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Bill Many
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2002 - 3:15 pm:   

Has anyone else had a problem with this motherboard/VIA Apollo Pro133A chipset running with a PIII600EB processor? I originally replaced an older motherboard with the above combination. I experienced a lot of problems getting it up and running(bootup crashes). Once it was up and running a new problem developed. When trying to load certain software I would get an error message saying that "setup.ins was missing or corrupted", and the software wouldn't load(Norton Utilities, VIA'S own updated 4 in 1 drivers, soundblaster drivers, some game software etc.) I tried reformatting the C: drive several times and loading Win98SE fresh, even tried Win95. The "setup.ins" problem always came back, as well as the crashes, sometimes worse than other times. I lived with this for awhile, figuring that I had just the right combination of hardware that my mobo/chipset/cpu combo didn't like.
Well, I bought a new mobo recently and installed it with all the same hardware with no problems. However, I installed the ASUS in my second computer and all the problems occured with the new setup also,('setup.ins' software problems, bootup crashes). This was a fresh install of Win98SE on a freshly formatted disk.
There has to be a problem with this board/chipset/cpu combo. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Ironically, this mobo was given in exchange for the P3C2000 intel 820 chipset recall.

Bill Many
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2002 - 8:41 pm:   

The board, chipset, and cpu are not the culprit in this case, more than likely a bios issue with respect to PCI IDE timings and corrupting data. If the board has never had the bios updated it would be a good idea to do so. this seems the easiest Asus sight to navigate for Bios updates. Follow all directions when updateing the bios. After that chore is completed. Copy the WIN98 folder from the CD to the harddrive and try installing from there. I got the same board on a recall of the 820 as well and had many issues with P3 533EB. Bios updates took care of all of them. Now I use Tyan motherboards.

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