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New PC locks up in Setup/DOS/Read HDD/Re

By ksearch ·
I am building a new computer -- I've done this dozens of times. Got everything assembled and computer seems ok, but locks up in Dos (6.22 full version) Would like to load NT Server, but keeps locking up midway through install.
First, thought powersupply. Tested with multimeter and voltages seemed high. Returned it and installed a new one. Still problem.
Thought, perhaps CPU or RAM, tried known good CPU and RAM (same type from another "good" machine) Still problem
Replaced the motherboard. Still problem.
Replaced CD Rom with known good. still problem.
Hard Drive was the only other thing so I put in a known good hard drive with Win98 already loaded. Machine should have booted right up --locks up.
I went into setup to see if therewas a power management setting awry, and locked up in there too!
Help! Any ideas....

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by jun1cez1 In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...

The way you describe what you had done already on this particular unbelievable piece of ___. I could only say two things, mobo's jumper pins and peripheral configuration. Or could it be defective IDE ports. You really need to get back to basics with this if you intend to really make this work.
I would suggest to do some side homework to see if the peripherals you are using have any issues with them. I am pretty sure you just had overlooked something even though you had done many times before. In any case, goodluck.
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by avidetto In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...

I would look for the following first, do you have a nic built in ? if so is it looking for the network? if it is you will hang forever. Second, you said you tried a good motherboard.., so it's not the board, HD is good, so it has to be one of two/three things.. One it's a setting in your bios, two it's the disks your using to install..(as for the HD, 9x doesn't cry too hard with diffrent architecture, however it might be.)

Try this: go back to the Bios, Make sure all the settings are exactlyhow you want them.
Make yourself a boot floppy of 9x, not an install version,..just a boot copy. Then format /q the drive (if already format there), or format it full if not. SYS the C:
reboot if it locks again, you may have 2 bad motherboards. (are the the same type, same company..same bios level?) may be a switch on them that is doing this..also check your jumpers on the MB. Good Luck- AL

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...

Check the temperature. Maybe a cooling problem. If not, check all cables and also the power supply (I mean the internal cables since you checked the voltage).

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by ksearch In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...
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by bdgray In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...

Try turning off power management in BIOS. If you are using NT 4.0 make sure in bios that the Plug and Play OS option is set to No or none.

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by bdgray In reply to New PC locks up in Setup/ ...

Are you putting NT on the same partition? If you installed Win98 with the FAT32 Windows NT cannot be installed on that partition. Nt will only work on an NTFS or FAT16 partition.

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