Need Expert Advice on Device Drivers (Windows98)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Leonard W. Peacock, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. I'm having major problems with this computer that was given to us (not this
    one I'm typing on). When we first got it from a friend, it worked fine; it
    was slow but back then Windows98 was like that.

    My nephew decides to mess around with the Device Manager and install a whole
    bunch of extra Hard Disk Controllers I know that wasn't there when I looked
    at it.

    Now the computer runs extra extra slow.

    When we received the computer, we didn't get the Installation disks that
    would normally come up so I can't reinstall Windows98.

    I guess my question is does anyone know what is suppose to
    displayed/installed for this type of computer running Windows98? The
    computer that's giving us all these problems now is a HP Pavilion 7410P

    This is what's under the GENERAL tab in the system properties...

    Microsoft Windows 98
    Second Edition

    Registered to:

    Pentium(r) Processor
    64.0MB RAM

    If someone can help me or point me in the right direction, I would
    appreciate it!

    Thanks again for your help!

    Leonard W. Peacock
    Leonard W. Peacock, Aug 17, 2006
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  2. I'll bite;

    Why did you post this in a Windows Vista newsgroup?
    Mark D. VandenBeg, Aug 17, 2006
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  3. Leonard W. Peacock

    Barefoot1976 Guest

    His Subject line told ya! He conciders us as EXPERTS or we wouldn't be
    posting in an as yet unreleased OS group! ;)

    If you have stuff loaded in the device mgr. that you don't actually have
    in the machine, delete it. For instance: if your device mgr. shows a maxtor
    hard drive loaded and you don't have a maxtor drive in the machine-feel free
    to delete it from device mgr.

    Barefoot1976, Aug 17, 2006
  4. Leonard W. Peacock

    Kevin Arthur Guest

    If you can find the original manufacture of the hard drive, there should be
    a download available.

    If not, go back to System Properties, click the device manager tab. expand
    the hard disk controllers type, select the first one, and click properties.
    click the driver tab, and click update driver. click next, make sure the top
    option is selected, and click next. make sure Microsoft Windows Update is
    checked, then click next again. A security warning will pop up, click yes.
    windows will tell you if the driver is current or not, and should give you
    an option to upgrade if it isn't. repeat for each controller.

    sorry about the length
    in short, update the drivers via MS update through the device manger
    also, lack of RAM affects speed. if you go to system properties again and
    click the performance tab, you can view the percent of free system resources
    you computer has. If it's too low, you have a ram problem.
    Kevin Arthur, Aug 17, 2006
  5. The only drivers HP offer are at
    so any drivers you need for the basic 7410P model must be in the basic
    Windows 98 driver set. But we don't know if any add-in cards have been

    You should be safe uninstalling all the controllers, but might need to
    reboot several times to get it all working again. If prompted for the
    original Windows 98 disk you will have to search the hard disk for the
    required components.

    With only 64MB, and the model could only take 128MB, you are short of memory
    by today's standards.
    Has your nephew installed software which loads memory resident components?
    If so, this is why the machine is running slow and removing these memory
    hogs would speed the machine up.
    Dominic Payer, Aug 17, 2006
  6. Leonard W. Peacock

    Peter Guest

    also know that Win98 is no longer officially supported by Microsoft.
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    Peter, Aug 17, 2006
  7. Leonard W. Peacock

    Peter Guest

    Ooops..the link should read:


    Toronto, Canada
    XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Beta
    P4 D865GBF HT @ 3.0ghz 2.0gb DDR 450gb HD
    ATI Radeon 9550 Graphics
    Creative Soundblaster Audigy 4 Audio
    Peter, Aug 17, 2006
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