Windows XP incompatible with old motherboard?


G

Guest

Hi All:
I recently upgraded my 98 Gateway computer from Win98 to XP Home. I
have XP on my new computer and liked it and thot it would be compatible with
my old computer. Now I am not sure. I have frequent episodes of the
taskmaster showing 100% CPU usuage until it hangs up. I can't complete virus
scans w/out it hanging, trying to record music from CD's to the hard-drive
sometimes causes it to hang up and runs at 100% usuage so that nothing else
can be done at the same time without hanging up. After seeing the problems, I
went to the gateway website and looked up my motherboard and it says it
doesn't support XP. Microsoft says all I need is a Pentium CPU to run XP?
This computer is a Pentium II and runs at 350 |Mhz. Using the XP O.S. it now
takes longer to download from the internet, longer to open windows and seems
sluggish overall. Can I wipe the drive and go back to Win98 O.S. after
installing XP? I have the original Win98 CD and a start-up floppy disk.
Unless someone can explain how to fix my problems and assure me my
motherboard is compatible with XP, that would seem to be my best
alternative. Just in case it helps, here is all the information on the
computer:

Virus Protection:
Up-to-date

Microsoft Security Updates:
Up-to-date
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer Profile Summary
Computer Name: 1998gateway (in MSHOME)
Profile Date: Monday, December 26, 2005 3:08:14 PM
Advisor Version: 7.0t
Windows Logon: DAVE


Operating System Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
System Model: Gateway G6-350
System Serial Number: 0010372932
Chassis Serial Number: 0010372932
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
350 megahertz Intel Pentium II
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: Intel Corporation MP440BX AA698435-208
Serial Number: ISMP82806039
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. 4M4PB0X1.15A.0013.P07 05/05/98
Drives Memory Modules c,d
120.03 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
116.84 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

MITSUMI CD-ROM FX320S !B
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

ST3120026A [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 4JT0QN46, rev 8.01,
SMART Status: Healthy

384 Megabytes Installed Memory:

Slot 'J6J1' has 128 MB
Slot 'J6J2' has 128 MB
Slot 'J7J1' has 128 MB

Local Drive Volumes:

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 120.03 GB 116.84 GB free

Network Drives:
None detected

Printers: None

Users:
local user accounts last logon
DAVE 12/26/2005 2:52:43 PM (admin)

local system accounts:
Administrator: never (admin)
Guest: never
HelpAssistant: never
SUPPORT_388945a0: never

Controllers Display

Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] Velocity 128 [Display adapter]
Gateway 15.7 [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n MRH4750027878, July 2004)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Intel(R) 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller
Creative AudioPCI (ES1371,ES1373) (WDM)
Creative SB AudioPCI (WDM)
Game Port for Creative (2x)
Communications Other Devices
U.S. Robotics Faxmodem Win 1801


RAS Async Adapter
IP Address: 67.0.120.69 / 32
Gateway: 67.0.120.69
Physical Address: 00:53:45:00:00:00
PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
Microsoft PS/2 Mouse
NT Apm/Legacy Interface Node
USB Root Hub
Virus Protection
McAfee VirusScan Version 10.0.27
Scan Engine Version 4400
Virus Definitions Version 4658
Last Disk Scan on Thursday, December 22, 2005 1:49:29 PM
Realtime File Scanning On

Missing Microsoft Security Hotfixes:

All required security hotfixes (using the 12/13/2005 Microsoft Security
Bulletin Summary) have been installed.


Installed Microsoft Hotfixes:

Internet Explorer:
SP2 (SP2)
Windows XP:
SP3
KB873339 on 12/21/2005
KB885250 on 12/21/2005
KB885835 on 12/21/2005
KB885836 on 12/21/2005
KB886185 on 12/21/2005
KB887472 on 12/21/2005
KB887742 on 12/21/2005
KB887797 on 12/22/2005
KB888113 on 12/21/2005
KB888302 on 12/21/2005
KB890046 on 12/21/2005
KB890859 on 12/21/2005
KB891781 on 12/21/2005
KB893066 on 12/21/2005
KB893756 on 12/21/2005
KB893803V2 on 12/21/2005
KB894391 on 12/21/2005
KB896358 on 12/21/2005
KB896422 on 12/21/2005
KB896423 on 12/21/2005
KB896424 on 12/21/2005
KB896428 on 12/21/2005
KB898461 on 12/21/2005
KB899587 on 12/21/2005
KB899591 on 12/21/2005
KB900725 on 12/21/2005
KB901017 on 12/21/2005
KB901214 on 12/21/2005
KB902400 on 12/21/2005
KB904706 on 12/21/2005
KB905414 on 12/21/2005
KB905749 on 12/21/2005
KB905915 on 12/21/2005
KB910437 on 12/21/2005

* All hotfixes verify correctly .

