Question 98se prebuilt

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Hi trying to find options here and I've done lots of searching and reading already. I need to put together a PC for a friend to run his Laser etching machine. It uses a pci card to work with the machine. I do not know the specifics as he took his PC to a computer repair shop 2 months ago. What he can tell me is that the newest os that will work is 98 and that the proprietary card is pci. I would like to find an old PC that I could basically just buy and replace some parts. I'm looking for one that would have a standard atx power supply so I could just go ahead and replace it now. Have a sata slot so again I can just put a new hdd in and obviously have some type of 98 support like drivers I can find. I can still buy ddr and ddr2 memory for a good price new so that's not an issue. The oldest pc I have right now is some junky hp with a core 2 duo in it. I put 1 stick of ddr2 1gb memory in and a 500gb hdd. To my surprise 98se installed easy and uses the one gb of ram and sees the whole 500gb hdd. I have pci driver issues and I wasn't trying to fix them as this was just an experiment. I'm only 31 and this is a first time install of 98 for me. Any suggestions? The end result of this would be to get a pc up and running and then build another one exactly the same so he could have a spare.
 
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Ya well sata is pretty old too. Because I just loaded it on a sata II system leads me to think there is a better system I can do this on vs some random hp that no one bought and has very little online support. I'm a Dell guy but I didn't find what I wanted in the old optiplexs. I found some new ide drives for like 200 bucks. That's just stupid.
 

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Ya well sata is pretty old too. Because I just loaded it on a sata II system leads me to think there is a better system I can do this on vs some random hp that no one bought and has very little online support. I'm a Dell guy but I didn't find what I wanted in the old optiplexs. I found some new ide drives for like 200 bucks. That's just stupid.

Hopefully im not rezzzing a dead post? Maybe look into IDE to SD card adapters? Or IDE to SATA adapters?
 
Hopefully im not rezzzing a dead post? Maybe look into IDE to SD card adapters? Or IDE to SATA adapters?
Or just an PCI sata controller card.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=PCI+To+SATA+Controller&_sacat=0

fastcompany, core2 is pretty much the newest that will still run win 98 without a lot of problems.
You can get any core2 system you can find,the problem with the PCI you had with yours is going to be pretty much the same with any system,you just have to use the right bios settings,mainly leaving the irq for the PCI port empty so that the card's driver can use this port without conflicts.


I found some new ide drives for like 200 bucks. That's just stupid.
Yeah old new stock is always very expensive.
Used ide drives on the other hand are a dime a dozen.
 
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDqDIY5NrIA


You can buy a cheap 13 year old prebuilt with something like a Celeron 450 (my first pc had one) or C2D, 1gb or 2gb ram (98 plays nicer with 1gb or less), and any old LGA775 motherboard to have a decent Windows 98 compatable system compatable with a PCI card. This is the best route because LGA775 is still readily available and can be used for a windows XP or 9X build.


The link above is detailing a 775 PC for windows 98 gaming, but as long as the onboard GMA graphics has win98 gfx drivers you can omit the GPU and use it for your purposes.
 
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