ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Roxy » Wed, 19 May 2004 22:11:44



All:

I'll rerun this one just to include another problem.
I also couldn't get system restore to work -- as much as I tried to click on
the bold dates, it said that it couldn't do it. And that was the start of my
problems mentioned above.
 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Mike » Wed, 19 May 2004 22:16:00

Your boot problems:

When did these start? What changes did you make to your system in the session
immediately before these problems started? How are you multi-booting, are you
using a third party product such as Boot Magic or using Windows 2000 boot
manager? Can you still boot into Win 2K?

Your System Restore problem:

I don't think your problem with system restore has anything to do with your
other problems and sounds as if you haven't installed the 290700 patch that
has been required for system restore to create usable checkpoints since Sept
2001.

You can see whether you have installed the patch or not by checking the
version of the file smgr.dll in your windows\system folder. If v4.90.0.3003
then you have updated but if v4.90.0.2533 you have not and need to do so at
once.

Note that when installing the patch it will flush your restore folder
and create a single new checkpoint on completion. This cannot be avoided
since checkpoints created with the old version of smgr.dll cannot be restored.

It is also possible that at one stage you did install this patch but have
subsequently reinstalled Win Me over itself using the Win Me CD. Doing this
causes the original, broken, version of smgr.dll to be reinstalled.

If required the patch can be obtained either via Win Me's AutoUpdate, the
Windows Update site or from the Microsoft Windows Catalogue accessed from the
Windows Update site. For more details see MS KB 290700 - "Checkpoints That
You Create After September 8, 2001 Do Not Restore Your Computer"
( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ) which also has a link to the
patch.

 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Roxy » Wed, 19 May 2004 22:52:16

ike:

Thanks for your prompt reply. The problems began when ME would freeze after
running for some 15 minutes. I figured it was some virus and did scans but
no virus were found. I tried restoring the system to a previous
configuration but it always said restoration was unsuccessful. Then I
reinstalled ME over itself to see if it would restore damaged system files.
Now, it just won't go past the background green color desktop.
I have had Boot Magic for several years -- first using Win98 and Win2000,
then I upgraded Win98 to ME. And it had worked like a charm, until this
week. Win2k is working fine. I'm sending these messages from my Win2k
configuration.

The problem with system restore is that from Win2k I can't upgrade with the
patch and in any case my impression is that it will not help much if it
won't go back to a previous version -- starting from scratch after
installing the patch.

My smgr.dll is version 4.90.0.2533

Thanks.
Roxy


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ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Mike » Wed, 19 May 2004 23:36:16

Roxy,

Forget about system restore for now. It's broken because you have reinstalled
Win Me over itself and never reinstalled the patches. It's too late for
system restore to help you now as any checkpoints you might have are useless.

If you have your Win Me partition visible when running Win 2K this could be
the cause of your problems. Personally I never feel it a good idea to expose
different operating system partitions to each other preferring instead to keep
all system partitions hidden other than the one currently in use.

Your current problem seems to results from having reinstalled Win Me over
itself, perhaps because you didn't first remove Internet Explorer 6. In all
honesty I don't feel that your original problem warranted reinstalling Win Me
but I appreciate different users approach their problems from different
directions.

Given what I know about the history of your problem I would try to reinstall
Win Me yet again. If you do choose to reinstall Win Me this can cause
problems especially if you had previously upgraded from IE5.5 to IE6 (See
below) and possibly if you had installed an early (beta) version of Windows
Media Player 9. Any WMP problems can be avoided by renaming
c:\windows\system\wmploc.dll to wmploc.old before reinstalling Win Me. You
will also need to reinstall some critical patches even though the Windows
Update site will not show them as being required due to the original
"IsInstalled" flag remaining set in the registry. The Belarc Advisor
( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ) would help you here in identifying
which patches needed to be reinstalled.

If you have installed IE6 ideally this needs to be uninstalled before
(re-)installing Win Me. If this is the case you might want to have a look at
MS KB 312451 - "How to Remove Internet Explorer 6 by Reinstalling Windows"
( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ?kbid=312451) and also KB 293907 - "How to
Uninstall Internet Explorer 6" ( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ).
--
Mike Maltby MS-MVP
XXXX@XXXXX.COM
 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Rick » Thu, 20 May 2004 01:29:24

mm, I thought WinME was a blue background (or maybe I just play with my
own configuration too much) while green was NT.

Can you get into SafeMode ?

IMHO, you should've reinstalled BootMagic immediately after you
reinstalled WinME.


Rick


Roxy wrote:
 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Rick » Thu, 20 May 2004 01:42:32


so my theory at this point is obviously that you're somehow getting a
bastard mix of WinME and Win2K startup files due to the WinME
reinstallation corrupting the MBR (which it does).


Reinstall BootMagic, first; that may cure it or at least make it workable.

Rick
gotta remember that... coffee first, *then* posting... yeesh, that's the
second one today. The bum shoulder isn't helping much either, let me
tell you.
 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Roxy » Thu, 20 May 2004 02:08:13

ike:

I don't really understand when you say if the partitions are visible. In
case it helps, ME is on C: and Win2k is on F. When I open Windows Explorer
in Win2k, I can see everything and C: files are available if I need to open
them. Programs is another matter.

I did not remove IE6. The problem is how do I remove IE6 if I can't get ME
to complete the installation process. I can't work with the registry because
when I do run regedit, the one that comes up is Win2k; the operating system
working at the time.

Rick:

I can start in safe mode but ME won't go into the final phase of the
startup.

If I may be so bold, why would I need to reinstall BootMagic -- on booting
I'm given the choice between ME and Win2k and if I chose Win2k it works
fine.

Thank you.

Roxy


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ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Rick » Thu, 20 May 2004 03:34:56

e as bold as you want... All M$ OSes screw around with the
MasterBootRecord when you install them. The MBR is where the boot manger
is. As to whether reinstalling the boot manager will actually accomplish
anything, I have no clue, IMHO couldn't hurt.

As far as uninstalling IE6 and WMP9 before you reinstall Windows over
itself, Microsoft expects you to psychically know that.

Rick
</rant>
It doesn't bug me much when M$ doesn't add functionality to a previous
OS... what *does* bug me is when they can't be arsed to fix things that
don't work right to begin with. Refresh Installation is a M$ prescribed
procedure... so why does the user have to put up with all this crap
about uninstalling WMP9 and IE6 and even after all that have to
reinstall patches blindly. Too difficult to add a refresh.bat file to
the EBD or something?
</endrant>

Roxy wrote:

 
 
 

ME's startup doesn't go further than the green screen-sys reg

Post by Mike » Thu, 20 May 2004 03:47:54

Roxy,

Visible = Capable of being seen. Which is clearly the case if when running
Win 2K you can see your Win Me partition. Allowing this is a known vector for
creating a screwed system.
--
Mike Maltby MS-MVP
XXXX@XXXXX.COM