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Can't load Windows

By alan.robinson14 ·
Win M/E.
Normal and Safe mode both locks up with a black screen and flicking cursor in top left.

Start using Floppy. ScanDisk and Surface scan both finish OK.

c:\DIR shows 10 Mg free should be 6 Gigabytes!

Attemp to re-install windows

c:\windows\options\cabs\setup

results in 16% copying files for windows setup then hangs.

Any Ideas?

Alan
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by Bill_W In reply to Can't load Windows

Seems as if there's a few tmp/chk files littered around if you only have a hundred meg or so when you should have 6Gb (I assume you meant 6Gb free). Try boot off a floppy again, get to a dos prompt (command prompt) and delete all the .tmp files you can find, ditto with .chk files on the root of C:, plus see where all the extra space is being used - I know it's a tad hard from dos, but can be done with patience. Also delete the contents of windows\temp.

Good luck.
Bill

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to Can't load Windows

Alan:

Seems like you have a lot going on to use 5.9 gig. If you can get a hold of a WIN98 boot disk, use it to boot. Hopefully, you are an old dos junkie. If so, you will know what deltree is. If it is not in your c:\win*\Sys* files, find it. You are going to want to clean up your drive anyway for your reinstall, expecially c root. Deltree is the easiest as it will ask you what directories to remove. However with a 10 gig drive, I believe that I would save my improtant stuff, wipe the drive, copy the the entire cd to the hard drive in c:\windows\options\cabs\setup and go from there. I have been question, why the entire cd. Even though ME has a limited amount of drivers, they are there. You can go through and clean out the directory of the unwanted trash before your first scan and defrag. Also, before you start, collect all of your basic drivers that you need for your video, sound, ect, make directories under your c:\w\o\ and place them there.

Before you do your install, check your memory. A bad stick of memdory will cause an abort due to at about 16% file load, 98SE and ME are sucking approximately 30 megs of memory for file transfer. If you are shy on memory, they will make a temp virtual (unseen) file on your harddrive to accomplish the transfer. Me see 10 mg, says no and crashes. I went through this problem trying to install 2000. Could not figure it out. About 20% install, Crash. In tracing back what I had previously done, I install a cheap stick of memory from Circuit City. I removed the stick and put in a PNY server stick, SMOOTH INSTALL.

Goo luck,

Paul.

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by alan.robinson14 In reply to Can't load Windows

Memory found to be cheap and faulty.

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by OTL In reply to Can't load Windows

You may also want to right click on my computer -> properties -> performance -> virtual memory and ensure you are letting windows manage virtual memory as opposed to you specifing virtual memory, then reboot.

Also empty cache and windows\temporary internet files, eats up a lot of HD space.

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by p.i.b In reply to Can't load Windows

Long shot here but its worth checking in BIOS to ensure that the Hard Drive is correctly set. I.E is there a problem with the correct size/type being recognised. Worth running FDISk from a boot disk to ensure partitioning looks correct. Not sure how old your MB is but its possible a battery failure is causing problems, check also date /time as this are the usual indicators of low backup battery voltage Paul B

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by alan.robinson14 In reply to Can't load Windows

He switched Hard Disks and BIOS Got confused. He should have checked that HD was set to Auto NOT WHAT IT WAS for the previous hard disk. Also there was a hardware memory problem

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