I was given an HP Vectra VLi8 with no OS. Having installed 98SE about 100 times, I thought it would be a piece of cake. Two days later and no luck, I'm asking for much needed advice before I strip it for parts.
This is a clean install on a drive newly formatted with FAT32. I know the drive works.
I run setup from the startup disk. Everything goes fine until I get the window stating:
You must provide computer and workgroup names that will identify the computer on the network.
At this point the computer freezes and I can't continue with setup. I have rebooted once to see what would happen. Setup continued, skipping the network window, but after it completed, the computer would only start in safe mode.
I've tried a different hard drive, ram, pulled all add-on cards, set bios to default settings, disconnected the cdrom, disabled the network adapter in bios and updated the bios. Nothing has worked.
One time I connected the hdd to my xp machine. I formatted it with FAT32 and copied the win98se cd to a folder. I then took that drive to the Vectra to see if it was the cdrom. Setup started and I got this message:
Setup cannot create files on your startup drive and cannot set up Windows 98.
Also, sometimes the system won't POST the first time. Now I'm suspecting a faulty mobo.
Lets try XP!
I format the drive in NTFS, setup copies all the files, "computer will reboot in 15 seconds", then the system freezes while "Restarting computer..." I trying rebooting but get a blank screen when Windows is supposed to start.
This thing's got some bad mojo!
Anything I missed? Any bizarro BIOS setting I need to change. Otherwise I'm pulling it apart!!!