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Windows won't start. I feel dumbfounded


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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 10:37 AM

technically it can start, but a horde of errors appear prior to logging on. no mouse, no sound, and many errors. which I can boot into safe mode just fine. I try system file checker and it found corrupt files, but the problem is that it requests a cd. but the cd drive isn't present in safe mode, I uncheck "disconnected" in device manager and fuuuuuuuuuuuu, it tells me I need to reboot. I reboot directly into safe mode again, still not there. the tool won't run in restarting in msdos mode. ms has a kb that reads:

If you are still unable to start Windows 98 normally, use the System File Checker tool to check for damaged or replaced system files. To start System File Checker, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, click System Information, and then click System File Checker on the Tools menu. For information about how to use System File Checker to extract a file, please see the "System File Checker Tool" section of the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

 

I feel dumbfounded because how are you supposed to use this tool if you can't even boot into windows to use it?

 

I tried reinstalling the os, but keep getting a "error reading/writing from drive E" asks me to "retry the operation" or "fail the operation". it really doesn't matter which option I choose, it'll ask for a windows 98 disk in drive E or the CD-rom drive either way. my 98 install disc is in the drive but keep getting that error.



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 11:23 AM

cant you boot the computer from your windows cd and perform a system repair?

 

you might need to go into bios first and put the cd drive as the first boot device,



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 11:42 AM

I can boot into windows 98 setup, but how do I perform a system repair?



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 11:51 AM

when you boot from the cd a selection screen should appear, select to install windows, i think you just have to press enter

 

on the next screen it should say press 'r' to repair your system, do that,

 

DO NOT proceed to install windows from this point or it will erase your entire drive



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 11:58 AM

windows 98 does not have that



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 12:05 PM

your going to have to boot to a command prompt somehow, using Hirens, or UBCD, safe mode (posssibly) etc etc

 

when your at the command prompt insert your windows cd,

 

get the command prompt to the cd drive letter, so if your cd is drive D, type D:

 

once you are there type SETUP /pf

 


Edited by mikey11, 23 February 2015 - 12:06 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2015 - 04:28 PM

I found out what was wrong, apparently configuring unallocated space during reinstall corrupted something, I deleted the corruption space back to unallocated with gparted. after Windows 98 reinstall over (my programs and setting were unaffected), I still had driver malfunctioning which I fixed here: http://support2.microsoft.com/?kbid=140441


Edited by Sylveon Fetish, 23 February 2015 - 04:29 PM.





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