I just got a Medion PC with an Intel AN430TX, Pentium MMX 166 and 32MB of RAM. The Mainboard has a 3d Rage 2 and Yamaha audio onboard.
I can not install Windows 98 SE completely. I don't get any error messages. The installation "hangs" or stops after / during device detection. To be precise, after entering the serial and device detection is a reboot. After that reboot I can see the Windows 98 loading screen with the boot animation at the bottom. The animation is playing now for an hour but there is no optical or HDD activity. The last activity I noticed was a very short access to the floppy drive.
I have tried the installation several times but it stops always at this precise point.
- I had to replace the BIOS battery and reset the bios to default values.
- I removed all PCI cards.
- I tried the memtest floppy: no errors.
- I tried a different HDD and different optical drive.
This is a burned CD with an image from my university (pre-OnTheHub Microsoft educational program) and a license I obtained as a student. I tried another image I got from archive.org with the same serial. -- The university image crashes during installation with a memory error pretty early. I assume the image is damaged. I carry this around for 8 years now. If requested I'll install from that image again and copy the error message. -- The archive.org image works to the point I explained above.
I have no spare power supply to test
- I have no spare RAM which fits so I could test this, too.
- There seems to be a BIOS update (p.10) and the Board seems to have p.4 as far as I understand the version string.
I will try installing Windows 95 next, but I'd like to have 98 SE on this PC. I need help to figure out what the problem is. Any help is appreciated, even if I have to reinstall it over and over. I just want it to work and have a retro gaming and "retro development" PC from that time to play with.