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Win 98 not booting

By jlstrader ·
I am trying to restore a 98 machine that will not boot. It says that vmm32.vxd is missing and it is not missing. I searched the hard drive from the DOS prompt and found it. Also, when I try to boot normally, it gets to the splash screen for windows and TURNS THE COMPUTER OFF!!!!! WHY???? I am completely dumbfounded.

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by Ann777 In reply to Win 98 not booting

boot to the dos prompt and rename it to vmm32.old

Then re-install Win98 on top of your current installation. The re-install will replace any missing files.

Usually vmm32.vxd requires a bunch of dll's as well. They may be missing. A re-install of your OS should resolve this problem.

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by jlstrader In reply to Win 98 not booting

The computer is not getting past the splash screen and is turning itself OFF. There is stopping it. I have tried and tried. I even reset CMOS.

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by Stillatit In reply to Win 98 not booting

Some .dll or driver has been corrupted. Most likely it is NOT the one named in the error message. Windows puts up the splash screen, then begins loading drivers. When it loads the bad one and starts its initialization code, it may be executing random instructions. It happens that the particular corruption you have is finding its way to the routine that shuts down the computer (and turns off the power).

The exact problem and which file, do not really matter, since the fix is the same regardless. You need to reinstall Windows 98SE. Boot from the boot floppy or the CD, and do the reinstall on top of the existing installation. This will replace your corrupted file(s) will a clean copy.

Good luck.

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by jlstrader In reply to Win 98 not booting

Dead CMOS Battery

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by robert_a_mocarski In reply to Win 98 not booting

Win98 will look for dll files in the install location specified during the install. By default, it is c:\windows\system. If you do a search for the file, it is likely that you will see multiple copies on the same computer. Make sure that the file isin c:\windows\system.

It is possible that if windows cannot find this file, it will not be able to boot and will turn the computer off. Usually I've seen the system hang, though.

If the file is in that location, then something may have changedthe system variable for the windows install location. Get to a command prompt and type "set". Look for a variable called windir. vmm32.vxd needs to be in the \system directory in that location for windows to find it.

If the missing file and the computer turning off turn out to be different issues, then run msconfig and turn off all programs on the start tab. Try rebooting and see if the computer boots normally. If it does, then the problem is being caused by one of the programs that you turned off and you can identify it by turning them on one by one and seeing which one causes the computer to turn off. If you need assistance with msconfig, please reply and I'll send you detailed instructions.

If that doesn't help, then I suggest that you reinstall windows or take the computer to someone for service.

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by jlstrader In reply to Win 98 not booting

Dead CMOS started the whole thing.

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by jlstrader In reply to Win 98 not booting

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