Pure Windows 98 Installation - SQL 7.0 Desktop won't install

Pure Windows 98 Installation - SQL 7.0 Desktop won't install

Post by George Kontogianni » Tue, 01 Jun 1999 04:00:00

I'm not able to install SQL Server 7.0 (Desktop edition) on a pure Win98
installation (nothing else is installed on the mashine).

Here are my problems :

1) When I try "typical" install, after a while setup asks for the "HTML Help
Disk" which I can't locate in my package.

2) I formated the hard disk, reinstalled WIN 98, selected a "Custom" SQl
Server install and unchecked the "Books On Line". This time I didn't had the
"HTML Help Disk" problem, but the installation wasn't able to finish. It
stucked in a "Connecting to Server..." window and Windows Task Manager
responded that SQL Desktop was not responding.

3) I restarted the mashine and performed a new SQL Server installation
selecting the same options as the previous one (note that I didn't uninstall
the previous installation because Control Panel responded that the unisntall
info was corrupted)

4) This time everything seemed to be finish fine. I restarted the mashine,
started the MSSQL Service and loaded Enterprise Manager

My problem is that when I'm trying to browse the SQL Server Contents, it
responds with the message
Assertion failed.
File ../src/sqlsspi.c
Line 119

Expression count.

Any ideas ?



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1. Installation of SQL 7.0 Desktop Edition Locks up on Win 98 Machine

Hi List:

I am a newbie to this list and SQL Server, so please forgive me if this is a
FAQ-ish question.  I am trying to install the Desktop Edition of SQL Server
7.0 on a Win 98 machine (Celeron 333a with cache, 64mb ram, lots of free
hard disk space).  The Desktop Edition is supposed to be compatible with Win
9x platforms, albeit with limited functionality.  I have attempted to
install the software several times, and every time I try it the installation
program locks up during the "Connecting to Server" stage, where the
documentation says that the SQL server is being configured by running some
scripts.  There appears to be little or no hard disk activity occurring, and
I have let the thing stew for a good 45 minutes to an hour with no evidence
of any progress beyond this point.  I have stopped the install by
ctrl-alt-del'ing, and deleted the directories and registry entries created
to that point, and tried reinstalling several times.  I have disabled all
programs such as Norton AV that run at startup, as recommended by MS, and
still the same thing happens every time.  I checked the MS Knowledge Base
but didn't find anything helpful.

Has anyone else run into this problem?  Is the installation really failing,
or am I just not waiting long enough for the server to configure itself?
As I said, I've waited almost an hour with no success.

Any suggestions are much appreciated, please reply to this group or email me


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