dr_st wrote on 2020-02-16, 21:10:
I wonder if your motherboard is going bad. It sounds annoyingly similar to the issues I've been experiencing:
Re: Super Socket 7 Win98SE masochism (work in progress)
Two motherboards going bad though?
Jorpho wrote on 2020-02-16, 21:44:
I would be tempted to suggest checking the power supply if all other avenues of inquiry have been exhausted.
I picked up an Enlight which is vastly overpowered for this build - but it should take care of that. Also tried 2 Dell power supplies of the two Dell's I have though...
Jo22 wrote on 2020-02-16, 22:11:
The "fix" is apparently English/French/Italian only at the time, sadly.
Users of, say, Spanish, Esperanto, German, Russian, Hungarian or Japanese are left out in the cold rain.. 🙁
I followed this:
Shagittarius wrote on 2020-02-16, 23:10:
I had ram that was being run too hard and it had similar results, if you can I would try underclocking the ram.
I ran 2x DOS based hardware tests and the RAM tested fine during those tests. It did tell me they're two different brands (I though they were the same), so I picked up 3x sticks (this MB has 3 slots which I find weird....usually always has 2 or 4 I thought) of Toshiba 100mhz 168-pin PC100 Non-ECC RAM (which I hope is the right type!).
lost77 wrote on 2020-02-16, 23:14:
2. Less is more. Install as little as possible. It might be tempting to use all those expansion slots but the more you put in there the more chances of something breaking. It will also be easier to give components separate IRQs. I also disable things that I'm not currently using in the BIOS.
This also goes for installing programs/games/updates, stick to what you need. I also limit my memory to 512MB max and disk cache to 64MB.
I started doing the "Compact" Win98se install even to keep it as tidy as possible. I have a very short list of non-games I install (and what I've switched to recently, just in case): 7Zip (now WinRAR), Daemon Tools (instmsia.exe installed before).
I've disabled my serial ports and I think printer? ports in the BIOS to free up resources.
Only 256mb RAM. Can you tell me about disk caches? I've never messed with that. I did read a couple articles about Virtual Memory though and started using 512/512 min/max that those articles said to use.
Jo22 wrote on 2020-02-17, 20:21:
Edit: So yes, if you have another HDD at hand for testing, give Me a try, maybe it works for you.
However, please install Me from DOS (to do so, use a bootable 98SE CD or a bootable Me CD).
Just bought a 120gb WD 7200RPM IDE drive from 2006 used off eBay - I'll try that when it arrives.
Anybody see any issues is I still keep the games on the SSD - it'll most likely be on the secondary IDE line with the CD drive. I just need something I can plug into my regular/modern computer and copy over files fast, then get them onto the old mechanical HDD of this retro computer (USB 1.x is WAY too slow....like 7-10+ish minutes to copy over a single ~700mb ISO for a game).
pentiumspeed wrote on 2020-02-18, 00:13:
Memory modules had been known to fail most especially these gamer, no name and funny sounding brands. I used OEM brands like Micron, Hynix, Samsung etc (the ones on the sticker of the memory).
Also power supply! If the Dell power supply is getting too old or overwhelmed by hardware stuffed into Dell computer, I strongly tell you to get a Seasonic power supply and Dell to ATX adapter cable. I have trouble finding the adapter cable to convert standard ATX to Dell 20 pin plus 3.3V 6pin connector on ebay. I forgot what name of it was called.
This adapter I am using for my Dell motherboard slot 1 converts Dell 20 pin atx style with 6 pin 3.3V connector that is converted from standard ATX pinout using standard ATX PSU.
When I was shopping for RAM and a HDD last night I did pickup a beefy new power supply. It's MB connectors look like this:
And when I first got the Dell's I picked up one of these ATX to Dell adapters - I hope the two line-up and work properly and don't blow my MB up....because I really don't know what to pay attention to (i.e. the differences), besides just plugging it in.
pentiumspeed wrote on 2020-02-18, 00:13:
Type of hardware needs to be listed so we can say if it has known issues, CPU etc.
Dell Dimension XPS T450
--Pentium III 700MHz Coppermine 100mhx (Slot 1 - taken from the 2nd Dell T700r with same exact MB as T450 model)
--256MB RAM (2x128) - mismatched brand, bought new
--3.5" 1.44mb Floppy built-in
--CD/DVD Burner Drive (tried 2x brands)
PNY GF4TI4600AGP (GeForce 4 ti4600) 128MB AGP Video Card
3dfx Voodoo 2, 12MB, PCI, Creative Labs 3D Blaster CT6670 model, w/ gold-plated VGA passthrough cable
3dfx Voodoo 2, 12MB, PCI, Creative Labs 3D Blaster CT6670 model (same as above but different brand RAM)
ISA Sound Card (DOS): ESS ES1869F, S611-SF
----Dreamblaster X2 - MIDI Synthesizer board
PCI Sound Card (Windows): Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS, Gold, SB0350 (NON-OEM)
StarTech.com IDE to SATA Adapter Converter (40-Pin PATA to 2.5" SATA HDD / SSD)
OR NEON SATA to PATA/IDE and PATA/IDE to SATA Hard Drive Interface Dual-Adapter
OR AliExpress CF card adapter Dionb recommended (only 1x Win98 install on this so far)
--Verbatim 47012 2GB CF Card (think this is older slow transfer speed type...was $12 new off Amazon)
Crucial BX500 120GB SATA 2.5" Internal SSD Hard drive
OR Kingston 120GB A400 SATA 3 2.5" Internal SSD SA400S37/120G
NEC FP2141SB or Sony CPD-520GS CRT Monitor
IBM Model M Keyboard 139140, PS/2 Cable, perfect condition
OR Dell QuietKey PS/2 keyboard
Microsoft Basic Optical Computer Mouse X09-13932 USB Wired With PS2 Adapter
OR Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 USB w/ PS2 adapter
Roland MA-8 Speakers