Hardware limitations of 98SE

  Scooronimudge 20:21 02 Oct 2003

What are the hardware limitations for 98SE?

The reason I ask is that have seen a PC advertised (XP2800 / 512 RAM / 80Gb HD etc) that made reference to the fact that it was not suitable for 98SE.

I am looking to upgrade current PC (PIII 800MHz / 256 RAM / 40 Gb HD / ancient CD-RW) and would like to keep using 98SE (with a longer term view to have XP as well)


  easyrider66 20:26 02 Oct 2003


Windows 98 has a problem recognising hard drives over 60g, however there is a patch to overcome this available from microsoft, which works ok.


  MAJ 20:29 02 Oct 2003

There was a post recently that also talked about that problem, Scooronimudge. Seemingly it's the motherboard that's needed for the XP2800 processor that wont work with Win 98SE. The other hardware you mentioned are okay though, but 512MB of RAM is about the upper recommended limit for 98.

  R4 20:37 02 Oct 2003

I use 640Mb Ram and a 120Gb HD with no problems on Win 98 SE. there is a 'Large drive patch' from MS which gets over the HD size limitation... I am not aware of a memory limit, must depend on the motherboard.

I think it only cirtain motherboards that will not run Win98 as they are aimed at 'XP' and above.

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