Worked, but seemed awful slow refreshing the screen so maybe a boot virus still inside?
Installed Norton SystemWorks 2003 with difficulty. Keeps interrupting to tell me the virus definitions aren't up to date (duh) and asking to go on the Net to update. Didn't find anything wrong.
Trying to get on the Net to download cleanup software, but it has an external USB modem and I can't get the USB port to work. BUT I remember that at some point prior to re-formatting everything the power light DID light up on the modem, and it was recognized as a device. So the modem is operable. I might have been running Win95 at the time, can't recall.
Somewhere in the 1st Mainboard site I read that this board needed a patch to make the USB controller work with Win98 (it was manufactured when Win95 was current). Board is named "VA-503+" with an AMD K6-2/450 processor.
I figured the patch might be on the CD that came with the board, so I ran its Install and it put several things onto the BIOS.
Then I started getting the Msgsrv32 error on boot, followed by Fatal Exceptions. It appears to Shut Down normally from Ctl-Alt-Del.
Even though I can startup into DOS from the Startup Floppy, and choose "start with CDRom Support" the system will not recognize the CD drives. There is a CD and a R/W CD.
I have a floppy to install the CD drivers from one of the CD drives, but doesn't seem to be written to work from DOS mode.
I've reset the BIOs to Defaults, and tried starting up with the "USB Support" toggled on and off.
Reading the MS tech files indicates that Win98 actually needs some Win95 parts, and sometimes doesn't correctly update the ones it needs to change. Typical kludgy design... So did the BIOS update cause something incompatible to revert to the Win95 code or what? I don't really care, I just want it to startup and run normally. In the amount of time I've spent messing with this POS I could have made enough cash to buy another Macintosh !!!!!
Oh, and the clean install took about 6 hours. Is that normal or is there a virus in the MBR ?
Found your link to Bud's Win 98 troubleshooting page on another question:
I've found lots of the Microsoft references he lists, but Bud puts them in almost comprehensible order.
I started in Safe Mode, but it crashed while I was clicking around in MSConfig.
Restarted, and its crashing in Explorer, followed by Fatal Exceptions; at the moment saying Explorer executed an invalid instruction in VGA.DRV. This is familiar; I saw this sort of behavior before I re-installed the OS.
Now it gives endless Fatal Exceptions right after Safe Mode is bypassing Windows Startup Files.
Tried again, now the FEs come after a quick blink of the screen after HiMem test.
It just gets better & better, doesn't it?
I can't fathom why anyone would willingly purchase this POS operating system.
Edited by IPreferMyMac, 04 August 2005 - 06:17 PM.