Continuing the discussion from Floppy Disc and CD-ROM img and iso capture/creator [NOT URGENT]:
Hi Tim, indeed, @ecochrane 's response is on the money:
This is an issue in VirtualBox and VMWare as well as QEMU - the graphics drivers included by default with Windows 9x operating systems (Windows 95, 98, and ME) usually do not support higher than VGA 640x480 resolution and 16-bit color depth when paired with the emulated graphics cards that QEMU provides. The QEMU version used will likely not make a difference.
The solution is to install a better graphics driver. I highly recommend the VBEMP 9x project, a freeware (license is free for noncommercial use) driver that back-ported the better display drivers in Windows XP to 9x operating systems. You will want one of the “Universal VBE2.0 version” downloads, and from there Windows 9x in QEMU should be able to use the
VBEMP.DRV driver in the
128MB folder - though can try with the other versions (64MB, 32MB of video RAM) if you have problems installing. The download is also a fairly extensive zipped directory of files and folders, so for easy import into EaaS and emulation I would probably recommend bundling the whole folder into an ISO file first in Windows 10 rather than trying to manually select them all as a “Files” type object (the applications you were looking at in the previous thread - ImgBurn, WinImage, etc - I think should also be capable of just creating an ISO file by pointing it at any given folder).
The VBEMP project page itself is not very clear about installing, so I am trying to see if there are existing tutorials that are useful, but if not, I should be able to create directions myself. Someone in the VirtualBox forums wrote a good guide for Windows 95/98 guests that should apply fine to QEMU as well, particularly for the “Video Driver Integration” instructions. I believe it also mentions the “SciTech Display Doctor” video driver, which is an alternative to the VBEMP drivers that is also a possibility here. Computer Hope’s general guidance for installing and upgrading device drivers in Windows systems should be relevant here as well: How to install and update a computer driver
One either the VBEMP or SciTech Display Doctor driver is successfully installed, you should be able to get SVGA resolutions like 1024x768 and color depths up to 24- or 32-bit.