Operating Systems Problem

yes you can just get virtualpc for windows and you can install any os on your hd and still keep your windows xp partition :wink:

virtual pc? i thought that was for macs…:slight_smile:

nope theres also a pc version :beam:

is tat like running xp under it?

no you run win98 on winxp its like an emulator

but then i still won’t have exactly windows 98, i’m using it because xp requires more to play games, BF1942 works beautifully on 98, but really choppy on xp…i don’t think virtual os can do that kind of effect

well if you dont try it youll never know now will you??

well, i’m afriad it might screw up my computer…:frowning:

In the boot order in your BIOS, you have two hard drives


So if you install Win98, you can change the boot order in your BIOS and change the order of the hard drives (the two things with -HDD at the end) and that will change where your PC looks for things.

About installing Win98, it should ask you where you want to install it.

In the meantime try the compatibility thing, that might make it work.

What is your graphics card? (type dxdiag in run,display tab)

*Originally posted by Niann *
**You would need to install 98 first, and you could not use NTFS at all. **

NTFS / FAT32 has no significance in the way that the computer boots up, NTFS are for HDDS over 20GB and FAT32 for those under 20.

NTFS / FAT32 has no significance in the way that the computer boots up, NTFS are for HDDS over 20GB and FAT32 for those under 20.

My hard drive is exactly 20GB, really pathetic.

njs, is my IDE-HDD the partitioned hard drive? How can I find out?
I’ll paste my DX thing here:

System Information

Time of this report: 6/1/2003, 10:14:04
Machine name: MAX
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) (2600.xpclnt_qfe.021108-2107)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
System Model: L100R
BIOS: DELL - 20010905
Processor: Intel Pentium III, ~996MHz
Memory: 254MB RAM
Page File: 139MB used, 486MB available
Primary File System: n/a
DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1 (
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.01.2600.0000 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes

DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: The file nv4_disp.dll is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs. You may be able to get a signed driver from the manufacturer of the hardware device.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Components

Blah blah blah

Display Devices

    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 100/200
 Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce2 MX 100/200
     DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device ID: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0111&SUBSYS_00271545&REV_B2

Display Memory: 32.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (85Hz)
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 753DF(T)
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: (English)
DDI Version: 8 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 11/18/2002 15:15:00, 2684298 bytes
Driver Signed: No
WHQL Date Stamp: None
Mini VDD: nv4.sys
Mini VDD Date: 8/17/2001 08:50:26, 731648 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4251-11CF-F866-2D2010C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0111
SubSys ID: 0x00271545
Revision ID: 0x00B2
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Not Available
DDraw Test Result:
D3D7 Test Result:
D3D8 Test Result:

Sound Devices

  Description: Creative Sound Blaster PCI
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_1274&DEV_1371&SUBSYS_13711274&REV_09

Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: es1371mp.sys
Driver Version: 5.01.3612.0000 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Signed: Yes
Date and Size: 6/3/2002 11:18:32, 40832 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Creative Technology Ltd.
HW Accel Level: Full
Registry: OK
Sound Test Result:


Blah blah blah

DirectShow Filters

Blah blah blah

Input Devices

  Device Name: SideWinder Game Pad USB version 1.0
     Provider: Microsoft
  Hardware ID: USB\Vid_045e&Pid_0007&Rev_0106
       Status: 0
    Port Name: USB Root Hub
Port Provider: (Standard USB Host Controller)
      Port ID: USB\ROOT_HUB&VID8086&PID2412&REV0002
  Port Status: 0

Poll w/ Interrupt: No
Registry: OK

Input Drivers

DirectPlay Service Providers

Blah blah blah

DirectPlay Lobbyable Apps

Sorry for the long post. :slight_smile:

Right. Try getting new drivers for your graphics card(here) and turn the settings down a lot in the games.

Consider getting more SDRAM as well.

About the hard drives, my advice is just change the order until it boots 98.

I have a PC fairly similar to yours, and I can run quite a lot of new games.

So basically, I should try to get the new drivers, since I’m getting a new computer by the end of this year, I’m not going to upgrade from 256 anymore. Also, I should try to change the first boot of HD to IDE-HDD right?

What I meant was win98 can not read NTFS file system. So any data you have there you could not read when 98 was installed.


ok, but then D drive isn’t NTFS, it’s only FAT32, but then when i install 98 on fat32, it should b able to read it correct?

Yep, 98 should work fine. And what I meant was try changing the boot order of the drives after you’d installed Win 98, to see whether this affects whether it boots Win98. Then when you want XP again, change the boot order back.

First, I tried isolating IDE-HDD, but that was the C drive and went to XP.

Then I tried switching the IDE with ARMD, nothing, goes straight to XP again.

Then it turns out that my ARMD is my D drive, I tried to run it as:


It went to my D drive, but it shows as C:/> and also, my CD rom didn’t work.

Then at last I tried:


That only ended up asking me to put a bootable disk in A drive, when I put it in, the same message repeats. :frowning:

Wait, is it possible just for me to install 98 on my ARMD drive, but then, every time I want to start 98, I can just take out the IDE drive from the BIOS, then I’ll just turn it back on later.