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How to Build a Computer with an
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 9 - Install Windows and Motherboard Drivers
Last updated: 6/3/2001

In this part we install the upgrade version of Windows 98 Me and motherboard-specific drivers/software.

Do not install any expansion boards in addition to the display adapter until after Windows and the motherboard drivers have been installed.

Copying cab files and Installing from a Hard Disk.  Unless there are severe problems in prior installation attempts, there is no need to copy the Windows cab files (cabinet or compressed files containing the Windows files) from the CD to the hard disk and installing from the hard disk.  Unlike Windows 98 and 98 SE and like Windows 95 OSR2, the Windows Me Setup copies the cab files to the hard disk drive (C:\windows\options\install) and installs Windows from there.   Windows will no longer be asking for the Windows CD when you are on the road with your laptop while the CD remains behind in a desk drawer in your office (most annoying).

126.  Run Windows Setup.  After formatting the partitions, change drives to your CD-ROM drive and execute Setup from the DOS prompt as follows:

A:\>E:

E:\>win9x\setup.exe (where E: is your CD-ROM letter).

After setup runs scandisk you can simply Exit scandisk.  I wouldn't bother doing a surface scan at this point; it would take a very long time.

Follow the Setup instructions.  If you are using the upgrade version of Windows 98 Me, Setup will ask you to insert the CD or floppies from a previous version or Windows and will verify it/them.

You may choose to make the Startup floppy when prompted.  You can feed it a new floppy disk or use the one you that came with Windows ME, if there is one.

Complete the Windows installation selecting setup defaults and following setup instructions.  I won't elaborate.  The process is simple, straight forward, and requires no cookbook instructions.  Unless something is defective, you should not encounter any Windows setup problems with this motherboard and the other items in the bill of materials.

127.  Install Motherboard-Specific Drivers.  Most motherboards come with a CD containing motherboard-specific drivers and software.  The drivers, etc. are usually out-of-date and should not be installed if they are.  Rather, it is advisable to download the latest drivers for the motherboard and expansion boards (do not install these yet) to be installed in your computer from the manufacturers' web sites and install them at this point, starting with the motherboard drivers.  This step can usually be delayed until after you have installed the MODEM or network adapter to connect to the Internet, but not always.  For example, if you are planning to access the Internet with a broadband connection (cable MODEM, DSL, etc.) via the network adapter, you may have problems getting the network adapter to work before installing the motherboard-specific drivers.

In the case of the Abit KT7-RAID motherboard used in this computer, the most up-to-date drivers for the VIA KT133 chipset on the motherboard are located on VIA Technologies web site.

Files containing motherboard device drivers and software are often compressed on a manufacturers' web sites and require a program to uncompress them after downloading.  I use PowerArchiver to extract zipped, etc. files.  It is totally free and without advertising.  WinZip is another popular program that works quite well.

Download and install the appropriate drivers for the motherboard.  For this motherboard download the Apollo KT133 (VT8363 +  VT82C686A/B) 4-in1 drivers.  If you are installing an older version of Windows 9X, Windows 2000, or Windows NT and you want to use the motherboard's USB capabilities, you should also download the USB Filter Drive.

The 4-in-1 drivers are in a zipped file.  I decompressed the file with PowerArchiver by clicking it with the right mouse button in the Windows Explorer and selecting Extract Here from the resulting menu.  After the files are extracted copy all of them (They are in a newly created folder. Copy the files in the folder, not the folder.  Do not copy the zipped file that was downloaded), to a freshly formatted and virus-free floppy disk.  Write-protect the floppy to prevent it from catching a virus by looking at the back of the floppy with the sliding door down and pushing the tab in the upper-right corner up to expose the square hole under it.  I labeled this floppy with the version number and added it to my bench collection of floppies.

The USB Filter driver is a self extracting file.  Download it to a temporary folder, double-click it from the Windows Explorer to extract the files, and copy the extracted files (not the compressed download file) to a freshly formatted, virus-free floppy disk, and label and write protect it.

Install the 4-in-1 drivers by inserting the floppy into the floppy drive and from Windows click Start, select Run, enter A:setup, and click OK.  Follow in a like manner for the USB Filter driver after the 4-in-1 drivers are installed and Windows has gone through its hardware detection/rebooting gyrations.

If you are going to use the RAID disk drive interface and Highpoint's HP370 controller on this motherboard, the latest drivers, software, and installation details are available on Highpoint's web site.

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