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    Question Which Virtualization Software?

    I still have an old install cd of Windows 98 which I would like to run as a guest under Ubuntu, in order to play some old games which will not run on Vista or XP. From past experience I was unable to get sound in VMware Server, so I was wondering which Virtualization software would be the best. VirtualBox? What are the free options?

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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    I like virtual box myself. I find that it works a lot easier than vmware and i really like the windowless mode where it seamlessly integrates the windows from the other OS into linux.
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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    I have installed VirtualBox and am in the process of installing Windows 98. How do I ensure that the Windows 98 virtual installation has NO access to the network? I only want to use it for some old games and don't want the hassle of having to run Anti-virus software.

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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    If your processor is an intel-vt / amd-v enabled one, you can try KVM. It is a simple and quick answer to virtualization, even if you will have to use it on command line.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KvmVirtManagerEtc
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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    I personally like vmware
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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    I have Windows 98 running now, but the resolution is stuck at 640 x 480. how can I increase the resolution? I thought I may have to install graphics cards drivers, but I can't find a driver for Windows 98 for a Nvidia GeForce 8600GT graphics card.

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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    Install additional software from your emulator. You can find it easily in virtual box. Can't remember which menu

    It will give you video driver among other things.
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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    Windows 98 in VirtualBox is still in crappy 640 x 480 16 colors with no sound. What do I do to fix it? Couldn't find a sound driver or a video driver. Where do I find Windows 98 Legacy drivers?
    Last edited by Wake Rider; April 27th, 2008 at 10:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake Rider View Post
    Windows 98 in VirtualBox is still in crappy 640 x 480 16 colors with no sound. What do I do to fix it? Couldn't find a sound driver or a video driver. Where do I find Windows 98 Legacy drivers?
    Install virtualbox additions. It will help you for both sound and video. For sound, verify that the output is not "null".
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    Re: Which Virtualization Software?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake Rider View Post
    I have installed VirtualBox and am in the process of installing Windows 98. How do I ensure that the Windows 98 virtual installation has NO access to the network? I only want to use it for some old games and don't want the hassle of having to run Anti-virus software.
    As everybody is suggesting install virtualbox additions for your sound, mouse, video problems, don't provide your virtual machine a network card if you do not wish it interact with the outside world. if you do need to get stuff from your host, you can attach a network card and attach it as HostOnly, this will just access your host drive. You can also specify folder to be shared in your VBoxMachine and map it in Win98

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