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    NIC card install, then no reboot

    I put a NetGear NIC card into an old Packard Bell Pentium machine (Win98SE, 96 MB RAM). Got the driver installed, then re-booted. Well, now I've been through maybe eight re-boots--actually re-boot attempts, including about three that went into Safe Mode. As I write this, I've got the machine in Safe Mode and doing a defrag in hopes that will help. I've checked Device Manager--saw nothing awry there, but I'm not a technician.

    Suggestions, anyone?

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Not sure. Go to Start/Run & type
    msconfig

    Then, on the general tab, select diagnostic startup & see if you can locate the problem.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Is this the same problem we've been talking about on the Hardware Forum?

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Thanks for the advice! I'll give it a try.

    Defragging didn't help, even tho it took 2+ hours to complete. Last time I tried, I got the splash screen, then a black screen with "Windows is starting"...but that was it.

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    You're good, Al! Yes, same situation. Got the drivers installed. When setup asked for a file, I searched my c: drive, found them, then manually keyed in the path in the setup window. Was that a mistake? The NIC card instructions read, "Make sure the designated path tot he Windows 98 CD-ROM is displayed in the 'copy files from' prompt line (for example, D:WIN98)." I found the exact named files in c:, but would it have been better to use the ones on the CD-ROM? Could this be part of my boot-up problem?

    I'll try Phil's suggestion. If that doesn't work, I'll be back. Thanks!!

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    I dunno about the good part, but I just don't wanna be chasing the same rabbit down two different paths!

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Sorry if I've been leading you on a chase, Al. <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>

    Still wondering: I'd like to go back to the moment when setup asked me to "Please insert the Windows 98 CD-ROM." In the little window, setup displayed something like "Q:Win98" or some such. (On this machine, my CD-ROM drive is Q:, not the usual D:.) I clicked OK, but it came back saying it couldn't find the file(s) it needed. Well, I searched on my c: drive and found files with names identical to the ones setup specified. I used those files, and it appears that the installation went OK. That's the message setup gave me, anyway. But I'm wondering--now that I'm having all this trouble--should I have instead searched my CD-ROM and fed setup the files from that disk? The files from the c: drive (I'm thinking) were once identical in every way to what's on the CD-ROM, but now they're different--they've been changed by my operating system over the years since I last installed them. So maybe what I've installed this time are NOT the files that the system needs to make my new NIC work properly. Does this sound logical--in a computer manner of thinking? And, if I did take the wrong approach, could this mistake have caused the boot-up problem I'm having?

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Well, let's try again. I sure hope you've written down the names of one or more of the files it tells you it's looking for. Then see if any or all of the files are on the Windows CD or the NIC Installation disk, so you know where to "point" it to. You've not been specific on that point and there was another point made that has happened to me also. You'll be in the process of an install and feed it the NIC installation disk; now it says it wants the Windows disk, BUT it really doesn't "realize" that the files it's looking for are ALSO on the NIC disk. The @#$%& OS is pretty stupid sometimes! I think while you're in Safe mode, you better UNINSTALL the NIC and see if your machine will reboot into normal mode! I don't know about you, but I have no idea what condition your system is in. Assuming you can uninstall and then get a clean boot, I'd try again. I would NEVER point it to existing files on the hard drive unless they are files that you've copied there from the Installation media to a temporary directory. I've done that a LOT too.

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    Re: NIC card install, then no reboot

    Thanks again, Al. I'm not sure what shape this machine's system is in, either. It's been sitting around for about a year, unused. Once I got an XP machine, I never had the desire to go back to that old Packard Bell slug. Now I want to get it working again to hook it into my new home network--just because I can, y'know.

    I did write down the names of most of those files--there were four or five of them, as I recall. Nonetheless, I think I will uninstall the NIC and start over. And first I'll explore the CD-ROM and the NIC installation floppy to ferret out those files. Silly me--I just assumed there was a really, really good reason for setup to ask for the Win98 CD-ROM. I never dreamed my system wouldn't be smart enough to know where its stuff is. You know what they say about ASS-U-ME.

    I'll let you know how it all works out.

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