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Old 01-03-2004, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Where to begin?

Hello all, (my first build)

is this is the right area to post?

hopefully there is some out there who has had the same problems I'm
having right now. Except for the monitor, floppy, and case I've upgraded
all the hardware in my system (4 yr. old Cybermax).

The old WD 13 gig HDD died so I had to replace it and decided to just
upgrade everything. Installed the new HDD and set it up with the 98SE CD.
Got the thing running but it was only recognizing less than 2 GBs of a
160 GB HDD. Reinstalled the OS without formatting and it recognized the
correct size. However, when I went to check out a utility (defrag) I got a
"the computer does not have enough free memory" error. The system box shows
the 512 MB that is installed. Decided to try and install XP and it stopped,
saying it was stopped to prevent any damage. XP noted four components that
may have a problem : RocketRaid, Asus MB, Radeon card, US Robotics modem.
All of these products claim to be XP compatible.

Should I just start again from scratch, back everything up, and do a fresh
install of XP? I would like to partitiion this HDD to run Linux, and XP. Also
add another drive, hence the raid. One more note: I bought the Maxtor HDD before
the WD died so I didn't bother backing up a lot of files. Anyone have recs. on a
decent recovery utility?

Sorry my post is long, but I'm just getting really frustrated with windows.
anything would be appreciated. I can post a system summary from Sandra if that
would help out.
thanx very much in advance.

p.s. would this be the motherboard? if so I'll dump it.

system specs:

Asus A7V8X-X
AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton
Maxtor 160 GB SATA 7200 HDD
RocketRaid SATA Adapter
Radeon 9200 SE AGP 8x video card
Kingston 256 DDR 2.5
Samsung 256 DDR 2.5
Samsung SM-325B 52x24x52 CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Antec Truepower 430 Watt PS (sata ready)
US Robotics 56k V.92 Fax Modem
Windows 98SE OS
Recent srategically placed bullet holes in non critical areas of case. (just kiddin')

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Old 01-04-2004, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'll give that a try.
Is that pretty common? Different brands of memory don't work
that well together?

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Old 01-05-2004, 04:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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its always better to have the smae manufacturer for ram because of the way they are made differently. May be wrong though
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Old 01-05-2004, 12:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A fresh XP install would be good and then I recommend two partitions>
1. for the OS
2. For other files.
IBM/Lenovo T43 2687DSU
Pentium M 2.0Ghz
1024 MB (DDR2 SDRAM)
80 GB Ultra ATA, 5400 RPM
14.1\" LCD
Windows XP Pro
Integrated 802.11A/B/G, Bluetooth, 10/100/1000 Eth.
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the info.
so it would be best to create a partition for each OS and
another for all the other files.

would you recommend installing Linux on a different HDD altogether or would that make any difference?
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