How to Build Your Own
(Slot A Processor)
Part 8 - Install Windows
Last updated: 12/17/99
Also see How to
Build a Computer with a Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
we Install Windows 98 SE OEM and motherboard-specific software
We can install Windows 98 from the CD or we
can copy the requisite files to the hard disk and install it from the hard
disk. The first method saves about 110 MBytes of hard disk space. The
second has the advantage that the CD is not required every time windows needs
a driver, etc. such as when changing the network configuration.
118. First method. To install
using the first method, boot to the Startup Floppy or Windows CD as described
in Part 7. With the CD you can simply select the first choice in the
second menu, but that is not the way I do it because part of that process
is to make a Startup floppy which takes time. So, select "2. Start
computer with CD-ROM support" from the menu to get to the DOS prompt.
119. Since we formatted two partitions
on the hard disk in Part 7, the CD-ROM should now be drive E: Change
the current drive to drive E:, change directory to \win98, and start the
Windows Setup as follows:
E:\> cd \win98
E:\win98> setup /ie
The ie flag tells setup not to make a
Startup floppy. Don;t run setup from E:\
120. Second method. To
install using the second method and to use a convention that is in common
practice, make a windows\options\cabs directory on the hard disk, copy the
files in the e:\win98 directory to it, and run setup from the hard disk as
C:\> md windows
C:\> cd windows
You can type cd and use the F3 key
to repeat the rest of make directory command to speed up changing to
a directory you just created.
C:\WINDOWS> md options
C:\WINDOWS> cd options
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS > md cabs
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS > cd cabs
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS > copy e:\win98\*.*
This copies a bunch of cab files, etc.
to the hard disk.
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS > setup /ie
You may want to be non-conventional and
move the cab files to the D: drive which has a lot of space; e.g., D:\win98cab.
121. After setup runs scandisk you can
simply Exit scandisk. I wouldn't bother doing a surface scan at this
point; it would take a very long time.
122. Shortly thereafter, with this method,
setup will discover there is already a windows directory and suggest installing
windows in another directory: c:\windows.000. Do not let it install
windows in the c:\windows.000 directory; you want it in the c:\windows directory. Choose
select another directory, Backspace four times to remove ".000" and
ignore the setup warning about overwriting stuff in the Windows directory--it
won't in this case.
123. Complete the Windows installation
selecting setup defaults and following setup instructions. I won't
elaborate. The process is simple, straight forward, and requires no
cookbook instructions. Unless something is defective, you should not
encounter any Windows setup problems with this motherboard and the other
items in the bill of materials.
124. After Windows is installed and
the computer has rebooted for the last time, insert the CD which came with
the motherboard. Wait until the menu is displayed and install the AM
K7 INF update.
125. This install will erroneously leave
an unclosed DOS window. Hold the Ctrl and Alt keys and
press the Delete key to display the Windows Close Program window and
click the End Task button to close DOS window. This will also
126. After the reboot, Windows will
install several drivers. Just click the Next button through
the process and then click Yes when it prompts for a reboot.
127. If you were booting to the Windows
CD instead of a Startup floppy, reboot the computer, press the Delete key
to get into the CMOS Setup, select Advance BIOS Features, press the Enter
Key, Select First Boot device, use the Page Up/Down keys to Select Floppy
(or HDD-0), Esc to the Main Menu, select Save & Exit Setup.
128. The EIDE and AGP miniportdrivers
on the CD which came with the motherboard for this computer were out-of-date. Check AMD's
web site and download the most recent version of these and any other
relevant drivers for the Athlon processor and the AMD 751 and 756 chips. These
download files are not compressed, but, rather, are the actual executable
files which install the drivers. The versions installed on this motherboard
Both executables will fit on one floppy.
129. The installation instructions on AMD's site
for the EIDE driver are erroneous. To install the driver, simply copy
the executable to a floppy, insert the floppy in drive A:, run the executable
using Start Menu Run command (click Start, click Run, and type
in or browse to "A:\EIDE_122.exe" without the parenthesis),
and reboot when prompted (twice).
130. The AGP Miniport driver (A:miniport_445.exe)
is installed with the Run command just like the EIDE driver, except the program
erroneously does not prompt for a reboot after running. Shutdown and
Restart the computer manually after running it. Click the Yes button
when Windows comes back up after the manual restart, installs the driver,
and prompts to restart.
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