Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Post by Dick Wisa » Mon, 27 Oct 2003 07:08:19


I blew it, trying to upgrade the driver for my ATI Xpert 128. ATI said it
was the proper driver, but when I installed it (having, per instructions,
first uninstalled the previous one), I couldn't get windows to come up
so I could see it. Eventually, thought I'd better reinstall W98, but
it won't install. It keeps insisting that I haven't room enough to install
W98 (there's plenty, at least 590K of regular RAM plus about 1.5G of XMS).

I've tried things like deleting my whole WINDOWS directory tree (it's on
G:), and even deleting my C:\ directory and doing SYS C:\ to start clean).
From a floppy, I can bring it up with (SCSI) CD's installed or plain,
or in Safe Mode, but it usually won't start the installation ("not enough
room). Sometimes, I've got the SETUP to run, and it goes until it tries
to reboot, at which point, there's no room etc etc.

I'm stumped. I'd hate to clean the disks altogether, because the backup
I have isn't quite up to date, and I can't make it now because, until I
can get into Windows, any back up made under plain DOS will ruin the
long file names.

Comments, advice, assistance will be appreciated. (Anything at all
except jeering).
:-(

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Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Post by phil » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 08:55:44


all you would have had to do was boot to safemode and uninstall the
driver

but now that you;ve deleted windows
you will have to start over

additionally, the amount of RAM you have has nothing to do with
the amount of room on your harddrive...
you will simply have to move files off your installtion drive until
you have enough room to reinstall

 
 
 

Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Post by Dick Wisa » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 04:33:58

NONphiloNONplazaearthNONcom says...


:-)

:-(

Thanks. From the error message, I'd never have guessed it.


The Windows drive is G: It holds (per CHKDSK) about 9G of which
about 4.5G are free. That ought to be enough. On the other hand,
it's somewhat fragmented (holes where the old WINDOWS tree was).
That'll be hard to fix, because it's a FAT32 disk and the defrag
programs to handle that must run under Windows. (Catch #23)

In case there's a hardware fault, I'm running Spinrite at the moment,
to see what it can see.


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Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Post by phil » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 10:29:31


if spinrite finds no problem...
you may want to at least run scan disk from dos
there could be lost clusters

a heavily fragmented drive could possible be causing a problem...
but you are right about needing a windows installation to run it...
maybe you could slve the drive to some other machine...

or else try installing windows on some other drive
 
 
 

Panic trying to reinstall Win98

Post by Dick Wisa » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 18:54:55

NONphiloNONplazaearthNONcom says...

Again, thanks. I've got Windows loaded, finally. The trouble was in
an unbelievably bad error message to an unbelievable Gates-fault. It
seems Win98 can't handle _more_ than about 1G of RAM. The cure is
supposed to be a couple of lines in SYSTEM.INI [386enh]:

MaxPhysPage=30000
MaxFileCache=500000

By putting those in, I got it to finish installing. It ain't right,
yet, though. It won't believe that my one and only monitor & card is
the primary card, it explains that something's wrong and my video card
can't use its full powers because of a mismatch, (indeed it cant; it
used to do the 1046 x 720 (??) resolution with 16 bits of color but now
it won't. Also, when I try to bring up My Computer, or Control Panel,
or the START button, it tells me that _Explorer_ (dunno whether IE or
OE or likely WE) has committed a fatal error. I'll try reinstalling
again.
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