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Installation failures

By tech_wiz03 ·
A friend of mine 3000 miles away had to re-install
windows 98se after changing isp's which didnt go
well. (former isp software uninstalled improper)

AMD K7 2200+ on pc-chips mbo with via chipset
30gb harddisk, 384mb ram, 52x24x52 CDRW, x4 DVD,
1.44 floppy, onboard video/ac97 sound/10\100 lan/
6xUSB1.1(2.0 available if winxp)/ ac97 modem (disabled in bios)

First attempt to reformat c: responded with insufficient memory when /s switch used but worked without. Windows 98se installed fine. Attempt to install via driver disk fails at via communications driver and all attempts to locate and install driver also fail to find .inf file on
source cd.

The 30gb hdisk is partitioned into 3 (c: d: e:) and d: and e: are full of info that can't be lost.

how do i get the via chipset drivers installed?
thanks rick

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by ICB's corner In reply to Installation failures

If it be known the name of motherboard then go to producer site (pc-chips) and download the drivers.
Else can be used Everest Home, Sandra to investigate the hardware and then go to download those drivers.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Installation failures

You'll need the Model of the M'Board but the PC Chips Web Site is here

Download the latest drivers for this M'Board and install them all.

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by wcp In reply to Installation failures

The fact that Windows had to be reinstalled and that initial format failed with memory error suggests HW problem.

I recommend
1. RAM test ? Download from If it fails, replace the RAM(s).
2. HD ? Download diagnostic utility from the HD manufacturer. If it fails, replace the HD. If it passes, do lowlevel format.

Format the HD and install Windows.
For Via chipset driver, install V4.35. Refer to Retro OS VIA 4-in-1 driver in

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