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WinNT File I/O Errors during Setup and Service Pack Install

Hello, I am trying to upgrade one of our computers from Win95 to NT4.  The motherboard is a Matsonic MS7192S, which has the latest BIOS revision.  The problem starts during NT setup -- when file copying starts, on some files setup will stop with a file copy error, and it seems to always be with NBTSTAT and a few others.  This will even happen using a different NT4 setup CD, and a new CDROM drive.  After a few retries setup with finish and I can complete the install.  The next problem comes when I try to install Service Pack 6; Several files produce error #1392 "The file or directory is corrupt and non-readable".  Again it doesn't make a different where I install the service pack from and chkdsk doesn't help.  This is what I've tried so far:
-Using a seperate disk controller instead of onboard
-BIOS Update and VIA service pack for NT
-IDE Cable change
-Changing the hard drive and CDROM drive
-Deleting partitions and using FAT instead of NTFS
-Change display adapter (PCI instead of AGP)
-Use different NT4 setup CDs and different Service pack sources
-Reseating memory and other connectors/peripherals

I'm thinking the motherboard is just trashed but would greatly appreciate any advice!  Thanks
Maurice
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Joseph NyaemaIT ConsultantCommented:
How are you perfoming in the NT install?
Are you using NT boot disks, booting from the CD, or using Win95 bootdisks?

If you are not using the either of the first two methods, I suggest you try them.

Trying to run from Win95 has its issues.
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mauricej74Author Commented:
Booting from the NT CD
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Joseph NyaemaIT ConsultantCommented:
Have you checked your hardware agaings NT 4 HCL

NT4 is a picky OS, and won't work properly woth hardware it doen't like.
If you are using the latest hardwre, then you are probably out of luck because mainstream support for NT4 ended last year and NT4 doen't support the latest hardware such as USB.
NT4 will run prety well on a PII with 128MB ram.
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magus123Commented:
i dont recommned runnin nt4 , like i said its a picky os ,
you will have problems everywhere .

if on budget upgrade to 98
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mauricej74Author Commented:
Hello, thanks for the input
The motherboard is not on the HCL but the manufacturer (Matsonic) says it is NT compatible.  I don't care too much for NT either but the company wants NT everywhere so I don't have much choice unfortunately.
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shahrialCommented:
Matsonic boards are kind off unstable...trashed some and replaced it with Intel chipset ones.
VIA Apollo chipset are not stable...even if you can successfully install NT. Intermittently, you will receive the BSOD.

Windows NT4.0 does not support AGP. AGP requires supporting for Direct X instructions. An AGP card will still run on NT4.0 but only in 2D mode (user must install NT Service Pack first). You will also lose USB functionality.

Good luck...;-)
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Joseph NyaemaIT ConsultantCommented:
To over come the read/write errors, try booting from a win95 bootdisk.
create a new fat partition.
copy the source files from i386 on the cd to a new folder i386 on the harddirve.
enable direct disk access by typing the command unlock c:
and try running setup from there.

If the files copy from the cd without errors, finders crossed , the install should go well
good luck.
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