|Finished WS hack.... (modified 0 times) ||my nickname is lame.|
|O.K. Picked up this morning from CompUSA in Norfolk, VA. They had three left. 49.95, No TOS.|
I hooked WS up to both a VGA monitor and my TV, VGA display is good, TV is a little fuzzy.
Sys'ed a 8.4 Gig Western Digital, copied 98SE and 98 Lite to the drive, as well as the Video, Sound and my USB NIC's drivers. Attached an old ISA IDE controller card after disabling the ISA printer ports and Comm ports. Cut off an old HD power cord, stripped back the WS's main power cord yellow, red one black lead. Attached old HD power cord straight to stripped sections. Secured temporarily with Electricians tape. Ran an IDE cable, put box back together with exception of the cover. Dropped another 32 meg Dimm in place of the empty port. It did recognize and boot fine with 48 megs ram total. It booted right to C: as it should abd the 98 install went fine. Typical install.
After install Video was deteced as generic PCI @16 colors. Downloaded video driver fixed that. The Cyber2000 video drivers puts an icon on the taskbar to configure large icons and fonts. CONFIGURE THEM. This made all the difference in the world. Display is actually O.K. now on my 35" T.V. I checked the system icon in the control panel, three unknown devices, PCI bridge and two others completely unknown. I select the first unknown device and install the sound card drivers. It seems to like it. After reboot still no sound....? I take the second unknown device and apply the sound drivers to it... Seems to like it as well. After reboot, the windows sound is heard! So there should be (for 98 SE) two unknown devices deteced that are audio devices. And the one PCI bridge that I haven't done anything with yet. My NIC installed flawlessly and got its DHCP address and hit the internet well.
Next I applied 98 Lite, well in this case Chubby. Stripped down whatever 98 Chubby strips down. Now for some real world testing. I have installed Several MP3 players with uniformly bad results. All run poorly with huge pauses. Winamp seemed to suck the least... Alright, booted into progman as a shell. MP3's still suck.
Will do more testing Friday night.