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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 5:24 pm:   

hello problem is every time i try to load my OS (WIN98) I get this:

Standard Mode: Fault in MS-DOS Extender.
EC=22DC CS=0053 IP=2871 AX=2720 BX=0000 CX=FFFF DX=FFFF
SI=0083 DI=0F94 BP=4278 DS=004B ES=0384 SS=004B SP=426E

Standard Mode: Bad Fault in MS-DOS Extender.
Fault: 000D Stack Dump: 02F4 0000 0070
Raw fault frame: EC=22DC IP=24AB CS=0053 FL=3013 SP=00F2 SS=004B

can anyone tell me whats wrong and how to fix this problem....when i try to run "scandisk.exe /all" ...... i get this message:

There is not enough free conventional memory to check a drive.

You may need to remark (REM) some device drivers from your CONFIG.SYS file. Or, in your CONFIG.SYS, you may need to load the EMM386.EXE driver to load your other device drivers into Upper memory Blocks using DEVICEHIGH= statments.

How do i do that ??????

anyone PLEASE help.....thank you all

oh yes i have reformatted and tried deleteing and creating new partitions
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 8:38 pm:   

Try to bootup in safe mode. If it boots up ok then there could be a problem with a device driver or something entered in the autoexec.bat or config.sys.
When in safe mode go to RUN on the start menu and type MSCONFIG and click on OK. The first thing you'll see is the General Tab. In the middle of the page you will see both the autoexec.bat and the config.sys files checked. Uncheck both files and click on OK. Reboot the computer and hope that it comes up. If it does then unless you have a special need for the files leave them unchecked. Win98 does not need these files to work. The files are used for dos applications such as a virus program checking for viruses before loaded win98.
I would like to know more about how and what you did when partitioning and formating the hard drive. Why do you need more than one partition on the hard drive?
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 12:03 pm:   

i am unable to load a OS because I get the Standard Mode Fault.....i was in the process of converting FAT32 to NTFS when i lost power, every since then whenever i try loading a OS (WIN98,ME, WIN2000) I get a fault, as though I don't have enough extended memory
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 12:40 pm:   

can yuou give your hardware specs by chance?
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 1:09 pm:   

I have 30gig harddrive....512 0f RAM....266mhz...i have removed all other hardware
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 12:53 pm:   

are you trying just to get an os on the drive? or specifically winxp? could be when the conversion failed, it messed up the partition or there are bad blocks on the drive. clean the cd also to make sure it isn't dirt that's interfering with the install. if it's partially ntfs, a win bootup disk won't get rid of it so you can start fresh. also, for the power issue, it may be that it fried a component when you lost power. i'd download delpart to get rid of any partitions on the drive, then recreate a partition using a dos bootup disk with fat 32.

standard mode fault usually indicates that there is an upper memory conflict that is preventing the DOS version of Windows Setup from running (usually in the config.sys) and you have to disable them. here's an article from microsoft about this:;en-us;q87239
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 9:57 am:   

i am tryin to install any OS (WIN98,ME,WIN2000,XP Pro) I have tried them all....i also deleted all partitions and made just a single partition on C: w/FAT32....i relize there is a upper memory conflict....but what divice high= statements do i put in the Config.sys boot disk to correct the problem....and thanks for the help
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 10:38 am:   

hey WIN.....SOLVED the problem...removed all 512mb of DIMM RAM and replaced it with just one 128 MB DIMM....after loading OS put all RAM back in and system works just fine....your link gave me the ideal to try that...THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 2:42 pm:   

your very welcome, glad it worked.

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