98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

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98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby misterjones » 2018-5-25 @ 23:29

I'm looking at using my old P3-933MHz powered Dell GX200 to run NES, SNES, Genesis, TG16/PC Engine, and PSX games. Right now my old Matrox Mystique220 w/Rainbow Runner are in it with 98SE as the OS. I'm going to switch that to a 64MB Sapphire Radeon 7000 to get S-video out from my machine to my rear projection TV in my bedroom. Keeping 98SE is an option, but I'm starting to think XP just for newer versions of some of the emulators.

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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby leileilol » 2018-5-26 @ 02:17

I think newer versions of emulators would call for Windows 7 these days.
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
Geforce256 isn't released as a beta on New Years '99 under the Quadro brand
DOS gaming isn't a bilinear 320x200 16:10
DOS PCs aren't better than the Macintosh
DOSBox is not for running Windows 9x
SGL != Glide
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby dr_st » 2018-5-26 @ 08:01

For the things he mentioned (maybe except PSX), the old emulators are just fine and should work on either OS. If not XP, I would go with WinMe before Win98 SE, since you don't need the pure DOS mode.
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby misterjones » 2018-5-26 @ 18:22

dr_st wrote:For the things he mentioned (maybe except PSX), the old emulators are just fine and should work on either OS. If not XP, I would go with WinMe before Win98 SE, since you don't need the pure DOS mode.


Older versions of ePSXe can still run under 98SE. Not sure about the newer version(1.8+)
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby misterjones » 2018-5-27 @ 20:35

Just dawned on me that I could also do Win2000 SP4.
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby greasemonkey90s » 2018-5-28 @ 05:49

i have the gateway variant of this similar setup and i was torn on what to do with this machine and in the end came up with the same idea. i would go 9200/9250 maybe mine cam with Wme but i was thinking 2k for better compatibility hmm dos box on a 32in seems interesting but sounds like failure at the same time.
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby misterjones » 2018-6-04 @ 00:25

It's up and running with XP SP3. The single biggest reason being that this machine is not connected to the internet or even the rest of my network, so being able to use USB storage to transfer files is critical and since all of my stuff is sitting on thumb drives and hard drives all formatted with NTFS. Last time I remember attempting to mount a USB drive didn't go so well.

Plus, it's the same machine I used in these two threads:

viewtopic.php?f=63&t=54517&start=120
viewtopic.php?f=63&t=56986&start=40
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby Jabberwock » 2018-6-30 @ 18:36

Here is a pretty good patch for supporting USB thumb drives in 98SE.

I had used this patch with no issues on 3-4 Win98-computers.
But the author tells it can cause some problems with IEEE1394.

Right now I am using it for my PIII-1000 and P-200, both are 98SE.

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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby dr_st » 2018-6-30 @ 19:07

There are newer versions of said patch:
http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/k ... rivers.php

(unfortunately you can have issues if your language is not one of the listed there)

I recently used it successfully on a Win98 SE (English) version, and it worked like a charm, including USB 2.0 support via a NEC CardBus controller.
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Re: 98SE or XP for P3-based retro console machine?

Postby Jabberwock » 2018-6-30 @ 20:18

Oh, thank you!
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