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Formatting Hard Drive with Win2000Pro Installed
self | Nov 21st 2001 | self

Posted on 11/21/2001 9:20:27 PM PST by danmar

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1 posted on 11/21/2001 9:20:27 PM PST by danmar (res0033@yahoo.com)
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To: Otto von Bismark
bttt!
2 posted on 11/21/2001 9:23:58 PM PST by danmar
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To: Otto von Bismark
Are the drives and partitions set up as FAT32? If so, boot from a floppy and run F-disk and kill all the partitions and then create a new one using the entire drive and reinstall from that point (make sure you have a floppy that will boot the CD Rom as well). If the drive is in NTFS, then you'll need more than just a regular F-Disk to kill the drives and partitions...more along the lines of using Debug to run a low-level format...the more advanced techies here can help with that.
3 posted on 11/21/2001 9:26:07 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Otto von Bismark
I have been advised to use a product called "Partition Magic" (which I haven't tried). It's not cheap but supposed to be good. Check the version to see if it's compatible with W2000.
4 posted on 11/21/2001 9:26:12 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic
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To: Otto von Bismark
You need to run fdisk, recreate partitions, reformat, and reinstall Win2K & software.
5 posted on 11/21/2001 9:26:52 PM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: Otto von Bismark
Do what I did. Buy a new computer with Windows 2000 already installed and save yourself a lot of grief.
6 posted on 11/21/2001 9:29:56 PM PST by hos46
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To: Otto von Bismark
Just boot it with a SuSE Linux installation CD. ;)
7 posted on 11/21/2001 9:32:03 PM PST by Schnucki
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To: hos46
your problem might not be your hardrive... it could just as easily be a motherboard issue. if your system has ever overheated or sounded that annoying alarm, you are now on a very slippery slope.
8 posted on 11/21/2001 9:33:10 PM PST by The Human G-Nome
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To: Otto von Bismark
If the Windows 2000 CD is bootable, just Set your system BIOS to boot off the CD. Once you get into the Disk Manager, just delete all existing partitions, create one nice partition, and format it NTFS.
9 posted on 11/21/2001 9:33:24 PM PST by rightisright
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To: The Human G-Nome
You should have installed Windows XP on a home computer system. Windows 2000 isn't meant for them and most computer manufacturers don't support upgrades to Win 2000 for home computers, except for certain home laptops. I'm running Windows XP and am very happy with it. Its really user friendly.
10 posted on 11/21/2001 9:35:25 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: Otto von Bismark
For sure you will be paid a visit by the posting police...I think I hear one of them knocking on the door.
11 posted on 11/21/2001 9:36:41 PM PST by notaliberal
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To: goldstategop
XP is great except for the countless compatability issues. I'd wait a few more months for the next service pack before making the same mistake I did.
12 posted on 11/21/2001 9:37:29 PM PST by The Human G-Nome
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To: Otto von Bismark
When you installed Win2k, did you set it up for dual boot? Do you want to save what is on your Win98 drive? If not your best bet is to wipe out the whole thing and create a new drive in NTFS. The only reasonable way you could have lost all that space is if you set it up for a dual boot with the Win98 OS running FAT32 and your Win2k running NTFS.

Just wipe the sucker.

13 posted on 11/21/2001 9:39:20 PM PST by paul544
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To: Otto von Bismark
Funny you should ask about this... Just tonight I upgraded my PC here at home from NT 4.0 to 2000 Professional. What I did was hit the F2 key to get into system setup and changed which drive boots first, from the hard drive to the CD, where I had my new 2000 disk... Rebooted and voila I'm operating off the CD and was able to get rid of every single one of those nasty partions and install 2000. It was a snap! Good Luck!
14 posted on 11/21/2001 9:39:49 PM PST by gatorgriz
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To: Otto von Bismark
the new OS was installed right on top of my existing OS.

It's always a good idea to reformat before you upgrade and as other posters have commented, removing the partitions (and adding at least 1 back) is the best way to do this.

