First post, by lifewithmatthew
I have an HP Pavillion a6130n. It's old enough where HP has stopped hosting any drivers for it, but new enough that the video card is PCI-e and Hard drive/CD-Rom drive are SATA.
I can easily get freedos up and running on it, but I'm trying to get Windows 98SE working on it and looking for advice. There is an IDE port and I was able to scrounge up an IDE cd-rom drive and get windows 98 SE installed and booting onto a SATA hard drive (I have no idea why the SATA hard drive was okay, but the SATA cd-rom was not).
Once in windows I had a lot of issues getting drivers (duh) and it seemed like it was chugging along, transfer speeds from the CD-ROM to the hard drive were absurd, even installing windows took hours. I'm thinking this might be some driver related stuff where things are mostly working?
So I'm curious, how much of the system files from freedos can I sneak into Windows 98?
I should be able to use udvd2.sys instead of oakcdrom.sys, or swap out himem.sys for XMGR.SYS, right? I know at the end of the day if I want the best experience I need a computer from the time, but this is what I've got to work with, you know? Am I thinking along the right lines here or is this a waste of time?