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Unable to Boot Win95 via Safe Mode

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Installed new Epox Motherboard and AMD Athlon Processor. Formatted (FAT16) Primary Master "C" drive (Quantum Lightning HD). Attempted to reinstall WIN95 OEM "B" version. Reboot during final phase of installation resulted in following error messages. "Device IOS failed to Initialize. Windows protection Error. You must reboot your computer." Upon reboot, system enters Startup Menu. Selecting Safe Mode results in the same error message! I have tried all MS related/proposed solutions except installing the "AMD" fix and installing SP1. These potential fixes can only be installed via Windows (not via an MS DOS prompt). It is a "Catch 22" situation! Does anyone know of another solution or if possible, how to install SP1 and a *.exe fixit file into WIN95 from floppies via an MS DOS prompt???

Edited by Youngman, 23 April 2006 - 08:10 PM.

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Hi Youngman...

It's been a while since I've seen this problem...must have a K6 aboard, huh?

You'll want to format and reinstall Win95 using a lower CPU clock speed for this to work.

Download the Amdk6upd.exe file to a floppy disk.

In BIOS setup, clock the CPU down to 300 mhz. Then install Windows 95. Do not load outstanding drivers.

Install the patch by running Amdk6upd.exe from the floppy and reboot the computer.

Clock the CPU up to the correct speed. reboot and let Windows 95 load to desktop.

Load remaining drivers.


Edited by wannabe1, 23 April 2006 - 10:13 PM.

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