But since you have already installed Win 2k, you may want to run system file checker (sfc). It is a command line utility that tells you whether the OS files have been changed and can restore them if necessary (you need your installation media).

So out of 10G hard drive, it showed, I have only 1.8G hard drive, because I have installed three 2000's on top of each other.

This is pretty odd. In Win2k, you need to run the disk Manager before you can see a partition. I would bet you have multiple partitions on that disk but you haven't run Disk Manager yet. Of course if you remove the partitions and re-add only 1, you won't have this problem.

15 posted on 11/21/2001 9:41:09 PM PST by ProudGOP
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To: Otto von Bismark
You are in for a surprise with other items, too. I had to get a new CD rom because it didnt like WIN2000. Also, I had to re-install all my core goodies, like WINFAX, my CAD programs, I needed a new modem...

Remember, WIN2000 is based on WINDOWS NT software, so all your regular windows stuff may not run on it! It was an eye-opener for me!

16 posted on 11/21/2001 9:41:24 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: The Human G-Nome
Only problems are with my Logitech keyboard and Wingman Extreme Digital gaming software. Hopefully the next versions will be more compatible with Windows XP. OK so it wasn't perfect but its worked right out of the box without those service pack releases. And what I've just said shows third party vendors have to release more fixes this time than Microsoft. For once that's good news for a change to have an operating system that lets you stay up for weeks without having to constantly reboot. Redmond should have gotten this right years ago but what can I say better late than never.
17 posted on 11/21/2001 9:42:44 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
I have Win 2000 Pro in both of my home computers with no compatability problems and they work great.
18 posted on 11/21/2001 9:46:40 PM PST by philetus
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To: RaceBannon
You either had a really obscure, obsolete, discontinued CD Rom or you didn`t search hard enough for a driver.
19 posted on 11/21/2001 9:48:56 PM PST by philetus
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To: Schnucki
s/SuSE/RedHat/
:)
Just kidding, any linux install disk (RedHat/SuSE/even Mandrake I think) will let you nuke those partitions and have leave a blank disk for some Microsoft OS to mutiliate. :)
20 posted on 11/21/2001 9:50:50 PM PST by endZT
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To: Otto von Bismark
The machine started to reboot itself with no stopping in sight

Depending on what you mean by this, I would say the problem is your keyboard, or it is plugged in wrong.

A keyboard problem during boot can cause a reboot.

21 posted on 11/21/2001 9:52:44 PM PST by TheLooseThread
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To: philetus
No, I had a Hewlit Packerd, less than 1.5 years old, and there were no patches for it that matched the WIN2000/ NT technology! Neither did my read/write software match, either!

The CD did work, but to do anything else with it, that was my problem. You're right, the CD did read, but all the cd read/write stuff is what died, I should have thought that through before I answered! :-)

22 posted on 11/21/2001 9:53:42 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: paul544
...no, I just want to clean my hard drive and do a clean install of the 2000.Plain and simple ...how the hell can I format my hard drive, at this stage? 2000 does not have a DOS prompt anymore...What do I have to do to wipe my drive clean........?in 2000 enviroment.
23 posted on 11/21/2001 9:57:45 PM PST by danmar
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Partition Magic does not partition the drive the same way windows does.

When you crash (and you will) windows won`t be able to fix it.I found this out the hard way.

I called product support(Partition Magic) and they said format and reinstall.

Which I did, minus Partition Magic.

24 posted on 11/21/2001 9:58:20 PM PST by philetus
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To: endZT
Yes. He can pick up a Mandrake 8.1, ($29.95 for the three CD set) slap the #1 CD into his computer, answer a couple of quick questions, and he will be at their excellent disk partioning and formatting program. With it, he can quickly repartion/reformat the drive, and then cease the Mandrake install. Then, while MS is installing he can look over the Mandrake manual, and come to wonder why in the h*ll any sane person would use MS. He can then abort the MS installation, and install a real operating system instead.
25 posted on 11/21/2001 9:58:57 PM PST by atafak
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To: Otto von Bismark
Restart the install of WIN2K, your partition is still there, saved by the win2K install routine. Even partition magic cannot delete or resize it. Just do an install and WIN2k will remember what the old partition was. You can not touch it with anything until the install completes.

