I need to build a win 98 for some older software. I would install it on my vista laptop using compatibility mode, but the laptop does not have a printer/parallel port. The older software has a hardware key that must be plugged into a parallel port.
I am assembling this box using left over parts from my last 4 years of pc building.
HP mini tower case (HP pavillion a1000y)
Asus (made for HP) P5LP-LE (Limestone 1.04) bios 3.17
Link to mobo: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?lc=e...
Pentium D 920 2.8G
2x 512M PC2-3200 DDR2 dual channel
On board graphics: intel chipset xpress 945G
WD 20G IDE HD
300w psu with case
Will this hardware work with Win 98?
Will all the usb ,1394, card reader that is on the case work?
Will the newer ATX style on/off work?
Or should i install windows XP home on it. Then install the old software using compatibility mode?
You'll be extremely lucky to find any Win 98 drivers for hardware newer than 2003... it would be much better to use XP. The card reader, for instance, won't work without a driver... and it's unlikely that you'd find a 98 driver for it.
I just did that on a HP Pavillion 8775C, and it was an adventure to say the least, Zoron nailed it with the driver issue and thats definitely going to be your biggest hurdle.
I would suggest joining www.driverguide.com its free and you can get drivers from there you can't seem to find anywhere else, like HP for example.
First you need to be fairly confident you have acquired all the necessary drivers before the installation, making sure you have the chipset drivers.
If you can find drivers for Win98 then proceed if not you'll probably have to go the XP compatability route, but anyway it will be fun and an adventure, but you'll be surprised at how difficult it can get, juggling the IRQs to make things work and such as that, but if you can pull it off it will be an accomplishment.
I did have to track me down an older video card, and soundcard, but the rest of the drivers I found.
As I suspected ASUS does not list that model M/B as its HP priortarialized, and more than likely HP will only have drivers available for the original OP/SYS that was released with the PC at production release.
Exactly what I went through!
You can save considerable time and trouble by going the WinXP compatability route because your hardware is newer than mine was.