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vicki lynne
03-19-2007, 04:38 PM
I have an old compaq deskpro sitting on my desk with 112 mb of memory and running win 98 se and it will only boot in safe mode. It tells me that all drives are running in ms-dos compatability mode. Also that the virtual memory is running in ms-dos compatability mode. What's all that mean?

03-19-2007, 04:52 PM
hi, try amending to 'boot from disk' and saving in BIOS..

03-19-2007, 04:56 PM
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03-19-2007, 06:10 PM
See MS-DOS compatibility mode issues (http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000143.htm).

The likely causes it lists are:
1. Drivers or files.
2. Corrupt MBR.
3. Registry problems.
4. Virus infection.

4. Do you have a meams of scanning for infection? [preferably from outside of Windows]
An AVG "Rescue Disk Set"?

For the others, the Emergency Boot CD = EBCD (http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=41485) will be of great help.
e.g. for...
2. Corrupt MBR.
The EBCD includes the "Recover MBR" program [on the 2nd menu].
This writes a generic MBR to the HDD.

3. Registry Problems.
The EBCD includes the "Win98/ME Registry Tool" that makes a backup of the registry, then scans the registry and fixes problems found [I've used it many times and it never caused any problems. I guess my registry didn't need much fixing anyway].

1. The "File Manager" on the EBCD has a nice GUI, and can be used to browse the folders/files on any chosen drive/partition and manipulate those [rename, delete, copy from one drive to another (between left & right panes)].

vicki lynne
03-23-2007, 03:00 AM
I'm having a problem getting into bios in this old thing. I've tried F1, F2, F10, F12, delete, and escape. What else is there?

Paul Komski
03-23-2007, 03:54 AM
Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS (http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm)

USB or PS/2 or even a faulty Keyboard?

You problem can often be solved by setting the NOIDE value in the registry from 01 to 00


In SafeMode make its "String value key" NIODE=00
The usual warnings about editing the registry apply.

Another useful article (http://www.aumha.org/elist/elist010525.htm).

03-23-2007, 04:37 AM
If you're trying to get into the BIOS Setup to alter the boot menu so you can boot the EBCD...
You can use the following instead [I'm assuming you have a FDD] in the meantime until you figure that out later.
How to make a free “Smart Boot Manager” bootable floppy
This makes it easier to boot a chosen drive [particularly the one holding the EBCD].

04-08-2007, 09:20 AM
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Paul Komski
04-08-2007, 11:05 AM
bladerunner please desist from inappropriate postings. You are more than welcome if you involve yourself with these forums but you three posts in this thread are considered as troll behaviour.