First post, by BigJim
Hi all I'm a first time caller, but very long time listener, and whilst I can usually sort out issues without having to bother the hive mind I was wondering if I could pick your brains regarding a Windows 98 SE installation as I'm stumped!
I'm trying to dual boot with XP on old hardware for late 90s and millennial games. This is the second machine I've built; the first was a P4 1.6ghz with 512mb ddr and a 64mb ATI agp card and the dual boot worked flawlessly.
I have a new system now with a newer motherboard supporting ddr2 memory, although I've still only got 512mb onboard. I wanted to build another pc to take advantage of a 256mb PCI-e card I had lying around. In testing (since I had to repair the card) XP installed and booted without any hiccups. I reformatted and went through the installation process for Windows 98, and again it installed without any error. However when I go to restart for first boot the system locks up after the login screen has been on for a second or two, complaining in DOS that there has been a protection fault due to stack overflow, and to check stacks are set properly in config.sys. Now I've been doing a lot of reading over the last few days and it seems all anyone can say is that stack overflow should not be a problem for any non-DOS programs ie Windows 98, as it's handled automatically. Config.sys doesn't even contain a stacks line. I've tried deleting and booting without Config.sys via msconfig in safe mode (Windows 98 WILL boot into safe mode) but the system still locks up trying to boot Win98 normally.
I tried the harddrive from my working retro rig and XP again ran fine, but my fully patched Windows 98 partition would not boot as above.
Specs are: Rc415st-pm mobo
Intel pentium 4 3.6ghz
Ati x550 256mb
1x 512mb ddr 2 (mobo is not dual channel)
80gb seagate hdd
Any thoughts on this gratefully received, thank you so much for your time x