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wolfworx

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Has anyone else had a similar problem.

I had a problem with a video crash requiring a reboot when some programs ( MS Cinemania 97 for one) were run.

This problem was not hardware related. I replaced the hard disk with another and installed Win 98, the problem did not occur.

I experimented with the video drivers and found the solution.

VMM32.VXD found in the win98 windows/system directory was apparently corrupted causing th crashes. There is no diagnostic of which I am aware that could detect the cause of the video failure. Re-installing Win 98 over the existing OS did not overwrite the defective file.

I installed Win 98 on another Hard disk and discovered that the video crash did not occur. I saved VMM32.VXD from
that install and later copied it back (in DOS prompt) to the original OS install. Problem gone!

Final thought. If similar problems occur in Win XP, methods such as the one I used here to discover and correct a problem would probably be impossible. Don't we just love Microsoft?
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