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MOBO BIOS update

by Dobby / June 4, 2007 3:29 PM PDT

Have an old computer which now has 98SE installed, with no problems. It has a Biostar Slot A mobo, with an AMD K7 chip, FX 5700 video card, and 768meg SDRAM. Tried installing XP Pro from clean boot, but will not allow same...numerous errors. Is it possible to update the BIOS to allow XP, or should I just re-install 98SE, and quit wasting my time. I have new machine with XP Pro installed, as well as laptop with Media Center, so it is not needed. Any help would be appreciated.......Dobby.

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Usually not a BIOS issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2007 10:10 PM PDT
In reply to: MOBO BIOS update

My experience with this CPU is that at this age it's easy to overheat and see those errors. Do your yearly cleaning of all heatsinks, test the fans and run this memory test -> MEMTEST86. Only ZERO errors is acceptable.


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MOBO BIOS update
by Dobby / June 5, 2007 3:58 AM PDT

Bob...thanks for info...will run MEMTEST86 as you suggested....Dobby.

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by Dobby / June 11, 2007 9:04 AM PDT

Bob...sorry I am late getting back to you...busy with graduations, etc.

Ran MEMTEST as you suggested...holy crap...4096 errors!!! Figured I would run it on primary machine as errors. Looks like the possibility of running any of the NTFS based systems on the older machine just went bye bye! Thanks again for the info. Dobby

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MEMTEST on NTFS is not an issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2007 11:02 PM PDT
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I can get MEMTEST on bootable USB, CD, etc. so I don't see where NTFS systems would be a problem.

I see you found the error.


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by Dobby / June 12, 2007 7:48 AM PDT

Wondered about that myself, but why no problem installing 98SE?

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It's slightly technical.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 12, 2007 8:19 AM PDT
In reply to: memtest

Microsoft changed where the core OS sits in RAM from 98 to XP. I'll skip finding articles about it.


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slightly technical
by Dobby / June 12, 2007 9:43 AM PDT

Thanks again for taking the time to help...not knowing is frustrating!

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