|Depending on how old your mboard is, some older bioses have obscure settings in the bios Setup that must be enabled in order for USB devices to be detected correctly while booting. |
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.
The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
USB devices may not work correcly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix.
See response 3 in this:
Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.
When you first install a USB printer or USB modem, and many other more sophisticated USB devices, you are are almost always required to NOT plug in the USB connection to the device until the proper software installation for the device has been installed. You are often prompted to plug in the USB connection after some of the software has been installed, but you should NOT plug it in prior to that.
If you had it plugged in prior to that, the software is likely to have not been installed properly, and you probably need to un-install any listing for it in Add/Remove prrograms, unplug the USB connection, and install the software properly.
It is usualy a BAD idea to install drivers for a device while booting, BEFORE the proper software installation for it has has been installed, when Windows detects a new device while booting, you have it search for drivers or it automatically looks for drivers, and when it doesn't find any, it prompts you to show it where the drivers are located. In most cases, if you do that, the device islikely to not work correctly, and some of the software for it may not install properly or not be installed at all. CANCEL installing drivers while booting, let the desktop load, then install the proper software installation.
AFTER the proper software installation has been installed, if Windows detects something about the device while booting and wants you to allow it to search for drivers or point to where the drivers are for the device, go ahead and do that.
Sometimes 98SE and previous back to 95 requires files from the Windows CD while installing software for a device. If the Windows CD has been inserted in a drive, it assumes the CD is at a certain location, but it often makes the WRONG assumption and can't find the files on the CD. You often have to correct where Windows is looking to the drive letter for the drive the CD is in, and have it look in the \Win98 folder on the CD. Almost all files you need are in the \Win98 folder.
If you skip installing files from the Windows CD, if the device works at all it's likely it won't work correctly.
"I have also recently started getting registry checker blue screen errors ..."
98SE scans the registry for errors in the background while booting by default - usually it finds no problems and the boot continues, no problem.
If 98SE is shut down improperly.....
- you pressed Alt-Ctrl-Del twice, or you pressed the Reset button while Windows was running
- your computer froze, those two things would not work, and you held in the power button until the computer shut off, or you switched off the AC power to the computer
..... it's perfectly normal for you to see the blue screen saying your drive(s) are being checked for errors while booting the next time you boot.
On the other hand, if you are frequently getting these blue screens while booting for no apparent reason, that probably indicates you have a hardware problem.
If the computer black screened and rebooted for no apparent reason, that's NOT normal behavior.
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
For a laptop, you must remove both its main battery and AC adapter before you do that.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
Check your PS.
Check the current voltage readings in your bios Setup.
See response 4 in this:
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
98SE doesn't have any built in support for detecting or providing the drivers for USB 2.0 controllers or USB flash drives or lots of other USB connected devices that did not exist when 98SE was first released.
The USB devices it can't detect with what's built into Windows must have drivers available for them for 98SE,
OR - there are generic drivers available on the web that have been developed by third parties, BUT they DO NOT work properly with all devices.
E.g. the generic USB drivers package I've tried works fine in 98SE for USB flash drives, memory card readers, and connections to cameras that don't have 98SE drivers available for them, but they won't work with iPod anything. That particular generic drivers package has no un-install program available.