Win Nt4.0 Booting and Networking

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unixguy

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Help! I just took over the maintenance of a small Win NT 4.0 network. The previous administrator left with no notice and I am not an experienced NT hacker so I am stuck. One of the workstations died and I am trying to rebuild it and am hitting LOTS of roadblocks. Here is the short version:
1. Tried to reload NT Workstation from the CD. Had lots of errors (did not write them all down) leading to the BSOD.
2. I reformatted the drive using PartitionMagic with NTFS (seemed to go OK) and started over. NT loaded ok (I think) but now I have two boot prompts when I start the system. The first one boots ok. The second one does not boot. HOW CAN I REMOVE THE SECOND BOOT PROMPT?
3. Problems trying to load the Trident video card driver (gave up on it - will work for my purposes with just the generic VGA driver).
4. Had problems trying to load the NIC driver. I tried several different cards including SMC, HP, Kingston and Dlink 530. Finally the Dlink seemed to load but now when I boot, I have these messages:
a. "SystemBoot\System32\drivers\rdr.sys could not locate entry point MmUserProbeAddress in driver ntoskrnl.exe"
b. "At least one service or driver failed during system startup"
5. When I check the event viewer, it says "SOURCE: ServiceControlM..." (the rest is cutoff due to the limitations of the VGA card)
6. I was able to add the TCP/IP protocol and set the IP address.
7. When I check the services, I find that Network DDE and Network DDE DSDM are both started. But, I cannot start the TCP/IP NetBIOS helper (due to the startup errors?)
8. As a result (maybe?) there is no response on the network. I cannot ping the server or any of the other workstations and there is nothing showing on Network Neighborhood.
9. I decided maybe the RAM or Mobo was the fault so I started with a different computer. Steps 1-3 (above) and step 8 are pretty much the same this time around.
10. The biggest difference is that I have no startup errors and no red circles in the event viewer, but still no action on the network.
11. I did note that during the installation of NT, it asked if I wanted DHCP service but implied that it was only needed for dynamic IP addresses. Since I am using static IP addresses, I answered NO. Should I have answered YES instead?

Any help that anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated. The pressure to resolve this is mounting by the minute.
I may elect to install a workstation with Win98 on it just to get things moving. If I do that, how can I set the security so that the Win98 workstation has access to only one shared directory on the NT server?

Thanks in Advance.
Alan
 
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