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By nu4ever ·
I have computer that won't bootup. It says that it was not shut down right. So when I start it it starts the scan disk and reaches only 35% then says that a cluster of data is missing data and windows will try and work around it. I click on ok and it just sitts there not doing nothing. This computer has windows 98se. I have tried to just reload windows and get the same thing and using a boot disk and get the same thing. Any suggestions would greatly apperciated.

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by CaShorty42 In reply to Start up

There are a possibility of reasons that your computer will probably won't boot up is because one, the computer you have could mostly have a virus in it or a bug. Two, your computer is probably overflowwed with to much memory. You should update your computer to windows xp and start cleaning your computer out from scratch.

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by nu4ever In reply to Start up

I can't even get to boot up so how could I clean it up.

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by Ann777 In reply to Start up

Can you press F8 as soon as you power the computer, but before you get to the Windows logo... and get the computer to start in Safe Mode? If yes, then at the DOS prompt type: chkdsk /r <enter> Then let it fully repair, if it can.

Is your computer making more noise than normal or any unusual clicking/slipping noise coming from the hard disk drive? If it is making usual noise before it appears to hang, then maybe your hard disk drive has crashed.

See if you can do the chkdsk /r (check disk with repair option) and depending on the size of the drive, it could take awhile. If it's not making any unusual sounds, then let it run until you see the DOS prompt again. Reboot at that point, and if the repair has found/fixed the problems, Windows should fully boot.

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Whoops, Sorry, TheChas is correct. You should use the F8 and boot to DOS mode. And run the chkdsk from there. Let it finish.

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by nu4ever In reply to Start up

Anna777 This system is running windows98. I have tried to run it in safe mode but it still stays at 31% and goes no farther.

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by TheChas In reply to Start up

Instead of booting into safe mode, boot to the command prompt and run chkdsk /f from there.

Another alternative would be to boot from a W98 startup floppy and run scandisk from there.

Depending on which files are causing the problem, you may be able to just re-install W98 over itself.

If you cannot install W98 over itself, you have 1 of 3 problems:

1. Virus

2. Hard drive failing.

3. Motherboard or RAM failing.

Chas

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