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Broadcom NIC driver messes up 98SE shutdown


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I'm trying to install 98SE onto a machine that has an on-board Broadcom gigabit NIC. After installing the the NIC driver, shutdown/restart/exit to DOS cease to function, and the machine will just hang there. I already tried v10.24 and v9.52, but as far as I can see they behave identically.

Any idea on what's happening, and how can I fix it? Adding another NIC and disabling the current one is not a viable option. MS used to have a good 98SE troubleshooter for shutdown issues, but that's no longer available.

TIA

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What 98SE updates, if any, do you have installed?

Maybe unrelated to your specific problem, but you might have a look at this update:

(which is no doubt included in the Unofficial Service Pack if you want to go that route ;) )

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=239887

http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/d/8/dd8e4f2d-3b66-41d7-8a4a-cefefd8deb2c/4756US8.EXE

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The PC is a Dell Precision 490. During install 98SE bluescreens several times (always on the same places) because it doesn't like the HD controllers, but eventually it installs fine -- 98SE, including shutdown, restart, and restart in MS-DOS mode works fine. No extra driver or update is installed at this point -- it's plain 98SE as it comes from the CD. Then I install the Broadcom driver, and that wreaks havoc with shutdown. I tried installing SP3, but it didn't make any difference. I also went through the built in troubleshooter to no avail. I'll try the shutdown supplement later today.

In any case, since I did only one thing, somehow it must be related to the NIC driver, or network functionality.

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Yeah, I know that. But a generic driver seem to work OK in other respects. Also, according to bootlog.txt, the shutdown process *is* complete with the Kernel terminated, but something is obviously still missing.

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