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#1 wiliamvw

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 06:59 PM

Have laptop that came with 98se but no install disk. Running [now -- originally came on a IX250, but switched moveable hdd to other laptop]  on 20GB hdd in Itronix IX260+ laptop.

Hadn't used it quite a while [been running linux on the 260+], but had need for a windows format and as had this hdd with 98se decided to use the old reliable 98.

For some reason can only get a useable screen when use 'safe -- #3] mode'; when exit from safe mode and try to reboot using normal --#1 mode, end up with a blinking cursor above some command lines [showing C:\windows;C:\windows\command], and no way to get cursor to move down or to enter anything command wise:  just blinks and doesn't respond to anything. Have gone through this sequence [safe -- restart -- normal with frozen cursor -- safe -- etc.] repeatedly, but no change.

Purchased a 98se install disk to redo everything, but it tells me it is only for use on blank hdd; tried a few things and seemed to get a new install, but then encountered the same problem as if nothing had changed.

Any suggestions welcome, even if to delete whole hdd and try the install again, but hope for other solution.



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#2 Torvald

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 02:40 PM

I haven't used Windows 98SE for some time, so am a little rusty, but here's something you might try.

 

Win98 has a rudimentary implementation of the System File Checker which I believe you can run by booting into Safe Mode, clicking Start - Run and entering SFC.exe and then hitting your enter key.

 

Give this a try - maybe it will fix a missing/corrupt system file problem and allow you to boot Windows 98 normally.  For more info, see:

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-98s-system-file-checker-utility/

 

P.S.  That looks to be a good laptop, heavy-duty, made by General Dynamics - worth trying to preserve,


Edited by Torvald, 07 November 2014 - 02:41 PM.

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#3 wiliamvw

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 06:25 PM

Thank you Mr. Torvald for your help, and it did work to restore 2 files [usr.exe and setupx.dll], but it apparently has other problems as that didn't clear-up the problem, and as didn't bother to save to backup [if defective, didn't want to use them again] when tried again was actually worse with not even a "safe" screen coming up.  Got message that these programs [Rundll32 and Regzvr32 and Mprexe] had performed illegal operations and would be shut down. Ended up with a blue screen. While unlikely to be any viable solution to this, will wait a few days for possible suggestions before deleting whole hdd and trying a new install with that install disk which will only install on an "empty hard drive".

Thanks again for your efforts and everyones' views. Bil VERCH-W.



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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:03 PM

If you want to delete the contents of the drive, you can do that with the bootable Partition Wizard. Hopefully it will boot on your old hardware. You can also use it to preformat the drive to FAT32. Is this what you want to do?

 

If I remember correctly, the Windows 98SE install disk cannot boot. You have to use a Win98SE startup disk in order to install 98SE. You can create a bootable startup disk in Windows98. Do you have a floppy drive on the computer? The fdisk command on the startup disk can also be used to reformat the drive. Because of your problem you would have to do this in Safe Mode.

 

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. On the Startup Disk tab, click Create Disk.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
 




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