I have built several machines and ran into a simular problem. I even thought that I lost the partition that I was installing into. I also tried partition magic to delete the old partition and install from scratch, but WIN2K knew what it origionally tried to install into and went ahead and loaded into that partition even though it doesn't show up with FDISK or anything else.

It seems that WIN2k somehow knows what it tried to install into and protects that partition from anything elses attempts to change it.

26 posted on 11/21/2001 9:59:04 PM PST by dglang
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To: The Human G-Nome
PRe:#12--Boy, have you got that right. Installed XP on my notebook and promptly lost my touchpad, DVD and too many incompatible programs, including one I have to have for work. Will try again later, though, when I have more time to wrestle with it. Just having my byte-box start and shut down without taking 5 minutes each way is one of my favorite features.
27 posted on 11/21/2001 9:59:39 PM PST by skr
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To: Otto von Bismark
before you wipe your Win98 install, trying boot into the command prompt (i.e. hit the 'F8' key immediately as you boot into Win98 - the best bet on this is to simply hold down the Win98 key as you boot into Win98). When you get to the command prompt (i.e. 'C:\>') - type in 'scanreg /fix'. This will fix any problems that might exist with your Win98 registry entries. If this does not fix the problem, go into your control settings (i.e. Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager) and see if any errors exist with any of your devices. If any errors are showing, try removing the device that is causing the problem and then reboot the computer and reinstall the device. If this doesn't work, then reinstall the operating systems that you want on the disk (i.e. Win 2000 and Win98.

In this regard, if you have Windows 2000 already installed, create a Windows 2000 bootdisk and copy fdisk.exe and format.com onto the disk so that you can reformat your entire drive. Then reinstall Windows 2000. Once you have done this, I think Windows 2000 has a partition manager and boot program that should allow you to install multiple Windows OS' so that you can reinstall your Win98 OS. If you can't find it, there is a free partition manager called Ranish Partition Manger that will enable you to partition your hard drive with multiple OS's on it. Once a new partition has been created and another OS installed, Windows 2000 should allow you to boot to either OS. If not, you can either get a copy of BootMagic (which comes with Partition Magic and which works very well) or you can get a freeware boot manager. I think BootIt has one, but I am not sure on this.

28 posted on 11/21/2001 10:00:25 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: RaceBannon
I have the CD Writer (HP) out of my old (2 yrs)HP Pavilion in a puter I built myself.It would work as a reader only.

I went on the net and searched until I found a driver that would work.

Now it`s a CDRW again.

29 posted on 11/21/2001 10:03:51 PM PST by philetus
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To: Otto von Bismark
  1. You will need to make (4) boot floppy disks for Windows 2000
    1. Some how you will need to get to director named  boot/ on your Windows 2000 CD.  A Windows 98 SE Full Install boot disk will work for this purpose.  Email me if you need one of these. Use the programs in this director to make the boot disks for Windows 2000
  2. After you have these disks use disk number one to boot your computer and follow the instructions.

 

 


30 posted on 11/21/2001 10:04:58 PM PST by Jimbaugh
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To: Otto von Bismark
Here is what you do. Put the Win 2000 disk in your CD rom then re-boot and access your bios. Change the first boot device to the CD-Rom, then save changes and exit. When the PC rebotts it will start Win 2k and go throgh the prompts until you get to a screen where it shows you how much space you have on your drive(s) and delete the old ones and the create new ones and format them using NTFS and proceed with the installation. This all assumes that your motherboard actually supports Win 2k because not all do, you'll need to look on their web site for more info.

