Fixing a 98SE near tragedy

By bbgraph
Sep 5, 2006
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  1. This is an FYI...

    Working away last night and system froze. Used CTRL-ALT-DELETE and rebooted to a mess. Wrong resolution, no mouse, no sound, no network. So, I spent about 4 hours trying to find out why I could only boot to safe mode but not to my standard 1280x1024 resolution. I ran every utility I could in safe mode to no avail and I didn't want to have to reinstall as this sytem has been stable (for the most part) since day one (occassional freezes but otherwise dependable). Decided to look at autoexec.bat, config.sys, win.ini and system.ini.

    The system.ini file was half scrambled garbage and the other half was (as expected) editable text. So, I extracted a system.ini file from a 3 day old CAB file in the C:\Windows\Sysbckup folder, overwrote the old system.ini file, rebooted and everything was back to normal.

    Hope this will help somebody else and save them some time.

  2. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    I am glad you have taken the time to help us instead of us helping you.

    If you want, you can post this in the tuorials section too:)



    Moved already, no need for a double post.

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