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Error initializing display adapter during setup

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I have a PII-233 with 64 Megs of Ram (Gateway G6-233) and am installing NT Server 4.0.  After booting with the setup floppies on the second disk I get a message that my display adapter couldn't be initialized (0, 0xc0000034).  I swapped video cards and made sure that is was on the HCL but it still did the same thing.
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by:dankh
ID: 1770721
Hi,

   It might have something to do with your PCI?


Setup has encountered a fatal error while initializing your video
   contact 0xC0000034. Setup can not continue.

CAUSE
Some docking stations have a PCI bridge that links the laptop's PCI bus to the docking station's PCI bus. During installation, Windows NT is not able to detect devices in a docking station of this type. The version of HAL available in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 has the ability to detect devices across the PCI bridge.



RESOLUTION
It is possible to replace the original HAL with the one in Service Pack 3 prior to installation. To do this, create a sharepoint that contains the i386 directory from the Windows NT 4.0 compact disc, or copy the contents of the i386 directory to the local hard disk. After creating the sharepoint, follow these steps:


Rename the following files in the i386 sharepoint or move them to a backup directory:


      Hal.dl_
      Halast.dl_
      Halcbus.dl_
      Halcbusm.dl_
      Haloli.dl_
      Halsp.dl_
      Halwyse7.dl_

Copy the following files from Service Pack 3 directory to the i386 sharepoint on the distribution server:


      Hal.dll
      Hal486c.dll
      Halapic.dll
      Halast.dll
      Halcbus.dll
      Halcbusm.dll
      Halmca.dll
      Halmps.dll
      Halmpsm.dll
      Haloli.dll
      Halsp.dll
      Halwyse7.dll

Perform a normal or unattended installation of Windows NT and the devices on the docking station will be detected properly.

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by:madari
ID: 1770722
Ignore the floppy setup, try setup with a "/b" parameter, this would copy all files to the hard drive and execute the setup . I suspect the setup floppies are bad and therefore the problem.
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alan_old earned 100 total points
ID: 1770723
You are obviously having some sort of problem with Hardware detection, try copying a fixed version of the Setupdd.sys file from Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 2 or later to setup disk two.

Cheers,

                Alan

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