Windows 98 runs just fine on an arcade monitor at 15kHz thanks
to the work of S.
Sakamaki (Saka) and Andrew
Lewis. You will need a Trident
Blade T64 video card and a VGA
adapter for your arcade monitor. Once your video card is
installed and your Windows 98 PC is up and running, follow the
directions below. Unless you really know what you are doing,
I suggest you follow these directions exactly. It is assumed
that you have a Windows 98 default installation where the operating
system files are located under the C:\WINDOWS directory. Help
me! I can't play the "Show me" files.
DOS nor Windows was designed to run at 15kHz. Continue at
your own risk!!!
1. Optional but recommended, download the
DOS drivers for
your sound card and install them.
2. Download and install Andrew's and Saka's
15kHz video driver using
the install.bat file. Do not load or execute the drivers after
you install them!!!
3. Enable a startup wav file to play on Windows
bootup. Go to Start/Control Panel/Sounds/Start Windows, select
a wav file if one is not selected, click OK. Show
4. Uninstall Windows Accessibility. Go to
Start/Control Panel/Add/Remove Programs/Windows Setup, uncheck
Accessibility, click OK, restart your computer. Show
5. Enable Windows Logon. Go to Start/Control
Panel/Network/Primary Network Logon, and select Windows Logon,
restart your computer. Show
6. Create a protected command shell. Find
the command.com file in your C:\WINDOWS folder, right click
on it, select Properties, click on the Screen tab, select
Usage Full-screen, then click on the Misc tab, uncheck all
of the Windows shortcut keys, click OK. Show
me. Note: to exit a command shell, type EXIT and press
7. Edit your power settings. Go to Start/Settings/Control
Panel/Display Properties/Screen Saver, under screen saver
select none. Click on the Settings tab, under Power Schemes
select Always On, under System standby select Never, under
Turn off monitor select Never, under Turn of hard disks select
Never. Show me.
8. Edit your display settings. Go to Start/Settings/Control
Panel/Display Properties/Settings, under screen area select
640 by 480 pixels, click OK.
9. Edit your Msdos.sys
file to enable DOS mode boot. Show
10. !!!Important!!! Create a Windows 98 bootdisk.
Go to Start/Control Panel/Add/Remove Programs/Startup Disk,
click on Create Disk.
11. Debug your Window's setup!!! Make sure
your system boots into DOS on boot up, then boot into Windows
by typing WIN at the command prompt and pressing ENTER. Make
sure Window's plays a startup wav file when it loads. Later,
this startup wav file will let you know when it is safe to
turn on your arcade monitor. Make sure your command shell
is protected. Go to Start/Run and type COMMMAND and click
OK. Make sure your command shell runs in full screen mode
and that all Window's shortcut keys are disabled. To exit
the command shell, type EXIT and press ENTER.
12. Finally, once you have debugged your
setup create a shortcut to Saka's blade15.exe file located
in your C:\WINDOWS folder and add this shortcut to your Windows
startup folder. Add the command win
to your autoexec.bat file. If your BladeT64 card uses the
9910 chipset then you should add the command bladetsr.exe
to your autoexec.bat file before the win command. This will
allow you to run a command prompt in windows at 15kHz. If
your BladeT64 uses the latest chipset 9970, then Windows 98
will not boot with the bladetsr.exe loaded. This means that
you will not be able to run a command prompt in Windows at
15kHz, ie. you cannot run the advcfg.exe or advv.exe utility
in Windows. Instead use a 15kHz bootfloppy (add bladetsr.exe
to your floppy's autoexec.bat file). To run the advcfg.exe
or advv.exe utility use the floppy disk. Show
13. Connect your PC to your arcade monitor.
Boot your PC with your arcade monitor off. When you hear your
Window's bootup wav file, wait a few seconds and then power
on your monitor. !!!Be ready to power it off quickly if your
screen is garbled/out of frequency!!! That's it. Good luck
young Jedi and may the force be with you!