Odd boot problem on Win95B machine
I've just run into a strange Windows boot problem on my Windows 95 OSR2 machine (I'm typing this message from my Win98 SE machine).
As comprehensively as I can describe it, the problem started after I put in a CD-RW that I had just created using a Memorex CRW-1622 on the Win98 machine - that is, I put in the newly created CD-RW on the Win95 machine to test how well that system could access it.
Although the Win95 machine has a modern 50x CD-ROM drive, Windows 95 couldn't read the CD-RW properly and Explorer hung up on reading the disk's directory. I hit ctrl-alt-del to close Windows Explorer, then installed a different CD-ROM, and the system spontaneously rebooted and ran Norton Disk Doctor. No problems were found, but when the system booted to Win95, I got a strange dialog box asking me if I wanted to disable file and print sharing on my TCP/IP connection (I have DCC enabled on both machines, and had just been using DCC to move files from the Win95 box to the Win98 box before I tested the CD-RW disc).
I agreed to disable file/print sharing, and then the system brought up the Dial-Up Connection dialer dialog box. I clicked "cancel", but the dialer came up over and over again. As I couldn't get the desktop (Explorer) to respond, I hit ctrl-alt-del to reboot. The system rebooted normally, but this time when it got to the Windows desktop, the drivers that usually load into the system tray (video, sound, Norton CrashGuard, Norton SpeedStart, etc.) didn't load; instead, the Dial-Up Connection dialer popped up again and kept popping up every time I tried to close the box by clicking "cancel".
I rebooted to Safe Mode, then found my Norton SystemWorks 2001 CD and popped it into the CD-ROM drive (which is a bootable drive) and right now I'm running Norton Antivirus to see if there's a virus or worm in the system.
Again, here's the sequence of events:
1) DCC was running, files were transferred from Win95 box (host) to Win98 box (guest). When file transfer was finished, DCC was closed from host side without any problems occurring.
2) CD-RW was burned on Win98 box, tested successfully on Win98 box (works fine in the DVD drive I use as the primary CD), and then tested unsuccessfully on Win95 box, causing Windows Explorer to hang. CD-RW was removed and replaced with another CD-ROM, causing Win95 box to spontaneously reboot.
3) Win95 rebooted after run of NDD, then security message about file/print sharing came up, then DUN dialer came up and would not shut down no matter what I did. Had to C/A/D again. On second boot, drivers wouldn't load into Taskbar and DUN dialer kept popping up again.
4) Rebooted to Safe Mode, then put in Norton Systemworks CD, rebooted and am now running Norton Antivirus.
a) Has anyone ever run into a similar problem?
b) What might cause it?
c) What might I be able to do to fix it?
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