R2K Challenge – Desktop PC

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Earlier in 2018 I picked up an old windows 98 machine on Facebook (Patient Zero). It is this machine that I am going to use as my day-to-day desktop during the Retro 2000 Challenge.

Since picking up this machine I have upgraded the CPU, graphics card and hard-drive.

The graphics card I have added is the Nvidia Geforce2 MX 32MB. Given the age of the card I removed the heat sink and re-applied some thermal paste.

I did have an issue with the 733MHZ CPU. In order to get the CPU working I had to adjust the FSB to 133MHZ, the CPU speed was recognised on boot but the machine became very unstable. Consequently I had to turn the FSB to 100MHZ meaning the CPU is now clocked at a stable 550MHZ.

Patient Zero Specifications

  • Intel 440BX Motherboard – (Released 1998)
  • Pentium 3 733MHZ Slot 1 – (Released 1999)
  • Nvidia Geforce2 MX 32MB (Released 2000)
  • 384MB of RAM
  • Windows 98se

Software and Drivers

After installing Windows 98SE I then installed the following pieces of software to help with day-to-day operations and improve functionality:

Entertainment and Games

Using archive.org I have downloaded some PC Gamer Magazines from the 90’s including the demo discs!

After a visit to CEX I picked up a selection of games including:

  • StarCraft
  • The Settlers IV
  • Warcraft III
  • Star Trek Armada II
  • Stronghold
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit III
  • Commandos
  • Quake 2
  • Starfleet Acadamy
  • Star Trek: Birth of The Federation
  • Star Trek Dominion Wars

Needless to say for the next 7 days gaming will not be an issue! 🙂




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