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atcadenza

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This is an update to my last post, since then, the system crashed and have only just got back on line.
I have an IBM Thinkpad 240, model 2609-21U with Windows ME and am using a Micro Solutions Backpack bantam CD ROM external drive model 181100, parallel port connection.
Some months ago I attempted to load Office XP, this did not fully install and "unrolled" itself. This action somehow corrupted the registry and would not reboot even into 'safe mode.'
I finally got into DOS and ran scanreg. Then I ran configsafe, this has got the machine running but will not read the parallel printer port LPT1, USB or the IR ports. All else seems OK.
When I reload the backpack driver, it loaded in the control panel under a SCSI device manager with a conflict, when I rebooted using the 'safe mode', the control panel seems correct, but then I am in 'safe' mode and cannot access the CD-ROM.
At the moment the backpack driver loads into it's own folder in device manager, not under cd-drives, there is no cd-drive folder.
When I try to print, the paper keeps feeding through the printer continuously without printing.
The only conflicts I can find are :-
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering Device ID PCI\IRQ Holder\60 error code 22
I was also getting :-
Environment variables were found in the legacy files autoexec.bat and/or config.sys and the variables were moved to the windows registry. ---but this has now gone.
I downloaded the latest BIOS and installed it. Also downloaded latest and extra vxd drivers.
When I load the IBM recovery disk, it comes to a choice, (1) recover from cd (2) load cd drivers and exit to dos Select either choice and the floppy disk drive just keeps running continuous, nothing happens. I have tried making a boot floppy with the backpack driver and this does not work either, though it may not be correct.
I have been through the IBM troubleshooting and Forum on www.pc.ibm.com/support Also other forums and tried sugestions for similar problems, including fdisk /mbr and sys c: I have disabled and enabled items in normal and safe modes, changed IRQ settings etc.
I have tried so many things and crashed so many times that it is impossible to keep track.

I wish to format drive C and reinstall windows 98 SE if this is at all possible.
Any advice/help would be appreciated.
 
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