From the very moment Microsoft
introduced Windows98 SE (Second Edition), problems with the Operating
System were apparent. The update that was touted as the cure-all for USB
initially created more problems than it fixed. Shut Down maladies, new USB
headaches and driver incompatibility
issues topped a long list of new and unique difficulties for end-users and
Thankfully, most of these issues
have been resolved through a series of patches, adjustments and fine tuning.
Unofficial Service Pack
Offers Improved USB Performance
The unofficial Service Pack is
offered as Freeware by
Software. The Service Pack consists of a collection of Microsoft
released updates and hot fixes that have been packaged together in a single,
convenient download. Among the 70 Hot Fixes is a work-around for the
512 MB Ram issue and Improved USB Support. USB updates include better
WDM and enhanced USB Mass Storage Device support. More information can
be found here:
ACPI active can be the source of
problems in Win98SE. Windows 98SE automatically installs in ACPI mode if
an ACPI BIOS is detected. Unfortunately, Win98SE does NOT handle ACPI
very well and IRQ sharing with this OS is problematic. If USB is sharing
its IRQ with IRQ Holder for ACPI Steering and several other devices you will
need to install the OS in APM mode as outlined below.
Reinstall Windows by starting
the system using the boot floppy with CDROM support.
From the A:\ prompt start
Windows from the CDROM
D:\setup /p i when D:\ is the
drive letter of the floppy.
If your hard drive is running
from a High Point, Promise or ATA 66 or 100 controller, the drive will not
be recognized at boot up and you will need to come back a letter.
A clean reinstall is
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