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Maximizing windows 98SE performance


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#1 Kirbyofdeath

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:30 PM

I was thinking about buying a vintage computer running windows 98, but i'd like to know that the maxes of windows 98 are before buying it.

 

What is the maximum ram limit? Can I increase the limit?

 

What is the maximum hard drive limit? Can I increase the limit?

 

Things like that.

I was also wondering if there was a way to connect a computer running windows 98SE to the internet via wireless networks.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

Make your life easy. Get an old computer and run linux. Solved.

You may be able to connect it online but the browser on it may not be able to handle any websites flawlessly.


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#3 Kirbyofdeath

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:21 PM

I'm not getting the computer for the hardware, I want it for windows 98.

I also didn't know you could run linux on that old of a computer.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:39 PM

I'm not getting the computer for the hardware, I want it for windows 98.

I also didn't know you could run linux on that old of a computer.

Puppy Linux will surely run on it.

There's a download site for Win 9x OS. oldos.org.


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#5 Kirbyofdeath

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

I'm not getting the computer for the hardware, I want it for windows 98.

Sticking with Windows 98.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:00 PM

I put together a Windows 98SE system with some old spare parts a few months ago, mainly for playing old games on.

 

I found some useful threads on msfn.org  Unfortunately that site seems to be down at the moment, so here is a snapshot from archive.org which should answer most of your questions regarding compatible hardware, limits and in some cases workarounds.

 

I did also manage to set up wireless networking within it, but it was not easy, and I could not get it to work correctly with DHCP (static IP assignment worked, however).  I posted a thread on it here.  Bear in mind that Windows 98 has no built in support for wireless networking, so you have to use third party software, and any modern hardware is unlikely to come with software and drivers for Windows 98.  I used an old (circa 2006) PCI wireless card which did come with Windows 98 compatible software.


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 05:47 PM

 Make your life easy. Get an old computer and run linux. Solved.

You may be able to connect it online but the browser on it may not be able to handle any websites flawlessly.

Not so fast!

First, this is a W98 Forum, the question was about W98 and Win98SE is "King" of the Win9X. A person asking of Win98 should not be directed abruptly to Linux as a "Cure-All"!

And two! Linux, of ANY kind, has a monumental learning curve for a beginner from the Microsoft world!



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:36 PM

I have an old laptop triple booting Win98SE, XP SP3 (not sure right now if it's Home or Pro) and Puppy Linux.   

 

It has over 1 Gig of RAM so I can assure you that you can skirt around the supposed 512 Mb RAM limit of Win98 ;)  .   I've heard mention of people using 1 TB or larger drives with Win98 as well but I've never looked into it much to see what is involved.

 

As jonuk76 mentioned, msfn.org definitely has some useful threads on Win98.


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:53 PM

Sticking with Windows 98.


Very nice my friend....... A very nice OS!!


Good luck with it :)




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