I decided to have a crack at installing Windows 98 SE on my laptop instead of doing exam revision, for no reason other than that it's a challenge, and have managed to get to the stage where setup has installed the files to a USB stick that I can boot off, following instructions from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qd7cDbtwj4. However, shortly after the Windows 98 logo appears on startup I get the error:
I have researched this error message and it looks to either be related to RAM or the CPU. I did already have to edit the system.ini file to limit the amount of RAM to the operating system (if I leave out this edit I get a different boot error saying the amount of RAM is insufficient), so I'm guessing it has something to do with the CPU being too new and incompatible, which I wouldn't be surprised about.
Invalid VxD dynamic link call to device number 3, service B.
Your Windows configuration is invalid. Run the Windows Setup program again to correct this problem.
Press any key to continue...
My spec, which admittedly is pretty overkill for Win98, is:
Intel Core i7-4700MQ @ 2.4GHz
8GB DDR3 RAM 798.1MHz
Intel HD Graphics 4600/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M 1GB
1TB hard drive
Is it possible to work around the error? Would I have to start doing things like taking RAM out or disabling processor cores? As far as I can see my current BIOS won't let me disable cores, but there could be some updates about that might do. I'd rather not give up and use a VM because I've already accomplished that and I wanted to see if I could get things running natively.
Edited by x6herbius, 23 May 2015 - 07:36 AM.