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Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 4:20 am:   

When I start my system all I am getting is the Light Blue Windows 98 screen. It is not freezing as the that travelling blue strip is still moving accross the bottom. But when I listen to the hard drive its sounds as though its doing the same sequence over and over again like a jammed record (lol sorry CD). Its just continually does that and will not boot up.

I have done nothing, no new downloads or added any hardware

Any ideas
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 9:52 am:   

Have you tried to boot win98 in safe mode (F8 after post screen)? You could also try the step by step confirmation routine besides safemode. Could be a driver not loading properly or even some virus activity trying to alter the MBR on the hard drive. More than likely a bad cluster on the hard drive though with the description you have given.
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 1:23 pm:   

Hi . Yes have tried that now and the Step by Step and also the c prompt and nothing . Is still the same. Once I go into step by step and as soon as I say yes to the first one "Process system registry" its starts with the same process over and over again.

Any furthur thoughts

Thanks Sarge
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 8:14 pm:   

HMMM, No boot in safe mode or step by step, can you boot by floppy with a win98 recovery/setup disk? If you can, run Scandisk c: from DOS either from the boot disk or from the Virtual disk that the WIN98 recovery disk sets up usually drive E: the command in DOS at the prompt would be either From A:\>Scandisk C: (enter) or from the Virtual Drive E:\>Scandisk C: (enter) run the scandisk and check files and folders first. If the files and folders are ok than do a surface scan. this can take a loooong time to complete, if it does and surface errors are found it's time to back up what you can and replace the hard drive. Usually it's a sign of imminent failure.
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 8:21 pm:   

Another thought is if it is virus related you can use your AV console recovery disk's I hope you made when the Antivirus program was installed. If not and it is a virus than your only recourse would be to FDISK/Format and reinstall as the fdisk procedure will wipe the partition clean and rebuild the partition ensuring that any virus' will be wiped out along with the data it has infected.
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 10:01 pm:   

Have tried the original boot disk and it does not seem to want to read it and continues to do the same thing.

Well I have the latest version and up to date of Norton's. But no did not make the disks. I really have to try and recover the data off it as some is important.

I dont know how I could use FDisk as I cant get it to boot off the floppy to get the C prompt or via the F8.
Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 8:06 am:   

Can you access the bios to make sure that booting from floppy is enabled? The setting in most computers is A: C: SCSI. You may be set to boot from C: Only. If it is an MBR problem FDISK/MBR will wipe the master boot record and leave the data intact once you get to a dos prompt.
Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 1:23 pm:   

Hi... good point am going to check that now... thanks...will let you know
Ron Powers
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 - 5:36 am:   

Using AMD 1700+ with Win 98 2nd edition, 256 Ram and nvidia g-force mx440. When starting up I get one of two messages: While initializing device VNETSUP: Windows Protection Error. You need to restart your computer. or While initializing device PERF: Win Protection Error. I restart and end up in Win Startup Menu, SAFE MODE but no better off. This repeats 2 or 3 times before starting correctly.

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