Windows cannot determine configuration

January 26, 2010 at 08:58:59
Specs: Windows 98
I was trying to get a D-link wireless USB device to
work on an HP Pavilion which has Windows 98
installed on it. I thought I added a driver for the D-link,
but when I restarted the computer the following
message came up on a black screen:

Windows cannot determine what configuration your
computer is in. Select one of the following:

 1. Original configuration

 2. Home configuration

 3. None of the above

Enter your choice:__

However, when I attempt to enter anything, the
computer will not respond to any keyboard input. I
tried numbers, letters, mashing the keys--nothing. I
rebooted with a Windows XP install disk, thinking I
could bypass the hard drive, but all that happened
was the phrase "Press any key to boot from CD..."
appears before the above message, but "pressing any
key" has no effect.

I have absolutely no idea where to go from here or
how to return the system to its original, working state.
Thanks for any help?

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January 26, 2010 at 09:07:39
Tap F8 during booting then select one of the Command Prompt options from the startup menu.


scanreg /restore

Hit Enter key then choose to restore a registry option before the problem came along.

some other bloke...

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January 26, 2010 at 15:28:39
"I thought I added a driver for the D-link"

post the exact model number of the device.


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January 27, 2010 at 18:12:03
Derek, I'm not sure if it was helpful. When I followed your
suggestion, I got the same "windows can't determine..."
message on the black screen. But then I plugged in a non-
USB keyboard--PS2?--anyway, after that I was able to input
a "#1. Original configuration," and was able to get back to

LarryF, the model is DLink Wireless N USB Adapter DWA-
130. I am going to attempt the install disk one more time.

Oh, I did get a quick message on bootup to the effect that
the DLink wasn't configured correctly, so I'm going to try to
fix or replace it now.

Thanks for taking the time to help!

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January 27, 2010 at 18:40:42
Oh well, you've got a better chance with your D-Link now Windows is back. Good luck anyhow.

some other bloke...

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January 27, 2010 at 21:01:06
Yeah, well, it doesn't seem that a Windows 98 driver exists
for this model of DLink. Plenty of newer OS versions, Vista,
etc., but apparently not 98. I did find a Netgear WG111 in a
box in my garage (I have no idea where it came from...), but
it has a driver available. I downloaded it on my Mac and am
going to install it on the PC in the other room...

...but there is no driver for the Cruzer USB flash drive that
has the driver for the wireless adapter! Hm. Guess I'll see if I
can dig up the disk, or at least another flash drive WITH the
software nearby. Ah, well.

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