SMITTY wrote:Good luck man. My brain was seizing up reading all the info here ...
Smitty- my brain seizes up more all the time! Everybody here has great respect for you man, I wish I could still get as much done as you. While I sit here alone messing around with dusty old pc's you're prolly having a sip of absynth with your nice ole lady and reflecting on all you got done today !!!
Sorry to post and vanish, I just read the replys and thanks to everybody!
Beeemerboy, thanks for the tip on memtest- I have that on cd ready to try- just got it from download.com. Corsair has been good about replacing memory sticks before.
Jeepguy- I got a bios update from Asus, and there is a utility onboard but I could not figure out how to run it yet- it is only a few months newer than the original.
Rob R. wrote:I did some research on this early this morning and it turns out the pre-service pack 2 versions of Windows XP won't recognize a PCI-Express Video card. You either need a XP install disc with SP2 slipstreamed into it, or you need a different video card to get you through the install and update process. Look for a cheap PCI video card, and disable the PCI-express via the bios. Once you have all the updates installed, enable the PCI-express bus and install the appropriate driver.
Rob R - thanks very much, you might have pinpointed this for me. I have a few spare XP discs lying around. I also have sp2 and sp3 that Bill Gates sent me. That might be the problem. I found a XP disc that has sp3 and as of now, setup has not crashed with the "PCI.SYS" error message! It's formatting the hd right now, with the pci-e vid card in it!!!!
Thanks and remember this already obsolete machine was put together for the purpose of participating in the invasion of Normandy! I hope to be able to toss a grenade into that bell tower and take out that MG-42 nest again.
It's a semi-rainy day here so I don't feel too bad about getting back into this.
I had this machine running previously