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Windows "hangs" adding hardware driver

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I have built a new PC, but used my old hard drive. I tried to install a new IDE driver and it had a conflict with my old driver. I removed the old driver, but only the "parent" was removed. The primary and secondary "children" remain.

When I try to run Windows 95, it detects new hardware:
System board extension for PnP Bios - software drivers load OK

PCI bus - Win 95 hangs and says, "PCI Bus, Windows has found new hardware and is installing the software for it". This never completes - I eventually have to turn the PC off.

I can run Win 95 in "Safe Mode", but I cannot use the "Add new hardware" wizard, as it is not supported in this mode.

I think the problem is that Windows expects to find the driver on the CD-ROM, but since there is a problem with the IDE driver, it can't find it. I'm somewhat confused though, as the hard drive works fine. Note: the hard drive is on the primary IDE controller and the CD-ROM is on the secondary.

I have tried MS-DOS mode as well, as it loads DOS drivers for the CD-ROM, but it is not recognized. I can change to the D drive, but can't access it - I get a message that the drive is not ready.

I don't know what to try next. HELP!
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by:isle00
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Your simplest option here is to create a new registry.  Assuming you don't have something like First Aid installed, there's a hidden file in your root directory called SYSTEM.1ST.  This is a bare-bones registry that you can use to recreate your hardware profile in situations like this.  The disadvantage is that you also need to reload any and all other hardware drivers, so be aware.  Here's the procedure to use SYSTEM.1ST.

1) Drop to MS-DOS mode.
2) Type: MD\BACKUP
3) Type: CD\WINDOWS
4) Type: ATTRIB -R -A -S -H SYSTEM.DAT
5) Type: COPY SYSTEM.DAT \BACKUP
   (this backs up your original registry just in case)
6) Type: CD\
7) Type: ATTRIB -R -A -S -H SYSTEM.1ST
8) Type: COPY SYSTEM.1ST WINDOWS\SYSTEM.DAT
   (It'll ask if you want to overwrite the file.  Say Yes)
9) Reboot your system

At this point, your hardware will be redetected and your Windows 95 should work properly with your new drivers.
Good luck!

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by:dew_associates
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Nomad, I disagree with Isle00, you don't have to go through all of that. Post the motherboard type that your using and the chipset used, such as TX, HX etc and I'll tell you where to obtain the drivers and then how to install them to resolve this.
Dennis
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by:nomad2
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The motherboard is a Houston Technologies M575 using a TXPro chipset (proprietary). Info on the board is available at http://pcchips.com
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Not a problem Namod. They have a TX Pro driver at their site, download it and save it to a clean directory. Let me know when you have it and then I'll run through the procedure with your. If the posted answer does not solve your problem, kindly reject it and I'll post the procedure as the proposed answer.
Dennis
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OK Dennis, let's have the procedure...
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Okay, based on what you've posted this should be a piece of cake for you.

1. By now you've downloaded the driver and expanded it to a clean directory on the same drive where windows is located.

2. Install the driver, but don't reboot, even if asked.

3. Go into device manager, hard disk controllers and highlight the first entry and click remove. Now reboot. The system should install the controller and probably the first IDE bus. On reboot it should install the second IDE Bus.

Are you using the retail or OSR2 version of windows, as there is an enhancement in the USB update, but it's OSR2 only.
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