I know what you mean by the continous reboot sequence. On my PC at work I have to use PC anywhere to administer some of my servers, but when I use the 9.0 full install with Win2k it almost gets to the login screen and then reboots continually. Hope this helps.
31 posted on 11/21/2001 10:06:01 PM PST by Nyralthotep
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To: atafak
hehe, I thought so. I haven't used Mandrake personally but I did work for Red Hat for a few years and I did install SuSE at one point.

I figured a Mandrake user would speak up if I was wrong :)

Win2k has its uses. I have one machine for Win2k/Win98 (for work/games) and one with RH 7.2 (like I said I worked for them and it is the one I'm most familiar with) for serious stuff.

32 posted on 11/21/2001 10:06:32 PM PST by endZT
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To: goldstategop
"You should have installed Windows XP on a home computer system. Windows 2000 isn't meant for them and most computer manufacturers don't support upgrades to Win 2000 for home computers, except for certain home laptops. I'm running Windows XP and am very happy with it. Its really user friendly."

Win XP is just a glorified version of W2K, except it has a big downside with the product activation feature. I've been using W2K on 3 home computers for almost 2 years now and it's by far the best MS operating system for the home or anywhere else, unless you are into computer games.

W2K should run fine on any computer that can run XP.

33 posted on 11/21/2001 10:09:39 PM PST by Neanderthal
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To: philetus
I have used partition magic on a number of computers and haven't experienced the problem that you have written about. In fact, once you have installed an OS on a partition, whether it has been created by fdisk (Windows or Linux) or partition magic, this really shouldn't have any effect on how the OS operates.
34 posted on 11/21/2001 10:11:24 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender
Actually, there was a bug in PM at one point that created partitions with the wrong FS type in the partition table. This was a canned answer at RHAT at the time I worked there (2 years ago) but I do not know if PM has since fixed said bug. PM has also been known (in the past) to trash partition tables to the point of no return with any OS (winnt/linux/dos). Again, this was in the past and I have used to most recent version (PM6) without any problems to migrate a win2k/win98 system from one machine to another without any problems. As PM themselves say, make sure you have a backup of all your important data before using their product.
35 posted on 11/21/2001 10:17:47 PM PST by endZT
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To: Otto von Bismark
I fight with Windows every day. I know this stuff from personal, painful experience. Here is what I think.

When you installed Windows 2000, you asked installer to install Windows on Win NT file system partition. Installer created Win NT partition that was about 90% the available size. Drive C: is small and is used only to do the initial boot. Win NT partition is hidden from DOS and can't be accessed from DOS.

This is what you should do.

0-BACK UP ALL YOUR DATA!!! THE FOLLOWING PROCESS DESTROYS ALL THE DATA ON THE DISK!!!

1-make a Windows startup floppy disk. I don't remember how to do it under Windows 2000 but under Win 98 go to the control panel, Add/Remove programs, Startup Disk.

2-get Partition Magic. It costs $60. It's NOT that expensive considering that this is A GREAT PRODUCT. Don't install Partition Magic on your hard drive. Make Partition Magic bootable disks. Instruction tells you how to do it.

3-Boot with Partition Magic disks and use partition magic to delete ALL PARTITIONS. Then make one big FAT32 partition that fills the entire hard disk.

4-boot with Windows startup floppy and FORMAT C: 5-remove floppy and insert Windows 2000 CD and start the PC. On MOST PC's CD drive is bootable. You might want to make sure of that first before you do anything. When the Win 2000 CD boots, follow the prompts to do a CLEAN INSTALL. I also recommend that you keep your hard drive in FAT32 format.

6-Windows 2000 has a vast library of drivers and Windows installer should install them. However, there is a chance that Windows 2000 will lack the driver you need for your modem, sound card, graphics card, etc. You might have to locate them and install them separately. If your PC is a well known brand name like HP, SONY, Compaq, visit them on the web and download the drivers.

7-Restore your data.

Happy computing.

