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[personal profile] solarbird
Anybody have an old Win98 USB mass storage device driver? I've set up an real Win98 box on the machine that used to be door.murkworks.net - it's a P166 from 1996 and accordingly hilarious. I have USB running on it, but not drivers for USB disk drives, and I want that working, in no small part because the non-lulz non-vintage-games part of this project is having a (the?) last working 5.25" floppy drive for PC-DOS/MS-DOS diskettes.

(I like having the ability to read all antique media. Need anything off a Commodore PET floppy? In theory, I can do that for you, as long as it's double-density or less, and yes, they had a 1mb PET floppy at one point.)

The machine is named Blue, drive D is named Purple, and it's registered to Amélie Lacroix and the password is oneshotonekill because of course it had to be. Also, the desktop starts out with weapons and such but turns into widowtracer art because we all know what's really going on here.

It's also much quieter now, particularly for a machine from 1996, as I've replaced all the fans and improved the venting. Two of the fans were outright dead - the CPU and GPU fans, so that's terrifying. (I think the CPU fan may have worked occasionally, but don't hold me to it. Also I had already improved the venting some, even with the old fans - I just improved it more now.)

A couple of power supply capacitors should be replaced too, they're bulging a bit, and I had to order them - VetCo had none of the right caps in stock. Ah well, I tried.

Date: 2017-07-15 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hms42
No Commodore PET floppys, but I do have 2 programming books of basic programs for it. (And, yes the floppy drives did exist for those machines.) I last saw one of those about 1985 or so. (I learned to program BASIC, Fortran and PASCAL on those machines.)

I don't recall if my Win9x box had USB on it or not, but I do know my XP machine did have USB. (I do know I sold Windows 95 machines with USB.) I think I do have a Windows 98 install CD around somewhere.

Date: 2017-07-16 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hms42
I don't think I had USB storage devices at that time. I know I upgraded to XP in 2002. The odds of finding SOMETHING that will work is low.

Silly solution - Will your Win98 machine talk to a network? Copy the data to a network drive (with the USB device being the shared network drive on a newer machine. That gets around the problem of the machine needing drivers to talk to USB. (Just put a stand alone machine connected to it and an old router.) No internet required.

Date: 2017-07-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
ossobuco: Legion from Mass Effect 2 (Default)
From: [personal profile] ossobuco
I wish I could help, I'm pretty sure I had a USB external hard drive back when my family's PC was Win98, but there is no chance that any install/driver discs we had still exist!

(I am in awe of your hardware skills, tbh. I'm starting to imagine your house is just a temple of computers all wired together and humming gently in sync.)

Date: 2017-07-17 02:31 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Niiiiice.

I don't have any drivers for Win98 any more, but good luck. That's awesome.

Date: 2017-07-18 02:28 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*snerk* Appropriate naming schemes for the win!

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