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Safe Mode

by VikasPatel / October 24, 2005 1:24 PM PDT

My Windows 98 machine is no longer booting. However I can boot in Safe Mode. There are some files from my old computer that I would like to transfer. Is there any way that I can my computer to recognize a flash drive so I can transfer the information.

Another option is that if I can get the computer to recognize my CD writer in safe mode, I could burn the files that I need.

Finally, another idea that someone suggested was whether I can network the computer in safe mode to my new computer and then transfer the files.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Safe Mode
by Kees Bakker / October 24, 2005 5:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Safe Mode

One of the reasons Safe Mode is working when normal Windows doesn't is that most of Windows (such as USB, network, CD) is skipped, and only the bare basics are loaded. There might be a Safe Mode with network support (not sure about 98 by head, but you might have trouble to configure everything if it ain't already working).

Things to try:
- Copy those "some files" to diskette. Winzip lets you span diskettes if it doesn't fit. Heavily depends on the amount of data.
- Mount the hard disk as slave in your new computer. Not really difficult.
- Reinstall Windows (after deleting c:\windows from MS-DOS). You won't be able to run much application programs, but you should be able to install a driver for a USB key or a CD-burner program, and that's all you need.

Hope this helps.


Hope this helps.


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My Windows 98 machine is no longer booting.
by Cursorcowboy / October 24, 2005 10:21 PM PDT
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You give us nothing to work with, other than the following perhaps. Without the full details or response when the system boots we cannot form an opinion of the problem.

1. The article [Q192926] discusses the Clean-boot troubleshooting process and procedure to perform a Diagnostic Startup and refers to methods of reducing behaviors that may occur because of the system's environment. Many behaviors that occur when Windows or programs run occur because there are conflicting drivers, terminate-and-stay-resident programs (TSRs), and other settings and programs that are loaded as part of the boot process and these files and programs help create the environment that is used by the operating system when the computer starts.

2. BOOTLOG.TXT file:

a. Create a Bootlog.txt (hidden file in the root of C:\). When starting the computer, use the Startup Menu to create a one-time Bootlog.txt file. Please be advised that Windows will boot much slower during the process.

Note: When examining this file in any text editor -- Notepad in Windows, or simply typing the following command at the MS-DOS prompt and then pressing Enter (clicking the icon in front of MS_DOS Prompt in the top colored bar provides MS-DOS commands), look for lines ending in LoadFailure which may indicate either a device or software problem.

b. The article [Q127970] discusses the hidden Bootlog.txt file located in the root folder, describes content, and explains certain items that may be indicated as a Load Failed which does not necessarily indicate a problem.

c. The article [Q118579] explains the root folder text file Msdos.sys set with Read-Only, System, and Hidden attributes, that this file is set to be at least 1,024 bytes in length, and describes the [Options] section that contain the settings and their meaning. Instructions are contained which allows a user to set certain options which creates the Bootlog.txt file during boot.

d. It is recommended that ''Boot Log Analyser, Vision 4 Ltd'' be downloaded from this link and used.

3. Supplemental reading:

a. ''Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool (Q186099).''

b. ''Troubleshooting Windows 98 Startup Problems (Q188867).''

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first try msconfig...
by reefurbb / October 24, 2005 11:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Safe Mode

in Safe Mode, start-run type in msconfig, enter. Hit the "startup" tab and uncheck a lot of stuff. "ok" and reboot to see if a culprit lurks here. Then you can go there again and recheck items, one at a time, to see which one specifically.
If that doesn't work, next we'll try F8 at boot, startup menu, "command prompt only", scanreg/fix or restore.
Some of this before reinstalling Windows.
Cursor has the fastest solution "slave the Hdd".

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