Need to build a NEW PC compatible with Windows ME

Hi to everybody. First, excuse my english, it's not my native language.

I need to build a new machine capable of running Windows ME as operating system (not virtualized). I know most of the limitations of WinME in terms of hardware support but maybe i missed some that could be crucial, so i'm asking your help.

This is what i know:

- missing SATA support, so i have to find a motherboard with IDE controller
- missing PCI-express support, so i have to find a mobo with AGP 8x (and an AGP graphic card, of course)
- partial support to 48-bit LBA so i have to install the O.S. on a partition <137GB
- native limit of 512MB RAM, upgradable to 1,5 GB after installation

The main question is: although is still possible to find a new motherboard with IDE and AGP controller, how about chipset/CPU or other issues? Are there incompatibilities i don't know?

Actually i have Windows ME perfectly running on Asus A7N8X-X (socket A), Athlon XP2600+, 512MB DDR, GeForce 6600 GT (AGP 8x). I wrote only as reference, i know are totally outdated components with no equals on actual market.

I found several new mobo with IDE and AGP, but with AM2 or other chipset, and i don't know if this could be a problem for WinME.

Please, don't tell me to upgrade O.S., i also have a machine with XP and another with Seven, i need to run Windows ME for personal reasons.

Thank you.
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  1. one thing most mobos will not have drivers for an OS older than XP and that would include any chip set drivers from intel and amd
  2. Thanks Capt. So it could be useful for me to visit the constructor's site of every mobos i could find to see if there are Win9x/ME drivers. This is a suseful input, thank you.

    ...waiting for any other suggestion ;-)
  3. You're not going to find 95/98/ME drivers for any of the current hardware. You're going to have to locate 10+ year old hardware.
  4. Thanks, i know you're probably right, but i still hope to find something newer (5/6 years) with compatible drivers.

    This is probably a stupid question, but how about "generic" drivers? I mean, i have a lot of old versions of nVidia "detonators", for example, could they work with relatively recent geforce? (and the same for via/nvidia mobo chipset)
  5. frk said:
    Thanks, i know you're probably right, but i still hope to find something newer (5/6 years) with compatible drivers.

    Not likely.

    frk said:
    This is probably a stupid question, but how about "generic" drivers? I mean, i have a lot of old versions of nVidia "detonators", for example, could they work with relatively recent geforce? (and the same for via/nvidia mobo chipset)

    Not gonna happen. The older drivers you are referring to don't know anything about the newer GPU's and therefore won't even install.
  6. As i am obstinate i searched the web and found several new (not used) motherboards with socket A (462), like these:

    Asus A7S8X-MX
    Asus A7V266-MX
    Asus A7V400-MX
    AsRock K7S41GX2
    PC Chips M811
    PC Chips M848A
    PC Chips M851

    Looking on producers' websites i found Windows 98/ME drivers for all of them! :-)

    This encouraged me a little, and i found on PC Chips website also an AM2 mobo with WinME drivers support. It looks like there are genuine nVidia nForce 3 drivers for Win ME...

    Could this mean that i will have good possibilities to run Windows ME on almost any nForce3 mobo i could find?

    How can i know wich is the most recent chipset with Windows ME drivers?
  7. Woo Hooo congrats on your excellent WinME retro system and best of luck. The AMD2600 was a fine CPU! Until a few years ago I ran a similar system with a Gigabyte mobo supporting Nikons CoolScan 35-mm digitizer; to Nikon engineers shock, WinME would run Win95 drivers for that puppy.

    WinME: (still) ROCK SOLID four (4) hours at a time.


    frk said:
    As i am obstinate i searched the web and found several new (not used) motherboards with socket A (462), like these:

    Asus A7S8X-MX
    Asus A7V266-MX
    Asus A7V400-MX
    AsRock K7S41GX2
    PC Chips M811
    PC Chips M848A
    PC Chips M851

    Looking on producers' websites i found Windows 98/ME drivers for all of them! :-)

    This encouraged me a little, and i found on PC Chips website also an AM2 mobo with WinME drivers support. It looks like there are genuine nVidia nForce 3 drivers for Win ME...

    Could this mean that i will have good possibilities to run Windows ME on almost any nForce3 mobo i could find?

    How can i know wich is the most recent chipset with Windows ME drivers?
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