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By the jedi ·
I have a windows 98 S/E pc that when you to a shutdown/restart it comes back up as many times as you want. But when you do shutdown/shutdown & leave for a few seconds it boots as far as the win 98 logo screen & then goes to black screen & hangs. When you turn it off & re-boot you can go into safe mode & it will boot up properly with a step by step confirmation saying yes to all options. Can anyone help me to boot up properly

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by dmiles In reply to cold boot problems

This can be casued by a infinite number of things,go to Microsoft Knowledgebase and download the supplement
http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/downloads/contents/WURecommended/S%5FWUFeatured/Win98SE/

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by sgt_shultz In reply to cold boot problems

well, it doesn't sound to me like the typical 98 shutdown problems as you have this occuring during restart...here's what i would try. backup the registry. then boot into Safe Mode (tap f8 key during black screen at boot, pick Safe Mode). Click Start/Run/msconfig <enter>.
Go to the Startup tab. uncheck half the stuff. mark down what you took out so you can put it back later. save, restart, see if the problem goes away. if it doesn't, take out the other half, mark it down. if you can narrow it down to one of the halfs, uncheck half THAT stuff, see? keep doing 'divide and conquer' until you isolate the bad boy.
since it starts up with step by step confirmation, maybe it is a loading-timing thing. figure out what is doing the badness, thenwe'll help you load it another way, perhaps...hope this helps...

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by TheChas In reply to cold boot problems

I suspect a hardware issue.

Double check that the CPU speed is set / detected properly.
For socket A (Athlon / Duron) CPUs, I set the buss and multiplier manually.
Many of the motherboards set the speed too slow, and this can cause boot problems.

Remove and re-seat the RAM modules.

Same for ALL plug-in cards, and drive connectors.

Other possibilities include:

A weak CMOS backup battery.

A weak power supply.

Bad filter capacitors on the motherboard power supply circuits.
Chas

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by PhiltheGreat In reply to cold boot problems

Yes, many may cause this problem.
But for boot up problem like that I think you have a crash and then causes the registry corruption.

1) Re-boot the computer in safe mode,
2) check the device list, usually it will give you a list with some strange exclamation marks (yellow) on the device. If it is so, the device has a problem.
3) Usually it is the video adaptor problem, (as you say it can re-boot correctly later, it is usually that problem.) If the problem re-appear choose some other drivers for your video adaptor.
If your computer is an old one, DON'T choose the newest driver. They usually boost up the device and have too much demand on that and then it will cause problems continually.
4) Before you leave, close the sleep mode ofthe computer. Sometimes it will crash the system.

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