[QUOTE=zelkea;1495704]Since we have found the manufactures website and found the correct drivers on said site (earlier in thread). I really think you are chasing your tale. If the manufacture doesn't have the correct drivers available, I would suggest you consider contacting MSI. Chances are they are not aware they have a corrupted driver package for this old mobo.

BTW I never personally had luck finding drivers from a third party website. Half of them look so shady that I wouldn't install anything I downloaded, Best of luck.[/QUOTE]

Flagstar, did you ever try contacting MSI?

Not a problem installation is simple now compared to several years ago.

Misread the post above, sorry man I can't think of anything else and there isn't an application out there that meets your needs, at least not that I have seen. If I come across anything I'll update this thread.

@Crunchie, wow OTL is a great tool. Very interesting writeup's on the site as well, it has a wealth of information! I also found the snippet about HJT very interesting, thanks!

Is there a reason you didn't try the fSingleSessionPerUser?

Ok, I have two other ideas. There may be a couple security fixes you can take advantage one is forcing the same user to reconnect from the same source machine and registry two only allows a single session per user.

Since you only have one user account shared between everyone you might have a problem with people forgetting to disconnect their session. If that becomes a problem take a look at timeouts.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services]

  1. "fReconnectSame"=dword:00000001
  2. "fSingleSessionPerUser"=dword:00000001

[QUOTE=davidchilders;1498692]A dead battery is the only thing I can think of that would reset the system clock each time that it is rebooted.

Just because you bought the computer three to four years ago doesn't mean the battery didn't sit around on a shelf waiting to be installed in the computer. Also, there may have been a manufacturing defect in the battery that caused it to lose charge over time.

Don't waste your time wondering why - replace the battery and get on with your computer using happiness! :-)

I hope this helps![/QUOTE]

Yep davidchilders is right the only possibility is the battery in my experience.

Hey Red46 and welcome,

Is this happening on a desktop or laptop? If desktop is the keyboard USB or PS2? Do you have another keyboard you can try?

Hey Sudo Bash,

During the installation of which ever linux disto you choose it will automatically format the drive for you.

Here is a write up on how to dual boot your system with Ubuntu [url]https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot[/url].

Another option you might want to consider depending on your resources is running virtualbox [url]www.virtualbox.org[/url] which can run linux within your XP installation. If you are running a celeron processor with 512mb of ram it would not be recommended. If you are unsure if your system could handle it you can try it since the software is free.

I have been running Virtualbox for my linux OS on Windows 7 for several months now without a problem.


Hey Vermillion,

Hhhmmm not to sure about the random powering off issue. Has there been any common factors when when you system decided to power off on you? Like both times were you doing a particular action?

As far as charging your devices, I had a similar problem but it was with my cord. Does the same cord power your devices on another computer?

In regards to your power supply you can use this calculator to determine if you have lack of power issue. [url]http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html[/url]

I have never heard of a lack of power killing a hard drive and I have been in the industry for a while. If you are spending a lot of time backup your software and it would be worth 55 bucks a year to stop you might want to look into services like carbonite or mozy online backup service.


Hi uchan and welcome,

Sounds like your profile is corrupted which won't effect your data unless you kept it on your desktop if so this might be a little bit tricker.

When you have access with the temporary profile are you missing data? If so where was the data located you are missing?

Hey mnewsome,

Are you going after a portable OS? If so I have not seen anything by MS like that. If you are not looking for a portable os, you could run a virtual machine off a USB drive. I currently use [URL="www.virtualbox.org"]virtualbox[/URL] made by oracle it is free and is a great application and has been rock solid for me.

Hey britoniah3480,

Did some searching for you and found this thread and it looks like they were able to solve the same problem 2 people confirmed.


"Ok i might have a solution
I try this on my computer and it wouldn't come back from sleep. and i had to reset . But i have been having some problems with sleep doing this, so it is very possible that it is just me.
Anyways here is your sleep/Hibernate command.

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0 (if your windows directory is on the C drive)

when i first try this in it when to Hibernation so your will need to disable Hibernation so it if forced to go in to sleep.

to do this, go a administrative command prompt. (just type in cmd on your search and right click and run as admin

then type in "powercfg -h off" now Hibernation is turned off and your can go to your task scheduler and put in that C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0 command and set your time and your are done!!

