The little magnifying glass stops circling, and it seems fairly obvious that its not going to start up again. So since there are no plug and play devices, what could possibly be making it lock up? I've attempted to run Setup with each of the 3 sticks without any change in the result. I am on an older machine Pentium 100 chip with 96 Mb ram, and plenty of free harddrive space. What you could try doing is backing up all the program directories and then the entire registry. I have gone through the troubleshooting guide mentioned and cannot pinpoint why the system will not boot up to normal mode. This usually resolves the issue you described. I need help to figure out what the problem is.
It'll save me tearing my hair out! To be precise, after entering the serial and device detection is a reboot. ~psi42 In windows 98, go into the system bios. Windows 8 is very strict about hardware problems, much more so than windows 7. I'm dualbooting winxp and win98 on seperate drives. How does one go about reinstalling Windows? I installed latest drivers for my voodoo 2 and i restarted my computer. R u sure the mobo accepts that much? Are the memory pieces and the video card seated securely? On the surface this sounds like the computer is mounting a network drive and taking its sweet time doing so, but usually I only see it do things like that for 30 seconds, not 30 minutes if at all. Any files or folders deleted? I am not sure what to do because I can find no other articles that apply to this matter.
At what point did it fail? If the problem is resolved, you've found the culprit. This may not be relevant at this stage, but for your information : If you want to format drive C, you need to make this disk a system disk so that your computer can start. I mean the only hardware attached to the Win98 tower is a mouse, a keyboard and a monitor, all of which work just fine already. Apparently the network drivers don't get the clock cyle response they expected, due to the faster clock speeds. However, there is always a way to replace the dual boot option. What can I do now? Does it still work in safe mode? I would try copy all files from disk to hard drive, then try installing. To eleminate the video as a source without uninstalling the driver.
Problem should be taken care of. This will be sorted by the content of the next file. After you restore them, I have no idea whether it will work or not. My computer wouldn't accept it was being clicked on, something it didn't say what crashed and then refused to clear off the screen, just left the usual windows message about illegal operations and restart your machine. The only thing I can think of is that your hard disk partition table might be corrupted. Good luck, ~psi42 Odd thing. You can also scan disk for errors.
Hope this gets you started in the right direction. Sorry I couldn't provide more help on this point. Thanks for contributing an answer to Retrocomputing Stack Exchange! I've check the Microsoft Support area where there is an article which suggests I have to unitstall any anti virus software. However, this didn't solve anything. I've had a look in the Microsoft newsgroups and all the messages point to the article that I had already read.
Windows 98 never has been good with data beyond 2gb. I have tried the installation several times but it stops always at this precise point. Boot from the floppy again and make some brand new partitions, and try installing win98 again. You can either wait and see if anyone has any new ideas, or just reinstall now. When its finished booting I enter the product code and the install continues. Wasn't able to access autoexec.
If this occurs, disable or uninstall the antivirus program, and then run Setup again. This seems the most likely cause considering it happens at the '14-minute mark' every time. It is locked up tight, only thing to do is hit reset. Hi, I have problem with my voodoo 2. During the installation process, with 20 minutes left, the system hangs during the Plug and Play hardware detection process. I downloaded all the Dell documention off the web site, but nothing there helps. I would go and download the diags for the maxtor drive create the boot floppy and run it, and also go here download memtest and test the memory, if they prove good try changing the video card since I see there are no other cards on the pc and see if the install goes through.
This will changethe display to 16 colors just like booting to safe mode. Well, I hate to tell you this, but I think that even if we can sort this out, it will take more time to figure out what is wrong than for you to just reinstall everything. As for Linux, it doesn't seem to be an option here now. The system boots and then freezes shortly after it boots. Perhaps after you boot up the disc it will give you an option to check the integrity of the data. The bootsector in question is on the drive with 98. Sometimes the animation continues, sometimes it freezes.
The pc stays on while the video is out and the light on the monitor stays green. Will attempt the memory check when this is done. I've check the Microsoft Support area where there is an article which suggests I have to unitstall any anti virus software. So I download it to a floppy, plop it in the old 98 machine, run the command pwrmxen. I would very much appreciate it. I don't get any error messages. At some point where it says its loading system files and something about plug and play devices, the install just stops.
Contact me if you cannot. I recommend just turning off the power, wait about 15 seconds, and turn the power back on to see if install will complete. I downloaded Creative 3D Blaster Voodoo 2 drivers cd and try to install drivers from it. I carry this around for 8 years now. I'm still learning, hopefully I'll be posting more answers than questions before too much longer! Didn't solve the install problem.