Posted on 2001-06-13
Oh boy have I got a question for you guys. I've got an system with an XPert '98 AGP graphics card, HP CD-Writer 9100+ and a Western Digital Caviar 7200 RPM Caviar hard drive (along with a bunch of other things...).
Now I just bought an ASUS A7V133 Motherboard, 256 Mb OEM generic SDRAM (that's all they had...), an AMD Duron 800 MHz processor and a new ATX case with power supply.
I figured it wouldn't be a big deal just taking the stuff out of my old AT system with an AMD K6-2 450 MHz processor with 64 Mb SDRAM, but apparently it was, because now nothing works. I tried just plugging in the new stuff but I kept getting blue screen VxD errors. So I checked and double-checked the BIOS settings. I disabled everything I didn't need. As far as I can tell all my jumpers are set correctly (plus, the Motherboard has some JumperFree mode, and it auto-detects everything, 8.0x at 100MHz, auto-Voltage, etc...). I know the graphics card worked before I swapped machines, and I repartitioned and reformatted the hard drive on the new system, then reinstalled Windows. The only problem there is that I only have Windows 98 First Edition with Second Edition Updated on another CD. So I have to install everything twice. It never gets through the first edition, though, without freezing and then blue-screening.
So I plugged the hard drive into my other computer, installed first edition, and then updated it to second edition and ran setups for all the drivers for the new system. Then I plugged it into the new system and let it go. It detected everything and seemed to be working fine, until I started installing programs. Every time it would get to the end of the installation routing (Progress: 100%) and then the setup program would perform an illegal operation and stop installing. I shut it down the right way, restarted, and it said that something had happened to the Windows registry and it had to restore a bunch of files to past backups. It reset, and then I got blue screens again.
So I reformatted, reinstalled windows, and replugged it into the new system. This time the installations completely finished, so I thought I was doing all right. But after I installed the HP CD-Writer software (MyCD and DirectCD) and rebooted I got the same Windows Registry problem.
I tried using another hard drive. Same problem. I tried running setup from the hard drive instead of the CD. Same problem. I manually entered the Hard drive specs. Same problem.
I guess the big question is what's wrong? Would a system like that have a hard time installing 98 first edition, or is that just a byproduct of something else. I get the feeling it's hardware, but I don't have the foggiest idea what to check. ANY help would be appreciated. I don't want to have to fork out the cash (and gash to my pride) or taking it to a shop somewhere.
Thanks in advance,