This is an updated posting.
Every time I try to boot Windows 98, it boots twice and
ends up in safe mode.
I always boot clean - that is, I never just turn of the computer
without going thru the Shut Down Windows routine. No recent power
outages, and I have an uninterruptable power supply anyway.
I've been thru all sorts of TroubleShooting attempts, with nothing
changing in the least.
Yes - its really safe mode. It says safe mode at the 4 corners of the
screen and I have to click "OK" on a popup window that tells me
Windows was not able to load, and I'm in safe mode so I "can fix the
problem that keeps Windows from loading properly..."
Less than 24 hours before it started, I downloaded McAfee's latest
dat files and did a scan of my entire hard drive. All files, all
folders, including .zip files... No Viruse Found.
The first time the system went into safe mode (and the last time I saw
the system work right) was immediately after (successfully) installing
EZ CD Creator. After the message saying the program was successfully
installed, it asked for a reboot. I said OK and BOOM - Safe Mode.
I've rebooted dozens of times since then, attempting different
solutions (well, non-solutions.)
Uninstalling EZ CD Creator didn't change the problem one iota.
During the boot up, BIOS recognizes the CDROM drive, and identifies
it, just like before. "FOUND CDROM : CD-RW CDX100E"
Under the Windows StartUp screen (I hit "escape" when the windows
graphic is on-screen), there are no error messages.
It happens exactly the same way every time. I think its attempting to
load Windows drivers, reaches some sort of contradiction, reboots.
Once in Windows Safe Mode, the CD drive is "unavailable" (it doesn't
exist). Windows Explorer and "My Computer" show 2 floppies (A: and
B: - though I only have one floppy drive) and the C: drive and those
are the only drives shown.
And under Start/Control Panel/ I'm not able to "Install New Hardware"
because the computer is in Safe Mode.
Under Start/Control Panel/System/Device Manager the "CDROM" and
"CDROM Controllers" drivers appear to be the original drivers that
have always been there. (and they're dated 1998, not new).
Under "Properties" for the CDROM driver, I find that "Status is not
available when Windows is running in Safe Mode." Under the "Settings"
tab, TargetID is 0, only "Auto Insert Notification" is checked, and
drive letter assignment is R: Under the "Driver" tab, clicking
"Update Driver" tells me the current driver is the best driver for the
I don't want to delete these drivers, because I can't "Install New
Hardware" unless I can get out of Safe Mode.
I can't access the modem (I'm using another computer to post this
message) or the Network Neighborhood (my local network - 2 computers).
During the re-boot, when I'm told Windows was unable to load properly,
and I'm given the choices of going into Safe Mode or not, when
attempting choice #1 - Normal - Windows still boots into Safe Mode.
Over and over again.
Using Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information
I find there are "no identified Hardware Conflicts" and there is "No
CDROM Drive" - but then again, it's in Safe Mode. I can't get out of
Safe Mode to find out if there WOULD be Hardware Conficts if the
System were in Normal Mode.
Registry Checker finds "No Problems" and after a manual (visual) scan
of all the entries in the Registry, I couldn't find any mention of
Easy CD Creator (or any variation)...
I've reverted to a previous version of my Registry, from the day
before the installation that started all this. Same problem.
"Dr Watson found nothing obviously unusual."
Dr Watson does show a reference to Adaptec (maker of EZ CD Creator)
under the "Kernel Drivers" tab. "Adaptec APIX Virtual Device" which
is part of "Adeptec's ASPI Layer" I have no idea if this is in
any way related to the CDROM drive ???
When I go to the command prompt, instead of trying to load windows, I
do have access to the CDROM. I have drivers being loaded in the
CONFIG.SYS file and a lh (load high) statement in my AUTOEXEC.BAT
file, and that works. But not in Windows.
I selectively choose NOT to run the AUTOEXEC and CONFIG.SYS files, and
that makes no difference. In fact, I've renamed both of them, just to
be sure, but still the same problem.
I've also done 14 consecutive reboots, selectively NOT allowing one of
the Windows drivers (a different one each time) to install, all to no
This is extremely frustrating, and I NEED to get past this.
Can anyone make any suggestions?
All help appreciated.