hardware failure? during installation


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Paul

A more detailed description of my problem and
circumstances can be found in the post "systems halts
during installation". I just wanted to make sure this post
was fresh...

I tried reinstalling Win2K and, as expected, about 5
seconds after the screen stops flickering, I get the
message:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call you hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

There are no error codes or such.

This would definetely pose a problem as I have no real
vendor, I built the computer myself out of some relatively
old parts (maybe 2 or 3 years old). Windows 98SE runs
fine, should I try to upgrade the OS as the autorun menu
suggests? Will I lose any of my data? Losing my data is of
prime concern... I was going to install Win2K on one
partition, move the files I wanted, and then wipe 98SE,
but since the 2000 install fails, that plan doesn't
exactly work out.
 
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Dan Seur

Paul - W2k is much more sensitive to hardware tolerances than W9x. For
starters, if you can boot to a 32-bit OS, try running
[W2kCD]:\i386\winnt32.exe /checkupgradeonly
With this parameter, not available with the 16-bit installer winnt.exe,
you will not start an install process but the installer will inspect
your PC for potential problems, and give you a nicely formatted report
 
P

Paul

Thanks, I'll try that when I finish my massive amounts of
homework... 6 summaries of short stories I haven't read
down, 4 to go.
-----Original Message-----
Paul - W2k is much more sensitive to hardware tolerances than W9x. For
starters, if you can boot to a 32-bit OS, try running
[W2kCD]:\i386\winnt32.exe /checkupgradeonly
With this parameter, not available with the 16-bit installer winnt.exe,
you will not start an install process but the installer will inspect
your PC for potential problems, and give you a nicely formatted report
on what it finds, including tips on what to do to resolve certain
problems. Perhaps you can make some headway doing that.
A more detailed description of my problem and
circumstances can be found in the post "systems halts
during installation". I just wanted to make sure this post
was fresh...

I tried reinstalling Win2K and, as expected, about 5
seconds after the screen stops flickering, I get the
message:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call you hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

There are no error codes or such.

This would definetely pose a problem as I have no real
vendor, I built the computer myself out of some relatively
old parts (maybe 2 or 3 years old). Windows 98SE runs
fine, should I try to upgrade the OS as the autorun menu
suggests? Will I lose any of my data? Losing my data is of
prime concern... I was going to install Win2K on one
partition, move the files I wanted, and then wipe 98SE,
but since the 2000 install fails, that plan doesn't
exactly work out.
.
 
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Leonard Severt [MSFT]

A more detailed description of my problem and
circumstances can be found in the post "systems halts
during installation". I just wanted to make sure this post
was fresh...

I tried reinstalling Win2K and, as expected, about 5
seconds after the screen stops flickering, I get the
message:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call you hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

There are no error codes or such.

This would definetely pose a problem as I have no real
vendor, I built the computer myself out of some relatively
old parts (maybe 2 or 3 years old). Windows 98SE runs
fine, should I try to upgrade the OS as the autorun menu
suggests? Will I lose any of my data? Losing my data is of
prime concern... I was going to install Win2K on one
partition, move the files I wanted, and then wipe 98SE,
but since the 2000 install fails, that plan doesn't
exactly work out.
It is very unlikely that running the upgrade though Windows 98 SE will
work either. From the very base hardware nature of the error I don't
think a Windows 2000 or Windows XP will work on the system. I suspect
you have some hardware that can't handle the full 32 bit subsystems in
Windows 2000, including the setup engine.

Leonard Severt

Windows 2000 Server Setup Team
 
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Guest

Apparently my graphics card is the problem, that seems to
be the only incomatibility that would have caused a system
halt. I'll look up support for my Radeon 7500 and see if
there are any patches.
-----Original Message-----
Paul - W2k is much more sensitive to hardware tolerances than W9x. For
starters, if you can boot to a 32-bit OS, try running
[W2kCD]:\i386\winnt32.exe /checkupgradeonly
With this parameter, not available with the 16-bit installer winnt.exe,
you will not start an install process but the installer will inspect
your PC for potential problems, and give you a nicely formatted report
on what it finds, including tips on what to do to resolve certain
problems. Perhaps you can make some headway doing that.
A more detailed description of my problem and
circumstances can be found in the post "systems halts
during installation". I just wanted to make sure this post
was fresh...

I tried reinstalling Win2K and, as expected, about 5
seconds after the screen stops flickering, I get the
message:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call you hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

There are no error codes or such.

This would definetely pose a problem as I have no real
vendor, I built the computer myself out of some relatively
old parts (maybe 2 or 3 years old). Windows 98SE runs
fine, should I try to upgrade the OS as the autorun menu
suggests? Will I lose any of my data? Losing my data is of
prime concern... I was going to install Win2K on one
partition, move the files I wanted, and then wipe 98SE,
but since the 2000 install fails, that plan doesn't
exactly work out.
.
 

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