First post, by NooNaN
While looking for a way to boot both Dos 6.22 and Win 98SE I stumbled across the StarTech CF Reader that connects to IDE. It fits the bill as I have an internal IDE drive set as the Primary Slave, running DOS, then have an 8GB CF card with Win98 installed, set as the Primary Master. When the card is inserted at boot, it loads 98 and if the card is removed, it loads DOS.....PERFECT!!!
Except, the card is CRAWLING slow. I don't get it as there were a couple of reviews talking about how great the speed was with a Windows OS installed. The read speeds (I would think) should be very comparable to an old IDE drive, so I don't get what's wrong. It installed very slow (expecting write speeds to be slower), seems to boot in a reasonable amt of time, but any game or software runs VERY slow and is completely unusable. This is the card I got:
Here's a high level of the system:
K6-III+ running at 66Mhz, so 400Mhz
ASUS P5A-B Mboard with latest BIOS
Voodoo 3 3500 AGP
SB AWE 64 Gold
Has anyone done this successfully? Any ideas? Settings? Maybe I should have bought a faster card? Faster interface? I was so happy when this plan worked as I had my solution. I buttoned up my case as final and everything. Now, so bummed that seemingly, I've got to still do more. Maybe I should have gotten the equivalent SD card reader instead? Just thought the CF cards felt more like "drives" and inserting/removing was easier.