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[OT] HELP! Win98

DPic [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, August 26, 2007
12 years ago3,413 views

Alright...so i am on vacation in Glocester. A family rented their house out to us. They have an old computer with Windows 98. I was using it and ah!!-- BSOD!!! So i start it up again and now it's stuck on 16 colors (not 16 bit) and 640 by 480 resolution... somebody please help! Its not my computer

pooin [PersonRank 8]

12 years ago #

find drivers!

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Throw it through the window(s)

(Get it ? :P)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

All of the drivers are up to date :/ now what?

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Or if you can, burn a linux live CD/usbkey. It will make it boot, you'll retrieve your files and you'll be able to work.

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

(Without touching the hard drive or existing config)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

retrieve what files? I have a linux CD and it won't boot-- i think this computer is REALLY old

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

How long you're staying there Danny?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

One week. If i don't have it fixed by then...i might be in trouble

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's not exactly unusual for Windows 98 to get a BSOD.

Just deny all knowledge.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

lol... yeah..

Say you're not related to that.
(If you ask me, stay away from the computer as much as you can, and eliminate others who've witnessed you're using it. :P)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well....i alreayd put on OpenOffice.org, Pidgin.im, VLC, and ClamWin...and cleaned up their desktop...but i guess the fact that their desktop is now the smallest resolution possible and only has 16 kinda covers that up...

What should i say if we get a call from them? I don't think my parents would let me lie...

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It has " System Restore "?

(Or this feature was created with XP? :|)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Guess not..
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_R ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, no system restore

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well, i'm sure your parents made some changes with the house. Tell them you did some changes in their computer.. :P

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

They know i broke it-- i'm just worried about my parents getting a call from the family who owns the house after we leave

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you were just using it as normal and you got a BSOD, you didn't break it. It broke itself. These things happen.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah. After all, as you said, it is OLD.

<< They know i broke it >>
I meant the family who owns the house..

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> These things happen.
Especially on Windows 98, I mean, it even BSODed on its product demonstration.

I remember getting this issue on 98 before, can't remember what I did, the only BSODs I see now are from Vista's kernel being idiotic and it deciding that it knows best.

Found this in Google, might help you, might not:
annoyances.org/exec/forum/win9 ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]David ohh...i don't think they would like that :P

[put at-character here]Martin thanks for the link-- i'll check it out

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<I meant the family who owns the house..>>
Worst case scenario: They read this blog/forum. :)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

lollllllll

Nice one Haochi! :D

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Going out of the jokes, right-click in the desktop -> properties; then go to the last tab (configuration) where you set the screen resolution and color depth, and then click the "advanced options" button. There you'll see some tabs, including one "adapter" and other called "monitor". Check those names. If it has the "default adapter" or something similar, you must google the drivers for that OS. Some monitors don't need drivers, specially on old operating systems, but the graphics adapter may be causing trouble if you haven't the right driver.
Good luck

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Zim thanks but i tried that and it was no hope

[put at-character here]Martin: your link worked! Thanks for saving my ass!

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nice :D

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Upgrade to Windows CemeNT

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did it perhaps switch to "Safe mode" during boot due to the crash?

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