"Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

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"Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-02 @ 18:59

Since I got a few parts, I decided to make a ~1999/2000 build. Not 100% period correct though because some of the parts I tried to match in the period were either broken or were dying.
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CPU: Intel Pentium 3 650MHz Coppermine Slot1
Motherboard: Acorp 6VIA81P-133
PSU: P&O LC-B400ATX 400W (this is because I can't really find any PSU that would be period correct)
GPU: MSI Geforce 2 Pro 64MB MS-8831 AGP4x
RAM: 2x128MB PC133 @ 100MHz
NIC: Realtek RTL8139D (originally a 3com was planned but it was very slow)
SPU: SoundBlaster CT2770 - sounds more clear than a PCI soundcard
HDD: Seagate ST310211A 10GB
OS: Microsoft Windows Codename "Millenium", build 2380.2
ODD: Hitachi-LG DVD-RW (two of the CD drives I have are on their last legs)

All there's left to do is just put everything in a case :)
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby Iris030380 » 2019-7-02 @ 19:49

Sounds like a great period correct build, barring the couple of neccessaries. Windows Millenium is so under rated, I always thought it was a great looking operating system. I was going to say I'd have put a slightly faster P3 alongside that Geforce 2 Pro to give the card some legs but then I noticed you said SLOT1 Pentium III, so it's not just a case of £2.99 for an 800Mhz P3 flip chip from eBay.

Good specs, I like it. Any pictures?
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-03 @ 12:14

Here. I just finished doing some small changes to the machine
-2x Seagate ST310211A instead of one
-went with a NEC ND-3540A DVDRW
-added a Palit HSF combo (from a FX5500) on the GF2 Pro, looks totally rad now (for me)

To do:

-upgrade existing 98SE install to Millennium 2380 (I want to retain some of the stuff from.the old 98SE install)
-create a dualboot menu since one of the ST310211A drives has a Win2k install
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Wolfram: C2D E6750, 2GB DDR2, ASUS P5K-SE/EPU
R.A.I.D: Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 2GB DDR400, ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe
Totem: Pentium S 166MHz, 128MB RAM, Totem TM-586TX4
Voodoo: AMD K6-2 500MHz, 128MB RAM, LuckyStar 5MVP3
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-05 @ 11:46

And Millennium is finally up and running!
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R.A.I.D: Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 2GB DDR400, ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe
Totem: Pentium S 166MHz, 128MB RAM, Totem TM-586TX4
Voodoo: AMD K6-2 500MHz, 128MB RAM, LuckyStar 5MVP3
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby kalm_traveler » 2019-7-06 @ 00:26

PcBytes wrote:And Millennium is finally up and running!

congrats!

I tried to install Windows Me on this PIII Dell I picked up recently, but as soon as I installed sound card drivers and rebooted it would power off instantly upon trying to load Windows...

98SE has been more or less fine, with some BSOD's during sound card driver installation but eventually I got through them and it's been running fine.

Let us know if your luck holds out better than mine did!
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-06 @ 07:30

Yeah, mine is one of the Beta1 builds (note the 4.90.2394 instead of 4.90.3000) and going by the installation files, it's much closer to 98SE.

The only differences are of course 2k icons from the beginning, as well as out-of-the-box USB storage support. Other than that, it's pretty much 98SE.
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Totem: Pentium S 166MHz, 128MB RAM, Totem TM-586TX4
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby derSammler » 2019-7-06 @ 08:13

Iris030380 wrote:Windows Millenium is so under rated, I always thought it was a great looking operating system.

Fully agree. I have one Pentium II build that is running Windows ME, and I like it much better than 98SE. If real-mode DOS is not a requirement, I would always choose ME over 98SE. It has a more modern look and feel, boots much faster, especially when having a LAN card installed, and has USB support that actually works. Yes, it has some bugs, like the non-working system restore and also UI-related bugs e.g. when trying to set the virtual memory manually. But it's not as crappy as most people say, and 98SE wasn't bug-free either.
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby Iris030380 » 2019-7-06 @ 10:44

Windows 98SE was essentially a lottery every time you loaded it. Perhaps you can go three days without a BSOD, perhaps just a few hours. I never thought it was stable even towards the end. Millenium always felt like 98SE with some of the best features of Windows 2000.

I installed it on a few retro rigs over the years and used lots of the service packs and followed some detailed guides. Seems to be up and running (ie. less problems and restarts) much faster than 98, providing the system has enough beef. Something P3 with 256MB is usually enough.

I guess my only reason for not using millenium more back in the day was compatibility with certain games. Not sure if thats still an issue today, with the final drivers and the service packs etc.
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby PcBytes » 2019-7-06 @ 17:23

Iris030380 wrote:Windows 98SE was essentially a lottery every time you loaded it. Perhaps you can go three days without a BSOD, perhaps just a few hours. I never thought it was stable even towards the end. Millenium always felt like 98SE with some of the best features of Windows 2000.

I installed it on a few retro rigs over the years and used lots of the service packs and followed some detailed guides. Seems to be up and running (ie. less problems and restarts) much faster than 98, providing the system has enough beef. Something P3 with 256MB is usually enough.

I guess my only reason for not using millenium more back in the day was compatibility with certain games. Not sure if thats still an issue today, with the final drivers and the service packs etc.


My install of Millennium Beta 1 build 2394 seems to be running fine, save for an issue with IDE drivers where my LG DVD-ROM (I switched back to a LG GSA-H58N drive with a swapped white faceplate because it was newer and was reading better than the NEC drive) isn't detected under 9x, but 2000 SP4 will see it. I have a NEC USB card anyways and it's supported out of the box, so no worries of a missing CD-ROM in the My Computer window.
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Re: "Millennium" - 1999/2000 build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-7-08 @ 17:04

yo dawg I heard you liked Windows Millennium so we put a Matrox Millennium in it so you can run Millennium on a Millennium
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