Originally Posted by Poisoner
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Using Win 98 will not let you surf the web since the OS is severely outdated and even if it does, it won't work correctly.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.