|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001 - 12:46 pm: |
(I thought I'd posted this 7/06...guess it didn't take!)
Running a Systemax brand name (Tiger Direct) P3-500MHZ with a Soyo SY6VBA133 Slot-”a” MoBo, 256 Ram, DSL(via USB), Ensoniq soundboard , 10/100 NIC, Adaptec SCSI adaptor ( for my Zip drive), USR internal modem, Sony EIDE CDR-W and have run into the damndest thing.
Had a crash a few weeks ago, whatever happened I hav NFC, but I managed to lose the OS (Win98 2ndE) totally. I tried to reload the OS but could not do it ( kept hanging) so I resorted to formatting the HD and then doing a clean install, which seemed to work just fine with four exceptions: In device manager, I had a questionmark for the 10/100 card, the PCI bus controller and the PCI communications device. Exploring each of these I found that Windows said the drivers either were not loaded or were not functioning. I also had no sound from the soundcard, even tho it showed as installed and working; all I get is a steady beeping sound. I proceeded to pull out the handy-dandy emergency kit where I keep all the original software CD's, disks, manuals, etc., and reload the drivers for the 10/100 card....which autoinstalled and is shown as operational (I suppose, my second computer is on loan and I have nothing to hook up to to test it... at least one of the three bloody questionmarks disappeared...) The communications device was the USR modem and it similarly installed with the drivers from it’s disk.
So I then tried to find drivers for the other item: on the Win98 CD, the SOYO CD that came with the computer, The CD that came with my Adaptec card, the CD that came with the Iomega Zip drive, two garage sales and the produce section at the market, but I have been completely unable to find any sort of driver for the bus controller .... anywhere.
I went to the Systemaxpc site and looked all over there for some sort of PCI driver but found nothing. I went to SOYO's site and searched there for the drivers and found some things which looked promising (the VIA 4-in-1 drivers) but which produced no results, and I am now at my wits end ( it wasn't that long a voyage, as you can probably tell) for what to do short of getting another slot-1 MoBo and rebuilding this bugger totally. ("It isn't that I can't", he said, "it's just that I don' wanna...")
I have uninstalled and re-installed the sound and SCSI card drivers and programs and also physically removed, rebooted, reinstalled both the Adaptec AHA 2930U SCSI card and the sound card in different slots to no avail.
Any ideas? Open to concept of remote repair.
T I A !
|Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
|Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2001 - 5:40 pm: |
Have you tried to flash your bios with current version? Just an idea...
|Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2001 - 8:02 am: |
i suggest removing all hardware except the basics, you know floppy drive, video card,cd-drive.
make sure virus warning is disabled in bios.
fdisk and format your drive
then install windows.
without all the other devices to try and detect you have a better chance for a successful install.
also i have found i get the least problems at install if after fdisk and formating, at the c: prompt i create a win98 directory, change to this new directory and then copy the win98 folder from the cd to this new win98 dir.(of course you need to boot with your win98 startup floppy so you have cd drive support) after the files have been copied run setup from your win98 dir.on the harddrive.
when you see it has installed successfully then start adding your other hardware in one at a time.
i would start with the soundcard first because they often don't work correctly when adjusting resources in the event of an irq or i/o conflict.
i would think win98 would have the drivers for your basic system if not then they should be on the soyo cd
hope this helps