- - I immediately ran into the issue with not being able to see the cd rom with the Win95 boot floppy, which was solved by using a Win98 boot floppy. Through the DOS prompt now available, I can see the contents on the cd, so I assume this will work. Or will it not work to install Win95 after having formatted and prepared the drive from the Win98 boot floppy? Do I instead need to modify the Win95 boot floppy with the driver for the cd-rom? And in that case, can anyone point me to that file? xxxx.sys? Or maybe someone even has a copy of the original boot floppy?
- - Maybe even more important: Does the standard Win95 cd contain all the drivers needed to actually make the Thinkpad work out of the box? I realized that the last time I did a Win95 install on an older 3xx Thinkpad (>15 years ago), I used the floppys and cd that came with the laptop. I do have the specific 380 drivers and system software from Lenovo's website, but that might not be of much use if, let's say, basic components like the trackpoint or the display won't work from the beginning.
- - I do have a Win98SE cd as well from back in the days, and I could theoretically be ok with running Win98SE on it. Does this OS run as good as Win95 on the 166Mhz / 80Mb RAM platform? This will of course solve the issue with the wrong boot floppy, but will it also solve the potential lack of drivers in Win95?
I have no other plans than just installing Office 2000 on it and just use it from time to time to make text documents. Otherwise the 380 is purely a collectible, so I see no point in trying to squeeze a newer and more usable OS onto it. Besides: This is also a project for fun.
Thank you for any answers!