Windows 98, no display

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I have a windows 98 PC. I plug it in, and its running but I cant get the display to show on a TV or regular monitor. is there anyway that I can transfer my information from my old computer to my new computer (2020) without a monitor?

PS. The monitor did work on other PCs but not the windows 98.
 

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A detailed description of your PC and your monitor would be helpful.

I'm assuming the cable connection between the PC and the monitor is the standard 15-pin VGA type?

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You can take the 98 hard drive out and get a Usb adapter cable to connect it to the new PC and then copy files onto the new PC's hard drive.

If the 98 drive is an IDE type rather than Sata make sure the cable can work with IDE 3.5" and includes a Sata to IDE/Molex power cable.

Something like this :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digiflex-S...+adapter&qid=1602868606&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
So I would have to remove the hard drive from the gateway computer, use the adapter and connect to the new computer?
 

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A detailed description of your PC and your monitor would be helpful.

I'm assuming the cable connection between the PC and the monitor is the standard 15-pin VGA type?

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Yes. those are the cables I have now. the computer is a gateway desktop computer with windows 98 installed on it. I do not have the monitor anymore, but id still liked to get some information off of there.
 

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It sounds like your Gateway (no model name or model number given) is about 20 years old.

When was the last time you used it and was able to access its hard drive?

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So I would have to remove the hard drive from the gateway computer, use the adapter and connect to the new computer?
Yes.

Plus you have to power the 98 drive, possibly with another cable that could be supplied with the adapter, or the new PC PSU may already have the correct type of connector, it looks like the pic. below :-

 
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I have a windows 98 PC. I plug it in, and its running but I cant get the display to show on a TV or regular monitor. is there anyway that I can transfer my information from my old computer to my new computer (2020) without a monitor?

PS. The monitor did work on other PCs but not the windows 98.
Find an old monitor. Maybe you will find it on Ebay
 

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It sounds like your Gateway (no model name or model number given) is about 20 years old.

When was the last time you used it and was able to access its hard drive?

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I have never taken it apart before. Last time I used it was around the time it was gifted to me, 2005-2006.
 

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14 - 15 years ago?

Hopefully, its hard drive is still functional and its data is still intact.

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14 - 15 years ago?

Hopefully, its hard drive is still functional and its data is still intact.

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Yeah, I got it initially in 2000 and played it up until around 2006. After that, it had just been sitting in the garage unused. Can a hard drive get damaged from just..sitting?
 

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Yeah, I got it initially in 2000 and played it up until around 2006. After that, it had just been sitting in the garage unused. Can a hard drive get damaged from just..sitting?
Just being unused shouldn't harm the drive but it could have had condensation on it if the garage is cold.
Hard to tell unless you try it with an adapter.
Does the PC show signs of getting into Windows 98, such as the hard drive light flashing or the start up 'tune' ?
 

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Just being unused shouldn't harm the drive but it could have had condensation on it if the garage is cold.
Hard to tell unless you try it with an adapter.
Does the PC show signs of getting into Windows 98, such as the hard drive light flashing or the start up 'tune' ?
okay so I actually got the cords and everything and I’ve hooked everything up correctly. But the drive is not showing up on my laptop. Like when I plug the usb in, nothing pops up. Please help!
 

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I literally hear the hard drive spinning like it’s on but nothing pops up on my laptop. The laptop is a new laptop that I got in may of this year
 

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Does the externally connected drive show up in the Bios or in Disk Management or in Device Manager ?
 

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