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I have a system that I am trying to install Win 95 on.  It boots up just fine, copies the setup files, but when it gets to the part of copying Win95 files, it just hangs.  No error message, the cursor goes away and nothing happens.
The virus protection in the BIOS is turned off.  The drive is newly formatted.   I have a Champ 2GB harddrive, a Hitachi CD rom (I'm installing from a CD) Viper motherboard and Cyrix 133mhz CPU and 16 megs of memory.  I used this CD on another system and all went well.   I would appreciate any comments from anybody - I have no idea what to try next.   Thank you for any suggestions.
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What are you formatting the drive with?  What release of Win95 are you trying to install?

Have you tried to let Win95 do the formatting of the drive?  I usually use a Win95 floppy with Format, Fdisk, CD Rom drivers and all that  Iwould need to boot from it, Fdisk the drive, format it, and get access to the CD Rom to run setup.  If you can do this, try it and let me know what happens.
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Another question: enter BIOS setup, check how your HD defined
I mean mode (Normal,Large,LBA,AUTO).
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When you say that you've used the CD on another system, do you mean that you've run the complete install on another system?  Or did you just get some files off of the CD?
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The 133MHz cyrix is an old chip. Disable both internal and external cache from the BIOS, if this solves the problem, you have one of the buggy cyrix chips.
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PSteven: If j2's answer doesn't work, try this with a Cyrix chip.

Disable the 16-byte write burst cycles:
 
1. Copy the Wb16off.exe file from the Win95 folder on your Windows 95 CD-ROM to the Windows\System folder.
 
2. Use any text editor such as DOS Edit to open the Autoexec.bat file.
 
3. Add the following line as the first line in the Autoexec.bat file:
 
      c:\windows\system\wb16off.exe

Note: You may have to add this subdirectory if Windows has not gotten that far.
 
4. Save and then close the Autoexec.bat file.
 
5. Restart your computer.
 
Then try to pickup the install where it left off.

Best regards,
Dennis
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It worked j2!!  Runs very slowly while loading, but at least it no longer locks up.   Thank you!!
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