I installed Windows 98 SE French edition on my ThinkPad R61i.
First, use the Startup Disk to format the hard drive :
fdiskto partition the drive.
format c:to format the drive (took 3-4 hours for a 420 GB drive).
fdisk /mbrto erase the old Debian booting screen (I used to dual-boot between Debian and Windows XP).
Important : Make sure you have a maximum of 1 GB of RAM or you will not be able to finish the installation.
I opened the laptop and found two RAM cards : 1 GB and 3 GB. I simply removed the 3 GB one.
Tip : When unscrewing the screws, tape them to the laptop without removing them so that they don't get lost.
To start the installation, boot to the Startup Disk with CD-ROM support and start
install.exe from the CD-ROM.
Remove the Startup Disk from the USB floppy drive and follow the setup instructions (this part should be easy).
At this point, you should have a working Windows 98 installation.
To make installing the necessary drivers easier, you will need to install a driver for USB keys.
Optionally, you may also install a driver for your USB floppy drive.
setup.exeand follow the instructions.
The floppy drive should now be functionning.
Now, you may have noticed that the screen is not at the right resolution.
You will have to install a universal display driver.
It is available online : Universal VBE Video Display Driver.
Steps to install :
128MBfolder and put it on a USB key.
128MBon the laptop (let's say at
Once installed, set the proper resolution :
Unfortunately, I am still not able to find a driver for the internal Ethernet card.
For, now, I am using a Belkin PCMCIA Wi-Fi card.
I was able to install it by plugging it in and using the f5d7010v3.exe driver.
To install :
Note that leaving the card plugged in while booting will slow down the boot.
I was not able to find the necessary software to set a WPA key. I instead secured the network as much as I could without having a password.
I made the network invisible, set its signal strenght to the minimum and only allowed my card's MAC address.