Question Windows 98SE system compatibility

Apr 16, 2019

I decided to build a Windows 98SE system and started buying various parts from the Internet. First things first, so I begun with the processor and the motherboard, which I checked for compatibility using the following criteria:

  1. The CPU has to be officially compatible with the motherboard
  2. There must be Windows 98SE drivers for the motherboard available
I think these are enough but I may prove wrong so I ask you if there is anything more I should have taken care of.

Hardware Information

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 Prescott, 2.40 GHz, socket 478, FSB 400/533/800
Motherboard: Asus P4V800D-X, socket 478


Sep 18, 2013
My God, Windows 98SE?! I must salute you since the last time I remember fiddling with those I was a freshman in High School. Don't forget your Sound Blaster Creative Labs if you're going for the ultimate experience with sound fidelity during that era as well. And don't forget your mechanical drive and the good ol' internal CD-ROM optical drive! :D
Apr 16, 2019
The project continues. I bought the CPU and Motherboard mentioned above and now I am looking for a suitable Graphics Card. One that I have spotted is MSI GeForce 5500 FX AGP 256MB, since cards with 512MB or more will almost certainly cause problems with Windows 98.

The problem is that when I looked into the web for more info, I found out that there are two different pictures about that particular card:

Picture 1

Picture 2

The card I am looking to buy is from picture 2. When I go to MSI official site and type 'MSI GeForce 5500 FX AGP 256MB' the first card appears and there are Windows 98SE drivers available for download. However, the seller informed me that the card's box mentions only Windows XP and Windows Vista as compatible OS.

I suppose I run into two different versions of the same card, one with cooler and one with heat sink but my logic says that all other aspects (chip, etc) must be the same (though I also notice different capacitors, etc).

How can I know if the card is compatible with Windows 98SE?


Looks to be just the difference between the US and UK versions of the same card. I wouldn't be concerned about it. I'd be more concerned about your processor/motherboard. Are you certain you have the Prescott version of the processor or the Northwood version (90nm vs 130nm)?

-Wolf sends
Apr 16, 2019
Interesting... hadn't noticed that there were two versions of the same card.

I am already there, only the mouse and CD-Rom remain to be bought. Any IDE CD-Rom would do? Or not?
Apr 16, 2019
Ok, last update of the project:

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 Prescott, 2.40 GHz, socket 478, FSB 400/533/800
Motherboard 1: Asus P4S800D-X, socket 478
Motherboard 2: Asus P4V800D-X, socket 478
Mouse: HP Optical PS/2 672651-001 674315-001
Keyboard: Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500 PS/2
Graphics card 1: MSI GeForce 5500 FX AGP 256MB
Graphics card 2: ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 128MB DDR-128-Bit
Memory 1: Kingston KTH-D530/256 256MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM DIMM
Memory 2: Kingston KVR400X64C25/512 512MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM
Hard Disk 1: Western Digital 80GB IDE 7200 RPM
Hard Disk 2: Western Digital 120GB IDE 7200 RPM
Cables: 5 X IDE (2 devices)
Floppy: I already had one unused, didn't check for specifications
Power Supplier: Corsair VS450 450 Watt
Tower Case: Midi Tower Case Supercase SK-502

Yet to obtain:

CD-ROM Drive
Sound Card (probably Sound Blaster Live! or Sound Blaster 16)

What do I have to watch for about those two missing components? The motherboard I am going to use also has two SATA ports. Are they recognizable by Windows 98SE? Also, I never had to install drivers for any CD-ROM drive I bought for any of the systems I built since my first PC but I am not sure this will be the case now. Are there any CD-ROM drives that can also write that are compatible with Windows 98SE? If a CD-ROM is IDE, will it automatically work on Windows 98SE? Because the research I did wasn't conclusive.
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As long as the controller chipset has drivers for win 98 it doesn't matter if it's sata or ide they will show up and work.
Your main concern is to find burning software that will work on windows 98 because it's not build-in like in later windows's.

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