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Author:  aLinux [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Question(kinda stupid)

i have a lenovo n200
dual core 2 ghz
1 gb ram
128 video

it is possible to install windows 98 on it and get drivers for it cause i can only find drivers on homepage of lenovo for vista and xp,so can i get it done ? :D
(i love windows 98,its my favorite)

Author:  sebul [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

you could try to look for drivers at producers sites of your components in laptop. But it think you should stay with xp or vista. 98 sux in this times :P

and you will probably have problems with hdd if it's sata :P but maybe you will find drivers for it

Author:  J.Byrne [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

I don't see the point to this, DOS based OS's are incredibly unstable, and IIRC 98 won't support that much RAM. If its the look and feel your after, why not go with 2000 or NT4?
You'd be wasting those specs.

Author:  sebul [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

But it's his favourite :P

Author:  Shane [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Short answer, no. Support for 98 was dropped for a very good reason, it is old and out of date, not to mention a lot of modern software won't even run on it.

Author:  empireum [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Why don't people try to actually help instead of mentioning one reason after another to drop this? The topic of this post is not to discuss whether this makes sense or not, but whether it can be done.

To get back on topic, you could just try to install Windows 98 on the machine. If you have problems with the HD, look for an AHCI option in the BIOS and disable it (best to do that with no other OS installed). It will, however, use only core of the CPU and while it will recognize 1 GB of RAM, you may run into various problems ranging from the system cache getting too big (easily fixed) to the OS refusing to boot with that amount of RAM (I've experienced this, only fix was to limit the amount of RAM accessible to 800 MB IIRC).

Now, the drivers are a real problem. For graphics, you could try this. For the other stuff – you're on your own.

Author:  Shane [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Has the thought ever occured to you that telling the OP that they have no chance in hell of getting 98 drivers for such modern hardware is helpful? At the end of the day, we cannot offer him a magic solution if one does not exist. If he wants to run 98 then that is up to him, I was just trying to point out that he will be doing it with no drivers and very little modern application support.

Author:  IsaacD [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

He has more of a chance top be able to use WMD drivers on Windows 98 as it has the newer Driver Model:

Quote:
Windows 98 was the first operating system to use the Windows Driver Model (WDM). This fact was not well published when Windows 98 was released and most hardware producers continued to develop drivers for the older driver standard, VxD. The WDM standard spread years after its release, mostly through Windows 2000 and Windows XP, because these systems are not compatible with the older VxD standard. Today, even if hardware producers are not developing drivers optimized for Windows 98, the drivers written to WDM standards are compatible with Windows 98–based systems.


So yeah, a Windows 2000 WDM driver should work with Windows 98, maybe not stable, but it would still work.

*Kicks his POS VPN for not letting him login*

Author:  happy dude [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

You'd be better off installing it in a VM of some sort.

Author:  Shane [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Alexsis wrote:
He has more of a chance top be able to use WMD drivers on Windows 98 as it has the newer Driver Model:

Quote:
Windows 98 was the first operating system to use the Windows Driver Model (WDM). This fact was not well published when Windows 98 was released and most hardware producers continued to develop drivers for the older driver standard, VxD. The WDM standard spread years after its release, mostly through Windows 2000 and Windows XP, because these systems are not compatible with the older VxD standard. Today, even if hardware producers are not developing drivers optimized for Windows 98, the drivers written to WDM standards are compatible with Windows 98–based systems.


So yeah, a Windows 2000 WDM driver should work with Windows 98, maybe not stable, but it would still work.

*Kicks his POS VPN for not letting him login*


The problem with that however is that almost all reasonably modern WDM graphics drivers are written to take advantage of NT APIs, I couldn't see them working overly well on 98 in all honesty.

Author:  empireum [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Shane wrote:
Has the thought ever occured to you that telling the OP that they have no chance in hell of getting 98 drivers for such modern hardware is helpful?

Yes, I know that.

Shane wrote:
If he wants to run 98 then that is up to him, I was just trying to point out that he will be doing it with no drivers and very little modern application support.

That's what I mean. If he wants to do it it's his decision and eventually he'll decide if it's worth it or not. All I wanted to say is that instead of telling him why it won't work one could also try to find a way to make it work, at least partially.

