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Death Screen

by grandmamoses41 / October 7, 2004 11:40 AM PDT

I have an older machine: P2:400
48mgb RAM
Windows 98
Someone has tinkered with the BIOS.

When I boot up the machine,everything works fine until I enter the password. I then get a window that says there has been an error and then the screen just stops there after I click to close the program. Question: What can I do to get this straightened out. I can't even run Wipe Drive and it will not respond even to reloading Windows 98. I would sincerely appreciate your help.

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Re: Death Screen
by Stan Chambers / October 7, 2004 12:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Death Screen

If you can access the BIOS, I would change the settings to default, then save and exit. This may change the way your computer reacts, (example, it may enable onboard audio or video), which may not be a factor if this what you are already using, but nothing that can't be easily reversed.

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Re: Death Screen
by Kees Bakker / October 7, 2004 6:05 PM PDT
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If it's the BIOS that has been tinkered with, resetting it to defaults surely will help. But I'm not really convinced that's the cause of the problems. I would expect to see them before logging on a certain user.

Therefore some other things to try:
- Press cancel on the logon screen, and you'll become the default user. If the problem is related to the user you can now make a new one, transfer everything you want to transfer and delete the old one.
- Boot into Safe Mode. What happens?

Good luck, and hope you find it.


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Re: Death Screen
by Cursorcowboy / October 7, 2004 9:21 PM PDT
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Someone has tinkered with the BIOS.

When I boot up the machine,everything works fine until I enter the password. I then get a window that says there has been an error and then the screen just stops there after I click to close the program.

1. In order for us to analyze a potential problem and offer tips, we must rely only on the question content to attempt a qualifying response. A question should state the exact system error(s) - spelled, spaced, and capitalized just as it is shown on the display. Helpful perhaps is the window title in the colored bar of the report and any information when provided by a "Details" section also.

2. Most error messages: 1) usually list and describe standard default error messages - written within the program code and generally recognized by most "Gurus", and 2) the troubleshooting techniques may be published and explained in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (MSKB) library for the Windows operating systems, and may be searched for with accurately reported information.

3. Correct and complete information is vital if informative help and answers are what you seek. You want that Guru who reads your plea to understand the question, to possibly know the answer, and to reply giving you their assistance.

4. Is this password requirement generated by the BIOS or is it the usual Windows password being entered?
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