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Old 08-19-2007, 07:22 PM
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trouble Installing Windows XP on a T3604 E-Machine.

I have a T3604 that came with Windows Vista on it. I am trying to install Windows XP because Vista is not what we like. I have fdisked the 110 gig hard drive into 2 drives because format was not showing it as a 110. It has no floppy drive so I made a bootable DVD of windows 98SE with the files needed. I then run smartdrv.exe from 98SE and then winnt.exe from XP I386.
Everything goes fine till the reboot while installing then I get a PCI.SYS ERROR. I have e-mailed the company and it seems the mother board is a clone from Gateway with the intel name on it and used by E-Machine. They did send me mail back with the web address to get updates and I got the BIOS update also which has been applied. But I still get a PCI.SYS error when installing and it stops. Is there any way XP can be installed on this computer??
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:38 PM
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Default FAT or NTFS?

Just a thought... Look into what allocation system you are using... if either partition is over, I think it is c. 35Gb or so, you must use NTFS on it. With a drive the size you indicate [110Gb], I would think, to run 98SE or any of its tools; for example, you would need to downsize one or the other partitions to below that figure...and maybe set up three partitions of one size or another.

There is an excellent "discussion of this topic at File Allocation Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But, what do I know, I'm old and grey

I know, that when I got [had built] my latest computer, I wanted something big and bad, but I got caught in the size is not necessarily better myth. Not knowing any better, I immediately found that I could not run my beloved 98SE, and so had to opt for XP Home...and the NTFS. I have since learned to adapt, as if I had been zapped by a BORG unit...resistance was futile.

...but I still miss the control I had under a FAT32 system. I would, in all likelihood, opt for multiple drives of a smaller size then a single large drive, in future...and get back to FAT32 and 98SE...and thus back to a full DOS environment. This new fangled stuff is only to enhance MS profits and overcome the issue time wasted helping us overcome MS-OS's flaws...not to give us any degree of pleasure in the process...bummer ;(

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