Windows 98 won't boot up

  Barnacarry 14:23 14 Jan 2006

My old Advent computer with Windows 98 and 128 mbs of RAM is now refusing to start. All goes well at boot-up until it reaches -
'Starting Windows 98...'
'MODE prepare code page function completed'
'MODE select code page function completed'
I have no knowledge of DOS, and this has never happened before, so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  woodchip 14:31 14 Jan 2006

Will it start in Safe Mode? Keep pressing F5 when computer booting up. If it goes, Go to Run type MSCONFIG and remove all the tickes in startup tab exept System Tray, then try starting the computer Normal

  Barnacarry 14:39 14 Jan 2006

It won't start in safe mode, it comes up with -
'Windows is bypassing your startup files.
HIMEM is testing extended memory...done.

  woodchip 14:42 14 Jan 2006

Then use F8 and choose selective start up, You will have to Click yes for items untill it does the above make a note of the item that is the problem. Then next time you start as above select no for the item that stopped it starting

  Barnacarry 14:49 14 Jan 2006

If I understood you correctly, I have put yes to everything that came up and again it ended with C:\>

  woodchip 19:33 14 Jan 2006

The Item that you last click should be ticked as no not yes it may then boot to windows.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

iMac Pro review

See iconic duo Smith and Foulkes' epic animation for the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage

iMac Pro review

Idées cadeaux pour geeks et tech addicts