How to - Windows 98 with True Color in Virtualbox

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wombatsRus
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How to - Windows 98 with True Color in Virtualbox

Post by wombatsRus » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:55 am

Hello everyone,

I missed the earlier post re Windows 9x 256 colours and as it's now closed I hope I'm not going against the forum rules
by creating this post to outline how to get True Color in Windows 98 running in Virtualbox.

It seems this can be done in Virtualbox by tweaking some settings to get the Guest Additions to install, but as I'm not
a tech the method outlined on the Virtualbox forum was way over my head, so I looked for an easier way.

I came across an app called Scitech Display Doctor, which was developed some time ago and has long been abandoned,
although there are still a few links around, such as the link https://scitechdd.wordpress.com/ which refers to the
(final) beta 7 version.

The DL links on this page are dead, but you can Google for a DL link, such as this ISO link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BycgkM ... RycVE/view

I've installed this on Windows 98 in Virtualbox, and it does give a 32 bit True Color with various screen resolution options.

A pic of Windows 98 with Scitech installed and True Color is here:
https://screenshot.net/jpkj4h5 or
http://pasteboard.co/sByrHKluf.jpg

I found using the Scitech app to be the easiest option, and it gives a good result.

I expect this would also be the case for a HDD install, as well as a virtual install.

Just as a comment - I've also installed Windows 98 with Scitech and the Windows 98 Revolutions Pack version 9, and this
pack gives Windows 98 a kind of Vista look.

A screenshot is here:
https://screenshot.net/y179du3 or
http://pasteboard.co/sBA7VpE9M.jpg

Not a bad looking thing at all.

The Revolutions Pack version 9 is still available on Softpedia:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-En ... 98se.shtml

The developer's page ( http://tihiy.ahanix.org/ ) seems to be long gone.

There are some tips on configuring the Revolutions Pack version 9 at:
http://rp9.win98.nl/

Hope this is of some use to anyone wanting to use Windows 98 with a better display driver.

Kind regards,
Lindsay
FlamingApple
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Re: How to - Windows 98 with True Color in Virtualbox

Post by FlamingApple » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:43 pm

wombatsRus wrote:
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:55 am
Hello everyone,

I missed the earlier post re Windows 9x 256 colours and as it's now closed I hope I'm not going against the forum rules
by creating this post to outline how to get True Color in Windows 98 running in Virtualbox.

It seems this can be done in Virtualbox by tweaking some settings to get the Guest Additions to install, but as I'm not
a tech the method outlined on the Virtualbox forum was way over my head, so I looked for an easier way.

I came across an app called Scitech Display Doctor, which was developed some time ago and has long been abandoned,
although there are still a few links around, such as the link https://scitechdd.wordpress.com/ which refers to the
(final) beta 7 version.

The DL links on this page are dead, but you can Google for a DL link, such as this ISO link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BycgkM ... RycVE/view

I've installed this on Windows 98 in Virtualbox, and it does give a 32 bit True Color with various screen resolution options.

A pic of Windows 98 with Scitech installed and True Color is here:
https://screenshot.net/jpkj4h5 or
http://pasteboard.co/sByrHKluf.jpg

I found using the Scitech app to be the easiest option, and it gives a good result.

I expect this would also be the case for a HDD install, as well as a virtual install.

Just as a comment - I've also installed Windows 98 with Scitech and the Windows 98 Revolutions Pack version 9, and this
pack gives Windows 98 a kind of Vista look.

A screenshot is here:
https://screenshot.net/y179du3 or
http://pasteboard.co/sBA7VpE9M.jpg

Not a bad looking thing at all.

The Revolutions Pack version 9 is still available on Softpedia:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-En ... 98se.shtml

The developer's page ( http://tihiy.ahanix.org/ ) seems to be long gone.

There are some tips on configuring the Revolutions Pack version 9 at:
http://rp9.win98.nl/

Hope this is of some use to anyone wanting to use Windows 98 with a better display driver.

Kind regards,
Lindsay
It's fine! I created that post yesterday thanks for the help!
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Re: How to - Windows 98 with True Color in Virtualbox

Post by DonkeyPants » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:13 am

To get true color on Windows 98 Here is a link to get it!
http://ms-gil.weebly.com/ and you will find it hopefully and it will say driver_256_color.vfd
And insert the virtual floppy and right click on the desktop in windows 98 and then go to property and go to the tab that says settings and then go to drivers and click graphics drivers and the click browse and then click a drive and then uni TADA!
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