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Windows 98 took a dump on me!

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by DSparil, May 14, 2001.

  1. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    I recently flashed my BIOS upadating it and had major problems with Windows ever since. Every time I restarted my computer Windows automatically started to re-install all my hardware followed by Explorer crashing with an illegal operation. I couldn't even get into windows!!<br>
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    Does anyone know whats up with this? I had to take it into a shop to get it fixed. Im probably gonna have to format C drice and re-install windows they say. Told me that my windows is trashed? I dont know what happened!<br>
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  2. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    Sounds like something got messed up when you flashed your bios.
     
  3. Fershlugg

    Fershlugg Master Guru

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    Well, with the BIOS update apparently Windows found some new hardware and attempted to install the drivers for it. I bet that the best drivers weren't on your machine at the moment, causing the horrendous crash.<br>
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    The best bet is to go into BIOS and reset all settings to default. Then make sure ya got the latest chipset drivers on hand.<br>
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    I had a hell of a time when I built this system and dropped in the HDD with the Win98se install from my old puter (P3-500, Asus P3B-F mobo). Windows couldn't find any of the hardware and only found the primary IDE. Fixed that by installing the Via chipset drivers. Then Windows found an extra DMA controller that didn't really exist. Ended up doing a complete reinstall and guess what? With the latest chipset drivers on hand all my problems went away... <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif"><br><br><i>This message was edited by Fershlugg on 14 May 2001 07:14 AM</i>
     
  4. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, Im gonna give that a shot Fershlugg. I'll keep you posted on what happens, but lately i've been able to get into windows. The shop I took my comp to did a windows update to Windows 98SE and now i can get into windows....but there are still corky problems everywhere. Files suddenly missing, Programs wiped out, links crossed. It doesn't end <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif"><br>
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    Does backing up my hard drive and formatting C drive sound too dramatic to any of you? It did to me. Thats what they say I have to do to clean this windows issue up!<br>
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  5. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    Thats a guaranteed fix. Got a burner? If you do the rest of the stuff you lose is nothing. If you don't ouch.
     
  6. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    I guess im gonna be hurting over here. No burner <IMG SRC="smileys/mad.gif"> I do have a Zip Drive though. Gonna have to stock up on the disks I guess......<br>
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  7. Fershlugg

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    it sounds more like your registry is fried.... A total reinstall will probably fix all that. Wonder if you encountered a virus somewhere that's beating the hell out of your c: drive....
     
  8. The Hammer

    The Hammer Guest

    <IMG SRC="smileys/puke.gif"> win 98 took a dump on you!?? that bastard. we've got a burner and a ZIP. <IMG SRC="smileys/biggrin.gif"> so every time we reformat(every 3-4 days<IMG SRC="smileys/mad.gif"> ) i burn things onto cd or put stuff on zips. but half the time the things dont work. friggin buffer underruns!<br>
    prob with zips though is they're only 100 meg. (well ive got an old zip drive <IMG SRC="smileys/frown.gif"> )
     
  9. marxist

    marxist Guest

    Wait hold up? You reformat every 4 days? Time to get a new machine or something man that is nasty brutal. That would literally drive me insane--it almost did once and then I shelled out some cash to save my sanity. All these tech problems never end. That's why materialistic lifestyle ain't worth it. Gotta have other channels of self-fulfillment...
     
  10. WeaZel

    WeaZel Guest

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Originally posted by marxist:<br>
    <b> Gotta have other channels of self-fulfillment...</b><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br>
    ....yeah like masturbation....oops<br>
     

  11. Why do you recommend installing VIA chipset drivers when you don't even know his chipset? And Fershlugg, you have an AMD 760 chipset, not a VIA. VIA just released it KT266 chipset drivers for a mobo w/ DDR/Athlon/266FSB a few weeks ago.<br>
    Wouldn't it be better to get the drivers for your specific chipset? Or do 4-in-1's work well with other company's chipsets?<br>
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  12. Jaak

    Jaak Guest

    Hi<br>
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    after flashing a BIOS you MUST do a few thing in it<br>
    power off<br>
    (pull the cord for a real COLD boot)<br>
    put a boot floppy in drive<br>
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    power up and go into BIOS setup<br>
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    clear event log,<br>
    set to default<br>
    set reset configuration data ON (aka force NVRAM or ESCD update)<br>
    set BIOS flash protect OFF (you had to to be able to flash)<br>
    set plug and play OS to ON<br>
    save<br>
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    REBOOT<br>
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    you should see a message updating ESCD<br>
    when reading DMI appears you can shut<br>
    or allow it to boot to floppy<br>
    shut<br>
    power OFF<br>
    boot into BIOS, set user settings<br>
    set reset configuration data ON (this one autoreverts to OFF)<br>
    REBOOT<br>
    back into BIOS<br>
    now set allow bios flash OFF<br>
    set force ESCD or NVRAM update OFF (these do NOT autorevert)<br>
    remove floppy<br>
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    save. <br>
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    now that you have fully updated ESCD in BIOS<br>
    boot into windows<br>
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