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Cannot install Win2K or 98SE

I've just recently finished building an AMD desktop. It has an AMD Athlon XP 2200 cpu, a Chaintech 7AJA2 motherboard, IDE drives and SDRAM memory.

I've tried installing Win98SE (planning to later upgrade) and also tried a clean setup of Win2K Pro. But no OS setup can finish, whether I choose FAT32 format or NTFS format. And Win2K will neither install from the CD-ROM nor the 4 floppies.

I'm guessing that the problem might be in the BIOS. And I've tried clearing the CMOS (with jumper) and reformatting the HDD, but still cannot install Windows.

How could I fix this? And if it might need a BIOS update or reinstallation, where can I find a free download and instructions for a Do-It-Yourself BIOS setup?


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Not sure but here's what I would try

In reply to: Cannot install Win2K or 98SE

Get into the BIOS and disable every on board feature you can. Missing drivers can cause such installation problems. With 2K, you should be presented an option to add third party drivers to the installation process. The trick with these is they need to on floppies and, sometimes, the MB driver disk will be able to make these driver disks for you but you need access to another PC to make the driver diskettes. Any clues here?

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These OS's will install without.....

In reply to: Cannot install Win2K or 98SE

issue on machines without hardware trouble.

At which point of your installation procedure does it fail?

Try setting the Bios to boot from the CDROM first and the HD second, then boot the 2K cd, partition, format and install 2K.

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My boot order

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You might be right, because I've only had the HDD as the 3rd boot while I changed 1st boot to CD before trying to install from CD-ROM and changed 1st boot to floppy when trying to install from that drive.

IOW, when trying to install from floppies, I've had the order as floppy, CD, and HDD. And, when trying to install from the CD, have only switched the 1st and 2nd drives.

But I have another question: Do you think I should wait until after finishing Win setup before installing my PCI sound card?


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In a clean install of....

In reply to: My boot order

W2K, I will have all the hardware installed in the box and all the drivers for the various hardware devices(sound card included), on hand.

Win2K will balk at whatever hardware it does not recognize, at which point I will jump in and add in this order:

1) Motherboard drivers
2) Sound, NIC, video....etc. drivers
3) Windows Update
4) Programs

and finally

5) my backed up data which was saved off the hard drive before this operation began.

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