If my post was a little harsh I apologise, it wasn't meant to be. OK?

Author:  sevan [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Well, with all honesty, I doubt it would run on a gig of RAM.

Author:  betaluva [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

i agree with happy dude, install windows 98 in vmware or virtualpc 2007 and run the virtual machine in full screen mode and then it will feel like your still running windows 98.

Author:  J.Byrne [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

betaluva wrote:
i agree with happy dude, install windows 98 in vmware or virtualpc 2007 and run the virtual machine in full screen mode and then it will feel like your still running windows 98.

Agreed, and VMWare tools will let you run 98 at the resolution you currently use.

Author:  Shane [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

empireum wrote:
That's what I mean. If he wants to do it it's his decision and eventually he'll decide if it's worth it or not. All I wanted to say is that instead of telling him why it won't work one could also try to find a way to make it work, at least partially.

If my post was a little harsh I apologise, it wasn't meant to be. OK?


Ok, no problem

Quote:
Well, with all honesty, I doubt it would run on a gig of RAM.


98 can run on a gig of ram, I believe I have ran it on a machine with 2GB of DDR before, but due to the inefficiency of its memory management, and because of its 16 bit dos subsystem it cannot utilise more than a gig, although it doesn't cause it to crash as such.

Author:  aLinux [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Shane wrote:
empireum wrote:
That's what I mean. If he wants to do it it's his decision and eventually he'll decide if it's worth it or not. All I wanted to say is that instead of telling him why it won't work one could also try to find a way to make it work, at least partially.

If my post was a little harsh I apologise, it wasn't meant to be. OK?


Ok, no problem

Quote:
Well, with all honesty, I doubt it would run on a gig of RAM.


98 can run on a gig of ram, I believe I have ran it on a machine with 2GB of DDR before, but due to the inefficiency of its memory management, and because of its 16 bit dos subsystem it cannot utilise more than a gig, although it doesn't cause it to crash as such.


:| i tryed to install it but i cant...
it gives me an error and restarts...

Author:  ewan275 [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Is the error a windows protection error by any chance?

Author:  Shane [ Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Again, I don't mean to offend, but if you are hell bent on running 98 get a machine roughly from its era to run it. There is honestly no point having a powerful modern computer to run an OS that will not even come close to making use of it. Because 98 is old and no longer supported, you will be unlikely to get it to work.

Best advice I can give you: Run XP on your computer, and just run 98 from within a VM if you are hell bent on using it.

Author:  aLinux [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Shane wrote:
Again, I don't mean to offend, but if you are hell bent on running 98 get a machine roughly from its era to run it. There is honestly no point having a powerful modern computer to run an OS that will not even come close to making use of it. Because 98 is old and no longer supported, you will be unlikely to get it to work.

Best advice I can give you: Run XP on your computer, and just run 98 from within a VM if you are hell bent on using it.


can you recomand me a virtual machine with aditions for 98 ?
virtualbox ?
virtual pc ?
vmware ?

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Virtual PC and VMware both have tools packages for 98 - I'd recommend VMware Workstation as it tends to give better performance and has more features than Virtual PC, though either will be ok. Be sure to use 98 Second Edition as it had fewer bugs that the original 98.

Author:  aLinux [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
Virtual PC and VMware both have tools packages for 98 - I'd recommend VMware Workstation as it tends to give better performance and has more features than Virtual PC, though either will be ok. Be sure to use 98 Second Edition as it had fewer bugs that the original 98.


ok thanks homie :P

Author:  ddew [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

If one likes to pay for software and dislikes copyright infringement I can recommend VirtualBox. It's got great support for older versions, got three VMs running 98, NT4 and 3.11.

Author:  ajdesign419 [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

VMWARE is pretty good and thats what I use, 2nd choice is Virtual Box by SUN.

Author:  louisw3 [ Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:35 pm ]
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I would second virtual box, as it'll allow you to use USB periphials, like VMWare, but it's free!

Author:  Shane [ Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question(kinda stupid)

VMWare is good, but it isn't free. Virtual PC is more limited but is free

Haven't tried any of the others

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