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Illegal Operation Recently bought a used laptop for my son to play around on, installed Windows 98, whenever I put in a game disk I get the following error message: Setup This program has perfomred an illegal operation and will be shut down. Under details it reads: SETUP caused an invalid page fault in module DIRAPI.DLL at 015f:6802ff07. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Leslie

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Hi, windows 98 is a very old system, most game disks wont work on 98's.
It may be a compatibility problem.
Check the back of the cd case to see if it can run on 98's.
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Hi, sounds like you might have a faulty part in the pc, ie memory or hard drive etc. if you have already installed windows from scratch on the pc and your still getting these faults i would say its the memory or hard drive is faulty..

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