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Help tracking down hardware and/or driver conflict

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jsuebersax, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. jsuebersax

    jsuebersax Thread Starter

    Jul 31, 2006
    Windows 98 SE doesn't boot normally on my IBM ThinkPad 600. I can boot to Safe Mode and Step-by-Step loading mode, but not to regular mode.


    Happened afterI used New Hardware Wizard to try to add the following:

    1. Ports (COM & LPT)
    Communications Port (Microsoft) [4-23-1999]
    Communications Port (Microsoft) [8-24-1996]
    Lucent Controllerless Modem Port

    2. System Devices
    Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) BIOS

    Diagnostic Messages

    Vary, but one possibly more relevant one read:

    Your multi-function device (Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Master IDE Controller)
    has some child devices using 32-bit drivers and others using
    compatibility-mode drivers. This configuration is not supported so
    your computer has been halted...

    Another, which has not recurred, was:

    An exception 0E has occurred at 0028:C028B97A in VxD

    What I've tried

    1. Used Device Manager to remove:
    Communications Port (Microsoft) [8-24-1996]
    Lucent Controllerless Modem Port
    and rebooted

    2. Renamed Win.ini to Win.xxx and rebooted

    3. Saved System.ini, copied System.cb (clean boot) to
    System.ini and rebooted

    4. Used a previously backed up System.ini and rebooted

    5. Ran msconfig.exe, unchecked system.ini, rebooted

    6. In Step-by-Step boot mode, tried various things, including not loading the last \
    driver to load before system hangs up (spccrdx.vxd)

    None of these helped.


    1. In Device Manager, System Devices, may I safely remove either/both of these?
    a. Intel 82371AB PCI to ISA bridge (EIO Mode)
    b. Intel 82371AB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller

    2. In Device Manager, may I safely remove COM1?

    3. What should I try next? Any other suggestions or ideas? (I don't have the W98
    installation disks with me).

    4. Is there a website with good information about how to proceed?

    I can post my bootlog, if anyone's interested in looking at it.


  2. Elf-stone


    Jan 29, 2005
    You can try restoring the registry to a previous date. In MS-DOS mode enter the "scanreg /restore" command and choose a date before the problems began. It's gotten me out of trouble many times.
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