new hd install + other components HELP!

Today I will upgrade my brother´s pc with a new hard disk, extra memory, a new AGP card and hopefully a new Win98 SE (´cuz the last one was totally screwed up).

After I installed, partitioned and formated this new hard disk, should I add the new memory and AGP card BEFORE installing Win 98 SE on the new hard disk?

Thanks,

Baztian

:) I once walked in the jungle, and I got a snake Byte but forgot to bring my rescue disk along :)
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  1. Physically install all your hardware before installing Windows for the least problems, but you shouldn't have a much trouble either way.
  2. What's his system actually consist of? Any chance you can bump it up to Windows 2000/XP?

    Anyway, it's better that for those components, you install before the Windows install. But, before or after the format doesn't really matter. The stuff that would be considered extraneous are any PCI cards, USB and printer devices. You do need the hard drive, CDROM, floppy drive, processor and HSF, memory, and graphics card, if you want the minimal components. That's really how you should do it if you're having trouble. Otherwise, throw everything in there, unless a component's manual says so.

    An example would be my Xero DocuPrint M760 for anything before Windows XP. If I did a clean install, it was best not to connect it to the computer after the drivers are installed.

    Good luck!

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  3. Thanks guys, the install of the harddisk went ok, but Windows 98 SE didn´t run properly... it kept coming up with really weird errors (the same ones as in the previous windows).

    Like: rundll.exe has caused an error in wininet.dll ...
    and you can only choose "close" or "details"...

    I think the windows cd is broken.

    Thanks anyway! I think I´ll try to install win2000.

    Baztian

    >4&*
  4. Again, <b>what does your brother's computer consist of</b>? Can you tell us his exact components or no? (Motherboard, processor, heatsink, power supply, memory, cd drive, hard drives, etc)

    If there are errors during setup, it might be due to either an insufficient power supply, or bad memory. Is your brother's computer home-built? If so, and it's not an Enermax, get one. It's worth the increased stability. To test the memory, get <A HREF="http://www.memtest86.com" target="_new">MemTest86</A>. But, if you have Windows 2000, it manages memory so much better. If you use it, you'd know. :smile:

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  5. Ok, here it goes. It´s a pentium 2 333mhz, with new Kingston 128 Mb 133 RAM (CL 2), a brand new 30,6 Gb hdd, an Intel 440EX mobo, 200W PSU, 32x cd-rom, 8mb PCI VGA, and I want to upgrade that PCI to a TNT2 M64 AGP card, but it doesn´t work.

    Any chance you can tell what the problem is (prolly the PSU)? Thanks,

    Baztian

    BTW I have installed Win ME, but it gives the same instabillity and errors as Win 98 SE.

    And remember : >4&*
  6. A friend of mine came ´round and prolly found the problem: the IDE controller is totally screwed up. Erm... sorry to bother you. I will buy new hardware for my bro.

    Thanks,

    Baztian
  7. Sorry it took so long to post back, but I had to sleep over at this fireworks booth that I volunteer for last night, since we keep the fireworks there overnight.

    Anyway, that's the one possibility I can never remember to suggest. Out of curiosity, do you know how your friend came to that conclusion? I'd like to know how to test a IDE controller for being faulty.

    Bryan

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  8. Well, we´ve tested EVERYTHING, replaced ALMOST EVERYTHING so the most likely problem was the IDE controller. We´re not totally sure.

    Anyway, I´m gonna buy a new Mobo and CPU. Thanks for your help!

    Baztian
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    replaced ALMOST EVERYTHING

    Okay, so you swapped the MOBO and it worked fine? Or you added a PCI IDE card and it worked fine? Did you check your RAM? Strange errors in the OS can sometimes be due to a faulty RAM chip. Are you using the old RAM alongside your new?
  10. Oh, okay. I thought there was a more specific way to find out...not process of elimination. :lol:

    Well, if you gotz the money, then go for it. :smile:

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  11. No, I just used brandnew Kingston PC133 memory. That´s one stick of 128 Mbyte.

    We´ve already ordered a new system (parts), so thanks anyway guys. :wink:

    Baztian :smile:
  12. Show uncle Bill your support and get a Windows 2000...end of your pesky errors.
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