Help! Oldish PC running windows 98SE, having more and more problems as it kept crashing. Got to the stage that could only boot into safe mode, and unable to reinstall any antivirus, firewall etc. Then couldnt really get into safe mode. Tried restoring to an old registry setting that worked for a bit and now doesnt.
Last night tried to do a clean install by re-formatting C: drive from a boot disc. Managed to get most of windows back on again, but then keep getting "windows protection error, need to restart etc" when tried to restart. Now cant get into safe mode very often. I seem to get alot of fatal exception errors, esp to do with VxD...
Have changed CMOS battery and reset jumpers, as battery was apparently low, but hasnt made any difference.
What going on? Any ideas, apart from buy a new PC!!
PS data is all on a separate partition of the same HD. Dave
I'd try removing all superfluous components, PCI cards that aren't absolutely necessary and extra RAM modules, then try again, replacing them one by one after the Windows install. That way you should find out what it is, if there is a dodgy component.
I've changed the cmos battery befoer, and you just need to go into BIOS and re-do the settings. Accordign to the links above, the BIOS flash utility should give me the option of saving the old BIOS.
Tried SFC and no problems apparently.
Whats the difference between Format c:, and Format c:/s. According to the windows bootdisk help, the latter creates a system disk. Is this important? I'm sure I have only ever done format c: in the past.
Sorry if this sppears twice, I could have sworn I hit "post response" before!
Format c:/s Formats the drive and loads the system files to save you entering all the UK settings, that’s all it does. As above I would not flash the BIOS, as there is danger in this particularly if you have not done it before and may render your Motherboard US. Your problems are elsewhere. test the memory