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Windows 95 won't load

By tlefort ·
BIG PROBLEMS!!! I'm running Win95 and it won't load. At times, it just locks up at the Win95 logo after it says "Starting Windows 95". Other times it will get all the way to error detection and prompting me to load in Safe Mode. I choose Safe Mode and then it locks up again. Since it wouldn't boot off the system drive, I tried the CD after changing the boot sequence. Then, it failed loading from CD. So I tried booting from a floppy. I was able to get a prompt, but the keyboard was frozen. I couldn't type anything. I'm out of ideas. Please help!!! A side note that may mean something to someone is that when I went into the BIOS to change the boot sequence, I was checking around and noticed that the system date was set at November 11, 2045!! I corrected it, but am perplexed as to how that happened. I've heard of really crazy things happening when the motherboard battery needs replacing. Again, please help!!

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Windows 95 won't load

by sKIz In reply to Windows 95 won't load

well you can try to reset the BIOS back to 'failsafe' default values... and see if that works.

If not did any software change, of get installed?

If the BIOS default settings dont work I would try to get the latest BIOS patch and flash it and then set it back to the default values and see if that cleans it up.

Is this system always on? It may be a heat problem.

good luck

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by tlefort In reply to Windows 95 won't load

When I turn on the power, the only thing that happens is the power supply fan and the CPU fan go on. All the lights on the front of the box stay on. Nothing else is happening. It's not that your advice wouldn't help. I'm just not getting that far. If you have anything further to offer, please do so.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Windows 95 won't load

I suspect overheating as well. Especially since you're not getting any beeps or error messages from hardware or software. Make sure the Power supply fan and CPU fan are running. Leave the cover off and powered down for awhile, then try again.

Either that or your motherboard is totally fried.

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by tlefort In reply to Windows 95 won't load

When I turn on the power, the only thing that happens is the power supply fan and the CPU fan go on. All the lights on the front of the box stay on. Nothing else is happening. It's not that your advice wouldn't help. I'm just not getting that far. If you have anything further to offer, please do so.

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by bstei18 In reply to Windows 95 won't load

Is there a machine similar to yours around that you can test with? If so, pull the hard drive and see if you can boot to safe mode easily. Don't let it boot normaly or Win95 will try to install any device that would be different on this machine. If it works you've probably eliminated that as a problem and can look at the motherboard/BIOS.

If you can get to the motherboard manufacturers web site see if you can download a BIOS flash and try it with a backup of your boot disk. While this may bewishfull thinking, it may work.

If that doesn't work it is probably a bad MB or processor. If you can get the same board and the test with the HD worked, you may not have to reinstall too much.

Good Luck!

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by tlefort In reply to Windows 95 won't load

When I turn on the power, the only thing that happens is the power supply fan and the CPU fan go on. All the lights on the front of the box stay on. Nothing else is happening. It's not that your advice wouldn't help. I'm just not getting that far. If you have anything further to offer, please do so.

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by spiceman In reply to Windows 95 won't load

There could be several things wrong so you need to eliminate 1 problem at a time. You did not say when you started having these problems - after what event.
Try:
remove all other cards except video and see if that works. Do your Windows 95 installand then add one device at time to find out what was the offending device or driver.

If you had problem just with the video and memory do you have another memory module you can try and ensure as stated earlier all the cooling devices are working correctly. One try is just to swap the memory between the slots so that you are making sure they are not slighty unaligned. Also can test if the memory modules work okay on another computer.

Another thing to try is to change the video card, keeping the memory the same (remove all other cards).

You can also try to check the web site for BIOS upgrade - ideally you should do this first!

run scan disk from your boot disk and if possible a virus check (boot sector viruses).

Good luck,
Kamal

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by tlefort In reply to Windows 95 won't load

When I turn on the power, the only thing that happens is the power supply fan and the CPU fan go on. All the lights on the front of the box stay on. Nothing else is happening. It's not that your advice wouldn't help. I'm just not getting that far. If you have anything further to offer, please do so.

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by calves In reply to Windows 95 won't load

Call me crazy, but your master boot record might be corrupted (Although I agree with asyscokid about overheat). This will not hurt your computer:
Boot from the w95 boot diskette, see if you can use the keyboard this time and at the prompt run fdisk /mbr.

I also agree with previous answer on reloading the defaults on Bios.


Good luck!

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by tlefort In reply to Windows 95 won't load

When I turn on the power, the only thing that happens is the power supply fan and the CPU fan go on. All the lights on the front of the box stay on. Nothing else is happening. It's not that your advice wouldn't help. I'm just not getting that far. If you have anything further to offer, please do so.

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