I thought I might get a few questions that I don't know the answers to so, I'm gonna suggest a copy & paste of this drive into your search engines to look for yourselves.
Copy & paste, Lite-On SOHW 1633S to see what comes up. I have and there is a lot of info there to browse through. You might want to add, DVD/CD drive.
All the techy stuff I really can't help you with. I know it's a DVD+- R/RW CD-R/RW Rom drive. It does everything with a disc including DL (double layer).
I pulled it out of a HP Compaq Gaming machine running WinXP Pro and I haven't used it very much. I used my CD Rom drive for most everything. I've done very little with DVDs.
It's 2 years old but only has maybe a few months usage on it at most. (Like new condition)
To answer your question directly, let me ask if 98 supports all the drive configurations this baby has available? The drive can do it all. Can 98? I guess that the software and drivers are the real issue...
I can put some pics up if you want me to. I've got an old Camcorder I use for my pics.