Hopefully your will have better luck on your computer then i did on mine"

This looks like it might help if you have access to the registry, here is the source:


Welcome to Microsoft Vista Answers Forum!
This issue occurs if the Userinit key in the Windows registry has been modified. For example, this issue may occur if the Userinit key has a value but no binary data.
Steps I would suggest are:
Boot the computer in safe mode and try making these changes in registry:

Important: The instructions below contain steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


  1. How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

i. Log on to the computer as an administrator or by using an account that has administrative permissions.
ii. Start Registry Editor. To do this, click Start Collapse this imageExpand , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
iii. Click Continue.
iv. Locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
v. In the right pane, right-click Userinit, and then click Modify.
vi. In the Value data box, type hard disk:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe, and then click OK.
Note The hard disk placeholder refers to the disk on which Windows Vista is installed.
vii. Close Registry Editor. ...

Hey Lordrt,

This could be a partial work around, I know of no way to protect your session like you are describing. One thing you can do though is connect to the console by start run "mstsc /console" anyone who tries to login at the terminal will see you have the desktop locked. This is not to say if they have admin privs they can't kick your session. This will also leave the other 2 default Terminal Service session available to anyone else who may need it. Just FYI Windows 7 and 2008 server did away with the /console option. It is now reserved for only services, hope this helps.

Hey Java,

Sorry I missed your post yesterday but I am happy you got it to work! Unfortunately, I do not have any recommendations for free A/V software.

Since we have found the manufactures website and found the correct drivers on said site (earlier in thread). I really think you are chasing your tale. If the manufacture doesn't have the correct drivers available, I would suggest you consider contacting MSI. Chances are they are not aware they have a corrupted driver package for this old mobo.

BTW I never personally had luck finding drivers from a third party website. Half of them look so shady that I wouldn't install anything I downloaded, Best of luck.

[QUOTE=javanoob101;1494138]Now I have a new problem...
I have a laptop with no floppy drive just a CD drive. So I made an MS-DOS 6.22 boot CD and I used FDISK to delete the partition and make a new one problem is the partition is only 2 GB. Can I use the Windows 98 startup disk to make a bigger partition with the FDISK on that startup disk?


Hey Java,

Here is a little trick I used back in the NT3.5/NT4.0 days, which should work for you. Put the disk in another system or use your 9x media to format the disk to the size and format type you want (yes your 9x media will work). Then install your OS on the pre-formatted disk. This worked like a charm back in the day.

Edit: Reaching back in the recess of my brain I believe there might have been another step with the MBR. But for the life of me I can't remember, If you hit a problem let me know and I will dig around in the dark corners. :)

Crunchie, Guess I got lucky when it has worked for me in the past. Got any suggestions for illusionx, I see your a heavy poster in this forum/section.

Are you talking about your screen resolution? 1280x800 is high than 1024x768. What are you trying to run?

I realize this is an old post but you really didn't get an answer. Yes you can change the destination of almost any application you install, by using advanced installation. But beware if you install it on a removable media, every time you run that game/application you have to make sure you have the flash drive plugged in before you launch. How big is the hard drive in your laptop now?

I would recommend getting the external hard drive you mentioned and move your and large items/non-applications to that drive to free up room on your local c or d drive. Common items that might take up a lot of space would be Movies, Music, Pictures, or you could uninstall old games you no longer play too.

Sounds like a corrupted mbr if you haven't already wiped it give this a shot.


I downloaded it and installed it a few days ago via the same site Jason provided and it works great!

Did it start hanging before or after you were tweaking the bios?

If you don't feel like buying a new card go to newegg.com and search for "PCI Slot Case Cooler" these could help cool your video card.

Hey Lost,

I found this write on MS site [url]http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/01/30/why-is-my-computer-status-not-showing-online-in-the-sbs-console.aspx[/url] I am guess you are not messing with your DC and disabling the object while you are having problems. The two remaining unknowns are related to DNS. So I would start there, next time you have the issue i would be interested to see what a nslookup returns.

Here you go, I found a link that has screen caps too :). Is this what you were looking for?


Hey Java,

Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 is the make and any CT model should work. I did a google search for "sound blaster 16 used" and clicked shopping that is where I found them for under 10 bucks. When I did a search just for sound blaster 16 they were priced higher just fyi.

Yep it will work, I remember using a SB16 back in my 3.1 days, I also remember paying through the nose for it, hehe I haven't seen a ISA slot in a long time :)

You don't need to worry about the drivers it looks like they are available on cnet.com.



If you feel like giving it a shot here is a link to MS download page:



Just curious what kind of problems did you have?

[QUOTE=geneliajai;1481789]thanks mjdodd i will look into it[/QUOTE]

What did you find? When you say you are going to look into something people will not reply until you post your results, ball is in your court at that time.

Remember you are asking for FREE help, you won't get far insulting people on this board. A please and thank you goes a long way at least for me.