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Just a thought, is anything like the MBR (boot sector) hard drive lock enabled in your bios?
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post #32 of 36
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Well I can't find any different drivers. The ones on the site have the same date as the ones on the CD (sometime 2005) so yeah, and gave the same problem. Yeah it doesn't explain anything anyway, but at this point I'm just trying everything.
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post #33 of 36
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Originally Posted by TheNix View Post
Just a thought, is anything like the MBR (boot sector) hard drive lock enabled in your bios?
Nope. Its labeled in this bios as Virus Warning, and it says that it just gives off an alarm when something tries to write to the boot sector. Either way, its disabled, and I was able to successfully write the boot sector manually with int13h (the BIOS interrupt for the hard disk) and several other programs (disk wipers, partition managers, etc).
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Wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that this system wasn't Y2k ready or something? lol.

And I just had to check to be sure, but no the date is set to 2008 just fine.
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post #35 of 36
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Incoming quadruple post. But its ok, I found the problem. Finally.

You know how when you boot, BIOS assignes IRQs and other resources to all the hardware installed? Well apparently this computer stored some information about old PCI cards that are no longer there, most likely from a card being removed while it was still on or something to that effect.

When windows tried coping the drivers, either from the floppy or driver.cab on the CD, it tried to check the hardware that was there. And since BIOS was giving it addresses to ghost hardware, whenever windows tried to access it the CPU would give it an error. Windows setup, being the great software that it is, thought that this error simply meant that it couldn't copy whatever file.

So whats the fix? A little option in BIOS that says "Reset PnP configuration data". /sigh.
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post #36 of 36
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So whats the fix? A little option in BIOS that says "Reset PnP configuration data". /sigh.
Im going to have to write that one down.... Such a long shot that I would of never figured.. lol
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