Error Code

By Andy 2068
Feb 14, 2003
  1. Help,
    I have win 98se and I can't get it to start.I get an error
    code wfatal OD-201F:00000316.I have searched everywhere
    I can think(winresources,google,various web sites) for this
    code.Please if anyone knows what this code is or where I
    can find it,please let me know?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    "Error code" is generally a device/driver failure. Sometimes it involves a damaged registry as well.

    In this case, things such as disk controllers, IDE bus master drivers, video cards and perhaps soundcards may be fatal.

    A simple method of getting past this error message would be to boot from a Windows 98 startup disk (or go straight to command prompt using the F8 key and selecting "Command prompt only").

    Type in scanreg /restore

    From here, you will be able to select older versions of your registry to replace your current "bad" one. Choose one that had been created prior to your problems and it should fix your problem.

    IF that doesn't work, try booting in Safe Mode (press F8 at the instant Windows shows the Windows 98 boot screen). If you can boot in safemode, this means your problem is probably fixable.

    Since "error codes" are device related, try removing any extra devices from your computer.. Boot with only CPU, memory, hard disk and video card. See if that works.

    Good luck.
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