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I have two brand new motherboards, #1. Soyo SY-7ISA+ Socket 370 PIII 700Mhz 100Mhz bus. Intel 815E chipset. #2. PC Chips M787CL+, VIA C-3 giga pro integrated 733 Mhz cpu. SiS 630 Chipset. 133 Mhz system bus. Each used 256 MB ram. #1 has 2 UDMA/100 connectors. #2 has 2 UDMA/66 connectors. Tried Seagate Barracuda Ultra ATA II 30.6 gig Hard drive. Model St330630A in both machines and get same error durring install of windows. win98 can not read cab files. win2k can not format HD in NTFS. Tried to install win98 by coping to HD and run install from there. Did not work. Tried boot from floppy. did not work. every way i try to install 98 get can not read cab files. tried different cd. No go. Tried different cd drive. No go. Same thing for both motherboards. Win2k never makes it past format NTFS. BIOS on both motherboards recognizes HD. Can partition on both motherboards, 98 or 2000. Put HD in different older machine (200) Mhz cpu with same CD rom drive and CD and win2K installs perfectly. What is up?

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by fred07 In reply to Can not load windows

Hi,
Put the new HD in the "old" machine and see what gives.
YES the "old" machine will not see the 30 gigs but will see enough to install an OS on.
MY reasoning is bad new HD or MBR is screwed up on new HD. To rid the MBR you fdisk\MBR or is it forward slash.
I use WD's or Max's boot disks on a new HD to format and then I do not end up with bad MBR's
I think Seagate has one for theirs on their site. Try theirs and see using full format and their HD check utility on their boot disk.
I do hope this helps and have had this problem with new HD's.

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by pctech In reply to Can not load windows

Hi,
Was the Seagate drive pulled from the old motherboard to be used in the new system(s)? Should this be so, did you use a drive overlay utility for the full use of the capacity of the drive, since the old board BIOS probably did not support that large of a drive? Drive overlays are like a boot sector virus to an installation of Windows and it will not access the drive properly unless it is on the system that it was set up on. This is what I suspect is happening and if it so, remove the driveoverlay and then try again in the new system(s). This does not apply to your case, unless what I suspect is true, the hard drive was pulled from the older system.

I hope this helps

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by RCOM In reply to Can not load windows

Is the BIOS virus protection on?

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Can not load windows

If you get consistent CAN NOT READ CAB FILES errors I would be examining the Win 98 CD for surface scratches or loss of backing paint. The only time I have gotten that error message the CD had a bad scratch and one of the first (and critical) CAB files was physically corrupted and could not be read. Had to throw the CD out and get another. The PC hardware will not affect the readability of a faulty CD.

You can check the CD by trying another Win98 CD on your systems or trying yours on anothersystem.

BTW One way to get around having a Win98 load problem caused by the CR-ROM drive is to place the HDD in another PC as a slave and copy the Win98 CAB files onto the HDD and then run it from the HDD after returning it to its PC.

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by sab_arturo In reply to Can not load windows

Yes, make sure "virus protection" is disabled in bios.

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