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Anonymous
August 9, 2004 9:56:49 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

I am receiving the error message "There is a syntax error in the SIF
file that setup uses at line (1246 or 1779 or 4432). Setup cannot
continue. Shutdown or restart your computer.

I am using an ASUS A7V133 motherboard with an AMD K-7 1000 266 MHz
processor. I have three memory ticks DIMM 512MB SDRAM PC133 memory
chips.

I have changed hard drives, video cards from AGP Pro video slot to a
PCI video card, removed and tested each stick of memory, attempted to
use the Promise IDE controller chip to handle the hard drive. I have
changed out the CD-ROM three times in case it was a read problem. I
have also borrowed my son's Windows 2000 Pro. software card, and still
receive the same error.

As far as I can determine with out paying $700.00 for a hardware and
software test cards, I have a bad processor or a bad mother board.
Does any one have a suggestion of where I go from here, or should I
just replace the mother board?
Anonymous
August 9, 2004 9:56:50 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

If you must use the setup disks try creating new ones. To do a clean
install, you'll want to boot the Windows 2000 setup disks or CD-Rom. 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.

Then *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 ultra ATA 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.

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.

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

"Desmodus rotundus" wrote:
| I am receiving the error message "There is a syntax error in the SIF
| file that setup uses at line (1246 or 1779 or 4432). Setup cannot
| continue. Shutdown or restart your computer.
|
| I am using an ASUS A7V133 motherboard with an AMD K-7 1000 266 MHz
| processor. I have three memory ticks DIMM 512MB SDRAM PC133 memory
| chips.
|
| I have changed hard drives, video cards from AGP Pro video slot to a
| PCI video card, removed and tested each stick of memory, attempted to
| use the Promise IDE controller chip to handle the hard drive. I have
| changed out the CD-ROM three times in case it was a read problem. I
| have also borrowed my son's Windows 2000 Pro. software card, and still
| receive the same error.
|
| As far as I can determine with out paying $700.00 for a hardware and
| software test cards, I have a bad processor or a bad mother board.
| Does any one have a suggestion of where I go from here, or should I
| just replace the mother board?
Anonymous
August 10, 2004 8:01:36 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

On Mon, 9 Aug 2004 13:07:35 -0600, "Dave Patrick"
<mail@NoSpam.DSPatrick.com> wrote:

>If you must use the setup disks try creating new ones. To do a clean
>install, you'll want to boot the Windows 2000 setup disks or CD-Rom. 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.
>
>Then *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 ultra ATA 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.
>
>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.

Thanks for the answer. I have attempted the install with new floppy
disks, made as you suggested. The hard drive was low level formatted
and doesn't have any thing on it. It was tested on a Windows 98SE
system, formatted just find, and accepted the operating system.

The point where the computer is stopping is the point where it should
format the hard drive. Since the last message, I have used a new card
for loading and controlling hard drives, eliminating the motherboard
controllers all together. Same problem.

I think I have a defective mother board at this point in time. However
I don't want to purchase new memory, processed and motherboard. It
isn't that I can't afford it, the problem is researching every thing
and making sure it works with my old PCI cards, and drives.

Any other ideas? and thanks for your reply.
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Anonymous
August 11, 2004 12:27:40 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

You did load the manufacturer's controller driver?

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

"Desmodus rotundus" wrote:
|
| Thanks for the answer. I have attempted the install with new floppy
| disks, made as you suggested. The hard drive was low level formatted
| and doesn't have any thing on it. It was tested on a Windows 98SE
| system, formatted just find, and accepted the operating system.
|
| The point where the computer is stopping is the point where it should
| format the hard drive. Since the last message, I have used a new card
| for loading and controlling hard drives, eliminating the motherboard
| controllers all together. Same problem.
|
| I think I have a defective mother board at this point in time. However
| I don't want to purchase new memory, processed and motherboard. It
| isn't that I can't afford it, the problem is researching every thing
| and making sure it works with my old PCI cards, and drives.
|
| Any other ideas? and thanks for your reply.
Anonymous
August 11, 2004 9:45:56 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 20:27:40 -0600, "Dave Patrick"
<mail@NoSpam.DSPatrick.com> wrote:

>You did load the manufacturer's controller driver?

Good Point, however how do I install the manufacturer's controller
driver when I can't get the computer to read or write or format the
hard drive. I have done a Ghost restore of several backup that were
supposed to be clean and good before adding new equipment. All of
these backup require me to run chkdsk and then lock the computer up. I
have changed the hard drive, low level formatted, install windows
98SE, then formatted and ghosted restored W2K Pro. Again I get a
fragmented hard drive. This was not on the computer I am having
problems with. The Ghost restore was on the damaged computer.

One of my son's has assisted me this evening in trying some of his
ideas, again with the same error coming up after getting to the point
of formatting the disk. I am going to change some equipment around and
attempt Win98SE again and see if I can get a clean install. If so,
then I guess I will stick with Win998SE until I need a faster
computer.

Purchased the Asus K8V motherboard, AMD processor, memory, and some
250GB SATA hard drives. I think I will return them tomorrow as I just
don't need that kind of computing power for any reason right now.
Anonymous
August 12, 2004 12:44:37 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Reread my earlier reply. You must use the F6 trick to load the
manufacturer's controller driver else Windows 2000 setup may not find the
drives connected to your controller.

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

"Desmodus rotundus" wrote:
| Good Point, however how do I install the manufacturer's controller
| driver when I can't get the computer to read or write or format the
| hard drive. I have done a Ghost restore of several backup that were
| supposed to be clean and good before adding new equipment. All of
| these backup require me to run chkdsk and then lock the computer up. I
| have changed the hard drive, low level formatted, install windows
| 98SE, then formatted and ghosted restored W2K Pro. Again I get a
| fragmented hard drive. This was not on the computer I am having
| problems with. The Ghost restore was on the damaged computer.
|
| One of my son's has assisted me this evening in trying some of his
| ideas, again with the same error coming up after getting to the point
| of formatting the disk. I am going to change some equipment around and
| attempt Win98SE again and see if I can get a clean install. If so,
| then I guess I will stick with Win998SE until I need a faster
| computer.
|
| Purchased the Asus K8V motherboard, AMD processor, memory, and some
| 250GB SATA hard drives. I think I will return them tomorrow as I just
| don't need that kind of computing power for any reason right now.
Anonymous
August 13, 2004 8:11:23 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

On Wed, 11 Aug 2004 20:44:37 -0600, "Dave Patrick"
<mail@NoSpam.DSPatrick.com> wrote:

>Reread my earlier reply. You must use the F6 trick to load the
>manufacturer's controller driver else Windows 2000 setup may not find the
>drives connected to your controller.

Yes, in thinking it over, I can load the drivers, and had not
considered it necessary. I will attempt the task today as soon as I
can get one of my grandsons over to move some drives around for me.
Thanks again for your suggestions.
!