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Windows will not install completely

By gmwolfie ·
Here's one that's been driving me crazy: I recently built my son a new system and set aside his old P-233. After awhile, I thought I'd set it up in my work area to use as a test system, but it wouldn't start up, so I figured I'd wipe the slate clean. I ran fdisk and formatted the drive, but found it had bad sectors. I attempted to install Win 98 full version and all seemed to go well until the detecting hardware area. After the re-start, the computer simply froze, I then thought the sectors on the hard drive may have contributed to the problem, so I low level formatted and tried again with the same result. Finally, I put a brand new hard drive in and again the same problem. The periphials are a SoundBlaster 16 ISA card, Linksys network card, Riva TNT video and a modem. Again, the system worked fine prior to my taking it out of service, no idea what happened. The system board is an ASUS SP97-V with a P-233 CPU and 64 mb RAM. The first hard drive was a 3.5 GB Maxtor replaced by a 20.0 GB Western Digital. Any ideas??

Gerry Wolf
gwolf@wi.rr.com

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by Pan 13 x In reply to Windows will not install ...

My best advice in this case is to "go with what you know!" remove all cards that are not needed for setup. Reformat the Hdd and start over. After windows finishes completely , install the pci card one at a time. My guees would be the sound card is locking up the system. I have been there and learned at only a few times.
Hope this solves your problem, I know it sounds like the long way around but it proven true for me.

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by veetz In reply to Windows will not install ...

It appears that you may have a bad or outdated driver somewhere in your system. In addition to that you may have an intermittent problem with something in your hardware.

Check with the MS Knowledge base; there is a fix for this type of problem.
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Start with the system and the "bare bones" requirements. Then after windows is done installing, go back and add each component one by one. The problem could also lie in the setup files themselves being corrupt. Which would require a new setup disk and maybe even a new boot disk.

Also, check the bios for any conflicts there. It might be looking for something that isnt there. I had a problem, with the bios looking for a Drive set up, that didnt exist, even though I had not changed anything from the original.

I have never had that sort of problem. Other than that, I dont know what you can try. But I hope that this helps you out a little bit atleast.

What did you do when you "took it out of service"? Did you just unhook everything andmove it? IF so, something might have come loose (a card maybe?) that would probably cause the system to hault up at the detection of hardware phase of WIN98 instillation.

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