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IBM NetVista wont accept OS 98 OR XPpro

By dchime ·
A friend obtained used NetVista unit for US Forrest Service. It came from IBM w/2000pro installed(Authent. Sticker on case).HDD has been wiped by them(of coarse). Attempting to install 98 or XP results in freezing after recognizing and installing Monitor. Is it possible that bios has something in it (hidden) about being server oriented ? Have ran Fdisk and formated to fat16 and /or fat32 still no progress. No cards in slots. Vid and Audio on mobo.

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by CG IT In reply to IBM NetVista wont accept ...

well you could try this. fdisk delete primary dos partition. reboot to diskette. fdisk/mbr. put the Windows XP CD [take boot floppy out]then reboot to CD and try an install.

If there isn't a problem with the BIOS, I suggest not to flash it but if you've got questions about it's viability, visit IBM support downloads for the latest flash BIOS for whatever model NetVista you got. http://www-1.ibm.com/support/dlsearch.wss?lang=en&loc=en-US&ics=iso-8859-1&cs=utf-8&rs=0&cc=us&q=netVista&dc=D420

any spaces in the link shown will make it not work. remove em. copy the link right to left to ensure you don't put any spaces in it. if the link doesn't work visit http://www.ibm.com and go to the support page.

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by CG IT In reply to

I made the above suggestion cuz it's worked for me on occasion. All that does is delete the create partition so theres not partition on the disk at all, rewrites the master boot record. Can't guarentee this will work for your problem.

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updated bios w/flash update from IBM. Swapped in different HDD, still hangs at "must provide computer and workgroup names too identify this computer on network" even w/o network card installed

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by CG IT In reply to IBM NetVista wont accept ...

well sounds like progress or a step backward. you were at the hardware wizard installing the default monitor when the computer hung up [which the words on the left side says if the computer stops responding for a long time, turn it off then back on]depends upon where in the installation process the installation wizard asks for a computer name and workgroup name.No it seems you haven't gotten that far [could be wrong though]

As far as a computer name and network name, thats a normal process. the installation wizard will ask for those values e.g. the installation process will pop up a window which gives default values for a computer name and network [network default value is WORKGROUP] you can accept the default values and continue to install the O/S or give the computer a name of your choice. ALL computers have to have a host name [a name].
BTW if your installing W9X on the computer, how much memory you got in that beast? W9X/ME has a known issue with more than 512MB [though some say theirs runs fine, others say no go.]Not sure if MS fixed that problem or not. Last I heard they weren't going to.

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by Sunny one In reply to IBM NetVista wont accept ...

Check your BIOS. It is probably set to boot from the network. Remember, it looks at the BIOS first. My experience with an IBM BIOS flash was that it saved the 'user' settings (including first boot device), flashed the BIOS and the set in the saved user settings.

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by Sunny one In reply to IBM NetVista wont accept ...

Check your BIOS. It is probably set to boot from the network. Remember, it looks at the BIOS first. My experience with an IBM BIOS flash was that it saved the 'user' settings (including first boot device), flashed the BIOS and the set in the saved user settings.

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