Wierd Problem Installing Windows 2K


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Richard S.

Greetings all.

First let me get the hardware stuff out of the way. I'm
using a PC with an AMD K6 350 (Yes I know it's slow; but
it's all I've got) with 3 128Meg SDRAM modules. My boot
drive is a 10Gig Western Digital with a 20G slave.

I'm doing a clean install of Windows 2000. I boot from
the CD and it goes through all the usual stuff. It
selects the correct partition, formats it, and copies all
the files, and reboots. When it reboots I get the little
progress monitor across the bottom of the screen showing
that it's loading up. I even get the Windows 2K splash
screen. But that's when the whole system shuts down. No
error messages or anything, it just crashes.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Richard S.
Beaumont, Texas
 
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Dave Patrick

To do a clean install, either boot the Windows 2000 install CD-Rom or setup
disks. The set of four install disks can be created from your Windows 2000
CD-Rom; change to the \bootdisk directory on the CD-Rom and execute
makeboot.exe (from dos) or makebt32.exe (from 32 bit) and follow the
prompts.

When you get to the point, delete the existing NTFS and or other partitions
found. After you delete the partition(s) abort the install, then again
restart the pc booting the CD-Rom or setup disks to avoid unexpected drive
letter assignments with your new install.

You didn't mention the drive controller (possibly SCSI, or ultra DMA, or
ATA100, or raid, or serial ATA), but you may need to boot the Windows 2000
setup disks or CD-Rom and *F6* very early and very important (at setup is
inspecting your system) in the setup to prevent drive controller detection,
and select S to specify additional drivers. Then later you'll be prompted to
insert the manufacturer supplied Windows 2000 driver for your drive's
controller in drive "A"

If you wait and then S to specify additional drivers, then it may be too
late as Windows 2000 Setup at this point may have already assigned the
resources your drive's controller is wanting to use.

Failing that try removing all non-essential hardware. Get through the
install, then ADD the hardware back in one-at-a-time using the latest
Windows 2000 driver from the manufacturer's web site.


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Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft MVP [Windows NT/2000 Operating Systems]
Microsoft Certified Professional [Windows 2000]
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:
| Greetings all.
|
| First let me get the hardware stuff out of the way. I'm
| using a PC with an AMD K6 350 (Yes I know it's slow; but
| it's all I've got) with 3 128Meg SDRAM modules. My boot
| drive is a 10Gig Western Digital with a 20G slave.
|
| I'm doing a clean install of Windows 2000. I boot from
| the CD and it goes through all the usual stuff. It
| selects the correct partition, formats it, and copies all
| the files, and reboots. When it reboots I get the little
| progress monitor across the bottom of the screen showing
| that it's loading up. I even get the Windows 2K splash
| screen. But that's when the whole system shuts down. No
| error messages or anything, it just crashes.
|
| Any ideas?
|
| Thanks in advance!
|
| Richard S.
| Beaumont, Texas
 
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Guest

Dave,

Thanks for the info! I'll give your suggestions a shot.

Incidently, the hard drives I'm using are Western Digital
and Seagate IDE drives.
 
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Richard S.

I tried th advice you suggested and now when the PC boots
it gives me a blue screen of death with an
Inaccessible_Boot_Device error.
 
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Richard S.

I'm installing Windows 2K on an AMD K6 350 MHz pc with
256 Meg of PC 133 RAM and a Western Digital 10 Gig IDE
hard drive.

I'm no longer getting the blue screen of death; but it
will get to the Windows 2000 splash screen and just sit
there. I left it going overnight just to see if i was
jsut being impatient; but this morning it was still
sitting at exactly the same spot where I left it.
 
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