First post, by Vipersan
Hi all ..
I'm new here but heard only good things about Vogons.
My real interest is mostly 8 bit retro restorations ..Commodore.. Apple etc
..but have now strayed into PC
A recent aquisition is a Toshiba orange gas plasma 5200/100 ...which I have briefly seen working but currently is pieces as I wait for a suitable RTC battery to arrive.
It does have VGA out via Dsub ..and I believe the 100mb Connor full sized hard drive has Win3.1 installed ..but not sure if it is complete or functional at this point.
My other is a dell inspiron 2500 laptop with a working floppy ..
Generally in good order and has a good sized 4:3 screen roughly 14 inches.
Sadly It had no O/S installed but I believe it was aimed at XP
The sticker says it uses a Celeron cpu
Generally this is in fair order...so to my questions regarding this lapop..
I thought this unit would be about the right age to retrofit 98SE ?
But is it really suitable ?
98SE has been installed on 20gb ide hard drive and boots up .
Problem is I have limited connectivity to the outside world as the Network card nor USB ports are useless to me atm ..
Drivers being a major issue..
It may well be drivers were never written to support its chipset under 98SE
I have however managed to get the(now 24bit)colour/resolution up having found a driver for the embedded video card.
But thats as far as I got ..
Items highlighted in Control panel > System > Device manager are ..
PCI Communication Device
PCI Ethernet Controller
PCI Multimedia Audio Device
PCI System Management Bus
So ..as you can see if nothing else I have driver issues.
Am I barking up the wrong tree trying to make this laptop work with 98SE ?
If not ..can anyone help me with suitable drivers ?
advice and comment welcomed.