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drivers in windows 98

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by john_waldrum, Jan 2, 2002.

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  1. john_waldrum

    john_waldrum Thread Starter

    Apr 5, 2001
    I want to back up the drivers for this old Packard Bell, (since there are no installation disks with it), so I can format the hard drive and start fresh. Where in windows would I go to find them?
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    Good luck. If it is a really old system that uses DOS mode drivers look in your autoexec.bat and config.sys files for clues to the driver anme and location. If you knwo what the hardware is....Creative Labs and model number, just go to their web site and dl the most current drivers for your OS.
  3. john_waldrum

    john_waldrum Thread Starter

    Apr 5, 2001
    appreciate that, but It really did not help me too much, I went into config.sys and saw something there but how am I suuposed to back anyting up to disk?
  4. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    Go to www.belarc.com and install their advisor. It will give you some information about your equipment so you can download the drivers on the manufacturer’s site.

    You probably won’t need drivers for the CD-ROM, floppy and hard drives. Windows will handle that. You need to dig up the drivers for your video card and possibly the sound card and modem. If they are integrated into the board you are most likely to find them on the Packard Bell site – you might be lucky enough to find them there for individual devices.

    As Rockn says, if it old enough to have real mode drivers you are probably in for more hassle than you want to spend on an old computer. It would have to be pretty old to have those though. If your computer is pre plug-n-play I would can the idea.

    Have you looked for drivers on the Packard Bell site? Windows does not usually have drivers for video cards and sometimes not for sound cards and modems. What drivers Windows does have are usually loaded automatically after you load Windows or through the add hardware prompt. You don’t normally have to dig them out of the Windows CD.
  5. john_waldrum

    john_waldrum Thread Starter

    Apr 5, 2001
    Ok here is what it said:

    Operating system: Windows 98

    Processor: 67 mhz Intel 486DX

    341 meg hard drive 19 meg free space
    Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")
    Generic IDE hard disk drive (340 MB) -- drive 0

    Standard floppy disk controller
    standard IDE/ESDI hard drisk controller

    Main Circuit Board:
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies TM 04/19/90

    Memory Modules:
    20 Megabytes installed memory

    Cirrus Logic [Display Adapter] (unknown monitor)

    28.8 Internal modem

    other devices:
    Standard 101/102 keyboard

    also I noticed that the cd-rom is no longer working and does not show up in my computer. Also it is not hooked directly to the motherboard. It is hooked to a card that is hooked into another card that is situated on the motherboard?? possibly isa?? I bet this system is not plug and play!!!!

    :( :( :( :( :(
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