Can only start in safe mode

By monarols
May 28, 2002
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  1. Hi there, just doin some work on a friends PC, 486 DX100/8 ram/2.2gb H/D/Win 95. I can only start it in Safe Mode. If I start it in Normal mode, I get the message "insuffient memory to run windows, quit programs running in config sys and autoexec files, then restart". The PC has been running fine till now. He claims that it happened after he dragged 2 files into another location on the desktop (Tho I seriously doubt it) So far, I have backed up config sys and auto exec and removed the 2 entries from the files,so they are empty, but I just get a windows protection error message. If I replace the config.sys and Auto exec files with what was there originally, I get the first message again. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    can you post what config.sys and autoexec.bat the computer appears to be using now???
  3. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 Newcomer, in training Posts: 645

    Personally, i would suggest a new computer! He is still running a 486? What is he using it for?! Maybe he would benefit from a format and a fresh install of win95.
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Yeah, Windows 95 isn't exactly tailored for the 486 :dead:

    I would severely reccomend a new computer :haha:
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Win 95 will run fine on a 486 if you have enough RAM, I remember setting lots of them up with 95 way back in the stone age. You need to stick with older versions of most software as well though. I'd recommend getting some RAM, and a fresh install.

    If the computer suits his needs and he has no problem running older software on it, I'd say run it until it dies, thats what I do.

    If however if the above is not true, by all means Get a new Computer
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,264   +215

    I've had a 386 with 12 megs or RAM running win95 and connected to the internet, 14.4 baby!. But I wouldn't recommend it
    Will win95 install on top of the current filesystem without him losing important "documents" like 98 and ME will?
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