View Full Version : I can't install ANY OS's!
07-12-2000, 12:13 AM
Hi, I just got a western digital hd from warranty, and I can't install an operating system, I tried to install both win2k and win 98 se, but both of their installation programs lock up. I put my hd ONLY into my roomates' computer, and was able to install windows 98se successfully (did not try to install win2k again). I put my hd back into my comp and it started, I installed a bunch of progs (w/o restarting in between, mind you...) and now my comp doesn't boot up windows at all, I can only boot into command prompt.... So NOW I am back at my roomates' comp, formatting and reinstalling win 98 se again. Any ideas on how I could find out what hardware/software problem I am having? :O Thanx http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
07-12-2000, 01:39 AM
Maybe bad IDE on the motherboard? Or maybe your CD drive/connector is bad? Or maybe it's a hacked copy of Windows? Could be any or all of the above.
What kind of motherboard is in there? Is it a socket 7, by chance?
07-12-2000, 01:44 AM
Oh yeah, here are my system specs:
Celeron II 533A, Clocked to 850
384 mb ram
Western Digital 27.3 gb
HP Cd Writer 9100i
Generic 48x CDROM
Monster Sound mx300
VooDoo 3 2000
Linksis 10/100 lan card
and now I have win98 installed, it can boot in my roomates' comp, but not in mine. I get a windows protection error and it says I have to restart....
07-12-2000, 01:45 AM
Real copy of windows, socket 370 mobo...
Don't overclock when installing an OS.
07-12-2000, 01:58 AM
Thanx for replying dave, any idea on what I could do? http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/redface.gif
UPDATE: Whenever I try to start windows in safe mode, it gives me a different error pretty much every time.. (Normal mode just plain freezes)
Having the windows load screen stay forever (bottom bar always moving)
Error initializing device VCACHE
Invalid VxD dynamic link call to device number 3, Service B
Insufficient memory to initialize Windoes
07-12-2000, 02:17 AM
Leon: So should I install again w/o overclock? http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/redface.gif
I am very lost and have restarted about 50 times by now http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/frown.gif
While initializing device CONFIGMG
My drive starts every time in my friends' comp...
HIS drive does not start in my comp....
Also, used my ide cable in his comp, still boots fine...
So can I be pretty sure that it is my mobo, or could it possibly be another device? http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/redface.gif
07-12-2000, 10:33 AM
I agree w/ chosenfool... definitely dropp the processor back down to it's intended speed. Alos, if your still getting errors after "de-overclocking", pull all the cards out of your system except the video card. It just may be a conflict between two of the cards.
07-15-2000, 04:20 PM
Thanx all, my comp is ok now, except I have a new, more annoying problem... http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
Check the base thread for more info pls... http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
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