First post, by NScaleTransitModels
I just won a Socket 7 system in really good shape off ebay. It came with a really obscure Vision Top VT586VX(C) motherboard with a 430VX chipset, that has a P-MMX 233 and 64mb (4x16mb EDO) ram installed. Using a SD-IDE w/ adapter it installed 98 and NT 4.0 with no problems... but it stubbornly refuses to install 2000. At every attempt, right before the "welcome to setup" screen, it stops with "file hal.dll could not be loaded. The error code is 7" 🤬😤
I've tried, to no effect:
1. Replacing the 64mb w/ 32mb from a different system; very few people on old tech forums have had similar errors and replacing ram seemed to work for them
2. Memtest86 which had no errors
3. Rewriting the MBR on the SD card using fdisk /mbr
4. Replacing the CMOS battery with a new one; BIOS settings didn't save at all with a dead battery, though memory-related options already default to auto
5. Using a beta version of 2000 (build 2031)
Is there anything I can still try before I look for replacement motherboards?
Yes, I need 2000 to play back MPEGs (won't work right in NT4 and 98 when testing in PCem) and play certain games. Yes, I have installed 2000 with no problems on several other S5/S7/SS7 systems. No, I've never gotten any error even remotely similar on any computer ever before.
Thanks in advance
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