I have spent the last week or so trying to get an old computer of my parent’s fixed so data can be transferred off of it onto a little USB memory key so they can get it onto my mom’s shiny new dell laptop.
I thought it would be a sinch, I found what I figured were the correct drivers to get that little memory key kicking on windows 98. Well I installed them and sure enough, the key still didn’t work. After cleaning off a multitude of spy-ware and viruses I decided to dig a bit further into why the key wasn’t working and here is what I found.
Apparently, just recently, Dell has changed the vendor that they are using for their memory keys. All of the sites I found via a google search for "Dell Memory Key Drivers Win98" turned up a driver put out by lexmark. Well, lexmark did use to make dell’s memory keys. However, when I tried using the driver the computer didn’t recognize it as the right driver. That caused quite a bit of frustration.
One thing I did notice is that all of the pictures of the memory key that I found with the drivers looked significantly different. So I thought to myself, what if lexar DIDN’T make this. Sure enough, I popped of the cap, looked inside and say ‘M-Systems’. If I was paying any attention at all I would have seen the same thing on the box that the stupid key came in. So I went to M-Systems site and found the driver.
Installing the driver was very simple, it downloaded as a self-install exe. All I did was double click, click yes or next a few times, restarted the computer, plugged in the key and it now works like a charm.
So to save yourself the trouble I went through just go here: http://www.diskonkey.com/soft_win98.asp