Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-09-30, 14:13:
An XP install can be good for helping you sort out issues;
I will need to update my Bios for XP, I get a STOP which translates to "ACPI is broken" and something about PCI devices;
I don't remember if the riva 128zx is on an PCI to AGP bus, still manages to display the BSOD;
Same BSOD message each time, tried to insert the SDcard into the real system(installing via PCEM, don't have an CD drive) at different stages of the install to omit hardware detection stage like on 98 se.
BitWrangler wrote on 2022-09-30, 17:21:
If you're gonna keep it airgapped vanilla XP no service packs will probably be tolerable. Some OEMs were shipping XP on 400Mhz/64MB machines so it's gotta be better than that with 256MB RAM.
Disruptor wrote on 2022-09-30, 17:24:
256 MB is barely enough for the last updates in Windows 2000.
I don't recommend to use less than 512 MB in XP at all.
I had 256MB of ram on a P4 2.0Ghz for quiet sometime, enough to play games like gta:sa and much more;
I eventually upgraded to 512MB then 1GB;
From my tests in the VM windows xp can run with 32MB of ram(not that you can run anything else with 8MB free ram), even if pitifully the system doesn't take a lot of ram for itself;
If fresh install of Windows 98SE has frequent crashes, you've got a hardware problem not a software problem.
I don't have the processor support plastics, so while the cpu won't fall out of the slot, but it has a sag if I move the case around too much;
Even the original cpu fan was rattling out of the cpu because the plastics that hold it together are broken, but I've just duct taped it to the cpu;
On the first install dev-c++ it would just crash when loading up the IDE;
But I just reseated the cpu afterwards, so I didn't quiet verify if that was the culprit;
There's kind of like nothing too obvious going on I would say, other than that the system gets worse if I do somethings;
I installed winamp, updated it for FLAC support, noticed the font is less readable, uninstalled winamp+k-lite media pack, while I was playing an mpeg1 file from the included media player and the whole system became less stable;
This might also be, because I was straight up dumb and realized "wait why am I de-fragmenting a flash device" and stopped the defrag mid way.
This is unrelated but:
So I need to hard reset windows 98se like 5 times to progress through the driver update process after reboot to be able to go through the dialogs with either the mouse or the keyboard.
I tried to launch ms-dos version of memtest86+ to verify the mems, but it would just never start up, I can try to write the usb image/iso(as long as it's a hybrid iso it will work) variant and try a couple of memtest86+'ses versions in place of a system image as I need to re-install a system for a bios update onto the sdcard anyway.
My system was most unstable:
1. After uninstalling winamp.
2. After installing usb patch(mostly just explorer.exe would crash).
3. After the explorer crashed during the file removal process(I basically bringed up the task manager end task'ed the explorer
I can try to remove one ram stick(I only have 2 to play around with) and see if it works when I am back.
It's plausible that because the BIOS self-selected memory timings, and the SPD only has 133mhz and 100mhz speeds, that the timings are unstable.
dormcat wrote on 2022-09-30, 19:53:
I wonder which system would be more sluggish: kubast2's system with WinXP SP3, or my Sony VAIO VPCW126AW with Atom N280 1.66 GHz + 1GB DDR2 (single strip so there's no double data rate) + 64GB SSD with Win10 32-bit. Even idling the CPU load is around 15-20%, and RAM is always >60% occupied. The system can run but has almost no practical use. Once I've found all necessary drivers I'll downgrade it to WinXP.
It's likely going to take awhile for me to get XP running, I will be able to work on getting it working tomorrow(02/10);
If I were you I'd use PS/2 keyboard and mouse and a removable media (preferably CF or SD card adapter) as a non-hot swappable slave drive for file transfers. Setting up a LAN with your new computer(s) would be another option; they existed back in DOS/Win31 era -- even earlier than CD-R, ZIP, or MO -- for this very purpose.
My usb keyboard supports PS/2 auto-detection, so with a physical adapter to PS/2, yeah I can see how together with a PS/2 mouse would also make Stand By mode potentially functional.
When I was young I just remembered StandBy mode as being this thing that turned off my computer and wouldn't wake it up even if I pressed the power button. Had to hard shutdown and never use that option ever again.