Software Licenses:

Belarc - Advisor e316a376
Creative Tech - Product Registration C6CT4730521004292F

Microsoft - Internet Explorer 76475-018-2518363-21798


Microsoft - MSN6 54089-427-0115241-04118


Microsoft - WebFldrs XP 12345-111-1111111-24454

Microsoft - Windows XP Home Edition 76475-018-2518363-21798


Software Versions:

Abacast, Inc. - Abaclient v1.61 *
Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5.0.0.0 *
Belarc, Inc. - Advisor Version 7.0t *
Cinematronics - 3D Pinball Version 5.1.2600.2180 *
Creative Disc Detector Version 1.55 *
Creative Mixer Loader Version 6.01.1 *
Creative On-line Registration System Version 1.0.0.1 *
Creative PlayCenter Version 1.55 *
Creative Recorder Version 1.02 *
Creative Service for CDROM Access Version 1.0.0.0 *
Creative WaveStudio Version 4.10.3.0 *
McAfee Inc. - VirusScan *
McAfee SecurityCenter Update Manager Version 6, 0, 0, 0 *
McAfee SecurityCenter Version 6, 0, 0, 0 * McAfee VirusScan Version 10, 0,
0, 0 *
Microsoft (r) Windows Script Host Version 5.6.0.8820 *
Microsoft Corporation - Internet Explorer Version 6.00.2900.2180 *
Microsoft Corporation - Messenger Version 4.7.3001 *
Microsoft Corporation - MSN Messenger Version 7.5.0311 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows Installer - Unicode Version 3.1.4000.1823 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows Movie Maker Version 2.1.4026.0 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows® NetMeeting® Version 3.01 *
Microsoft Corporation - Zone.com Version 1.2.626.1 *
Microsoft Data Access Components Version 3.525.1117.0 *
Microsoft(R) MSN (R) Communications System Version 9.10.0011.1703 *
Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player Version 9.00.00.3250 *
Sun Microsystems, Inc. - Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 6
Version 5.0.60.5 *

Thanks for any advice you might have for me.

xiowan.....in tucson
 
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Richard in AZ

While Windows XP will load on a computer with a 350 MHz CPU, it does not
run, it walks as you have found out.
I never upgrade a customers computer to XP unless they have a minimum of 1
GHz cpu and 256 Megs of RAM. Even then, I advise them that the performance
will be less than they would get with a Windows 9x on that same machine.

Yes you can return the computer to a 98 status.
If you did an upgrade to Windows XP, and left the harddrive in FAT32 there
should be an uninstall option for Windows XP.
If you did a clean install with Windows XP, you are going to have to
reformat the drive and start over.
Note: If you let XP change the hard drive to the NTFS format, you are going
to have to remove the "non Dos" partition.
FDISK will allow you to do this, but read the information windows carefully.
The 120 MB hard drive may be a problem is your BIOS does not recognize that
size, but the disk vendor's web site should have software to format the full
drive.

: Hi All:
: I recently upgraded my 98 Gateway computer from Win98 to XP Home. I
: have XP on my new computer and liked it and thot it would be compatible
with
: my old computer. Now I am not sure. I have frequent episodes of the
: taskmaster showing 100% CPU usuage until it hangs up. I can't complete
virus
: scans w/out it hanging, trying to record music from CD's to the
hard-drive
: sometimes causes it to hang up and runs at 100% usuage so that nothing
else
: can be done at the same time without hanging up. After seeing the
problems, I
: went to the gateway website and looked up my motherboard and it says it
: doesn't support XP. Microsoft says all I need is a Pentium CPU to run XP?
: This computer is a Pentium II and runs at 350 |Mhz. Using the XP O.S. it
now
: takes longer to download from the internet, longer to open windows and
seems
: sluggish overall. Can I wipe the drive and go back to Win98 O.S. after
: installing XP? I have the original Win98 CD and a start-up floppy disk.
: Unless someone can explain how to fix my problems and assure me my
: motherboard is compatible with XP, that would seem to be my best
: alternative. Just in case it helps, here is all the information on the
: computer:
 
