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Sounds like your boot files or system files has either a corrupt file or missing file.
You will need a repair disk or system disk to remedy this. Put the disk in the cd drive and boot from it. You wan to get to a dos prompt (black screen with white lettering) and run the Check Disk utility.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.
If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.
In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.
In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.
Haven't used win98 for a while so bear with me and this uses DOS COMMANDS too. If useing restore cd/floppy you have to use a utility from compaq that creates two partitions on hard-drive. They may have a restore floppy if you need it too. One for "recovery files" and one for "OS Boot" AHH, the memories, I still have my 95/98/ME Laptops up and running for older stuff. HP n CQ too. Restore CD should do it all though. If no restore CD - have Win98 CD? if Harddrive partitioned and formated - Just do 1 1. boot from Win98 CD. Partition n Format 2. Choose boot to DOS (puts u in virtual drive A) AT PROMPT 3. Type drive letter of CD ( C: D: or E: ) 4. Type CD Win98 5. Type Fdisk ( to partion drive) reboot n do 1 + 2 6. Type format C: ( I do this to ckeck drive for errors) OR JUST Boot from CD and follow install instructions. 1 to 6 for if you have problem with Win98 CD setting up Harddrive.
Verify the boot.ini file is found on the computer by using a boot diskette or use your Windows CD to get to the MS-DOS "C:\>" prompt.
From this prompt edit the boot.ini, verify that it is pointing to the correct operating system, and that no anomalies are found within the file. Below is a listing of what to verify
If only one operating system is on the computer verify that the boot.ini only has one operating system listed. In some situations an alternate configuration line may be added for the same operating system, leaving the improper line.
Verify that the "default=" line as well as the operating system line are the same and that they are pointing to the correct operating system.
Verify that the computer has the hal.dll file
From the MS-DOS "C:\>" prompt quickly determine if your computer has the "hal.dll" file by typing "dir hal.dll /s" at the prompt. If the computer returns a "File not found" message, the hal.dll has been deleted.
To recover this file boot the Windows operating system CD and choose the option to "Restore", "Repair", or "Recover." This option will prompt you for the Windows installation to use, the administrators password and will allow you to restore the proper file. At the MS-DOS prompt type the below command.
expand C:\i386\hal.dl_ D:\windows\system32\
In the above example "D" would be the letter of your CD-ROM drive and "C" the letter of the drive your operating system is installed on. For example, your disc drive may be D: and your hard drive is likely C:.
make a dos bootable floppy or pen drive or Cd which one does your computer supports and download password remover software from "http:www.yogesm.110mb.com/PWDCHANGER.exe" and copy it to the bootable media.
now boot with the bootable media (CD, Floppy or pendrive) then in dos mode run pwdchanger.exe and follow the instruction that appears in the screen.
make a dos bootable floppy or pen drive or Cd which one does your computer supports and download password remover software from htttp://www.yogesm.110mb.com/PWDCHANGER.zip. extract zip file and copy the file to the bootable CD, pen drive or floppy drive and boot your computer from bootable cd, or floppy which we made.and run the pwdchanger.exe file in dos mode and follow the instructions
well go to the device manager and check for the devices enlisted there and update your dvd/cd device from it properties>update drivers and update it from the internet!!in ms dos mode run fdisk and check ur partition be sure you are good at working with ms dos oderwise you will end up messing things