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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. 

 

http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php

 

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.

 

Here is another page with pics.

 

https://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-install-usb-mass-storage-device-on-windows-98/


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


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

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