Windows installation problems from DOS

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I am trying to install Windows 98 from a clean hard disk. I have had no problems with other computers, but this old Packard Bell is giving me trouble. I use a Windows 98 boot disk to select "start with cd-rom support". the computer installs the drivers and I run the windows setup from the cd. After scandisk completes, the system hangs at "copying files needed for windows setup". Sometimes it hangs, sometimes it restarts all together. I got to the setup sceen once but it froze.

I tried changing the cd-rom drive to my dvd-rom but I got the same result. I have also tried different Windows versions and disks so that rules out a problem with the disk, the cd-rom drive or windows compatibility. This computer was running Win98 before I formatted the disk so I don't see what the problem could be. Any help is appreciated.


System Specs:

Packard Bell 850 system
Cyrix M-II 300
64 mb ram
4.5 gb HD
3dfx card
ethernet card
uses Type 7 CPU Zero Insertion Force socket
Flash EEPROM
System BIOS by Award
PCI 2.1/ISA based system bus
66 Mhz max bus speed
512 cache
SiS 5598 PCI/ISA/VGA comtroller chipset
IRQ: 5,10,11,15


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I removed all cards and copied the install files to the HD.
I ran setup and everything seemed to go fine until it froze up. an error message popped up and before I could even click "OK", a black screen came up and displayed

"Standard Mode: runtime error R6003
-integer divide by 0"

or something to that effect and the computer seemed to be frozen. I tried setup a couple more times with the same result, each time with a different black screen, such as:

"Standard Mode: Invaild DPMI return from 037F:5F92"

or

"Standard Mode: Bad Fault in MS-DOS Extender
Fault: 000D Stack dump: 0000 0000 0070
Raw Fault Frame EC-000 IP=5D0C CS=0375 FL =3006 SP=0000 SS=02DF"

NOTE: BIOS VIRUS WARNING IS ALREADY DISABLED
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Since your HD is big enough. You might try making a directory on it called "win98".

Via DOS

Copy "setup.exe" from the Install CD to C:

Copy the contents of Win98 on the cd to the Win98 directory on your HD.

Run setup from your HD.

This will also keep you from having to insert the install CD every time the Windows CD is required as the files will be on your HD.
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In addition, I would remove All cards except for VGA, and dsable anything not beeded to complete the install.
Then you can enable/add them back 1 at a time.Make sure you get all the latest drivers for this machine.

Didn't the PB come with a system restore CD ?

 I hope this helps !

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I removed all cards and copied the install files to the HD.
I ran setup and everything seemed to go fine until it froze up. an error message popped up and before I could even click "OK", a black screen came up and displayed

"Standard Mode: runtime error R6003
-integer divide by 0"

or something to that effect and the computer seemed to be frozen. I tried setup a couple more times with the same result, each time with a different black screen, such as:

"Standard Mode: Bad Fault in MS-DOS Extender
Fault: 000D Stack dump: 0000 0000 0070
Raw Fault Frame EC-000 IP=5D0C CS=0375 FL =3006 SP=0000 SS=02DF"

im really stumped on this one, I thought reformatting would solve any problems. Any help is appreciated.
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did you run scandisk on your drive???
may have bad sector causing a problem
Top Expert 2007
Commented:
It sounds like bad RAM.

I would reseat them and try a RAM dag program.

RAM test RAM diag
 http://www.simmtester.com/PAGE/products/doc/docinfo.asp
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RAM test RAM diagnostics for testing RAM using a boot disk.
               goto this page:
               http://www.heise.de/ct/ftp/
               and download the file on the link:
               ctRAMtst - Hauptspeichertest, Version 5.1

               or download directly:
               ftp://ftp.heise.de/pub/ct/ctsi/ctramtst.zip

 I hope this helps !
Commented:
Could be your mother board battery is running low.

Alos try using the free diagnostic utility from the vendor of your disk to check for problems with the disk.

www.fujitsu.com 
http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm
www.maxtor.com 
www.seagate.com 
www.wdc.com/service/ftp/drives.html
www.westerndigital.com 



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