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Problems with newly assembled computer

I have just assembled a computer with  an AMD K6-2 500 processor, Epox motherboard w/ Award BIOS and other stuff.   All the parts are new but sometimes when I need to reboot the computer because of an error in windows, the CD-ROM drive cannot be detected. The CD drive is connected to the secondary IDE port. But when I shut of the computer and turn it on again, the drive can again be detected.  I also get a LOT of errors with Windows 98, mostly page fault errors. This is when I have to reboot the computer and then get the problem w/ the CD-ROM drive. Do I make sense? Hope you understand this.  I don't know if the problem is with my installation, with the hardware or with windows incompatibilities.  Please help!
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liunxCommented:
please explain:
1.How you setting you CD-ROM drive? Master? slave?or other?
2.Is the mainboard can't detected or win98 can't detected CD-ROM drive?
3.DO you install  other software?
                           
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
I also get a LOT of irritating exception errors.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
I also get a LOT of irritating exception errors.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
I also get a lot of irritating fatal exception errors.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
sorry for the repeat comments.

CD-ROM Drive is set as secondary master. It is Creative Infra52X.

Mainboard sometimes cannot detect Secondary master which is cd-rom drive. But, as i said earlier, if i turn the computer off and then on again, the drive can be detected again.

I have installed other software but I don't see why they would cause these problems.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
sorry for rejecting the proposed answer.  i want to leave the question open for other experts' comments.
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LucamaxCommented:
What chipset use your motherboard or what exact type  is it ?
What driver do you use for your ide controller ?
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harley47Commented:
Does the CD-rom work upon first boot? Does the Bios always see it?
Is the problem only on warm boots? (restarts)

What OS are you running?


Bill
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jhanceCommented:
Check your RAM module(s).  If one is bad or you are running them faster than their rated speed (like running 66MHz RAM at 100MHz) you will often get errors and problem like this.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
The CD-ROM can be detected on first boot. Yes, the problem is only on restarts. I am running Win98.

I installed a 128Mb PC100 SDRAM. The Epox motherboard is 100MHz.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
motherboard is Epox EP-MVP3G2.
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harley47Commented:
try here for the latest bios http://www.epox.com/html/english/support/motherboard/bios/vp3c.htm

and Here for drivers http://www.epox.com/html/english/support/motherboard/drivers/via-4in1.htm

If the bios does not see the cd rom on boot then get the bios upgrade. If the problem is with windows get the driver.

Bill
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LucamaxCommented:
Your motherboard use the VIA Mpv3 chipset.
With Win98, you need to install only a few drivers.
You can find them  at www.Via.com.tw .
Follow accurately the instructions for install.

If you will use Win95 you need to install the patch for AMD K6 processors higher than 300 mhz. You can find it at AMD web site www.amd.com
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sorgieCommented:
If you just put this box together and you are getting alot of WIndows errors
You may just be better off reformatting and doing another install of windows.

Do double check all your connections and MB settings
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MachsurferCommented:
A buddy of mine was having similar problems on his system.  He had the BIOS set to NOT autodetect the drives everytime.  i.e. he had CDROM selected for his drive, and the same thing was happening.  When he switched to autodetect, this solved the problem.  Good luck!

Cheers,

      Dominik
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prborelCommented:
wsanchez,

Did you get the BIOS updates and drivers harley suggested?  I just built an Athatlon 750 for a buddy of mine and we had to upgrade his BIOS right away. It was an ASUS board though.

Just checking to see if you had tried to find an upgraded BIOS/drivers.
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trekie1Commented:
set the bios to default settings and slave your cdrom to the master harddrive and do yourself a favor and reformat and reinstall windows
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trekie1Commented:
opps hit wrong button  ,just adding to sorgie's comment
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harley47Commented:
If you have not already done a fresh install of windows. Boot into safe mode and go to the device manager. Remove everything you can. Then reboot into normal mode run the new hardware installation wizard and reinstall all of the drivers.  It is common if you did an upgrade or if that hard drive came out of another computer to have the drivers for the old hardware still loading.

let me know how things work out
Bill
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
thanks for all the suggestions.  please post more comments while i try you're suggestions.
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sinclairjCommented:
Check the cable connecting the CDROM drive to the motherboard, see if you have a loose connection.  Or the cable may be bad.  Or you may have a faulty IDE controller.  YYou might try switching the CDROM to slave on the first IDE controller.
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LucamaxCommented:
Tell us your exact hadware configuration
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
Reinstalled Win98 and it seems to work properly now.  But I still get "blue screen" errors occasionally.  Guess it's an indispensable "feature" of win98 :-)

The CD-ROM drive still can't be detected sometimes. but most of the time it can.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
I don't get blue screen errors as often as before but now I usually get illegal operation errors and internal errors especially with explorer and outlook express.  What seems to be the problem and can this be fixed?
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henr1452Commented:
check for ants.
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harley47Commented:
Run the computer in safe mode for a awhile, if you still get errors you have a hardware problem. (most likely ram) if no errors in safe mode than you have a driver or other software problem.



Bill
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your comments.  I found out what my problem was. My board is an Epox board and someone told me that problems are common on these boards when you use 128Mb RAM boards on them. So what i did was had my  128Mb RAMs exchanged for 2 64Mb RAMs and the problems disappeared.

I'll be giving Bill(harley47) the points since he was the one who posted the most helpful comments. not that the other comments did not help but they were the closest.
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wsanchezAuthor Commented:
what i meant by the last sentence was harley47's comments were the closest solutions to my problem.
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