Stuck in Blue Screen of Death

February 3, 2011 at 07:18:15
Specs: Windows 98
I manually shut my laptop down as it was taking forever to do the automatic shutdown, and the next time I tried to reboot it went to the BSOD. Even when I try safe mode, last known config etc, it still goes back to the BSOD and is in a loop.

Has anyone had this type of problem? I am not so much bothered abotu the laptop as I bought a new one anyway, but I really want to get the data - even if I can't boot it to copy data, is there some other way to make DOS copy the data onto a USB device?


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February 3, 2011 at 08:25:31
This is a common problem. If either the hard drive is having problems or one of the system files is corrupted your computer. I am guessing that your computer was running automatic updates and you interrupted them by forcing a shut down. If this is the case then you should be able to do a repair install...

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February 3, 2011 at 08:31:55
thanks - will have a look!

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February 3, 2011 at 08:59:12
The best way to get your data off is to create a Live Linux CD, such as Puppy Linux, on another machine - you will have to burn a CD from the image (ISO).

When you have produced the CD, on the faulty machine set the BIOS to ensure that the CD boots ahead of the HD, then boot the machine with the CD in the drive.
Linux will run from the CD alone and will not use the HD. You can however access the HD and copy your own data onto a flash drive. Note that Linux is all single click and often drag and drop is the easies way forward.

When you have removed the CD you will be back to Windows again (complete with BSOD in your current situation).

I have assumed you are using W98, as this is what your post says and your are on the W95/98 forum. In which case there is no "repair install" feature. If this is misposted and your are using XP, you can still use Puppy Linux to retreive your data.

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February 3, 2011 at 19:13:13
Yeah, and with 98 there is no 'last known good configuration' in the boot menu. Are you sure you're running 98?

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