Windows 98n and USB RRS feed

  • Question

  • My Dell Inspiron 3500, running Windows 98, doesn't seem to be able to use its USB port.

    My local computer report shop says the problem is that Windows 98 doesn't support USB. By searching various Web sites, I find that Windows 98 does support USB.

    Can anyone suggest how I can get the computer to recognize devices plugged into the USB port?

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    Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:47 AM


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  • Hey Charlie - Windows 98 isn't really the focus of this forum, but I'm pretty impressed that you're still rocking the '98! Do take a moment to take a look at our snazzy new Windows 8 operating system when it hits the shelves this holiday season!

    This article might get you started:


    also check your bios settings (usually by holding down F8 or pressing Esc as your computer boots up for this:


    Hope this helps....pc

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 4:00 AM
  • Patrick: Thanks for the reply. The reason I posted on this forum is that I couldn't find a more appropriate forum. I was hoping someone might reply, as you have done, possibly pointing me to the appropriate forum.

    The reason I'm working with Windows 98 is this. I have an extensive X10 home automation system. I resurrected an old laptop that has Windows 98 installed and want to dedicate that computer to the X10 system. The computer seems to be adequate for the purpose and has the advantage over a desktop that its internal battery keeps the computer running in the event of a power outage.

    I'm running Windows 7 and Office 2010 on my everyday computer and will probably upgrade to Windows 8 when it is released.

    Thanks again

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 4:57 PM
  • You can ask here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other


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    Monday, September 17, 2012 7:21 AM