 red_devil028

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

Hello all,

 

I currently am looking to build a win98 retrogaming rig from... older parts... i work at a computer store as a techie... so that is not too bad.. now, since i pretty much came into the trade of computer since XP... i am of very little knowledge about win 98 drivers and things...

 

Would i be ok with early XP hardware ((would it have drivers)) or do i really need to go look for the Pentium 3 's or the early pentium4 Socket468 ...?

 

only disadvantage offcourse will be that most of those the caps are usually blown...

 

 


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:02 PM

I use an AMD K6-3+ on an ASUS P5A-B mobo in my Win98SE machine. It has 512Meg of SDRAM, an ATI 9000 "All In Wonder" video card, and a Soundblaster Live sound card.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:59 AM

You should research parts individually but I don't think you need to go *that* old.  Many parts made up to about the mid 00's, have some support in Windows 9x.  Support for the OS was pulled in 2006 although obviously they stopped selling it well before that.

 

Of the stuff I have lying about that I've had a look at, I have an Abit NF7-S motherboard from around 2004, together with a AMD Athlon XP 2500+ that has Windows 9x drivers available for it.  This was quite a favourite with enthusiasts back in the day, and things like it should be available second hand cheap.  I also have an AGP Geforce 6800GT that has driver support for Windows 9x.  That's given me an idea actually :)  Radeon cards up to the 9xxx series and Nvidia cards up to Geforce 6 series have drivers available, from what I can find.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 07:22 AM

Here are a couple of MSFN threads (started in 2007) that discuss which hardware works with Windows 98.   Hopefully they can be of some help to you:

 

Hardware that's compatible with Windows 98

Modern motherboards which are working with Windows 98

 

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:02 AM

Very useful Davey :)

 

I went ahead and dug out some old parts, most are from around 2003-2004.  The Nvidia video card is a bit newer, I think.

 

Abit NF7-S (Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra based motherboard)

AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ @ 2.2 Ghz

Asus Nvidia 6800 128mb AGP

1Gb DDR400

80Gb Seagate 7200.7 IDE drive

NEC ND-2500A IDE DVD-RW drive

 

I tried to set up the disk using Gparted but obviously I did something wrong because after the initial part of the Win98 install I was getting "disk i/o error - please insert system disk" straight after POST.  So I used Win98SE's Fdisk utility to set up the disk and re-installed, and it worked just fine.

 

So I got it all installed but for some reason can't get the Nvidia driver to display the proper resolution for the monitor I hooked up (1680x1050) so I set it to 1280x1024 for now.

It flies, being I suppose a pretty high spec for Windows 98 :D  Now to find some old games to try on it..


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:31 AM

I do have to say this is a very interesting topic and building is very interesting :D  i have all the stuff in the store with floppy and installation disks, even with a key still on it!... my boss kept all of it and he is also helping me with parts.

 

I must say, from a techy point of view, 98 will be a newer area for me then actual win 8 is :D... i am only 24 and i only grew up playing with it, i started working with XP on the tech bits...

 

It is however fun to look it all up and see it all work, best case scenario i will have a stable rig soon :D due to the games in that era, i don't really need too much, i understand that :D

 

however, wichever system i get i plan to TRY and build in a 320GB IDE drive ((know its not supported)) and install alot of Win98 games and apps ((office 98/2000FTW?))

 

I will keep all here posted as this is an interesting build to self! :D


Edited by red_devil028, 27 February 2014 - 01:34 AM.

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