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By Ggillcom ·
Started up computer.Get black screen.Shut it off with the power switch and restarted.SCANDISK stops @ 35%.Restarted computer with boot disk using Option @(without Cd-Rom support).Could not get to Windows.Error message:could not find drive E.Computerwas working fine till last night.
Specifications :
Custom built.256 RAM,20 Gb HD,DVD,CD-Rw,Zip nd floppy drives.Win 98.

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by TheChas In reply to startup problem

Okay,
If I understand correctly, you do get video when the system POSTs, and when you boot from a startup disk.

Try booting normally, and press F8 when the screen displays that Windows is Starting.

Select "Safe Mode"
If the system boots, then right click on a blank area of the desktop,
select properties,
click on settings,
click on apply.

Re-boot.
This will put you into Windows with a basic video setup.
Now, you need to check for correct drivers:
AGP "mini-port" driver for the motherboard / chipset.
DirectX (run dxdiag from the run box on the start menu)
Video card driver.
Monitor Driver (at least that the correct monitor is selected)

You may need to download and re-install 1 or more drivers.

If the system does not boot into safe mode, or does not boot into normal mode, I would re-install Windows.
Boot from the startup disk,
Select with CD-ROM support.
Have the W98 CD in the drive, and run setup.

You will need to re-install some updates.

Once you have Windows running again, update and run your virus scanner to make sure the problem was not caused by a virus.

Chas

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by rdunn In reply to startup problem

You may want to verify that all your IDE drives are set up correctly (master/slave) - Go into your BIOS setup and look to make sure everything is being recognized properly.

I've seen weird things happen when you don't jumper them master/slave -computer could work fine, and blamo - your PC thinks your drive is your primary boot device...

Open your computer and make sure everything is set right via jumpers. Now, I've used Cable Select, but I don't recommend it - and I believe that this only works with UDMA 66 and above devices...

I would set it up this way:
20 GB HD - Pri Master
ZIP - Pri Slave
CD-RW - Sec Master
DVD - Sec Slave

Good luck!
Rob

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by Exp In reply to startup problem

when you said scandisk stops @ 35%, what test was it stops @. the file or directory sacn or what?? You might have some corrupted files.
1/ try run scandisk and surface scan again. If it fail try reload win98 using the startup disk or CD. make sureyou are installing it on the same directory.

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by @lberto In reply to startup problem

Hello there.

First of all, how many partitios you have on your hard disk? If only one then there is an application installed that is trying to launch a program that resides on your disk E, probably on one of your CDs or Zip disks, check that first. What was the thing you installed last time before it got corrupted.
If you didn't install any aplication then what I suggest you is to boot from a floppy or press Shift while your pc boots, it will get you to DOS prompt, go to Windows and edit Win.ini, check if run or Load are trying to launch any application on drive E, if so, just put a ( in front of the load or run option and reboot your PC, it is probably trying to launch that.
Also check the system.ini and search for E and do the same ( in front of it.

I hope it helps, if not e-mail me back
alberto@pancarib.com

Good luck,
@lberto

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