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bwaddoups

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Hello all, I'm a newbie to this forum and have searched here and elsewhere without being able to resolve my problem. I am running Win98 on a P3 500 Dell machine. Went to start it the last night and got the dell flash screen, windows starting screen and then the blue screen with the following:

Fatal Exception ocurred at 202F:00000316.

Hitting any key didn't do anything (surprise :eek: !) and CTRL-ALT-DEL just restarted the PC. It will boot to windows in safe mode but not normal or step-by-step mode. I tried running a registry restore from the DOS prompt using scanreg /restore and got a "system restore failed message." Performed a scandisk from on C: for grins and didn't find anything with that (full scan including surface).

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
 

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bwaddoups said:
Hello all, I'm a newbie to this forum and have searched here and elsewhere without being able to resolve my problem. I am running Win98 on a P3 500 Dell machine. Went to start it the last night and got the dell flash screen, windows starting screen and then the blue screen with the following:

Fatal Exception ocurred at 202F:00000316.

Hitting any key didn't do anything (surprise :eek: !) and CTRL-ALT-DEL just restarted the PC. It will boot to windows in safe mode but not normal or step-by-step mode. I tried running a registry restore from the DOS prompt using scanreg /restore and got a "system restore failed message." Performed a scandisk from on C: for grins and didn't find anything with that (full scan including surface).

Any thoughts?

Thanks!


recheck you error message again.
also try this:

Use one of the following methods to run System Configuration Utility: • Start the System Information tool, and then start System Configuration Utility:
1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
2. On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility.

• Start System Configuration Utility at the Run command. To do this, click Start, click Run, type msconfig.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
To use System Configuration Utility to perform a clean boot, use one of the methods that are mentioned earlier in this section to start System Configuration Utility, and then follow these steps: 1. On the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the following check boxes:
• Process Config.sys File
• Process Autoexec.bat File
• Process Winstart.bat File (if available)
• Process System.ini File
• Process Win.ini File
• Load Startup Group Items


2. Click OK, and then restart your computer when you are prompted to do so
 

bwaddoups

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Sorry for no reply to the help, I was away from a computer all weekend.

Checked the error message again, forgot to include that the error is as follows

fatat error OD ocurred at 202F:00000316

I will try the suggestion from tracer tonight.

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bwaddoups

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Ran the System Configuration Utility as suggested above and found the following:

Boots OK to 98 with all options unchecked.

Successively checked all items to see what would happen. Booted fine with all options until system.ini was added. Currently running with a selective boot with all options except process system.ini enabled. Screen and colors are terrible and changes to them don't seem to hold...which makes sense.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks,
bwaddoups
 

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bwaddoups said:
Ran the System Configuration Utility as suggested above and found the following:

Boots OK to 98 with all options unchecked.

Successively checked all items to see what would happen. Booted fine with all options until system.ini was added. Currently running with a selective boot with all options except process system.ini enabled. Screen and colors are terrible and changes to them don't seem to hold...which makes sense.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks,
bwaddoups
ok go back in to the "msconfig" in the system.ini and look down the list
until you see the (boot description) box.
open it in the list look for (display.drv=).
what do you have in there?

it looks like you might have to update your "display adapters" in
your "device manager".
btw did you recently download or install a new program on your system?
sometimes by doing that some programs reconfig. your display colors
and graphic settings.

if all fails you can always try "scanreg /restore" it will place your system back to the way it was before you had this problem but try and update your
display adapter drivers first.
 

bwaddoups

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tracer357#1 said:
ok go back in to the "msconfig" in the system.ini and look down the list
until you see the (boot description) box.
open it in the list look for (display.drv=).
what do you have in there?

it looks like you might have to update your "display adapters" in
your "device manager".
btw did you recently download or install a new program on your system?
sometimes by doing that some programs reconfig. your display colors
and graphic settings.

if all fails you can always try "scanreg /restore" it will place your system back to the way it was before you had this problem but try and update your
display adapter drivers first.
I have the following

display.drv=Intel(R) 810e Chipset Graphics Driver (DC133 FSB133) 4.11.01.1361

I have not installed new programs recently. Also when I tried to do a scanreg /restore when the problem first occurred it failed.

Thanks for all the help so far.

bwaddoups
 

JSntgRvr

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bwaddoups said:
Ran the System Configuration Utility as suggested above and found the following:

Boots OK to 98 with all options unchecked.

Successively checked all items to see what would happen. Booted fine with all options until system.ini was added. Currently running with a selective boot with all options except process system.ini enabled. Screen and colors are terrible and changes to them don't seem to hold...which makes sense.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks,
bwaddoups
To identify the entry that is causing the problem:

Run the System Configuration utility again. Click to select one check box under Selective Startup, click OK, restart your computer, and then test.


Continue this process until you have selected all of the items under Selective Startup. If you select an item and the issue reoccurs, click the tab for the corresponding Selective Startup item, clear half of the check boxes, ( except for those clearly related for your mouse) click OK, and then restart your computer. Continue this process until you locate the setting that is causing the issue.
 
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