windows98 install nightmare
- Please, has anyone else had this problem? -
After installing windows98 (on a reformatted HD - all original drivers
lost), I get this blue-screen message during boot up: "your
multi-function device (dual pci ide controller) has some child devices
using 32-bit drivers and others using compatibility mode drivers. This
configuration is not supported-" Then it suggests finding drivers from
I've looked under system properties for the manufacturers name for the
ide controllers, but it's non-specific. I don't have sound, nor cdrom
(in fact, the cdrom seems to have disappeared from my system without a
trace). I'm not experienced at installing drivers. Please phrase
answers towards the lowest common denominator (ME!).
- Good news - problem solved!
I don't quit know how I managed, but I got back the cdrom and sound.
I'm like the Forest Gump of computers!
For future users who experience this same issue: I downloaded and
installed sound drivers and cdrom drivers, but that had no effect on
the problem (as I said in the original posting, the conflict had to do
with the IDE controllers). Finally I found the manufacturer of the
controller - CMD - and downloaded the drivers from their site (after
linking to it off of Driverzone.com). My particular laptop (P150ST)
has the following IDE controllers: CMD PCI-0643, and CMD PCI-0646. The
drivers download in a ZIP file, and install automatically when opened.
Hope this will be of service to other XPi owners.