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win98 reload to fix problems

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#1 ripley7


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Posted 19 May 2005 - 07:57 PM

My PC runs Win98SE. I had error messages appear on boot up regarding a missing .ini file (didnt note the full name). Previously I have been able to dupe the system into thinking it was running windows for the first time using some dos commands to remove attributes from system.dat and replacing the file with system.1st, however with this particular error these commands run into problems - file name already in use of duplicated (when trying to rename system.dat), and now the PC reboots ok but the display settings are up the spout, it has 16colours or 2colours only and will not allow the settings to be changed. Also does not recognise CD drives??

anyone have any suggestion/fix that can be easily managed by an inexperienced problem solver who wants to fix it himself ??? please...

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 05:41 AM

Re-install but first FORMAT C: to remove existing Windows installation

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 06:03 AM

When you loaded system.1st you removed any reference to your display drivers, which is why you can't adjust it. You may get lucky and be able to restore your registry (a combination of system.dat and user.dat) with scanreg. Boot to a Dos prompt and type in Scanreg /restore and pick a backup from before you made these changes if you can.

file name already in use of duplicated

You can get around that with a 98 boot disk or using Safe Mode Command prompt.

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