General discussion

Locked

Cannot load a OS on new machine

By total geek ·
HI,
I have recently installed a new motherboard with everything on board. I placed a new 40GB HDD, fdisk it, and formatted it. The board is spporting an AMD Duron 1300 with 256MB SDRAM. Originally the HDD had diskwizard installed so that it could be read on the previous motherboard. The Logo still comes up in CMOS even though it is not loaded on the new pc. I have even tried the old HDD that the machine had before the upgrade in motherboard and it keeps crashing on me.
At one point, I got an error like the following:
Memory Allocation Error,Cannot load COMMAND, system halted.

At this point I can do nothing than hold the power button in and wait for it to turn itself off.
I tried using the Windows 2000 Pro CD at start up but it keeps hanging when going through the setup files.
Can anyone help me on this please as I am supposed to have this pc ready for Friday afternoon.
Look forward to a response

Thanks
Mil

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

21 total posts (Page 1 of 3)   01 | 02 | 03   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by opatzg In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

Cannot load command would imply you didn't format with the /s option to transfer the system files, either reformat
format c: /s
or do
sys c:
Both will put the necessary boot files onto the hard drive, as for the drive mastering software screenshowing up, that concerns me a little, you may need to remove that with the drive mastering software tools or you need to accept it as controlling disk access. Keep and eye out for Chas or Maxwell or the DR, they may have more ideas on removing that.
Good Luck

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by total geek In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by RCOM In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

The error you mentioned means, a software issue has corrupted the ram area in which DOS (COMMAND) keeps track of the available memory. Normally you could just sys the drive and that most of the time used to take care of this. But since it's windows 2000 and the disk manager software is still installed that probably won't work.

I don't know of any disk management software that comes up in the CMOS (BIOS)? A SCSI adapter BIOS loads before the devices are shown. That still wouldn't be in the CMOS. Since it's part of the boot process for the drive, the disk management software won't come up until just before command loads. If you boot to a disk the disk manager isn't started at all. I'd say the problem is, you need to uninstall the disk manager software from the drive. Or use it to setup the drive.

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by total geek In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by BobHo In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

If you're using DiskWizard I'm assuming you have a Seagate HDD. Try this:

- if this is the only hdd on the controller put the jumper in the park setting.
- it the above doesn't work remove the jumper entirely.

Seagate seems to have some problems with 40gb drives and certain mobos. And it doesn't help that their documentation isn't all that clear.

Let us know what happens.

Enjoy,

DrBob:&gt

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by total geek In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by LordInfidel In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

When you put the 2k cd in and boot off it,

When it get's to the install into partition part, how many partitions are there?

I would say delete them all, including the 8 meg partition. Then install it on the unpartitioned space and format it ntfs.

If though you do not even get that far and 2K can not see your HDD. Then either A upg the bios or B check to make sure that you are on the right controller and that it is not some weird controller that you have to install drivers for during set-up.

This would be similiar to loading up a scsi controller by pressing F6 during setup.

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by total geek In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by CG IT In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

You've stated that the 40GB HD had diskwizard installed on it so that you could use it with the old system. I believe that is the culprit. 3rd party disk management software, when installed, writes code to the MBR which can interfer with O/S installation [by write protecting boot sector files it installs]. You can use the 3rd party disk management software to load the O/S [much like using System Commander] but if you just try loading the O/S by CD the O/S requires access to the boot sector of the hard drive to install and is being denied this by the 3rd party software. Uninstall the Disk Management software and that should resolve your problem. If you have problems removing the software [including all files written to the MBR, the only wayto get rid of it is to delete the MBR [a command line function] and recreate it without 3rd party software.

Note: the Logo that you see that says "DISK Management or some other visual like a logo is from the disk management software that resideson the hard drive, not the CMOS table (I know of no disk management software that can flash program a BIOS.

Collapse -

Cannot load a OS on new machine

by CG IT In reply to Cannot load a OS on new m ...

footnote: Using Fdisk utility probably won't remove the MBR write protected files the diskwizard has installed. Again, best chances of getting your computer going is the delete the MBR and start all over clean without using the Diskwizard software.

Back to Desktop Forum
21 total posts (Page 1 of 3)   01 | 02 | 03   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums