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beaker410

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Yellow exclamation point in device manager under "PCI Management Bus"
I identified my chipset as intel 850 and downloaded the chipset installation utility.
When I tried to install it I got the following ominous message:

Either SourcePath or WinDir values in HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Setup key does not have a drive letter. Registry is corrupt!

I have no idea what all this means. I just need to get that yellow (!) out of my device manager.
Any clues?
Thanks
beaker
 

JohnWill

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I'd suggest you start by using REGEDIT to look at that key. I exported that key from my system, (Windows 2000), and here's what I have. You'll note that the keys mentioned in mine have a complete directory path specified, that appears to be what they're complaining about. Also, in the future, you'll get more targeted help if you give some information about your environment, specifically what O/S you're running. :rolleyes:


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup]
"DriverCachePath"=hex(2):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,44,72,69,76,65,\
72,20,43,61,63,68,65,00
"BootDir"="C:\\"
"Installation Sources"=hex(7):43,3a,5c,41,44,41,50,54,45,43,5c,53,43,53,49,5f,\
46,4d,53,5c,57,49,4e,32,30,30,30,5c,41,44,46,36,55,31,36,30,00,43,3a,5c,55,\
4c,54,52,41,31,36,30,5c,57,49,4e,32,30,30,30,5c,55,4c,54,52,41,31,36,30,00,\
46,3a,5c,44,52,49,56,45,52,5c,50,52,4f,4d,49,53,45,5c,41,54,41,31,33,33,5c,\
44,52,49,56,45,52,5c,57,49,4e,32,30,30,30,00,46,3a,5c,44,52,49,56,45,52,5c,\
49,4e,54,45,4c,5c,55,53,42,32,2e,30,5c,57,49,4e,32,30,30,30,00,45,3a,5c,57,\
49,4e,32,4b,00,00
"SourcePath"="E:\\WIN2K"
"ServicePackSourcePath"="E:\\WIN2K"
"CDInstall"=dword:00000000
 

beaker410

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thanks, Johnwill for the time you took to answer me. And I'm sorry...guess that's what differentiates a junior from a senior.
I'm running win98 SE, 1.7MHz P4, 384Mb Ram machine.
I am
a) not sure how to do a regedit and
b)scared of doing so.
but if i were to get the grapes to do it, would I just add a drive letter to it, or what?
beaker
 

beaker410

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ok johnwill,
i found HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Setup, except it isn't HKLM, it's HKEY. Does that matter?
anyway, in that directory (setup) it lists the name as default, and the data as {value not set}.
does that help?
beaker
 

JohnWill

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Since I don't have W98, it only helps a little bit. :) Can you export that key into a .reg file and paste it into a message? It sounds like what you have to do is put a valid name into the key.

One caution here: Editing the registry has the possibility of rendering your system inert! Making a wrong move in REGEDIT can do way more damage than you can imagine! If you can export the contents of that key, we may be able to post a .REG file that you can import without editing the registry, much safer.
 

beaker410

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johnwill,
ok i exported the .reg, but when i try to do a right-click copy, it won't let me paste it into this message. Advice?
 

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Open the .REG file in notepad and mark and copy & paste.
 

beaker410

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thanks for sticking with me on this. here is only a part of the file. it is much larger.[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup]
"BootDir"="C:\\"
"BootHost"="C:\\"
"OldWinBootDir"="C:\\WINBOOT"
"WinDir"="C:\\WINDOWS"
"AppsDir"="C:\\"
"WinBootDir"="C:\\WINDOWS"
"HostWinBootDir"="C:\\WINDOWS"
"MachineDir"="C:\\"
"WinAdminDir"="C:\\WINDOWS"
"SharedDir"="C:\\WINDOWS"
"SysDir"="C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM"
"SourcePath"=""
"OldWinDir"=""
"UninstallDir"="C:\\UNINSTAL.000"
"BackupDir"="C:\\UNINSTAL.000"
"SetupTempDir"="C:\\WININST0.400"
"SetupScratchDir"="C:\\WINDOWS\\INF"
"MemphisDetectedLastDrive"="Z"
"CommandLine"="/T:C:\\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=F:\\WIN98 /IZ /IS /IQ /IT /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
"WallPaper"=""
"TileWallpaper"="0"
"Upgrade"=hex:00
"InstallClasses"="System,hdc,fdc,CDROM,PCMCIA,MultiFunction,SCSIAdapter,Adapter,USB,HID,Mouse,Keyboard"
"ConfigPath"="C:\\WINDOWS\\config"
"MediaPath"="C:\\WINDOWS\\media"
"ICMPath"="C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM\\COLOR"
"OLSSrcPath"="e:\\WIN98\\OLS"
"SetupBinary"="sucatreg.exe"
"InstallPathType"=hex:01,00,00,00
"lastdrive"="Z"
 

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Well, that looks nothing like what I have with W2K or XP, so I guess we'll have to wait for someone running W98 to see what they make of it. I see a source path that's blank, but I'm not sure what I'd put in there. I suppose for the blank paths you could try a "C:\" just for laughs. :)
 
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