Reply 480 of 619, by kjliew
mr.cat wrote on 2021-01-09, 22:16:
EDIT: You weren't kidding when you said it's painful...
I now found out why the graphics drivers cannot be installed, so this may help peeps stuck in 16 color mode (win9x guest):
I realize where you were at trouble. Sigh ... a common myth of retro folks. ACPI is actually a good thing. You didn't force ACPI installation during Win98 setup invocation. Unlike the other UI-fancy PC emulation 😜, QEMU PC platform emulation is based on clean implementation of PC BIOS or OVMF UEFI. It is a no-fuss, minimalist concept. If you were familiar with IBM PC BIOS legacy, then you would know what I mean. So ACPI is preferred since this is the essential PnP and device discovery for modern PC firmware. The obsolete pre-ACPI PnP standard is likely just a stub.
You need to force ACPI installation for Win98 Setup invocation with:
**SETUP /NM /PJ**
Otherwise, Win98 PnP detection will not discover the existence of PCI bus.