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First post, by druk

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Greetings Nerds,

I've picked up a couple of 90's and early/mid 00's PC's for use in my University thesis. I know emulators would probably create a similar solution but having hardware of the age is a shit load more fun. Anyway, to the point. Of all the machines I've managed to source drivers well enough, especially for XP. However for 98 it's harder to find and I believe I really tried in this case. Does anyone have the Win98 CD's that may have been shipped with the HP Kayak XM Pc's? Or can you shove me in the right direction? I've swapped out the NIC with a regular Compaq e100 PCI so have network but the mobo audio/network and video are a no go.

There were two models so far as I can see, the XM600 (which I have) and the XP800. I've asked for 98 drivers but tbh XP or even SCO drivers would be great. The system will eventually be a SCO workstation or a Netware 4 server but I'd like to have the option to use her for a game or two at some point.

Thanks a lot!
Rich

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Reply 1 of 7, by shamino

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Can you identify exactly what the devices are that you need drivers for? ie what chipset is the motherboard using, what is the sound device, what type of video card or chip is it, etc?

One way to do this is to look at the PCI Vendor and Device codes. These are what the OS uses to identify hardware when it looks for drivers.
A list of those codes might get displayed on the BIOS screens somewhere, otherwise you can find them in Windows buried in the details for each of the devices in the control panel. Linux can also retrieve that info, but I don't remember how. I imagine SCO must also be able to do it somehow.

My XW400 has a screen at the end of all the BIOS nonsense that shows a list of all the hardware in the machine. Does yours show that?

I have some drivers for the XW400 but I have no idea if it bears any similarity to your XM600. You probably don't have to use HP drivers, just generic drivers for whatever components are involved.

Reply 2 of 7, by BinaryDemon

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I’d guess Win98 wasn’t a standard configuration since it’s a Workstation, the restore CD is probably Win2k.

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Reply 3 of 7, by druk

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Thanks for the replies. I guess I was hoping for a catch-all, if someone has the orignal disks. Getting this back to stock would be awesome. I'll take the case off again and gander at the chipsets - I'll do that and hopefully no surprises.

If I can get everything together I'll create a zip and host it somewhere in case anyone else needs to snag anything.
Cheers

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Reply 4 of 7, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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druk wrote on 2021-12-07, 05:54:

Thanks for the replies. I guess I was hoping for a catch-all, if someone has the orignal disks. Getting this back to stock would be awesome. I'll take the case off again and gander at the chipsets - I'll do that and hopefully no surprises.

If I can get everything together I'll create a zip and host it somewhere in case anyone else needs to snag anything.
Cheers

You'll probably find much of what was ever available here - https://driverscollection.com/?H=Kayak%20XM600&By=HP

Failing that, it may be possible to dig them out of the HP ftp server, using this list as a file name prompter - https://web.archive.org/web/20000623040956/ht … /Driver501.html

Seems there are certainly a few drivers for Win 9x, but less so for XP.

Reply 5 of 7, by chinny22

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Quick google seems to think the XM600 is a Asus P3CD motherboard but they don't have much in the way of drivers either
https://www.asus.com/supportonly/P3CD/HelpDesk_Download

Looking at the M/B specs
http://www.motherboard.cz/mb/asus/P3C-D.htm

820 Chipset drivers
https://www.philscomputerlab.com/uploads/3/7/ … /6.3.0.1007.zip

Onboard sound is done by Crystal 4280 chip
http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=686&menustate=0

Network and graphics are add on boards so that'll depend on whats installed.
Dual Slot 1 with RD Ram. Thats a pretty nice rig to tinker with 😀

Reply 6 of 7, by soggi

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There are two series, Kayak XM600 series 1and Kayak XM600 series 2 -> https://web.archive.org/web/20021227005714/ht … 01kfa113en.html. There should be a label with model name and product number.

Most important (in my opinion) is to get the latest BIOS which seems to be "IC.11.11" (-> https://web.archive.org/web/20021217013334/ht … /Driver501.html). Component drivers can be downloaded from their manufacturers, archives and retro/vintage computer websites.

Edit:
Indeed, there should be an ASUS OEM P3C-D installed. If you're lucky, the original ASUS BIOS will work.

kind regards
soggi

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Reply 7 of 7, by druk

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This is a great response from everyone. I guess I hoped someone out there would have a restore CD because I'd love to get this thing up with all the usual tools and guff. I'll spend tome time on it today and see what version of the XM600 it is at least. Yesterday I used the HP to boot a Cobalt Qube 3 recovery CD for my Qube...didn't bloody work though for some reason. I mean the CD worked and it pretended to be serving the TFTP/DHCP services but I'm pretty sure it was lying to me 😀

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