I'm a long time user of the forum yet I haven't sign up until today, as I've always found the answers here about installing outdated software on modern machines. But this time, I'm lost... Thing is I'm trying to install Windows 2000SP4 on my PC, just for old time's sake - I've done that many times before but now with my new setup things have gone south... And I can't seem to find a solution. The specs are:
ASUS P8H67-V | Intel 6-Series Chipset H67 (B3)
Intel Core i3 2100 | 2C-4T 3.1 Ghz
2x2Gb DDR3 1333Mhz CL7 Gskill RAM.
WD5000AAKX SATA 6 Gb/s 500GB HDD
and an ol' Geforce 9800GT.
I've tried everything to work around the 0x0000007b error that's been plaguing my setup every time I try to install or boot the OS, and since that error is probably the HDD incompatibility i've put my attention over that, but it looks like the problem goes beyond the hard drive.
When I boot the OS, to minimize incompatibilities I set the hardware to:
>Processor: Hyperthreading disabled.
>RAM: Just one module installed, 2GB total.
>HDD: IDE Mode, "Compatibility" option. <- yet I still get the error every time!
It might look desperate, but I plan on enabling everything after setup. By the way, I don't have a Floppy drive nor a CD drive so I install everything form USB, as I've always done before. I know, I sould get both and try, though that might not be the answer... You see, I've tried:
"Regular" setup: Boot the installation after using the latest version of WinSetupFromUSB (beta8) to create the bootable USB - regular Win2kSP4 iso or 'Nlite-ed' iso with drivers slipstereamed. Also tried other "bootable USB"-creating software.
It looks like it still can't recognize my HDD (either in AHCI or in IDE Compatibility mode) cause even if it loads the driver I still get the BSOD in text mode. It could be that every driver I've found doesn't work for this one. I've tried adding the official chipset drivers, and/or official AHCI drivers (all WinXP), and/or the modded drivers from BlackWingCat that he had been using for a 5 or 6 Series chipset setup as I saw in another post at the forum. (iata76_cd2kd)
"Workaround" setups: Virtual machines. I've tried doing the text mode on a virtual machine, then copying everything to the harddrive and keep on with the Graphical installation. Nice little Win2k splash screen, 7b error on IDE mode all the same. So after that I completed the installation on a VM, enabled LBA so it could 'see' the 500bg of my HDD, copied the chipset and AHCI drivers to the WINNT/System32/drivers folder, and finally uninstalled the current drivers so it would check for new ones on boot. Copied to HDD partition and set to boot from there. A long shot, hoped for the best.. 7B error.
What am I missing? Is it that this HDD can't correctly emulate legacy IDE mode (pretty odd) or is the problem something else than my HDD?
Not long ago, I've setup Win2k on ICH9, ICH10 chipsets, SATA ACHI drives of 80 and 160 gb respectively. Hyperthreading, DDR3 ram haven't been an issue, always installing from USB only. Official and modded drivers for those chipsets are around the web so it was easier.. Heck, I've even installed Win98 correctly on both those PCs!
And there is one more little issue now... I use to tweak and fomat/re-install OS a lot on all my PCs as it is not only my hobbie but what im studying at college - but Microsoft isn't really comfortable that I go activating my OSes after a week or days from the last time when I mess up, so I'd rather not have to format my current Windows installation in the process... That explains the Virtual machines as workarounds!
So, what do you say? Should I just give up or is there still hope?
Edited by gerry9, 01 November 2012 - 11:20 AM.