Win98 -- all kidding aside

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Thu Jul 31 22:30:24 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-07-31 at 15:52 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
>>     I have 100 floppies from the years before 1998 and would like to see 
>> how many are good 
> Yeah, as I said, I can understand that. Though I would not expect too
> much :)
>> and might even use it for a BIOS update. They still 
>> talk about a floppy drive :-)
> Seriously? When most computers as sold don't even have one? I was
> curious and checked Intel's BIOS update page, and floppies don't seem to
> be the only option at all:

We still have some servers, and versions of Windows, that needed 
floppies if you wanted to install controller drivers during install 
phase of the OS...very frustrating! :-)

For the most part you can work around floppies and not use them. Once 
resorted to having to burn a bootable floppy image to the beginning of a 
CD, but I can't remember the circumstances at the time.

Right now I think the only thing I've encountered that it still may be a 
necessity is the server farm if some versions of Windows needs the PERC 
driver added at installation. Oh, and I think there may be some version 
of software we have that insists on keys being installed via a 
"keydisk", but I think (hope) the company has already moved on to just a 
keyfile by now.


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