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How many hours will this take? Can it be divided up in parts - spread out over 2 or 3 sittings?
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If everything goes well, it will take about 90 minutes...if we have to improvise a little it might go two hours.

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Oh - that's all? Shoot - why didn't I do this sooner?

I've got an early day ahead of me tomorrow and it's getting late here. I'd like to shut down now (with a load of frustration dumped out the window instead of my computer!) - when's a good time to find you here again?
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Because of the vast difference in our time zones (8 hour difference), and the "in and out" kind of schedule I have to keep, I'll post you enough instructions to get you through the procedure if all goes well. If we run into a problem, just post back with what you ran into and I'll get back to you ASAP.

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Great - thank you!

And good night from the land of the midnight sun (and the midday moon at this time of year).

/Amanda
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Woman...Ok, here we go. :tazz:

There is a Microsoft guide for this procedure HERE.

Restart with the Win98 Startup disk in the floppy drive. When presented with the Options Screen, press Shift + F5 for Command Prompt. You will see the A:\ prompt...type fdisk and press "Enter".

On the next screen type Y to enable large disk support.

In the "FDISK Options" screen, use option 3 to delete the partition and press "Enter" (If there is more than one partition on the drive, you will have to delete all of them beginning with the Logical Disk Drives and ending with the Primary partition. You will be prompted to accept each deletion...accept them.) accept all changes, press "Enter" then press "Esc" to return to the "FDISK Options" screen. Choose option 1 to "Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive" and press enter..again, accept the change.

On the "Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive" screen, choose option 1 to "Create Primary DOS partition" and press "Enter". Type Y to "use the maximum available size and set the partition as Active"...press "Enter"

On the next screen, press "Esc" to get the A:\ prompt and then press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart your machine.

When presented with the Options Screen, press Shift + F5 for Command Prompt. You will see the A:\ prompt...type format C: /s (Note the spaces) and press "Enter"...type Y to accept the change and press "Enter". Formatting will take a while...be patient.

When the format is complete and you are back at the A:\ prompt, insert your Win98 Installation CD and type D: (Your CD-ROM drive letter may be E: so substitute as required) and press "Enter". At the D:\ prompt, type setup and press "Enter". Setup will then check the Hard Drive...this may take a while... Installation should then begin...just follow the prompts.

Let me know how this goes...

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Hello, Wannabe.

I've checked your post on how to format my HDD and reinstall Windows several times. And I'm a little chicken. OK, I'm a little monkey and I fear my monkeying around will make things even worse.

Actually, I've got Net access again - both Firefox and IE - but I have some problems with Quicktime now. I see a big Q, then it turns into a torn bit of film with a Q on.

Do I need to do a format/reinstall or just fix the Quicktime? Do you know how to fix the Quicktime? I've downloaded and redownloaded it, checked and found even a very early version on my machine (that I can't seem to remove), and reinstalled Direct X and Shockwave.
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Hello Woman...

No, don't format just to fix QuickTime...try following the tips on This Page. Let me know if it helps.

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Hi there.

Thanks for the link.

I ran Scandisk, as it suggested - things were fine. The Quicktime version they have is for 2000 or XP - I have a 98 SE - so I skipped it. (I found a link to an older version and downloaded that a week or so ago.) Then I re-downloaded Direct X and rebooted. No change.

What does it mean when I get a frame, blank inside, except for a tiny square with the square, circle, and triangle in red, green, and blue?
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Can you post me a screenshot of what you are describing?

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I can't figure out how to copy it - but I've found a couple of ideas of what it may be. Might be Java. Might be Adobe Acrobat. I've removed and reinstalled Java, removed Adobe Acrobat and am now waiting on the download.
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I was thinking it might be Adobe, too, by your description. If you run into problems getting the downloaded Adobe to install, try the option to "Run it from the current location". Ive had to do this on a few machines when I couldn't get a clean install from downloaded files.

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Eeerrrggghhh! All my monkeying around is beginning to get on my nerves! Now I've done it again...but don't know what I did, or when - just that I've made things worse again.

I removed and downloaded Adobe, Macromedia Flash and Shockwave. The only change I've noticed is the msvcrt.dll problem returned. (And I don't remember how I managed to fix it! Downloading the Libraries file hasn't helped.)

Would formatting & reinstalling help? Would all these problems go away?

Edited by Woman, 18 December 2005 - 03:29 AM.

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Wannabe -

Clench your buttocks - it's going to be a "bompy" ride!

Ready?

All clenched?

I got so tired of my problem with QuickTime that I just trashed it. Gone. All of it. And my problem is solved! No more broken links! AND - get this - my msvcrt.dll error message disappeared during the same fell swoop!

Thanks for all of your patience and help!

Amanda

Edited by Woman, 25 December 2005 - 02:23 PM.

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