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Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 - 8:58 pm:   

I have a Pentium 166 with VX MB. Problem was that the system would't load windows 98. I ended up flashing the bios after trying all else. Now new problem... Windows 98 now stops before completing opening sequence and displays message "while initializing device IOS windows protection error." and refuse to go any further. I thought if I reinstalled windows it may help. I tried to do this and during the install process "Scandisk found no errors", then message "scanning system registry". No errors were advised here either. Then message "copying needed windows files" then suddenly, "standard mode. Fault outside of MSDOS extender". Activity stops here.
Anyone able to help would be really appreciated.
V (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 - 7:44 pm:   

did you re-install over an existing copy or did you do a fresh install? just wondering
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2001 - 1:35 pm:   

Are you using the WIN98 upgrade over WIN95 or did you do a clean install of WIN98???
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2001 - 6:31 pm:   

I formatted the drive and tried to install Windows 98 SE freah on the drive.
I just think there is something simple because the installation goes smoothly until that final error message. It seems to me that it is a windows error and not Bios or MB error. I have tried installing a friends copy of windows as I thought perhaps my copy was faulty but I get the same error message.
Any help appreciated.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2001 - 6:20 am:   

are you using the original startup disk that came with win98 cd or a home made from someone elses setup?
just a thought
also did you fdisk the drive before formating
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2001 - 2:12 am:   

Thanks to suggestions received. I ended up trying all remedies and even got info from Microsoft knowledge base and tried a couple of fix's that seemed to address my problem closely but these did not work either. After a month or more I gave up earlier this afternoon and gave the mother board a gentle tap with a hammer so I would not be tempted to try again. I really believe the MB had a basic fault that caused all the described errors as all the other components worked well on other mobo's.
Thanks again,
John White
Posted on Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 2:11 pm:   

I attempted to install a U.S. Robotics 56K Faxmodem using windows 98.The computer detected new hardware, but would not extract the neccesray files. No IRQ assigned. I shut down the computer to ensure that the modem was installed securely. When I attempted to boot the system, could only come up in safe mode. When I was able to get to the desktop. The screen was set on a larger setting. I attempted to change the display setting hit apply and shut down. Now when I try to come up. I get as far as the log on screen. This was corrected using C:\ scanreg / restore. I log on new hardware is detected, but will not extract from installation disk. I'll get an illegal operation warning EXPLORER caused an invalid page fault in module EXPLORER.EXE at 0617:0040lf31.I hit close and it will freeze at this point. The mouse will move the arrow across the screen but there is noting but the windows flag on screen. Can't get to desktop. Even when new hardware is not detected, and I log on,or attempt to come up in safe mode, I get the same illegal operation warning. How can I get past this.
John White
Posted on Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 2:37 pm:   

Need help getting to the desktop.
Using Windows 98 I attempted to install a U.S. Robotics 56k Faxmodem PCI. Would not extract files from installation disk. No IRQ assigned. I shut down to ensure that the modem was secure in the slot. When I attempted to come back to the desktop, could only come up in safe mode. When I got past that, the screen display was now on a larger setting. I attempted to adjust the display setting, hit apply and shutdown. Now when I attempt to boot the system, the screen display is the same. Followed suggestion I read on this site. Log on in safe mode command prompt only, at c prompt type C:\scanreg / restore This reinstalled windows back up files with no errors. Now the screen is normal size, but when I get to the log on screen, I'll enter password. Sometimes I'll get new hardware found, but still will not extract files from disk. Then I get an illegal operation warning EXPLORER caused an invalid page fault in EXPLORER.EXE at 0167:0040lf31. Even when new hardware is not detected, I'll get the same warning after log on screen, then it will freeze there just before desktop comes up, or it will say no mouse detected. How can I get past this to get to the desktop?
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2002 - 12:02 pm:   

when you installed windows, did you disable the bios antivirus? that may help you. it sounds like a hardware problem to me, as well. some piece of the hardware is not compatible. plug and pray, being the reason. the modem might want a particular irq, and windows isn't giving it up.
John White
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2002 - 12:37 pm:   

Thank you for responding. I was running McAfee virus scan at that time, which began to give me problems at start up. I uninstalled it, and that particular problem went away. I'll check the bios antivirus setting, I believe it was disabled.
John white
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 11:57 am:   

The bios antivirus is disabled. Still have same invalid page fault just after I log on, then system freezes.
I went in and pulled out new modem to see if computer would not detect new hardware, but I still had same problem.
Attempted to install windows from dos, but I got a message saying VFAT initialization failed. A device or resource required by VFAT is not present or unavailable. VFAT cannot continue loading.
System halted.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Thank you!
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 3:10 pm:   

question, do you wish to re-install from scratch? try just the video, motherboard, ram, mouse, keyboard, and monitor. then fdisk the drive, repartition it and reformat it, and then try to install windows with the bios's antivirus disabled. if it still has problems, it's easier to find it without all the extra hardware involved, it could be a driver problem with hardware, or it could be a bios setting. either way, see if you can get updated bios and or drivers for you hardware before trying this. post up what the results are and the exact error messages.
Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2002 - 5:13 pm:   

Thank you win!

I attempted to reformat drive c, but I kept getting an insufficient memory message.I did not attempt to repartition.I'll do that and then reformat in order to reinstall.

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 8:02 am:   

Repartitioned, and reformatted drive C, and reinstalled Windows. Problem solved. Thanks!

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