Solved Windows 3.1: CONSTANT GPF'S!!!

February 10, 2013 at 17:23:35
Specs: Windows 3.1, 80486/8 MB

Hi.

I have a 486dx-33 PC with 8mb of ram running Windows 3.1, and it is constantly giving me General Protection Faults. I have reinstalled Windows too many time to count, and yet It never changes. Usually the GPF's have something to do with USER.EXE. The one error I see most frequently is the following: PROGMAN caused a General Protection Fault in module USER.EXE in sector 0012:0551. Can someone please help me figure out how to get these errors to stop? Thanks


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March 5, 2013 at 04:17:08

I figured out the problem. I was running memmaker to free memory, and somehow Windows 3.1 doesn't like memmaker. I undid the changes memmaker made, and then all the GPF's went away. YAY!!! Thank you all for the help. :)


#1
February 10, 2013 at 23:46:26

Resign it to the nearest scrap skip or donate it to a museum and buy a new computer. It has lasted well but now it's time to say goodbye to it.

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#2
February 11, 2013 at 02:07:58

Try a different DOS. Wipe it clean and find IBM DOS 5.0.

Before installing Windows, make a boot disk so you can alter config.sys without having to tear your hair out and reinstall again and again.

AND/OR...

Post the contents of your autoexec.bat and config.sys files here so we can see them.

Usually if PROGMAN.EXE is crashing, then the problem might be with SYSTEM.INI having an issue with something.


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#3
February 11, 2013 at 04:22:55

I was just thinking, and I wondering if maybe I have corrupt Windows disks. hmmmm.....

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#4
February 11, 2013 at 11:29:59

"I was just thinking, and I wondering if maybe I have corrupt Windows disks. hmmmm....."

A bad disk will usually give you a file copy message or just simply abort the installation.

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#5
February 11, 2013 at 16:12:17

Expect a hardware problem...memory, hdd, motherboard?

Does DOS work OK? Is the only problem evident when trying to start/run Windows?

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#6
February 12, 2013 at 04:21:27

The problem is evident almost every 5 minutes. The HDD is fine, so is the MB, The ram has been tested and checked out fine. DOS is ok too. The error I get is usually associated USER.EXE

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#7
February 13, 2013 at 06:07:22

What screen resolution and color depth are you using? You can try adjusting these. But if it is just using the standard VGA, then it would most likely be something else.

I would also check for any conflicting devices and get the correct drivers.

USER.EXE controls a lot of things, especially redrawing the screen when you are moving windows around, resizing, etc.


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#8
February 13, 2013 at 16:26:21

I've been using a standard SVGA 640x480 256 color driver from Microsoft. I've also tried the original driver for my video card. My card is a Trident TVGA8900CL SVGA Card.

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#9
March 5, 2013 at 04:17:08
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I figured out the problem. I was running memmaker to free memory, and somehow Windows 3.1 doesn't like memmaker. I undid the changes memmaker made, and then all the GPF's went away. YAY!!! Thank you all for the help. :)

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#10
March 9, 2013 at 14:26:56

Thanks for posting back with the solution. My old CRS memory needs a jog from time to time. One would think my misadventures with MEMMAKER would have stuck...but they didn't.

Good job!

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