36 posted on 11/21/2001 10:18:12 PM PST by doomtrooper99
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To: Schnucki
Just boot it with a SuSE Linux installation CD. ;)

Do you have to be so obnoxious?

37 posted on 11/21/2001 10:18:58 PM PST by Jolly Green
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Are the drives and partitions set up as FAT32? If so, boot from a floppy and run F-disk and kill all the partitions and then create a new one using the entire drive and reinstall from that point (make sure you have a floppy that will boot the CD Rom as well). If the drive is in NTFS, then you'll need more than just a regular F-Disk to kill the drives and partitions...more along the lines of using Debug to run a low-level format...the more advanced techies here can help with that.

The big problem with killing NTFS partitions involved OS/2 and HPFS partitions - if the HPFS partition was an extended partition, then the old MSDOS 6.22 FDISK would balk at killing it. I don't know of any problem with killing primary NTFS partitions.

If the computer had been running Win98, and the partition was bigger than 2GB, then it was a FAT32 partition. The biggest problem here will be your advice to boot from a floppy - an awful lot of computers have been sold in the last few years that didn't have any boot disks included with them. A few notes:

0) BACK UP ANY FILES YOU CARE ABOUT!!!

1) If you want a full 10GB partition, then the original formatting will have to be FAT32, and this will require a Win98 boot floppy - NOT an MSDOS 6.22 boot floppy. If you have only an MSDOS 6.22 boot floppy, then you will only be able to create a 2GB FAT16 partition.

2) Boot to your old Win98 boot floppy, create your partition, format your partition, get enough of an operating system up and running so that you have CD-ROM support, with, say, your hard drive as C: and your CD-ROM drive as D:, then do the following:

a) At a DOS prompt, create a C:\i386 directory:
C:>md i386
b) Place the Windows 2000 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive, and copy the contents of its i386 directory to your hard drive:
C:\i386>xcopy.exe D:\i386\*.* /s /e
c) Remove the CD-ROM from your CD-ROM drive, and install Windows 2000 from your hard drive, using the WINNT.EXE installation program:
C:\i386>winnt.exe
If you want an NTFS partition, then choose to convert to NTFS during the installation procedure.
WARNING#1: Windows 2000 Professional installations tend to give the group "Everyone" the "Full Access" permission to your entire hard drive. If you want to have any security at all (and that's the only reason people choose NTFS over the FATs), then you must remove that permission and replace it with something like "Administrators" and "Full Access". Once you get Windows 2000 up and running, you can see and alter these permissions by opening Windows Explorer (Start | Run | explorer.exe), right-clicking on your C: drive, scrolling to Properties, and choosing the Security tab. Of course, none of this does any good if you open email or surf the net when you are logged on as the Administrator. Create an everyday user account, and use that account for surfing the web and opening email. (PS: Here's another good trick: Rename the Administrator account using Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Computer Management | Computer Management (Local) | System Tools | Local Users and Groups | Users, right-clicking on Administrator, and choosing Rename. If you do this, then to break into your system, a hacker must not only guess the Administrator's password, but he also has to guess the new name of the Administrator.)

WARNING#2: Microsoft has seen some problems with converting large FAT32 partitions to NTFS; see e.g. Cannot Convert FAT32 to NTFS with IDE Drive Larger Than 20 GB

