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Blank Screen on Win 98

By NLane126 ·
Blank screen on windows 98.

Need help my windows 98 only shows a blank screen when I boot up, the curser just sits there and there is nothing I can click on. Upon boot up it goes through the bios then boots into 98 then the task bar appears for less that a second and is gone. I have tried rebooting to safe mode hitting F8 and well it gets me into safe mode but the task bar is still missing and it only shows safe mode in the top corners.

I also tried running scanreg/restore and scanreg/fix at the command prompt. It ran through the scanreg but still continuing to do the same thing. At one time it said my himem.sys was missing so I put in my 98 startup disk and did a copy himem.sys c: windows and still got nothing .So now I ask the experts what?s my next move.

Nathan

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by mdjameer In reply to Blank Screen on Win 98

hi nathan
u frist try to reinstall win98.if that dosent help u then take back up and format c drive and install new os.
bye tell me what happen after renstaling os

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by NLane126 In reply to

Thanks but I didn't have to reinstall the os I used the third answer and got it to reinstall everything on the computer, I have to tell you I was surprised that it worked but it worked .I didn't loose anything.And it sounds even better than before I have to say niseysbcglobalnet.com deserves a medal Thanks again Nathan

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by Berserker In reply to Blank Screen on Win 98

Scan your hard disk for any virus infection.
If there are virus or none, reinstall Win98.

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by NLane126 In reply to

I couldn't get it to scan for a virus and I didn't have to reinstall the os I used the third answer and got it to reinstall everything on the computer, I have to tell you I was surprised that it worked but it worked .I didn't loose anything and it sounds even better than before I have to say niseysbcglobalnet.com deserves a medal Thanks again Nathan

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by NLane126 In reply to Blank Screen on Win 98

I don't want to loose the files I have on the computer so need something that doesn't require me reinstalling a new os back to the computer. Regarding Anti-virus software I have Norton 2002 and I had just updated the computer the day before it went down. True it does sound like a virus might be on it.

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by niseys In reply to Blank Screen on Win 98

Nathan, You want to keep your files... no problem.

Boot to 'command prompt only'
type fdisk/mbr hit enter (do this three times).

cd to c by typing c: enter or cd c enter.

at the c prompt type: ren congif.sys config.old 'enter'

then type: ren autoexec.bat autoexec.old 'enter'

then: ren command.com command.old 'enter'

now you will type the following:

c>CD WINDOWS\SYSTEM 'enter'

in this location, type:

ren kernel32.dll kernel.old

If you need to reboot the system to gain 'cd rom support', do so at this time and boot once again
into the command prompt only mode.

With cdrom support, you should have access to the
WIN98 CD in the cdrom. change directory (CD) to
the win98 folder on the cdrom - CD \WIN98
Use 'E' or the letter showing for the cdrom.

In the win98 directory, type SETUP.

when setup begins, SAY NO when asked to save your
files.

Your OS will be fully reinstalled and restored without loosing a single file or folder, unless
one or the other has been 'trunked' in some way.

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by niseys In reply to

Make sure when asked for the installation directory ( c:\windows.000 may show, this is
not correct - remove the .000 or end up reverting
to the beginning. using a new directory, windows
doesn't act very well.) insure to use the original location - c:\windows

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by niseys In reply to

This process removes windows 'eyes' and 'mind'. It thinks nothing is there and can't see anything of the files until it begins installation, then it places all your files exactly where they belong. This procedure simply removes windows inital starting instructions making it think it is
installing onto a new hard drive, then it bumps its head and mysteriously remembers what it is supposed to be doing and finds things right where they originally were. You temporarily 'blind' windows so it remembers what's on your system.

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by niseys In reply to

I call this the 'Yanking windows brain' method.

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by NLane126 In reply to

Thanks a million I used your answer and got it to reinstall everything on the computer, I have to tell you I was surprised that it worked but it worked .I didn't loose anything and its sounds even better than before I have to say you niseysbcglobalnet.com deserves a medal Thanks again Nathan

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