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Windows 98 not recognizing USB connected devices

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#1 debodun


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 11:38 AM

I dragged out my old desktop with a Windows 98 OS to test some hardware peripherals that were given to me. It's been so long since I used W98, I plugged in a keyboard and optical mouse into USB ports, but the system failed to boot. I the got out the old trackball mouse and keyboard that were PS1 connected and the system then booted. I noticed when it did boot there was a screen message that showed plug and play was disabled. I wasn't sure I had PnP on W98 or whether enabling it would discombobulate anything else. Since then I haven't seen this message screen as long as I leave the PS1 devices in. Would it be advisable to enable PnP and if so, how?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 11:49 AM

Windows 98 does not have Plug and Play drivers for USB devices. Drivers need to be installed for specific devices. There is a workaround. 


Is this 98 or 98SE? That would depend on what drivers to install. Read the installation instructions carefully. 




Once these drivers are installed you should be able to have plug and play capability.


Edit: In regards to the computer not booting with a USB keyboard and Mouse, that may be a Windows 98 and hardware issue that the generic drivers will not fix.


Edit Edit: There may be a Plug and Play setting in your BIOS.


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Edited by JohnC_21, 22 July 2018 - 01:32 PM.

#3 medab1


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

It's dead.

Let it go.

Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:


Learn to use Google Search.  :busy:

Make full system images to restore to if your computer goes bonkers.

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