38 posted on 11/21/2001 10:24:24 PM PST by SlickWillard
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To: Otto von Bismark
As others have stated here, you can create and use Win2k boot disks. This is a bit of pain to do. If you have a Win98 boot disk with CD rom support, boot of that disk. Run FDisk and delete all partions and drives. Then create one partition for your whole drive. Then format it. Once that is done, get into your BIOS. Make your CD Rom the boot drive. Insert the Win2K boot disk into the CD Rom and it should boot right to the Win2K install.
39 posted on 11/21/2001 10:28:29 PM PST by paul544
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To: endZT
All I can say is I used PM on a 486 that has RH, OpenLinux, Win95 and Win3.1 on it and haven't had any problems with it. I also used PM on another computer (Pentium 133) that is running 4 Win98 OS's, plus Mandrake & CorelLinux and haven't had any problems with that. All I can say is that if PM sets up a partition with the wrong filesystem on it, I think that is something that you are going to notice pretty quickly.
40 posted on 11/21/2001 10:35:10 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Jolly Green
Perhaps it seems obnoxious to you, but the point is that a modern Linux CD will solve his problem very quickly and easily. All he has to do is run the partitioning and formatting section of the install, then halt the linux install and install the MS product. All this done in an easy to understand graphical format. If he is comfortable with a command line, then not even a CD is needed. There are versions of linux that fit on a single floppy disk (Tom's Root Boot is a good one) that can do the same thing.
41 posted on 11/21/2001 10:38:24 PM PST by atafak
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To: Otto von Bismark
Do you still have a Win98 boot disk, and the Win98 utilities? If so, I'd suggest "wiping" the hard drive with a "debug script," that for all intents and purposes, restores the drive to "factory fresh" condition, i.e. it fills the master boot record, the boot sector, and the partition table with binary zeros. It's the best way to really prepare a drive for an OS installation that I've found over the years. It removes all traces of the former partitioning schemes, as well as taking care of any virus problems, including boot sector virus infections.

Send me a private email if you'd like me to email the files to you.

Mark

42 posted on 11/21/2001 10:47:41 PM PST by MarkL
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To: vbmoneyspender
IIRC, it was something subtle with a specific version of PM. I think the problem was that it set a Linux filesystem (83) as Linux Swap (82) or it set one of those to something completely wrong. This was a while ago, around the Red Hat 5.2 days and it was specific to Linux. We did have several users note during 5.2, 6.0 and 6.1 (when I was doing installation support) that PM on occasion would trash the Partition table and render a system dead. Like I said, I've since used PM6 without any problems and I have no doubt it is an excellent product today.
43 posted on 11/21/2001 11:05:56 PM PST by endZT
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To: Otto von Bismark
I had a nasty problem with Win2K on a new Asus motherboard. The BIOS support for ACPI is not a good match for the way Win2K fiddles with the hardware. The fix is to hit F5 at the beginning of the installation (at the time one would ordinarily hit F6 to install a new disk driver). This converts the ACPI compliant machine into a "Standard PC". Win2K will stop mucking with the ACPI features and everything becomes much more stable. I went through 5 complete installations in ACPI mode before making this simple change. It has been rock solid since.

Another source of instability is the UDMA66 drivers. Win2K doesn't always do this right. The fix is to slow the hard disk down using PIO mode. Some installations of Windows NT 4.0 require this on fast drives to remain stable. The clue that this is necessary occurs when the OS starts to boot and stops because it can't locate the ntoskernel.exe. Switching from UDMA mode to PIO mode can usually rescue your bacon in this case. If your motherboard comes with chip drivers for Win2K, go to the manufacturer's website and get the current release. It may be critical to get Win2K to properly manipulate your motherboard chipsets. Check for BIOS updates too. There may be patches necessary to the BIOS to fix Win2K incompatibilities.

If you choose NTFS, select a cluster size of 1024 or larger. Don't go for the 512 byte cluster size. The MFT entries are 1024. Using 512 permits the MFT to fragment...this destroys your filesystem performance.

I find it useful to make a small FAT filesystem on the C: drive (about 200 megabytes). Install the bulk of the NT code on a 3 GB D: partition using NTFS in 1024 byte cluster. Place a 128 MB pagefile.sys on the C: partition using the min/max sizes set to 128 MB. This prevents fragmenting of your primary swap partition. The small C: partition ensures that the NTLDR and other critical startup files don't get relocated to a block that the BIOS boot code can not access. Ditto for keeping the D: partition under 3 GB. Partition the rest of the drive as you see fit. Try to keep the partitions in a size range that you can backup with the tools you have available. BTW, the placement of the pagefile.sys on the C: drive is accomplished AFTER all the rest of the installation is complete.

