Try this driver -> http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php
That's the one I use to enable USB mass storage on 98se.
I've posted here before, so hello again!
I have a Compaq Presario 1692 laptop that runs on Win98SE. Its specs ... it has a CD-ROM (but NOT a CD burner), a 3.5 floppy drive, a PCMCIA slot (but nothing in it), a serial 9-pin port, a parallel 25-pin port, a USB 1.1 port, and a basic modem port. To connect to the internet, I was using dial-up.
For whatever reason, its ability to connect to the internet just upped and quit on me one day. I have posted about this issue in another thread here. I haven't gotten around to exploring the suggestions offered there yet.
But in the meanwhile, I'm preparing myself should I have to resort to a worst-case scenario - completely rebooting the laptop.
However, before I go that route, I have to somehow secure/backup/copy files that exist only on the laptop - documents, pictures, mp3s, etc.
First thought I had ...
Pop a flash drive into the USB port, copy the files, and voila.
But this didn't work.
The laptop knew there was a device in the USB port, but didn't or couldn't recognize what it was, and therefore I couldn't copy the files.
Since then, I've learned - lucky me - that my Compaq laptop doesn't have the necessary drivers to work properly with a flash drive.
Second thought I had ...
Somehow physically connect my laptop to another computer. In this case, the other computer I have access to is an eMachines desktop that runs on WinXP.
I got a 9-pin to 9-pin serial cable that I connected between the laptop and the desktop. I tried this two different ways: plugging it in while both machines were running and plugging it in before turning on both machines.
Direct Cable Connection
I had no problem setting it up on the Win98SE laptop, and I thought that I did the correct corresponding thing on the WinXP desktop.
But this didn't work.
Files and Settings Transfer
On the WinXP desktop, I had no problem setting it up. Moreover, I created a Wizard Setup floppy disk to use in the Win98SE laptop. I put this disk in the laptop and ran the Wizard. I would get to the screen on both computers where it autodetects the ports on both machines being used to connect. It would get hung up on both machines. Even though it said to give it a minute to do the autodetect, I gave it well over 20 minutes on a few occasions, but it still didn't work.
On the WinXP desktop, I had no problem setting it up. Like before, I even created a Wizard Setup floppy disk to use in the Win98SE laptop. I put this disk in the laptop and ran the Wizard. As far as I could tell, I did all of the necessary steps on both machines. Each had a unique computer name and both would be on the same network name. In the end, neither machine recognized the other; it didn't work.
On both machines, I was able to set up HyperTerminal. As far as I could tell, both machines would "connect", but like before ... neither machine recognized the other ... once again, it just didn't work.
Since then, I've done a little bit of additional research ... it turns out that a 9-pin serial cable is a poor choice to do any of this with. So, I got rid of the cable. Instead, based on what I've read, I should actually be using a 25-pin parallel cable. I've gone ahead and ordered one of these cables.
Bottom line ... I just want to safely somehow get my files off of the Win98SE laptop. (And to recap: I can't burn a CD, I can't use a USB flash drive ... and my floppy drive takes only those measly 1.44MB disks.)
So, I've decided to post my problem here and see what the collective expert minds here might have to say/suggest/offer.