This is a Win98 Pentium machine with only 64mb of RAM. I'm just trying to get it reasonably functional so I can give it away to someone in a freecycle program.
I get a blue screen with the error:
''A fatal exception 0E has occurred at 0028:C029F948 in VXD VWIN32 (05) + 000012D0. The current application will be terminated. Press any key to terminate the current application. Press ctrl-alt-del again to restart.''
Eventually I can get it to shut-down by pressing keys or sometimes I have to button off.
This seems to be a video error and its acting like it has a dialogue box open that I can't get to. I've got a decent monitor and bumping the settings up to 256 colors/1028-768 gets cleared everytime I shut down in this manner.
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Re: Fatal exception error on shut down - VXD VWIN32
You need to start in safe mode and remove your video drivers. Hopefully you have a win98 disk to get the drivers off of. Remove drivers and restart, it will then recognise that the drivers are gone let it ask for drivers and let it find them automatically and install them. Then see what happens
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Access to an illegal instruction has been encountered
Invalid data or code has been accessed
The privilege level of an operation is invalid
When any of these cases occurs, the processor returns an
exception to the operating system, which in turn is handled as a fatal
exception error. In many cases the exception is non-recoverable and the system
must either be restarted or shut down, depending upon the severity of the
Here, select the + beside Display Adapter. A line of text describing your video card should appear. Select it (make it blue) and press properties. Then select Resources and select each line in the window. Look for a message that says No Conflicts.
If you have video card hardware conflict, you will see it here. Be careful at this point and make a note of everything you do in case you make things worse.
The way to resolve a hardware conflict is to uncheck the Use Automatic Settings box and hit the Change Settings button. You are searching for a setting that will display a No Conflicts message.
Another useful way to resolve video problems is to go to
Here you should move the Hardware Acceleration slider to the left. As ever, the most common cause of problems relating to graphics cards is old or faulty drivers (a driver is a small piece of software used by a computer to communicate with a device).
Look up your video card's manufacturer on the internet and search for the most recent drivers for it.
Ram (random-access memory) problems might bring on the blue screen of death with a message saying Fatal Exception Error. A fatal error indicates a serious hardware problem. Sometimes it may mean a part is damaged and will need replacing.
But a fatal error caused by Ram might be caused by a mismatch of chips. For example, mixing 70-nanosecond (70ns) Ram with 60ns Ram will usually force the computer to run all the Ram at the slower speed. This will often crash the machine if the Ram is overworked.
One way around this problem is to enter the BIOS settings and increase the wait state of the Ram. This can make it more stable. Another way to troubleshoot a suspected Ram problem is to rearrange the Ram chips on the motherboard, or take some of them out. Then try to repeat the circumstances that caused the crash. When handling Ram try not to touch the gold connections, as they can be easily damaged.
Parity error messages also refer to Ram. Modern Ram chips are either parity (ECC) or non parity (non-ECC). It is best not to mix the two types, as this can be a cause of trouble.
EMM386 error messages refer to memory problems but may not be connected to bad Ram. This may be due to free memory problems often linked to old Dos-based programmes.
hi, do not choose safe mode,instead choose the start normal, If still you can not load and error exist, there might be missing of your files or your files are corrupted..Format your computer and back your important files then install new (OS) Operating System.I hope this may help you.
1) Not sure what you want to do. Return to Win98? You may be hardpressed to find Win98 drivers, especially if you have any newer peripherals.
2) Since a cpu has no mechanical parts, it makes no difference whether it is vertical or horizontal. A cd/dvd drive however may be a different story.
3) If you only have 2 RAM slots that hold a max of 256mb, it stands to reason that you can only have 512mb total. There used to be some software programs that were supposed to have the effect of increasing RAM, but I never had much faith in them.
When you format something you WILL lose all of the data that was there. I would also recomend upgradeing to XP, 2000, or NT. You may need to reinstall the OS. If you need instructions ask me and I can help.