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Has Windows 98 Support been dropped in Blender 2.46?

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:33 pm
by Pixel3D

The download page still lists Windows 98 among the other OS's, yet when I
try to run blender (zip archive, not installer), I get the following error msgs-

The C:\<path to file>\BLENDER.EXE file expects a newer version of Windows
Upgrade your Windows version.

and in another message behind it-

C:\<path to file>\blender.exe

A device attached to the system is not functioning.

I'm mainly asking because 98 is still listed on the download page.

Is Windows 98 support officially removed from Blender?

Thank you for your assistance.

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 6:12 am
by stiv
Microsoft dropped Win98 support long ago. I'm guessing the problem is their tools do not produce code that runs on it anymore.

Getting updated vidoo drivers will be a problem also since manufactures have dropped support.

That said, you *should* be able to compile blender yourself if you have the tools (does cygwin still run there?). Getting a video driver that supports OpenGL might be a problem. I *think* Blender is using OpenGL 1.2 features.

Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:10 pm
by Jesany
I am having the exact same problem as Pixel3D. My brother's winXP machine runs version 2.46 just fine. My older machine running winME can't start Blender. I have OpenGL, I installed the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package, I have Python 2.2, but still the error.

Pixel3D, did you have a previous version of Blender working on your machine?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Sadly, resolved with version 2.45

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:07 pm
by Jesany
To answer my own and Pixel3D's question, Blender version 2.46 as officially compiled will not run on windows 98 or ME. But I resolved my problem by downloading and installing Blender version 2.45. (I don't have a compiler for C++.)

I can only hope that transferring files between my windows ME and my brother's windows XP machines won't be too much of a headache.

Thanks for Blender! Still a fan,

Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:39 pm
by Pixel3D
Indeed, 2.45 worked well in Windows 98SE, best I could tell. I'm by far not
a Blender expert, so I didn't try everything. I believe though it worked well.

Sorry it took me so long to get back to the message.

Anyway, I tried Blender 2.47 RC1, and I'm very pleased to report that it
launches in Windows 98SE, and seems to work fine. :D I've have not done
in-depth testing, but at least now it will run.

Praise the Lord! And a BIG thank you to the developers! Looking forward
to the formal release of 2.47, with the hope it too will now work with
Windows 98.

If you decide to run the Release Candidate, remember to backup the
.blend file(s) you intend to use with it, before you use it. I'm not saying the
RC will hurt your data, but it's always a good idea to backup your data.

There's probably already a link on the board, but I added one below so it's handy.

Blender 2.47 RC1