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By iskolky ·
I have a Compaq Presario Notebook (1610) running Windows 98se. Problem is, sometimes when it starts up, I see the screen "Starting Windows 98"), but it doesn't boot up. The hard drive
spins (powers) down and I hear the drive "seeking" (or stuck and
can't go beyond) something. Then it spins up trying to boot.
Regardless, this cycles (spins up and down) without the computer
booting up. I can access the drive in Safe Mode and have checked
it for errors (are none). What I have to do is reinstall Windows
98se, which is time consuming. When viewing the boot log, I see
it stops at checking various fonts in the registry (don't know if
this is a clue). Also think that it may or may not have to do
with bookmarks in Outlook Express accounts.Have no other
problems with the hard drive or accessing programs in DOS. Any
help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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by >@ >@ Gone Fishing @< @< In reply to Problem

AT A GUESS.
You could have a physical failure on the drive, in dos try and copy the fonts folder to another directory, I say it is a physical problem becuase i don't beleive win98 has the power to instruct a drive to spin up and down in that manner, power management spins a drive down and back up again, but that isn't likely to be happening while booting, what did you use to test the drive, note your email address and I will send you some good software

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by balsharaf In reply to Problem

While you have a Compac, there is a Restore Recovery CD that comes with you laptob and also there is a Windows 98 CD.

you have to do the following:
1. Insert Restore Recovery (RR) CD into CD Drive.
2. Restart your compter
3. Follow the screen instructions
Note :
later it will ask you to enter Win98 CD
The whole process will take about 30 Minutes

4. If you don't have the RR CD, I would suggest to go to Comapq web site and get 1800 number to get the CD.

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by Fossil In reply to Problem

Before doing anything major boot in safe mode and try these three items, one at a time: 1) In the drive poperities, select the tools tab and a)check for errors and b)defrag the harddrive and reboot; 2) the true-type cache might be bad. look for a file, ttfCache in your windows folder. Delete it and reboot. It will be recreated on startup.
Both of those have worked for me in eliminating startup/shutdown problems in Win98.
Third, as a longshot, look at the bootlog for the font that was attempting to be loaded . Copy it (fontname.ttf) to the temp directory, uninstall it and then reinstall it and reboot.

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by BuffaloDan In reply to Problem

You can un-install or remove the majority of fonts thru control panel, Your fonts tend to take up a relatively large chunk of HDD space, and most go unused throughout the life of the computer.

Next, run scandisk, in "THOROUGH" Mode, might have a bad spot developing on the HDD.
(probably where the fonts are being read from)...

Good Luck

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by smltec In reply to Problem

If you can get into safemode then the problem is with a driver not loading correctly. I have seen a defective mouse do what you are describing. Try to boot the machine clean(disconnect all cards and the cdrom drive and floppy drive and mouse and anyother peripherals EXCEPT the keyboard and see if it will boot into windows normally. Then start reconnecting them one at a time until you find the culprit. If it isnt hardware then at the safemode menu choose number 6(safemode command prompt)and type scanreg /restore and choose an earlier registry to restore. If this dont work then you will have to reinstall the os.

hope this helps

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