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By roger.law ·
Can anyone help??
Have an HPVectra loaded with XP OS..
I want to install Win98 OS.. 4 reasons not needed.
I format the drive and repartition to FAT32 and reload Win98. The OS load is successful and there are NO errors, but when the the machine boots for the first time it says Win98 is running for the first time and then goes to "safe mode". When I choose "safe mode" it reboots and loops to safe mode. I have tried several times using different techniques and different Win98 software and the result is the same. I can retro to Win2000 without a problem, but not to Win98. Is there something I need to do on the BIOS? or file formatting on the drive? Anyone got any ideas or had this problem?? Is it a hardware incompatability issue?
Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to OS Downgrading

Sounds like a hardware / driver issue.

The default drivers in 98 are no longer applicable to most hardware.

You should be able to stop the continual safe mode boot by right clicking on an open area of the desktop.
Select properties.
Click onthe settings tab.
Click accept, that will force the display into standard 16 color 640*480 resolution.

Then, start be seeing if HP has W98 drivers that you can download for your system.
If not, you will need to identify what chipset is on the motherboard, and for the other hardware in the system.

Then, go to the chip mfgs web site and download their "reference" drivers for W98 and the specific chips in your system.

For help identifying what devices are in the system, download Belarc Advisor from www.belarc.com
I havn't tried it on a PC without the drivers installed, so I don't know how effective it will be.

Start with the drivers for the motherboard.
Then for the video card/chip. (You may need to install DirectX in order toget the video driver to install)
Finish with the other devices.

For further help identifying components, and links to the web sites for the drivers, check out www.driverguide.com
and www.motherboards.org

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to OS Downgrading

One more thing.
How much RAM do you have?
Windows 98 has problems in many systems with more than 511MB of RAM.
If you have 512MB or more, that could be adding to the problem.

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by roger.law In reply to OS Downgrading

Thanks for the help. Although I had already discovered the solution, you were right on. The XP Box had 1.2 Gig of Ram and Win98 was choking on it. Cut back to .5 Gig and all was well. So your comment was right on.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to OS Downgrading

Hi,

While TheChas' answer is correct, I'm not sure you'll ever get to the point where you can update the drivers as I think you mentioned it reboots before actually getting into safe mode.

If thats the case, then you're going to have to start pulling hardware out of your machine until it will boot.

You may get the same effect by disabling the hardware in the BIOS, but the only way to be sure is to lose it entirely.

Start with the network card if it has one. I've had lots of stability problems that cause reboots with dodgy drivers for the network card.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by roger.law In reply to OS Downgrading

Thanks for the help. Although I had already discovered the solution, you were right on. The XP Box had 1.2 Gig of Ram and Win98 was choking on it. Cut back to .5 Gig and all was well. You were right I never would have gotten to downloading drivers.

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