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old presario 1270 laptop with win 95

by presario1270 / February 28, 2013 11:29 AM PST

Anyone running this combo? I need some driver help please.

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Clarification Request
Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2013 12:10 PM PST
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by presario1270 / February 28, 2013 8:01 PM PST
In reply to: Sorry no.

Yes I went there and many, many, other places looking for drivers. I used a couple of the win98 drivers, the modem and input, I think. Neither video driver did the trick. I'm still searching though. I think it's an es1889 sound card, I wish I could find the MB manufacturer so I could get the chipset. It's running an AMD cpu. I might just have to dismantle it and write down some chip numbers. Thanks for trying!

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It's possible that Compaq didn't issue a 95 driver.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2013 12:44 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

Why dismantle when you can boot Linux and see what hardware is there with that? Or if Windows is up, we have EVEREST and other tools to peek inside.

Back then, Compaq was the manufacturer. Your question makes me think you are new to such work.

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kinda new
by presario1270 / March 1, 2013 10:03 PM PST

I'll admit that this is new to me, trying to downgrade an installation. I've been building computers since 1975, an altair and a heathkit 16 bit trainer in 77. Never really had much trouble finding drivers, even back in the day of plug-n-pray. Thoses modems used to be a bit#*h with thaving to configure the serial port and all!! The customer needs win95 on this laptop that was factory with win98 and it wasn't working at all. I got the laptop working with a new hard drive and fdisk, then format, and copying of the win95 directory to c: \windows\ cabs and installing away. I used some of the win98 drivers from compaq and a few I found by googling around. Now I just have a few things left to install,:
Plus the sound but I think I might hace that one.
When the system starts I get:
while initializing device IOS WRITE PROTECT ERROR
I have to boot to safe mode then I can reboot to normal mode.
I've used "Device Wizards" before but never thought any would work in win95, will look into everest, and the linux suggestion also. Thanks for the help and any more you might have.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2013 4:58 AM PST
In reply to: kinda new

Some of those errors are SOMETIMES cleared up by installing the Intel Chipset driver package.

I'm reading manuals at

In those documents I see Windows 98 which as you know had many of the needed chipset drivers supplied with the OS. You are going further back in time so you would likely find a lot of potholes.

Since this appears to be the AMD CPU, you'll be working even harder to discover which driver you are searching for.

That is, I used to know, but don't any more.

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by presario1270 / March 2, 2013 7:22 AM PST
In reply to: AHA!

I've given up on that machine and found another. An armada 7800, came with win95 but someone put xp on it. Man was it slow! I've got 95 on it and all that is left is the pci to usb drivers, I'm missing a pair of .sys files. The laptop has no floppy and I keep adding files to a cd to get it all working. Almost done and I've ordered a new combo drive 1.44m and LS120 for $12 delivered since the cust. needs a floppy. Thanks for all the support!

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Windows 95 USB was an odd thing to install.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2013 9:36 AM PST
In reply to: next!!

I barely remember it. But research should find it. AFAIR (remember) you need Windows 95 OSR2?

Why the fascination with 95? If you want USB, go 98se.

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got it!
by presario1270 / March 2, 2013 11:33 AM PST

I've found all I need and it is working great. Win95 was requested by the customer and usb was not absolutly necessary, but I don't like unknowns and exclamation marks in my device manager!
The person that installed xp on this machine wiped out the compaq bios partition and I couldn't enter it to disable the usb and the sound as neither were needed. They are using an older version of procom that wouldn't work in 98 or 2000 but does in 95, go figure, it is for a cnc type punch press machine. All is well now I'm just waiting on the combo drive to deliver the machine. What a blast from the past!!!

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Need to connect a USB to old computer running win 95
by Samir-Mc / November 17, 2014 9:00 AM PST
In reply to: got it!

Can you please let me know how did USB work using win 95? thanks

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you would need windows 95 "C" version
by James Denison / November 23, 2014 2:18 AM PST

the A and B didn't run USB.

So long as I'm in this thread, I'll point out the OP could have used Linux Mint 17 which still has the ES driver for his sound card in it. I just checked the mods for ES in the 3.13 Linux kernel and below is a list of the ones for ESS cards.

~ $ modprobe -c |grep es1
blacklist es1370
blacklist es1371
alias acpi*:@@@0968:* snd_es1688
alias acpi*:ESS0000:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS0004:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS0006:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS0009:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS0968:* snd_es1688
alias acpi*:ESS1868:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS1869:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS1869:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS1878:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS1879:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS1879:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS8600:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS8601:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS8610:* snd_es18xx
alias acpi*:ESS8611:* snd_es18xx
alias pci:v0000125Dd00001968sv*sd*bc04sc01i* snd_es1968
alias pci:v0000125Dd00001969sv*sd*bc*sc*i* snd_es1938
alias pci:v0000125Dd00001978sv*sd*bc04sc01i* snd_es1968
alias pci:v00001285d00000100sv*sd*bc04sc01i* snd_es1968
alias pnp:d@@@0968* snd_es1688
alias pnp:dESS0000* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS0004* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS0006* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS0009* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS0968* snd_es1688
alias pnp:dESS1868* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS1869* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS1869* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS1878* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS1879* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS1879* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS8600* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS8601* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS8610* snd_es18xx
alias pnp:dESS8611* snd_es18xx
alias snd_es968 snd_es1688
alias symbol:snd_es1688_create snd_es1688_lib
alias symbol:snd_es1688_mixer snd_es1688_lib
alias symbol:snd_es1688_mixer_write snd_es1688_lib
alias symbol:snd_es1688_pcm snd_es1688_lib
alias symbol:snd_es1688_reset snd_es1688_lib
alias symbol:ves1820_attach ves1820
alias symbol:ves1x93_attach ves1x93

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