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Had a e-machine brought to me, was told it was garbage. Installed a floppy drive, booted to 98 startup disk, fdisk(fat 32), formatted drive and started with win 95. ran setup, said it was rebooting , then it hung during "starting windows for first time", Sigh, so I finally found a 98 setup disk, reformatted, clean install, and it too hangs after rebooting to start windows for first time. I'm stumped. Please if anyone could help.

AMD Sempron™ 3100+ processor
(1.8GHz, 1600MHz system bus, 256KB L2 cache)
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (SP2)

Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100
Memory: 512MB DDR (1 × 512MB), 400MHz (PC3200)
Expandable to 2GB
Hard Drive: 100GB (7200rpm, 2MB cache)
Optical Drive: 48x CD-RW/DVD combo drive
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 GPU
Up to 128MB of shared video memory
PCI Express (PCIe x16) slot available
Sound: 6-channel (5.1) AC'97 audio
Network: 10/100Mbps integrated Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Modem: 56K ITU V.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)
Peripherals: Standard multifunction keyboard, 2-button wheel mouse, amplified stereo speakers
Ports/Other: 6 USB 2.0 (2 in front, 4 in back), VGA external connector, serial port, parallel port, 2 PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse), 5 audio ports (2 in front, 3 in back)
Dimensions: 14.25" H x 7.25" W x 16" D
Weight: 22.5 lbs

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I'm not sure that GeForce 6 series video cards are compatible with win98.
you may have to downgrade your card to set up on Win98.
However, your system info says that the os is XP ?

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formatted drive and started with win 95. ran setup, said it was rebooting , then it hung during "starting windows for first time", Sigh, so I finally found a 98 setup disk, reformatted, clean install, and it too hangs after rebooting to start windows for first time. I'm stumped. Please if anyone could help.

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This is the classic sign of a hardware conflict.
For instance -if you have a graphics card installed in a pci slot, and the onboard graphics is not disabled , then a conflict can occur.
The same could apply to a sound card.
In such a case disable onboard controllers by jumper or through the CMOS setup.

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Hi
Thi machine is compatible to run XP. Try installing XP. Due to HW these conflicts might happen.
Cheers
sittas

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