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Windows 2K Stop Error on initial OS Setup

I recently pieced together a new PC using a second hand motherboard (Intel 400BX chipset, AGP, Slot-1), Pentium III, 450 Mhz CPU, new 30gb IDE Hard drive, and all new periphreals.  I have not been able to load an operating system with any kind of success.  I have tried Windows 2000 Pro, Windows ME, and NT 4.0.  I have got NT to load but can only run it in VGA mode.  Twice I have updated to 2000 Pro after the NT install, but the system hangs up during the re-boot to 2000.  I think I have an outdated AMI Bios on the Motherboard but I am not sure.

Anybody out there have similar problems on a fresh install?
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jhanceCommented:
In my experience the most common thing causing these types of problems is BAD RAM.  The BX chipset w/PIII-450 will be running the memory bus at 100MHz.  Be SURE that your RAM is PC100 compliant and is good.

Also check your other hardware.  Based on what you've said, I'd also suspect your video card.  It's possibly misconfigured, possibly bad, or just not supported by W2K.

It seems unlikely that an out-of-date BIOS would cause this type of problem.  Much more likely is bad hardware.
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toddatroosAuthor Commented:
My RAM Is new PC133.  The store that I bought it (new) said that the PC133 is backward compatible with a 100MHz bus.  Is that true??? The video card is also new but could also possible be bad.  Thanks for the comment.
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jhanceCommented:
Yes, that is true.  PC133 memory can be used in a 100MHz memory system without problems.

Is there anything specific in the STOP error?  You can look up the error code on the Microsoft web site and often it will give you information that can help to diagnose.
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tobykCommented:
I agree that you should note the stop error but I would try to put the disk in another machine and edit the boot.ini to add the /sos switch to give you a hint about whats causing the crash.
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stevenlewisCommented:
also go to the motherboard mfg's site and get the latest bios flash
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stevenlewisCommented:
also suggest removing all cards except the video, and see if that helps. You can put them back in after install
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toddatroosAuthor Commented:
This is a bare-bones system with nothing bu a floppy, CD, hard drive, and video card.  I have identified the motherboard manufacturer but cannot find an updated Bios to try.  I will try putting the hard drive in another machine, loading the OS, and then try to put it back in my new system.  Where is the boot.ini file located tobyk?
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YingAttCommented:
Boot.ini is located at the root [c:\].  It may be hidden.
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stevenlewisCommented:
I will try putting the hard drive
in another machine, loading the OS, and then try to put it back in my new system
will not work, as w2k uses a HAL (hardware access layer) and each of these is different for different systems
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tobykCommented:
what I meant was say you have two machines running win2k. Put the disk in the second machine that works and boot of it as per normal. If you go into disk management you will see it added as another disk. You will have access to it where you will be able to go to boot.ini on the root directory of the nonworking install. Add the/sos switch to the default on this disk. Remove the disk put it back in the correct machine and reboot. It can be edited that way done it before myself
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stevenlewisCommented:
tobyk that should work, but I was commenting on toddatroos's comment at 06/07/2001 12:43PM, that way won't work
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tobykCommented:
what I meant was say you have two machines running win2k. Put the disk in the second machine that works and boot of it as per normal. If you go into disk management you will see it added as another disk. You will have access to it where you will be able to go to boot.ini on the root directory of the nonworking install. Add the/sos switch to the default on this disk. Remove the disk put it back in the correct machine and reboot. It can be edited that way done it before myself
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