I’ve had my old Windows 98 computer under my desk for several years with no hard drive in it. Hence, no OS either. But I’ve always told myself that some day I would reinstall the old box, with Windows 98 as it once ran, and use it again. I finally started to put this together last week.
The hardware all works fine, so far. I am running a FIC motherboard with a AMD K62 500MHz CPU and 384MB of RAM. The hard drive is an old Maxtor 2.1GB. The unit also has a 3.5″ floppy drive and a 12x CD burner.
So far the hardest thing with the install has been to find the proper drivers for the motherboard, NIC and video card. I found a motherboard CD on ebay for $8 and bought that, and it installed some bus drivers, etc…but it didn’t help with the (external to the motherboard) NIC or video card. The video is stuck at 640×480 on the screen because the card drivers aren’t detected or installed by the OS, and it also doesn’t recognize the NIC, so I can’t get the box online.
I found some programs that might help me learn the specs of the system so that I can find the right drivers. I am not 100% of the brand of the video card or the NIC, and usually running a program like Speccy can tell you detailed information about the hardware in a Windows OS, but the latest version of Speccy doesn’t work with Windows 98, of course. I found this article which states that the beta version of Speccy in the review should work with Windows 98, so I am about to go try that. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try another program I just now found called Belarc which I found reviewed at this page.
More to come later with updates to this project.