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himem system missing- reinstalled- uh oh

by Lisa / July 15, 2005 1:33 PM PDT

my comp went crazy- i got a himem system missing-and himim sys has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 01671A28 XMS driver not installed- so i reinstalled windows 98se- all seems fine- went to system properties and theres a yellow thingy next to primary IDE controller (dual fifo) under the hard disk controllers- i had to reboot and each time i get a change boot sector or no- i hit no because thats the only way it will boot- how do i fix teh primary IDE controller? i hit the reinstall driver but cant figure out where to get the driver- im so lost... win 98se-

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by TONI H / July 15, 2005 7:10 PM PDT

Start-RUN and type MSCONFIG. Now look at the autoexec.bat and config.sys tabs and uncheck the boxes that show himem.sys and XMS memory....close MSCONFIG, but don't reboot yet when prompted to do so.

Now go to Device Manager, and right click the Parent IDE controller (the Primary and Secondary IDE controllers are considered to be 'child' devices), choose Properties, and then choose REMOVE.

Once that is done, you can reboot the computer to see if Windows now corrects the problem.


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STOP NOW or lose your files!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 15, 2005 10:32 PM PDT

"himim sys has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 01671A28 XMS driver not installed-"

Read that again and again and understand what you just found out. The computer's RAM has a failure and what I read next is that someone "worked around it" then ran DEFRAG. All their files get corrupted and then the real nightmare begins.

STOP USING THE MACHINE UNTIL.... You can run MEMTEST86 and past it with ZERO ERRORS for a day.


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lost it all anyways
by Lisa / July 17, 2005 12:17 PM PDT

i had to go into safe mode to get everything i needed on floppys..it would only boot to safe mode. i knew it was going to go.. it went. switched the memory strips-and put them back in- i know i have to replace them as a precaution, put in a new modem-cleaned out the tower and had to fdisk and reinstall everything- still instaling programs...lucky me... i also cleaned the cooling fans but decided im going to replace them now... so far so good- i think...

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