What's with these I/O conficts?


I'm fixing an old computer at school, but I'm having some trouble.

This is an old computer:


64mb RAM or less (i haven't looked at it very closely yet)

1.9 gig HDD

Anyways, when the computer boots up, there is an I/O conflict. I have formatted the drive and the HDD is turned out to be functioning properly. I set the BIOS to autodetect the I/O settings and the computer boots up fine. I started to reinstall 98 on this dinosaur, but before the wizard finished starting, the computer froze.

Is this a HDD problem or some other hardware conflict? Thanks!


This question was answered on January 22, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Sounds like a IRQ issue, to check, restart your machine while your machine is booting up,go to your CMOS setting/BIOS/"Setup" Check to see if the are any conflicts in the IRQ's if there is (meaning the to devices are trying to use the same IRQ) try to change the IRQ setting one of those devices (usually through dip switches or jumper settings) Hope this helps.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 22, 2004