First post, by Standard Def Steve
Today when I fired up my Win98SE machine, it actually powered off at the splash screen, which I thought was extremely weird. When I turned it back on, it beeped a few times and displayed this funky looking error screen.
Now, I can't get Win98 to start for the life of me. Safe mode doesn't work. When I try the step-by-step confirmation mode, it crashes as soon as it gets to the "Load Windows GUI" stage. I tested the RAM (memtest86 for 3+ hours) and hard drive (Seatools); both are fine.
Specs of the system in question:
Dell XPS T550
Dell/Intel 440BX motherboard
Voodoo3 3000 AGP
Aureal SQ2500 Vortex 2 PCI
The last thing I did to it was install a few DOS games from my ancient ATANAK shareware disks. I have a hunch that's what broke it, as I can sort of recall these shareware games breaking my old Windows 95 machine in a very similar way, 20 years ago.
Any idea how I can fix this?
P6 chip. Triple the speed of the Pentium.
Tualatin: PIII-S @ 1628 MHz | QDI Advance 12T | 2GB DDR-310 | 6800GT | X-Fi | 500GB HDD | 3DMark01: 14,059
Dothan: PM @ 2720 MHz | MSI Speedster FA4 | 2GB DDR2-544 | GTX-280 | X-Fi | 500GB SSD | 3DMark01: 42,148