44 posted on 11/21/2001 11:30:24 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Otto von Bismark
Here's the simple-skinny:

Turn on the computer and go into your computer's Setup (not the OS's). It's usually the F2 or Delete key. If you don't know which one just hit the Pause button to pause the screen to read, then the Spacebar to allow the system to resume. That way you can read thru all the bootup stuff.

When you get into your computer's Setup look for 'boot options'. Go in there and change the boot sequence to 1) Floppy, 2) CD-ROM, 3) Hard Drive, etc. That puts the CD before the harddrive.

Next put the 2000 CD in the CD drive and exit Setup.

Your machine will reboot and boot off the 2000 CD before the HD. Use 2000's Setup and on the 'Choose Installation location' screen select Delete partitions and to reformat the drive so you can do a clean install. When it prompts for Qualifying product (if you have the 2000 Upgrade) pop your '98 Disc in the CD ROM.

Now if you had your hard drive manufacturer's utility floppy you could boot off that, choose Diagnostics and 'Write 0s to the Drive' to get rid of that nasy worm/trojan you probably have on it that choked-off '98. If you do that be sure to hard power-off (flip off the power strip) at the end of the operation to dump RAM in order to exterminate the little bug. It won't 'hurt' anything because the drive is totally wiped. It also resets bad sectors so it's my preferred method for wiping a HD.

BTW 2000 has protected memory and file systems so you don't have to worry much about malware getting on the drives as long as your boot media is clean. If you boot with an infected floppy or CD in a drive the bug will get loaded into the OS and you'll have to wipe the drive again.

45 posted on 11/21/2001 11:53:45 PM PST by Justa
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To: Otto von Bismark
If I were you, I'd buy a Mac.
46 posted on 11/22/2001 12:13:25 AM PST by petbop
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To: philetus
HP came right out and told me my model was not supported in WIN2000!!
47 posted on 11/22/2001 4:11:42 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: The Human G-Nome
MOTHERBOARD ISSUES

--Don't we all have motherboard issues? Tee hee, a Psych joke.

Seriously, perhaps your insights would be helpful with a motherboard issue . . .

My system: ASUS motherboard--about a year old. . . PlexWriter CD burner; another CD DRIVE--A DVD DRIVE; an AMI RAID BOARD WITH 2 MIRRORED 80 GIGABYTE DRIVES AS "C" DRIVE; a 25 GIGABYTE DRIVE; A 40 GIGABYTE DRIVE AND A 6 OR 12 GIG HD; 1 GIGABYTE HARDWARE RAM; ADSL NET CONNECTION; . . .WIN 2000 P

It is functional now . . . but there was some problem with the driver for the RAID card. . . it used to hang up on booting up. . . it now consistently boots though I sometimes have to hit the reset button to get it to not hang.

My question . . . if I upgraded the motherboard . . . what would be best. . . is the new 2 AMD CPU motherboard worth it? And when will WIN XP be debugged enough to risk it?

I do tons of work on the net for students and with students. I do a fair amount with my high quality Epson scanner and printer with photos for students.

I'm an impoverished missionary but some people are kind about giving me computer hardware etc. If something will save time, I'm for it. Time is short. Life is short. I'm all for doing more in less time. Thanks in advance for whatever advice anyone cares to offer.

48 posted on 11/22/2001 10:33:23 AM PST by Quix
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To: The Human G-Nome
" ... it could just as easily be a motherboard issue."

Or a RAM issue if it keeps rebooting by itself.

49 posted on 11/22/2001 10:45:49 AM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: petbop; Otto von Bismark
If I were you, I'd buy a Mac.

Big time ditto. Spend your time using a computer, not fighting it or figuring out how to make it work.

Cheers, CC :)

Buy Yourself a Christmas Present!

50 posted on 11/22/2001 10:53:03 AM PST by CheneyChick
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