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May 19, 2002 5:42:35 PM

I installed a new mainboard and I lost/misplaced the product code for win98 SE. I have a second computer with the same OS disk installed. Is there anyway I can get the code from the HD in the new system, or on this one? Any other tips and/or step by step startup help with a running system with a new mobo would be welcomed. BTW the new mainboard is the Giga-Byte GA-7VRXP.

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May 19, 2002 7:51:26 PM

<A HREF="http://www.myfavoritepc.com/support/tnproductkey.html" target="_new">How do I locate my Windows 98 Product Key?</A>

Well, when you install that motherboard, I think you should install the software and drivers in this order:
1) Operating System
2) Motherboard chipset drivers
3) Modem drivers (if applicable)
4) NIC drivers (if applicable)
5) Sound drivers (if applicable)
6) Critical updates from Windows Update website (no graphics card updates though!)
7) <b>Manually</b> install Graphics Card drivers

<b>How to do a manual video card driver install:</b>
<font color=green>Download your video card's most stable drivers. Instead of running the executable file that runs it for you, it's better to do it manually.

After you've downloaded it, if it's in an exe file, unzip it to it's own folder and remember its location.

Go to System Properties by either right-clicking My Computer and going to Properties, or by pressing your WinKey+Pause.

Go to the Device Manager tab. Expand the Display Adapters branch, and double-click whatever adapter you have. Click the Driver tab in its properties window, and choose "Update Driver...".

Click "Next", then choose the option "Search for a better driver than the one your device is using now." In the next step, check only "Specify a location". Then, click the Browse button and navigate to that folder you extracted earlier. If the OK button stays gray, choose one of the folders within that folder you extracted (probably Win98). When it turns clickable, click OK, then Next. If it find the driver file and shows the location of the driver where you pointed to, click Next and finish up. Then, reboot.</font color=green>

I basically got this methodologyfrom ToeJam, but I wanted to explain type it up because he might've not have the chance to do so.

I hope this helps you out a little bit. See ya!
Bryan

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Anonymous
May 19, 2002 8:14:53 PM

Thanks for the comeback Bryan. That is the order I plan to use as soon as I find the windows code that I lost/misplaced. When I can get to the office Tuesday or Wednesday I will do so, however I was hoping I could find that key stored someplace on my running computer. You know how it is, new board, DDR 333 sticks and I can't play for 3 DAYS.
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May 19, 2002 8:37:23 PM

I just told you how to find that missing product key. That first line above was a clickable link that directs you to a page that gives you instructions exactly how to do it.

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May 20, 2002 2:34:55 PM

regedit, locate the following and write down the product key (assuming of course you have a license for 2 pc's..................)

hkeylocalmachine/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion

If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
May 20, 2002 4:31:54 PM

Why do you recomend updating the video drivers last btw? Have you found them to be the most problematic? I've rarely come across video driver issues affecting anything else myself.
May 20, 2002 7:25:21 PM

I've been doing it this way, especially the last clean install which I've done very carefully, and it hasn't given me any trouble. If you want to know why, ToeJam has good explanations.

Here's one (just scroll down to where Toey posts): <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/software/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">Awesome Win2K/XP Installation Methodology</A>

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May 22, 2002 6:55:18 AM

i have been doing it like that too...
video drivers are last...
think about it...
it REALLY has to at least come after the motherboard drivers are installed...because the video card drivers will "adapt" to the motherboard..sort-of..at least that is what i figured...and havent had problems by doing it that way.


-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
May 22, 2002 7:32:29 AM

That's a nice way of putting it, because it's easy to understand. I'm not at that level to get real winded on why it's better, that's for sure. I'll make sure to explain it like that (and copyright it for you). :wink:

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May 22, 2002 7:54:06 AM

awesome! thanks man!
:smile:


-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
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