Errors booting Windows 98 Home edition PC

July 26, 2010 at 00:08:19
Specs: Windows98
I am using Windows 98 Home
edition
when I turn on the computer,it shown these:

PCI device listing
Bus No Device No Device ID Device class IRQ
Verifying DMI Pool data
You are running MS-DOS mode. Do you want to return to normal mode to run windows application again (Y,N)
If I typed Y, it will return to the same things.If I typed N, it will goes to MS-Dos
What should I do so that I can run windows98 ?

Thank you


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#1
July 26, 2010 at 04:38:15
Was the computer previously running Win98? If so, describe what happened. Post all the hardware specs.

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#2
July 26, 2010 at 08:15:12
(I based the following info on a thread on the web I found that resulted in the problem being solved.)

In MsDos mode, you should see a prompt like so:

C:\Windows>
or similar

type: cd\ , press Enter

(type: = type what is after type: ; don't type the comma or anything after that at the prompt)

You should see

C:\>

if you don't see that
type: cd.. , press Enter, as many times as it takes, until you do see
C:\>
(cd and two periods)

type: copy autoexec.bat autoexec.old , Press Enter

You should get a message the file has been copied.

(Doing that saves a copy of autoexec.bat as autoexec.old, in case you make a mistake when you Edit autoexec.bat .)

type: edit autoexec.bat , press Enter

You should see the Edit screen - a blue screen with the contents of autoexec.bat on it.

go to the beginning of the line that has C:\WINDOWS\WIN.COM /WX

At the beginning of that line, type in REM and a space, like so:

REM C:\WINDOWS\WIN.COM /WX

Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.
( hold down Alt, press f, let go of both keys. )

Type s , or click once on Save, to save the changed autoexec.bat.

Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.

Type x, or click once on Exit, to close Edit.
.....

type: copy config.sys config.old , press Enter

You should get a message the file has been copied.

type: edit config.sys , press Enter

If you see a line

dos=shell (or shell=dos ?)

type REM and a space at the beginning of the line, like so

REM dos=shell

If you did see that, you did add REM and a space,

type Alt and f at the same time,
Type s , or click once on Save, to save the changed config.sys

If you did not see that, or if you did and have saved the changed config.sys,

Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.

Type x, or click once on Exit, to close Edit.
.....

Reboot the computer.
E.g.
Press the Alt Ctrl Del keys at the same time.
( hold down Alt and Ctrl, press Del, let go of all 3 keys. )


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#3
July 26, 2010 at 12:25:01
Yeah, it's stuck in a loop because the dos application wasn't exited properly. The dos program has it's own config.sys and autoexec.bat that is causing that response. Check the recent thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

In the event the correct files were saved under a different name, do a
dir config.* and enter and dir autoexec.* and enter from the c:\> prompt and post back the files it shows.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#4
August 1, 2010 at 19:12:21
Hi Everyone,

I did a dir config* & it shown me the following

Config DOS 258
Config sys 160

2 files 418 bytes

Then I typed dir autoexec* & it shown me the following

Auotexec Dos 437
Auotexec Wav 429
Auotexec BA 689

3 files 1555 bytes

I also tried to typed ": copy autoexec.bat autoexec.old , Press Enter
but it shown me file not found

then I tried C:\> edit autoexec.bat, It will shown a blue screen with heading like this

File Edit Search View Option Help
C;\Autoexec.bat

I cannot find the line that has the beginning C:\WINDOWS\WIN.COM /WX
I tried to move the cursor to the top heading but no reponse from the mouse

What should I do next ?
Thank youi


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#5
August 1, 2010 at 22:16:33
"Config DOS 258
Config sys 160"

"Auotexec Dos 437
Auotexec Wav 429
Auotexec BA 689"

We don't necessarily need to know the sizes of the files.

You made lots of typos in those.

Should have been

Config.dos
Config.sys

Autoexec.dos
Autoexec.wav
Autoexec.bat

"I also tried to typed ": copy autoexec.bat autoexec.old , Press Enter
but it shown me file not found"

Don't type the comma or anything after that at the prompt.

If you make any typos, you will see that message.

There is a space between copy and autoexec.bat, and between autoexec.bat and autoexec.old -- no space after old.

copy autoexec.bat autoexec.old
must be all on one line - do not press Enter until the end of the line
.........

"then I tried C:\> edit autoexec.bat, It will shown a blue screen with heading like this

File Edit Search View Option Help
C;\Autoexec.bat "

If you didn't make any typos, you should see at least one line in autoexec.bat when you type: edit autoexec.bat.

Do you ?

"I cannot find the line that has the beginning C:\WINDOWS\WIN.COM /WX "

Okay, then copy down all the lines you see.
Try not to make typos like you've made in this post.

You can edit (correct) your own posts on this web site by clicking on the icon that looks like a notepad at the top right end of each post.

"I tried to move the cursor to the top heading but no reponse from the mouse."

Sorry. I checked and even a PS/2 a mouse doesn't work in Edit in MsDos mode.
No mouse cursor appears, so you can't use a mouse.

I also told you above in Response 2 that you can

Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.
( hold down Alt, press f, let go of both keys. )

and either
press s to save the changed file
or press x to exit Edit mode.
.....

For the time being......

- make the autoexec.old file by typing
copy autoexec.bat autoexec.old
then press Enter

- You should get a message the file has been copied.
Do not alter autoexec.bat until that's successful.

- just copy down and tell us what the lines in autoexec.bat are

If any lines start with rem, or a semi-colon - ; - don't bother copying them - those lines are being ignored.

- Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.
( hold down Alt, press f, let go of both keys. )

- press x to exit Edit mode.
......

type: copy config.sys config.old
then press Enter

You should get a message the file has been copied.
Do not alter config.sys until that's successful.

type: edit config.sys , press Enter

If you see a line

dos=shell (or shell=dos ?)

type REM and a space at the beginning of the line, like so

REM dos=shell

If you did see that, you did add REM and a space,

type Alt and f at the same time,
Type s , to save the changed config.sys

If you did not see that, or if you did and have saved the changed config.sys,

Press the Alt and f keys at the same time.

Type x, to close Edit.
.......

If there was a line
dos=shell (or shell=dos ?)
in config.sys
and you placed REM and a space in front of that and saved the changed config.sys

Reboot the computer.
E.g.
Press the Alt Ctrl Del keys at the same time.
( hold down Alt and Ctrl, press Del, let go of all 3 keys. )

and boot the computer to see if you then boot into Windows.


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#6
August 2, 2010 at 01:07:51
If you still have problems with it, rename config.sys and autoexec.bat to something else--ren config.sys config.xxx and
ren autoexec.bat autoexec.xxx--it doesn't really matter as long as they're renamed to something else so they don't load.

98 will now boot up. If necessary you can then edit a config.sys and autoexec.bat with notepad.

Sometimes your antivirus software will load a scan command in autoexec.bat or dos audio support will load there. You can also set up a dos mouse driver, dos cdrom support and dos upper memory support if you choose the 'restart in msdos mode' when you shutdown or, when booting up you use F8 and choose 'command prompt only'. In that case you need to set up a DOSSTART.BAT file also.

But 98 itself will run without either config.sys or autoexec.bat.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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