Well, it looks like the transition to XP is going reasonably. I used gparted on an Ubuntu live CD to resize my 98 partition (WIN!) and installed XP on the new 20 gig partition (WIN!) and Firefox 3 (WIN!).
NVIDIA's display driver FAILED miserably upon install1
, downgrading my display resolution to 800x600 and 4-bit color(!!). I'm guessing it saw C:\WINDOWS and just assumed that was the right place to install drivers, even though the new XP partition is on E:\. No matter - I nuked it, and the default drivers still allow me to do 1280x1024 quite easily. Scrolling is obnoxiously slow, but everything else is working fine.
Just need to install putty and I'll be all set.
For those wondering, XP is miles better than 98SE. Even on my limited hardware, it boots faster than 98SE did. And even when the display driver puked all over itself, it didn't crash and burn horribly like 98SE did in the same situation. (I renamed C:\WINDOWS to C:\OLD-WINDOWS so maybe the next the the miserable lamer driver's installer runs, it will correctly use %SYSTEM% as the installation directory, instead of blindly installing to C:\WINDOWS. Ha! Yeah, suuurre it will!)Update:
Miserable Lamer Driver was even more lame and miserable than I thought! Turns out that very much the contrary to what they claim, the latest NVIDIA drivers do not support the FX 5950 Ultra!
I downloaded an older Forceware 95 driver, v96.02
and it works fine for me, so I'm sticking with it.
And will hereafter be referred to as "miserable lamer driver".