Can Windows 98SE run on an Intel I7 with SATA hard drives?

Eric Christopherson echristopherson at
Sat Jan 30 13:28:03 CST 2016

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016, mark at wrote:
> From: "js at" <js at>
> >The one thing I'm not seeing mentioned
> >in re VirtualBox is that what if you
> >have a legacy Win 98SE system with
> >hardware in it, like a GPIB card or
> >sound card?   Or if you have software
> >that talks to hardware via serial or
> >parallel ports eg. eprom burners, Zector
> >ZVG vector graphic driver for MAME, etc.
> Yup, that's true.  VirtualBox will provide one or two com ports (optionally
> mapped to the real host ports, or just pipes to other virtual machines), but
> it doesn't support the parallel port.  And as you've pointed out, any
> specialized hardware won't work at all (because the backplane doesn't really
> exist).

I haven't attempted this yet, but a while back I ran across a thread
saying you could use parallel port passthrough in a limited fashion:


        Eric Christopherson

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