G

Guest

Hi Richard:
Thanks for your reply. I kinda thot maybe I had messed up when I
upgraded to XP from Win98 and sounds like you agree. I guess I should go
back to win98 O.S. and just figure the cost of the XP upgrade is a lesson
learned about plunging into something without enough knowledge. This June I
believe Microsoft is dropping support for Win98 O.Systems. Does that mean it
won't be long before virus & spyware from the internet will take over the
computer or will Norton or MacAffee programs be enough security without
Microsoft security updates?

Thanks again.

xiowan......in tucson
 
R

Richard in AZ

Microsoft may be dropping formal support for 98, but you will still get lots
of support on these news groups.
Norton's new software is quickly becoming non-windows 98 compliant and
McAfee may be too.
However, AVG by grisoft.com still works just fine and it is free.
Go to http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/Get+AVG+FREE/lng/us/tpl/v5 for
the download
Richard in Cottonwood AZ (long way from Tucson)

: Hi Richard:
: Thanks for your reply. I kinda thot maybe I had messed up when I
: upgraded to XP from Win98 and sounds like you agree. I guess I should go
: back to win98 O.S. and just figure the cost of the XP upgrade is a lesson
: learned about plunging into something without enough knowledge. This June
I
: believe Microsoft is dropping support for Win98 O.Systems. Does that mean
it
: won't be long before virus & spyware from the internet will take over the
: computer or will Norton or MacAffee programs be enough security without
: Microsoft security updates?
:
: Thanks again.
:
: xiowan......in tucson
:
: "Richard in AZ" wrote:
:
: > While Windows XP will load on a computer with a 350 MHz CPU, it does not
: > run, it walks as you have found out.
: > I never upgrade a customers computer to XP unless they have a minimum of
1
: > GHz cpu and 256 Megs of RAM. Even then, I advise them that the
performance
: > will be less than they would get with a Windows 9x on that same machine.
: >
: > Yes you can return the computer to a 98 status.
: > If you did an upgrade to Windows XP, and left the harddrive in FAT32
there
: > should be an uninstall option for Windows XP.
: > If you did a clean install with Windows XP, you are going to have to
: > reformat the drive and start over.
: > Note: If you let XP change the hard drive to the NTFS format, you are
going
: > to have to remove the "non Dos" partition.
: > FDISK will allow you to do this, but read the information windows
carefully.
: > The 120 MB hard drive may be a problem is your BIOS does not recognize
that
: > size, but the disk vendor's web site should have software to format the
full
: > drive.
: >
: > : > : Hi All:
: > : I recently upgraded my 98 Gateway computer from Win98 to XP Home.
I
: > : have XP on my new computer and liked it and thot it would be
compatible
: > with
: > : my old computer. Now I am not sure. I have frequent episodes of the
: > : taskmaster showing 100% CPU usuage until it hangs up. I can't
complete
: > virus
: > : scans w/out it hanging, trying to record music from CD's to the
: > hard-drive
: > : sometimes causes it to hang up and runs at 100% usuage so that nothing
: > else
: > : can be done at the same time without hanging up. After seeing the
: > problems, I
: > : went to the gateway website and looked up my motherboard and it says
it
: > : doesn't support XP. Microsoft says all I need is a Pentium CPU to run
XP?
: > : This computer is a Pentium II and runs at 350 |Mhz. Using the XP O.S.
it
: > now
: > : takes longer to download from the internet, longer to open windows
and
: > seems
: > : sluggish overall. Can I wipe the drive and go back to Win98 O.S.
after
: > : installing XP? I have the original Win98 CD and a start-up floppy
disk.
: > : Unless someone can explain how to fix my problems and assure me my
: > : motherboard is compatible with XP, that would seem to be my best
: > : alternative. Just in case it helps, here is all the information on
the
: > : computer:
: >
: >
: >
 
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G

Guest

Hi Richard:
Thanks for the info about AVG by grisoft.com. I bookmarked that website
and when my McAfee subscription runs out, I'll be able to use that. I'm
really not too worried.... as a fellow arizonan you well know that viruses
are less of a problem in our warm climate!

xiowan........in tucson
 

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