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stubborn fatal exception in Win 98

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by AcidReign, Feb 4, 2003.

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  1. AcidReign

    AcidReign Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2003
    Howdy all,

    Here's the setup. I turn on the computer, it goes through its motions, displays the splash screen and everything. Then Windows 98 "starts". It brings up the Microsoft Network logon box, then cuts to the following blue screen o' death:

    A fatal exception OE has occured at 0028:C15FBAPB in VXD mstr1xp(01) + 0003B83B. The current application will be terminated.

    Hitting a key to continue brings up the background and the mouse pointer (controllable), but nothing else happens.

    I've been uninstalling programs as of late to make room for new things, so I thought the registry might have been messed up and I tried a scanreg restore to get a working registry. No luck. Any thoughts?

  2. Jtoast


    Oct 3, 2002
    if you can get into safe mode, try reinstalling windows over itself.
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Try Safe Mode as suggested to get to the desktop. If you can, do a Find Files for:


    Right click on it and select Properties > Version and see if there is any copyright info. It's not a "windows" file.

    Tap the f8 key repeatedly at the begining of the boot process to get the startup menu with safe mode.

    See also:

  4. IMM


    Feb 1, 2002
    FYI - 0028:C15FBAPB is an impossible address (there is no P in hex). Is it 0028:c15fbafb ?
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Uninstalling a program tends to leave folders, files, and registry entries behind in many cases. If you've done a LOT of uninstalling, you need to go back and check for all this leftover trash and get rid of it. You might want to read here.

    You might also take a look in the MSCONFIG startup tab and see which programs can be unchecked and disabled from loading during startup. Trimming down the startup load will perk up your computer and reduce the problems with error messages.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips:)
  6. Furlingame


    Mar 26, 2003
    I receive the same fatal error but address is 0028:[email protected] mstr1xp (01)

    It's been there on and off for 3 years - I just keep tyring patiently and it sorts itself out. I don't know what's causing it.:confused:
  7. Walter82


    Aug 22, 2003
    I do PC Repair for a small ISP and may have come across this same error today. It was an intermittent Fatal Exception OE at 0028:C159587B in mstr1xp(01). After the error occcured, I could hit the any key and the wallpaper came back but the computer would not continue to load Windows 98. The only things that seemed to work were the mouse and Ctrl-Alt-Delete.

    I eventually discovered that the Blue Screen did not occur when I had the onboard sound disabled in the BIOS.

    The sound chip was an ESS Maestro-2, chip number ES1968MS. I booted into safe mode, deleted all sound devices from the Device Manager, and installed newer drivers from <http://www.esst.com/techsupp/drivers.shtm> and it seems to boot fine every time now.

    The computer was a P-II Micron Millennia, in case anyone's wondering.
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