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Everything doubles in Device manager?????

by valeve / December 31, 2004 8:13 AM PST

I'm working on an old generic machine with WIN98. I just get it working fine and then it goes awry. I start it up in safe mode and check the hardware devices. It shows two of everything. I remove one of each and everything works fine for a while. It then doubles again for no apparent reason. Can't imagine what is happening here.


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It's just an old OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 8:37 AM PST

This is just one of the unresolved issues. Doesn't happen to everyone.

Remember that this OS is from that days when Microsoft's support lines had an easy answer for such problems... "format and reinstall".


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Thanks Bob
by valeve / December 31, 2004 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: It's just an old OS.

I'm about to do that.

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by reefurbb / December 31, 2004 11:52 PM PST

Make sure you have your 5x5 product key.
If you can, slave the Hdd on another PC, put everything on it in a folder "old win" or whatever. Then hit format>copy system files only, Then load off the Win98 folder from the install CD.
If you want to be safe, make sure you've already scanned for viruses and spyware, which can be done on the other PC.
Then hook yours back up and boot. You'll go to a C:/> prompt, type win98\setup and it will load from that install folder and you'll never have to have the CD, and your PC will automatically go to that folder when the install CD is needed.
Then if you are asked for drivers, point to the "old win" folder, "inf" subfolder and maybe others. Use the
start>find function.
After you're all boned up, save favorites or whatever else from "old win" and delete it.
I still use Norton Utilities 2002 (not works) first, but it's about $50 on the internet, seversl places.
In safe mode, my PC always sees several devices and it goes away on normal boot. I think it's because the general info is in the inf folder or the general dat file. I don't think your problem is hardware. I've found as many as 400 errors with Norton Utilities WinDoctor. Your new install will gradually build up a bunch.

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