98 SE and video cards

This is a discussion on 98 SE and video cards within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; ok, so I spent a good 6 hours trying to get an OS installed on a computer saturday nite. And ...

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    5|-|1+|-|34|) ober's Avatar
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    98 SE and video cards

    ok, so I spent a good 6 hours trying to get an OS installed on a computer saturday nite. And here was the problem:

    I built the computer 2 years ago and everything worked great... had Win 98 First edition on it and it was all good. I installed a Diamond Multimedia A200 8mb video card and it worked.

    Fast-forward to this past sat nite. The guy wants a new, bigger HD, more RAM, and an upgrade to 98 SE because of stability issues (all on my recommendations).

    No problem, I order all the stuff, throw it in, and begin to install windows on the new drive. I get 98 SE installed, install the video driver, reboot. Nothing. It comes up to a black screen during boot and just sits there taunting me with that damn hourglass.

    OK, no big deal. I start over and decide to try and trick it. I installed First edition again, updated the video driver and rebooted. It worked fine. yay. Now to trick it, I used a 98SE upgrade and installed 98SE over 98FE. reboot. BAM. Same problem. Black screen, f-ing hourglass. BOOO!! I'm ........ed.

    so... next best option? I installed XP Pro. But I had to reformat and reinstall 98 FE because my XP disk is an upgrade. It starts, goes through the prelim and reboots... comes back up, doesn't show me a damn thing, but crunches away and I figure it's installing. Sure enough, an hour later it reboots and XP is installed... it picked a TOTALLY different video driver and it works perfectly.

    I just find it strange that 98SE couldn't use that video driver. I even tried downloading an updated driver from the website. Anyone ever seen this?

    sorry so long... but I wanted to share this with you guys.

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    chalk it up to DOS and VxD i suppose.
    I've had all sorts of weird stuff happen with win98(fe/se). It just pukes on some things and im not sure why. I've had it run nearly as stable as nt/xp on the box im using now...on another box it barely runs at all. Hardware seriously messes with 9x, oh well, glad everything worked out for you.
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    Do they mention anything about it at the company website. At any rate I suppose it wouldn't hurt to upgrade from a 8mb video card to something better.

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    Is the card PCI or AGP?
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