I’ve been busy in the past week or so with my ongoing project to revive and improve upon my old Gateway 2000, and it has been mostly successful.

For one, I cobbled together a table to use for it out of my dismantled racing sim (those blocks under three of the legs are screwed into the legs, it’s not just balancing there) so I could stop sitting on the floor. Once I finish my flooring and other projects I’m going to build a custom desk for this room, which will have space for multiple computers.

In another success, I managed to get my joystick (pictured) working - the drivers on the diskette that came with the joystick and have been kept with it since were no good. I ended up finding the ‘Sidewinder 3D Pro 2.0' software on the internet, burning a CD (ever so slightly too large for a floppy), and getting that working. I celebrated last night with a few rounds of RoadRash.

Just this evening I have installed a 5.25" floppy drive, and amazingly it is working. My only gripe here is that the ribbon only has one edge connector, and the BIOS doesn’t have a ‘swap floppies’ option, meaning the 5.25" drive is A:\, while I’d prefer it to be B:\. Oh well.

There has been some non-success as well. I did discover that the also-originally-came-with-the-computer Boston Acoustics MicroMedia system is inoperative, outputting only one channel and no sub. Nothing is visibly bad on the circuit inside, and the subwoofer surround has disintegrated. I haven’t found a source for a replacement driver, nor am I sure it would be worth it with a bad crossover anyways. It’s connected to the tape input on the stereo I use for my main computer at the moment, which works okay.


The other letdown was my attempt to get the USB ports working - is is Windows 95 With USB Support (version B) after all. Unfortunately, even after installing the microsoft USB supplement, it doesn’t even acknowledge anything being plugged into the ports as ‘new hardware’ - I’ll have to come back to this one.