Posted 2020-01-05 3:19 PM (#1700) Subject: All Hail Windows ME!
Recently build a pretty high end machine running Windows ME.
An Asus A8V Deluxe board.
Athlon A64 3800+ (underclocked to 1400Mhz and undervolted to 1.2v).
2 x 256 mb PC3200 in Dual Channel.
Winfast GF4 Ti4400 128mb
SB LIve Value (hee hee)
US Robotics Gigabit NIC
120GB SSD running off the onboard Promise SATA
It runs like a champ. A machine I could only dream about, back in the day!
Heck, even then you couldn't dream of disk performance like that.
Posted 2020-01-06 11:57 PM (#1705 - in reply to #1700) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Ha ha, yes I've seen you haven't had much luck with later Athlons! I have to say, this is pretty solid though and there's no need for the massive 5v rail that you need with the XP chips.
Anyway, it does the job for me. It plays all the games I wanted it to, so I guess you can't ask for more of it than that.
Posted 2020-01-07 5:24 PM (#1706 - in reply to #1705) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Location: Hull, UK
Yeah, man, it's like I said, whatever works, really.
Strangely I had no issues with the 754 chips aside from AMD screwing over the low-end range towards the end of its life, 939 is a different story though.
Posted 2020-01-08 1:24 PM (#1710 - in reply to #1700) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
No, next step, is a clean install on this machine. I realised it's been transported across three different motherboards, all with different chip-sets! It's had a bunch of graphics cards in there and some of the drivers won't un-install (Nvidia) Pretty good going really as it's reasonably stable. Well, more than it should be anyway! :D
Posted 2020-01-08 10:31 PM (#1711 - in reply to #1710) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Location: Hull, UK
That was how I did it, though, went right from 462 to 939. In the case of 754 it might have solely been that the expectation was lower, so it wasn't such a big deal that you wound up with a CPU slightly slower than the K7 had been and no real upgrade path, the 939 boards on the other hand landed you with an unstable 'dual core' along with AGP and DDR1.
Indeed, keeping an OS across multiple boards like that rarely ends well in the long term, may as well fix it now before it inevitably goes wrong.
Posted 2020-01-08 11:13 PM (#1712 - in reply to #1711) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Did a clean install this evening, only used DX8.1 instead of the full-fat 9.0c along with only the "right" drivers versions trialed in the previous build. Went like a charm, not one crash or bsod. System feels pretty slick so I'm glad I made the effort. I think I'll make an image for future refreshes.
I sacked the AMD path as soon as the S775 C2D's came out. Which will be the subject of my XP build, as I've a nice E8400 and a decent Asus board ready.
Posted 2020-01-09 4:00 PM (#1713 - in reply to #1700) Subject: RE: All Hail Windows ME!
Took a disk image, using Macrium Reflect. So I've a "clean slate" to revert to, should I need.
I just love using those 120GB SSD's. They only cost about £16 new, sit under the capacity limit, work a treat in IDE mode on an adapter card and you can just slot them in a USB adapter for imaging or transfers.
I have it as a 20GB for C: and the rest as D: for games. With "No CD" cracks you can always muck about with your OS partition, change your OS even, leaving your games mostly intact and playable.
Purists won't like them but IDE drives are getting harder to find and pricey. At 16 quid a pop, who cares about TRIM and alignment bollox?
Posted 2020-01-12 4:34 PM (#1725 - in reply to #1722) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Had a play with a Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb card. Using the Catalyst 7-991 driver set, it ran pretty damn good too! It's quite a bit faster than my Ti4400 but that provides a more consistent experience, so it's staying! I was kinda torn though.
It's handy, working with disk images! You can just restore your "clean" one without all the re-install hassles.
I found a 3000+ A64 CPU in the hoard too, along with a case badge sticker! Sorted! So I swapped out that big 3800+ and I'm running the 3K chip at its default 1.8GHz.
Posted 2020-01-18 1:31 AM (#1749 - in reply to #1725) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
There is a thread over on Vogons about the suitability about using these SSD's with win 9x.
Some voiced concern over the lack of "TRIM" support causing potential early drive failure. Who gives a shit? Back in the day you were lucky to get 3 months out of a bloody IBM Deathstar HDD. I've got several dead ones in the hoard. Why do I keep shit like that? Must be some kind of fetish.
Anyway, if you take an image, then restore it using Macrium Reflect. It TRIMS the drive on restore. So, do that if it bothers you.
Or format it with a gig of free space, the drive will likely shift any fucked blocks there and you'll never notice.
Posted 2020-03-08 11:02 PM (#1824 - in reply to #1700) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Well, its devolved into the ubiquitous 98SE build, as it probably should. Strangely, I tried with 98se first but it was all over the place. Drivers wouldn't install properly and all sorts of weird shit was going on to leave it very unstable. That's why I ended up with ME as that just worked without issue.
It's bugged me tho! I mean ME is meant to be the bag o shite, not 98se, right?
So, I thought, bollox to it and tried a new install, on another spare 120gb SSD, with a Radeon 9600 Pro that I have. It went flawlessly. Everything works, using the same drivers as the ME build. Only difference is an ATi graphics card instead of my Nvidia GF4 4400Ti.
I've since upgraded the graphics card to a 9700 Pro and I run the cpu at its default speeds and voltage because, well because fuck it why not.
So I'm not mocking ME. It worked brilliantly but when I ended up using Dosbox for some games. I knew something couldn't be right!
Posted 2020-03-16 11:20 PM (#1841 - in reply to #1824) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Found another couple of "new old stock" HDD's in the hoard. A Maxtor Diamondmax 10 and a Samsung. Both 200Gb and SATA 2. Both are recognised, correctly, as such by the Promise controller on the A8V board. I've just zapped the image off my 120GB SSD on to the Samsung and slotted it in. Works a treat, fast and quiet too.
I'm really liking the Radeon card in the build. I had a 9800 Pro back in the day but had probably moved onto XP by then. I just remember it as being pretty mediocre and it failing before I'd had my monies worth out of it. Of course I didn't know about that bloody "die shim" back then. Anyway, compatability on 98SE is pretty solid. I've tried a few cards now and for my money ATi rocks and Nvidia are shite, all down to the drivers really.
Posted 2020-09-27 10:37 PM (#1980 - in reply to #1978) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows ME!
Well, boredom kicked in again and the good old Crapathon was the victim.
Out with the old and in with the older! I decided it was just too fast for what I wanted it for. Since building the XP gamer. All the late 98 games run far better on that anyway. So I decided to take the 98SE machine down a few notches for better compatibility with the older stuff.
An A64 3000+ cpu was slotted in, 1.8GHz, and the good old Nvidia 4400Ti was put back into service.
I did try an FX5600XT that I was gifted and it wasn't too bad really for a 5 series. Not in the same league as the 4400 tho. So that won.
Even that bloody NFS Porsche 2000 runs again now! It's still a bit bonkers for a win98 machine but that's half the fun!
Posted 2020-10-06 2:05 PM (#1987 - in reply to #1983) Subject: Re: All Hail Windows 98SE
So today's meddling involved swapping out the 4400Ti for a Radeon 9500. Also swapped my mechanical, games, HDD for another 120GB SSD. I've a bunch of them just lying around, so sod it why not? Plus I can just image the suckers by plugging them into my USB-3 adapter.