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2014-08-26 20:48 »

Steven W wrote:Problemchyld, do you have any issues running a Lite'd Win 98 SE? Do you remove anything other than IE?
I remove almost everything. I will make a list for you. After I remove all I don't want, I install Main Updates from SP3 first and then reboot. After that, the options I need for daily tasks. Then all of my software. I updated my codecs list, the latest version of Divx also plays XVID formats too. Some people think cause SP has a lot of options its bloated. What they fail realize, is that 95% of it is optional. My list has gotten smaller and has no conflicts. No need for a bunch of unnecessary files. I hate them damn codec packs.

CLVSD.AX 8.4.6327 [Play DVDs]
DIVX.DLL 6.9.2.26 [MPEG-4 Video Decoder]
DIVXDEC.AX 6.3.0.84 [MPEG-4 Video Decoder]
DIVXDECH264.AX 8.2.0.26 [H.264 Decoder]
L3CODECA.ACM 1.9.0.0306 [MPEG Layer-3 Audio Codec for MSACM]
L3CODECP.ACM 3.3.2.44 [MPEG Audio Layer-3 Codec for MSACM]
L3CODECX.AX 1.6.0.52 [MPEG Layer-3 Audio Decoder]
VSFILTER.DLL 2.39.5.3 [Subtitles]

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2014-08-28 23:53 »

PROBLEMCHYLD wrote:
Steven W wrote:I will make a list for you.


Please do! Feel free to share any thoughts too. I generally dislike most codec packs too. I have come to appreciate FFDshow and some version of Media Player Classic. Even the last versions of those officially compatible with Windows 98 aren't bad.

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2014-12-01 08:14 »

I'm going to reinstall 98 shortly. One of the disadvantages of using VBEMP is that on some hardware, windows dos sessions display garbage or lock the machine if not in full-screen mode. Of course, not having a driver at all is a bigger disadvantage. I can change the _default.pif file to fullscreen and that works for opening command.com, but doesn't cover individual exe, com and bat files. Do any of you know anything about or have experience with adding the 'AllVMsExclusive' line to the system.ini?

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/85426

[386Enh] Section Settings
-------------------------
The [386Enh] section contains information specific to running Windows
in 386 enhanced mode, including information used for virtual-memory
page swapping.

The [386Enh] section can contain the following settings.

AllVMsExclusive=<Boolean>

Default: False
Purpose: If enabled, this setting forces all applications to run in
exclusive full-screen mode, overriding all contrary settings in the
applications' program information files (PIFs). Enabling this setting
might prolong the length of the Windows session when you are running
network and memory-resident software that is incompatible with
Windows.


I don't like that warning and I do have to load a modified TSR VBIOS to access wide-screen resolutions with my video card and VBEMP. I can't imagine that it's going to be that big of a deal and will probably just have to try it, but thought I'd see if anyone has experience using that setting.

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2015-01-12 04:35 »

I've reinstalled 98 SE and have applied some of the stuff in SP3. I'm going to give something a go. I ran across this old article at CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9903/09/removeie.idg/

I'm going to try to remove IE by hand. It might be next weekend before I get seriously going, but this is something I've wanted to try for a while. This was written for 98, not SE, could be a major clusterfuck. Who knows!

Peace! :wave:

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Step 1. Use a test system. Do this on a PC that you can easily reformat and reconfigure if need be after your test. 

Step 2. Replace shell. On a PC with Windows 98 installed, boot to DOS (hold down Ctrl and select Command Prompt Only). Move explorer.exe from the C:Windows directory to a floppy. Move shell32.dll and comdlg32.dll from C:WindowsSystem to floppies. Copy the Windows 95 versions of these three files into the correct locations and reboot. At this point, Brooks says you have a smaller, faster Windows shell. You can run IE at any time by switching these three files back. But let's continue to remove IE itself.

Step 3. Delete folders. In Windows 98, delete the following folders (including all files they contain) from the C:Windows folder:
Catroot
Cookies
Downloaded Program Files
History
Java
Temporary Internet Files
Web

From the C:WindowsApplication DataMicrosoft folder, delete Internet Explorer and Welcome. From the C:Program Files folder, delete Internet Explorer and Uninstall Information. Search for and delete all Desktop.ini and *.htt files (used for "Web view" of folders). Finally, if you are the sole user of the PC, delete C:WindowsAll Users.

Step 4. Delete Favorites. Exit to DOS and delete the C:WindowsFavorites folder.

On the downside, you lose the Windows Update feature, but you can get the same thing with any browser at www.walbeehm.com/win98upd.html. (See below for hyperlinks.) Notepad and WordPad won't work either, but you can copy the Win95 versions if you need these editors.

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2015-01-12 05:28 »

Off-topic so don't kill me but man do I love those old Web sites or what? I can't believe I am saying this but 1999... the good old times of the Internet. :oops:

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2015-01-12 22:31 »

I know what you're saying. The Web used to feel like the Wild West, now it feels like a big corporate ad machine.

I ran IEradicator:

http://www.litepc.com/ieradicator.html

I had to manually delete IE's folder in Program Files. I also used Add/Remove Programs -- Windows Setup tab to remove a bunch of shit, like Outlook Express, et cetra. I've also used Tweakui and adjusted a bunch of stuff. IE is still there. The best way to demonstrate this is to open Windows Explorer, type in a URL, and watch what happens. I knew this would be case:

https://books.google.com/books?id=GVAEA ... &q&f=false

I think I'm already seeing some consequences. If I go to change the desktop background picture, I no longer have the 'Stretch' option. Also, when selecting a file for the background image, my choices are bitmaps or other bitmaps :lol: Oh well, small price to pay so far. I plan on completely ridding myself of IE.

It's really kind of a shame that one has to dig this old info up. I don't begrudge anyone trying to make some money, but it would be nice to see some of the old stuff that Mr. Brooks had floating about before selling 98lite. At the moment, I'd particularly like to see that old shellswap INF file.

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2015-01-12 23:33 »

My turn to go a bit off-topic. I was scrolling through the pages of that old InfoWold magazine article and come across the article titled Upstart Linux lions take on Microsoft

I think this link will work:

https://books.google.com/books?id=GVAEA ... 1-PA44-IA3

Oh lordy, how I wish I'd found this article when Groklaw was still going. SCO (think Caldera), in their lawsuit, was whining about IBM making Linux all super-enterprisey. Well, here's another in the stack of articles, press-releases and whatnot where the former CEO, Ransome Love, is going on about what needs to be done for Linux to succeed in such environments. Classic! :think:

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2015-01-13 00:19 »

Speaking of...

apparently there was some movement last month:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19 ... ix_lawsuit

When will this finally be over with?

I laughed reading Judge Nuffer's wording that SCO may not re-litigate the Novell rulings or deny the fact that Novell waived any alleged breaches IBM may have committed with regard to the pre-1996 Unix source code. If history is any lesson, don't think SCO won't try.

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2015-01-13 00:31 »

This SCO thing is sooo nuts and so much money wasted. :neutral:


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