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I am going to be building a rig for old school gaming since I have a working nForce2 board with an old Athlon XP (I think) and ram etc. All it needs is a PSU, HD, and a cd rom drive. I am thinking of putting Win98se on it, since I want to play DOS games on it. Will I still be able to do basic internet surfing on a machine like that or is it going to have to be an offline only deal.
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I am going to be building a rig for old school gaming since I have a working nForce2 board with an old Athlon XP (I think) and ram etc. All it needs is a PSU, HD, and a cd rom drive. I am thinking of putting Win98se on it, since I want to play DOS games on it. Will I still be able to do basic internet surfing on a machine like that or is it going to have to be an offline only deal.
Using Win 98 will not let you surf the web since the OS is severely outdated and even if it does, it won't work correctly.
Older Socket A systems WILL run Win 7 as long as you have at least 1GB of RAM installed and it will be able to surf the web with that OS - I've ran it with just 1GB of RAM with my 939 system and it worked OK.

You could try a dual-boot setup using two partitions on your drive, Win 98 on one and Win 7 on the other. Win 98 won't need alot of space to work, probrably no more than 20GB's or so and you could let Win 7 have the rest.

As for Win 98 having a limitation on how much RAM you can run, 1GB of RAM is doable with it as long as it's setup to do so or you could simply have the RAM in the board before installation and let the OS install configure things itself as it goes.
Win ME has this same RAM limitation issue and I discovered if I already have the RAM in the machine when doing the install, it will work - It probrably would for Win 98 as well - I do know it's been done before but I can't tell you how it was actually done for Win 98.
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Hey if you need any help with this, just holler at me, I own 4 Socket A systems
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Alright, +rep guys. I should be getting started on this Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes. I don't know if I will do a dual boot with Windows 7, but maybe windows XP since the computer originally came with it. I am looking forward to this. I'm so ready to bust out some Descent and Mech Warrior 2. New games just don't have the same character.
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If you go with XP, you'll need to use Firefox for the web.

Win 7 if you go with that will set up everything the system needs to run and of course you'll need to dig up the older drivers for Win 98, esp the graphics drivers for your card.

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Actually, I am an idiot. I'll run a dual boot with Linux and that will be way better than XP Windows 7.
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Using Win 98 will not let you surf the web since the OS is severely outdated and even if it does, it won't work correctly.
Older Socket A systems WILL run Win 7 as long as you have at least 1GB of RAM installed and it will be able to surf the web with that OS - I've ran it with just 1GB of RAM with my 939 system and it worked OK.

You could try a dual-boot setup using two partitions on your drive, Win 98 on one and Win 7 on the other. Win 98 won't need alot of space to work, probrably no more than 20GB's or so and you could let Win 7 have the rest.

As for Win 98 having a limitation on how much RAM you can run, 1GB of RAM is doable with it as long as it's setup to do so or you could simply have the RAM in the board before installation and let the OS install configure things itself as it goes.
Win ME has this same RAM limitation issue and I discovered if I already have the RAM in the machine when doing the install, it will work - It probrably would for Win 98 as well - I do know it's been done before but I can't tell you how it was actually done for Win 98.

theres a fix for the ram bug and it suports up t 4gb

heck theres a lot of home made fixes for win98 out there

my old 3dfx system running on a moded version of win98 and web is fine
can even watch youtube with firefox ( has flash )

even my old dos system is on the web
but no flash


OP: I can pm you a link of it if yould like
you need a windows98 license to use it legally
not if MS cares
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I have an Old Skool box that runs a modded Win98Lite and it surfs fine but I did get random errors and crashes until I dropped ram from 1GB to 512MB. Ir positively freaked at 3GB!

If you want to get serious DOS compatibility with the bonus of considerable Linux integration check out FreeDOS The only downside is that it still requires very old skool sound card drivers and configuration. It does handle USB though
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I think for Linux I will get a distro of Mint because I have experience with it.

I just bid on a Voodoo 3 on ebay so I will be going wayyyyyyyy old school on my graphics.
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I love this idea

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