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Solved when trying to install I get the message (remove

February 20, 2013 at 13:54:07
Specs: Windows 98se

1 or more un necesary utilities from your config.sys and autoexec.bat files how would I go about doing this?

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February 21, 2013 at 07:31:18

You don't need to let this one go. Below is a link showing a typical motherboard with the components labeled. Click on the link below.

The DIMM sockets are the memory. If you have more than one then remove all but one and try to install again. Be sure the computer is unplugged and you should touch the case metal just before unplugging it.

http://www-tus.csx.cam.ac.uk/techli...



#1
February 20, 2013 at 14:24:45

Post the model of the computer you are trying to install Win98se to. Include the amount of memory installed.

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#2
February 20, 2013 at 15:28:30

It is a Dell 4600 series with 1152 mb ddr sdram I don't know if that helps or not. I was installing windows and it complete and stopped when it was to start running windows it went off and said to run in safe mode to finish loading but it won't finish there either.

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#3
February 20, 2013 at 15:29:22

Are you installing again "over the top" or is this a format and install?
Let us know how you are going about it.

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#4
February 20, 2013 at 16:04:38

"It is a Dell 4600 series with 1152 mb ddr sdram"

Are you sure? That's way too much RAM for Win98. You need to tweak the vcache setting in the system.ini file.

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/129...

"1 or more un necesary utilities from your config.sys and autoexec.bat files"

Win98 doesn't need autoexec.bat or config.sys, you can safely delete them or if you prefer, you can edit out all the lines of text & just re-save them.


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#5
February 20, 2013 at 16:32:53

"Win98 doesn't need autoexec.bat or config.sys"

Yep, that's why I wondered if it was an "over the top install" with something left behind there.

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#6
February 20, 2013 at 17:14:37

I formatted and when it finished I installed windows but when it finished and I tried to restart it said it hadn't loaded completely and gave me the message I wrote. I do this with computers and give them to special ed classes. I have never had so many problems before. I am not to great on fixing them but have always been able to format and re install but not with these that were given to me to fix. Any help is appreciated.

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#7
February 20, 2013 at 17:17:19

I had formatted and installed win 98 but when I started the computer that was the message I got. I never had this type of problem before, but I have never worked on a Dell. Usually windows comes right up.

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#8
February 20, 2013 at 17:51:22

Oh, so it was "after" the install.
If you can get to any sort of DOS prompt type these three commands:

C:

Ren autoexec.bat autoexec.old

Ren config.sys config.old

Hit Enter key after each of the commands above (which will disable them).

Try restarting.

EDIT:
You have to get the commands "exactly" right. Note that each of the
last two commands have one space in them.

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#9
February 20, 2013 at 20:13:32

I think 98 generates the config.sys and autoexec.bat message automatically when it detects low ram--which ironically can be caused by too much ram--and does so even if those files don't exist. Try dropping the ram to 512 or less and see if that fixes it. Or do a format and reinstall after removing the excess ram.

What size hard drive is in the computer?


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#10
February 20, 2013 at 20:42:00

I have tried everything but I can get into safe mode but no ms dos. It acts like it want to start windows it will say starting windows for the first time then it goes off and says to remove some of the unecessary utilities.

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#11
February 20, 2013 at 20:42:50

How do I remove the excess ram?

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#12
February 20, 2013 at 20:53:06

Why is is that when I format my c drive and then try to reinstall Windows it tells me that I already have that program installed and to exit installation.?

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#13
February 20, 2013 at 21:13:09

Your best bet is to open the case and see how many sticks of RAM the machine has. Hopefully it has more than one so you can take some out and get to 512MB or below. This is by far the quickest and easiest solution.


If you want to run Windows 9x with more than 512MB of RAM, you will either have to:

a) try tweaking some system settings, follow the link riider provided or this one (it's a complicated issue, a lot of the discussion of it expects you to have a fair amount of experience)
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/118...

b) get a third-party patch which is not free, but will allow you to use up to 4GB of RAM if your motherboard supports it
http://rloew1.no-ip.com/


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#14
February 20, 2013 at 21:37:53

Yeah, open the case and remove some ram.

After a fresh format you shouldn't get any messages about stuff already on the hard drive, unless it has multiple partitions and you formatted the wrong one.

What version of windows was on the computer before you started all this?

And again, what size hard drive are you using?

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#15
February 21, 2013 at 07:11:38

I really appreciate your time trying to help me but I am just a novice at this. I just started a while back fixing computers for special ed classes to help in their learning and have done pretty well but the dell is different than what I am used to. If I open the case I wouldn't know what the ram looked like or how to remove it. I guess I will just have to let this one go.

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#16
February 21, 2013 at 07:31:18
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You don't need to let this one go. Below is a link showing a typical motherboard with the components labeled. Click on the link below.

The DIMM sockets are the memory. If you have more than one then remove all but one and try to install again. Be sure the computer is unplugged and you should touch the case metal just before unplugging it.

http://www-tus.csx.cam.ac.uk/techli...


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#17
February 21, 2013 at 07:34:02

If you change your mind, this is what RAM looks like and how to install it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Idy...

If you have a W98 boot floppy you can boot with that and use the commands I gave.
You can also get boot disks from here:
http://www.bootdisk.com/

EDIT:
Ooops - I just overlapped with response above.


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#18
February 21, 2013 at 16:23:50

. Hi I was wondering if there is anyway that I can get into ms dos to format. All I can get is command prompt and like that but it won't let me format. It tries to install window 98 but it can't without formatting first.

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#19
February 21, 2013 at 16:27:34

Just wanted to let you know I got the dell computer fixed.yea, Now I have one l left but it won't let me format. I can't get into ms dos and it won't install windows until I format Thank each and everyone of you for your help and suggestions. I would never have firgured it all out.

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#20
February 21, 2013 at 16:31:36

A bootdisk will give you all the DOS commands you need to format and install.
For W9x a floppy can be useful (made from Windows or downloaded) but not
many computers have floppy drives these days. The website I gave has CD bootdisk too.

Glad to hear you got one more under your belt and thx for letting us know.

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#21
February 21, 2013 at 18:26:21

Go to bootdisk.com for all types of boot disks. Lot s of other useful stuff too. Boot to the boot disk format and then install Win98se.

Win98se can't install on a partition larger than 127GB. So partition the drive to a primary partition smaller than that. See the link below.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_t...


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#22
February 21, 2013 at 18:44:26

I have gotten all of them going and I appreciate all your help very much.

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#23
February 21, 2013 at 18:46:06

Isn't it wonderful with all the help I received I have both of them up and running. Really appreciate all you help and suggestions. They did the trick Thanks

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#24
February 21, 2013 at 18:46:08

That's good - thx for letting us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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