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Help-this is a new one for me. I'm upgrading to xp from 98. Have amd athalon 64 or 65 on a Gigabyte ga-k8nsc-939 board.. I have a PNY 6600 g force card that xp does not have a driver for so i get the yellow ? in device mgr at other devices-vga controler. So i put the CD from PNY in the CD drive and my mouse freezes for about a 90 sec. and then frees up but the cd never loads. If I try to open it up manually after i get my mouse back, it just freezes up again. Then I learned that any CD put into the drive freezes. This cd drive is an old LG CD-Rom model CRD-8322b. Could it be that this drive is not compatable with XP? Device mgr says the cd drive is ok.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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How in the world did you ever get win98 to run on that board?????

You want to do a clean install . . boot from the XP CD . . to do that, installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
 

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Our friend here simpswr has explained it very well but there is one thing that will help stop the problem because I think you will have it again. What you have to do is get all of the drivers installed for this system When they are all installed if you are still getting the problem write down the error message(s) and post back.
 

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I did do one clean reinstall after booting from a win98 start up floppy and reformatted the c drive. Same problem. So- I booted from the cd after changing bios and ran a repair of win xp. Still same problem. But--I had a usb mouse attached with a pc2 adapter, also a printer and sound. ......time passes...... Decided to install a known good cd rom from another unit-much newer Light-on CDRW. This worked!! Guess either my hunch was right or the old CD rom was just bum.
Thanks for the advice on reloading. Good info in threads.

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