My nostalgia for old computer software/equipment put a bug in my head to get the old Win98 screensavers. Specifically, “Mystery.” I was greatly disappointed by the fact that Win98 native didn’t support more than 16 colors and a 640×480 resolution (I was further disppointed by the fact that Win7 can’t run the old screensavers! Ugh!).
I kept googling for generic drivers that would allow me to up my color and resolution. I finally found the “bear” drivers for windows. I hard tried SciTech Display Doctor but I couldn’t get it to work properly. It either didn’t let me boost the color to what it should be or caused the entire VM to lock up after I booted into it. Not to mention, it’s only a trial! The problem is the driver wont work (right) with the un-patched install from the CD. MS doesn’t support the OS so you can’t update from their site, either. Luckily, there is a kind fellow who has provided a “Service Pack” of updates for the OS and has made it available for DL. Below are the steps to go through to get your Win98 patched, video quality improved, and sound working.
If you’re having trouble getting these files onto the Win98 VM (since it doesn’t support Guest Additions and therefore no folder sharing with the host) you have a few options. You can burn a CD or use an FTP program like I did. I have my own domain (duh!) so I uploaded the files there. CoreFTP has a fairly navigable web page and it has a version that supports Win98, oh and it’s free! When you go to download the page renders pretty bad from whatever file service they use but it’s manageable.
Info on getting your sound to work (selecting Soundblaster 16 in the Audio config for the VM) can be found here: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=9918
Huge thanks to the folks at the places above for putting these things together!
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