vacatedboat wrote on 2023-02-15, 22:10:
Thanks for this guide. I have managed to follow it on my 486 dx2 66hz 16m ram. I using a cf card hdd and have an io card for an ide cable.
Im uncertain if to proceed with the post config. Like the xusbsupp chipset drivers and service pk rain utility etc. I know im using the minimum system but should i still install the usb driver? Also not sure if there are ide drivers for my sis chipset? So far i only made a raw image of the cf card so if i stuff up i can rewrite the img file.
Thanks for any recommendations
I seem to remember from my experimentation that the update rollup requires you to either have installed the USB patch or the AMD high speed CPU patch. One or the other is required (even though the CPU-problem is also patched in the rollup itself). If you do install the USB-patch, remember to use msconfig to turn off the background process (hotplug.exe) since it's not really needed.
Don't toggle DMA for your hard drives with a CF card/a primitive HDD controller (even if you see a toggle for it), Windows will probably not boot after that.
My 486 is the only computer that I didn't install any motherboard chipset driver for. Pre-Pentium is actually old enough that this is not necessary, even for Windows 95. 😀
p.s. I'm not certain if the 486-CPUs had support for the hlt-instruction yet so installing Rain might not provide any benefit to you.
p.s. According to Wikipedia, while the hlt-instruction was already present on CPUs predating the 486 it...
...was not specifically designed to reduce power consumption until the release of the Intel DX4 processor in 1994.
Some of the first 100 MHz DX chips had a buggy HLT state, prompting the developers of Linux to implement a "no-hlt" option for use when running on those chips, but this was fixed in later chips.
So basically Rain is probably good on Pentium- and higher chips and can be skipped on Windows 95-installs performed on 386- or 486-class of computer.
p.p.s. If you do intend to use networking on your system (highly recommended for file transfers and LAN-gaming) - make sure you follow the parts about setting up your networking components before you install the update rollup so that your networking features will be updated as well.