Installing Network Card in Win98

Mar 31, 2002
  1. I have installed windows 98 probably 30 times so far, and this is the first time i have been unable to do it successfully. When i run the installation for the network card to update the driver, it says PLEASE PUT IN THE WIN98 CDROM so i do it and over and over again it tells me to put in the cdrom. What is the deal? THE DISC IS IN!!! It tells me the files its trying to find on the win98 cd and when i search on that computer it cant find them, but magically when i bring the disc to my computer it finds them fine. What the heck is going on here? Im getting sick of microsoft's problems with basic things like installing a network card. Also, everytime i restart that computer it says its missing more files...this time it listed 'vnetbios.vxd' 'vnetsup.vxd' 'vredir.vxd' and 'dfs.vxd'. Why are the files being lost now??

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  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    try this.

    boot from dos floppy.


    copy windows setup files to the hard drive.

    install from there.
  3. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 593

    lol, reinstall windows? what do u mean when you say 'copy windows setup files to the hard drive and install from there.' How is this different then normal? What do i do differently than just installing from the cdrom?
  4. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    Perhaps you're looking in the wrong cd drive.

    Is this the first installation of the drivers?
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    there is a possibility (I would not put it any stronger than that) that your RAM is corrupted. Or you have a faulty drive or faulty IDE controller...
  6. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 593

    the thing is that this computer used to have win98 on it, and the only thing different is the ram. How can i tell which ram stick is faulty?
  7. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    Have you tried using Memtest86? I hear it is one of the best programs to determine if your memory is bad.

    I personally haven't used it, but I always hear good things about it. Just a thought for you to ponder...
  8. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 593

    That may work, unless it has to be ran on the internet, because i can't get the network card installed so i can't get on the internet.
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Take the NIC off, restart Win98 in safe mode, remove all NIC-related from Device Manager, put the NIC back. Usually PnP causes this behaviour. I don't remember how many times I've dealt with this issue but I've managed to solve it.
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