Anyone installed Windows98 on Core2Duo?

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  1. eatup

    eatup MDL Member

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    I want to be able to run oldschool games natively instead of relying on an emulator like DosBox. Win98 was the last OS built on top of DOS. Anyways, anyone successful in getting Win98 to run on a Core2Duo machine/laptop? If so, where did you source your drivers?
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Why not run win98se on a virtual machine (vmware, etcetc)?
     
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  4. eatup

    eatup MDL Member

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    nope i want to be able to run win98 natively. virtualization just destroys the game's framerate...
     
  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    What framerate, it's almost 20 years old :D
     
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    eatup MDL Member

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    Try running a dozen classic games like Duke/Wolf 3D
    Hexxen/Heretic
    Dark Forces
    etc.
    under DoxBos.

    Responsiveness of the games under such emulators just plain suck, not to mention consuming high CPU power.
     
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  9. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    I said, use a virtual install, not dosbox or anything else.
     
  10. sml156

    sml156 MDL Member

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    Ya I hear ya eatup trying to run a virtual machine using a core 2 duo probably would suc. Actually running a core 2 duo with those games is probably pushing it also.
     
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  11. SLG

    SLG MDL Novice

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    Try a port, run in new windows
    XL engine for dark forces
    eduke32 for duke nuken
    ZDoom for heretic, doom and hexen 1
     
  12. Mobocratic Asylum

    Mobocratic Asylum MDL Member

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    Run Win98 natively on Core2Duo?

    :eek: What?

    Win98 ONLY runs on ONE core.
     
  13. achat

    achat MDL Novice

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    that whole system is WAY wrong to run win98

    2gigs ram is too much

    Geforce card will not have drivers

    I have run 98 on a core2duo

    I suggest using VMWare and just running 98 inside of your XP install
     
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    submix8c MDL Novice

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    Not disagreeing that VM would be better, but will disagree with 98SE on 2gb RAM and GeForce (depending on the make). It can be done. The major problem with the video is (if it's an add-in) is the RAM it has on board. In any case, it all depends on the hardware specifics (not given), so (sorry) it can be done (again, depending). Much easier to use a VM than to "fight" with direct install, especially with a laptop.
     
  15. frepsz

    frepsz MDL Junior Member

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    The CPU is not an issue. 1 core will be ignored, that's it.

    - You need to set your SATA controller to IDE emulation.
    - You'll have to make FAT/FAT32 partitions
    - You'll have to edit your system.ini to appear to have less than 512 MB of RAM during installation, at the first crash, from a DOS command line, then resume installation
    - You'll have to have a video card that has W98 drivers. Ati up to X000 series, Nvidia up to FX series.
    - You'll have to have a sound card that has W98 drivers (for Realtek AC97, use W95 driver and install through device manager)
    - You'll have to download and install updates manually, as WU v4 has been dead for years (W98SE recommended, more stable without updates)
    - Keep an offline installer of IE6SP1 ready on a CD or HDD folder. You'll have a non-functional default browser
    - For the installation, download an image of the W98 rescue disk, and use it for booting. If you have no floppy drive, use it to create a bootable CD with floppy emulation. This will provide you with the appropriate DOS environment, CD-ROM driver and disk utilities. Alternatively, some W98 CDs have a boot sector and can be used as a boot disk.