Posted on 1997-12-14
Can anyone give me some advice about reinstalling Win 95?
Having bought my daughter a 486/66 with Win 95 Version B (OEM) installed I thought
for once everything was working OK (after we tied up the bad sector on the 2nd hand drive).
And the Win 95 ran smooth as silk then for a few days - until we needed to Drivespace her Hard Drive.
This process went fine: just Win 95 itself died. The hard drive is about twice the size
Before the Windows 95 screen a warning message comes up:
ERROR, HIMEM.SYS has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 00690962, XMS driver not installed.
*****(this is an eight Mb machine). Does this mean we might have a bad RAM SIMM?
Anyway on booting up the Win 95 now we get endless error messages, mostly (after the usual Win 95 Cloudy sky screen:
We get the blue screen of death with cheery message:
*****A fatal OE has occurred at 0137:BFF9A3C0. The current application will be terminated.
The current application being nothing but Windows 95, or whatever is the initial program Win 95 defaults to after startup.
Sometimes a startup gets as far as the wallpaper but crashes with the above fatal OE message.
Sometimes we get the initial Win 95 menu: but "safe boot" certainly doesn't help.
I've tried doing another Scandisk, nothing seems wrong with the drive or its drivespacing.
We can reboot through the emergency boot disk and get into the Nether world of Win 95 DOS, but that is not much use, and as an old DOS man, it is has a rather "through the Looking Glass feel", and one worries what anything one does might do to the Win 95 installation.
Booting with the Emergency disk screams for "Sample.sys" that is not to be found apparently. And most importantly of all the system is now not controlling the CD drives.
Obviously a reinstallation is in order.
We have the Win 95 boot disks, however the vendor appears to have left out the DOS driver files for the CD drive, as attempting to do an install from the 3.5" floppy boot disk to the CD drive with the Win 95 renders the message:
Warning: this system may not be set up to use the CD ROM. Please contact the PC manufacturer if SETUP does not proceed automatically.
Well SETUP doesn't proceed of course, and the system screams out for "OEMCD001"
Is that the plug and play CD driver?
In the meantime I just realise I could most likely download the CD ROM
driver files from the Internet. Can someone assure me it is that simple, it's just a matter of getting the right files for the drive and entering them in the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files?
Or is there another twist with Win 95?
I don't think the sound card is set up in DOS either. Setting up DOS games (in Win 95) kept reporting that. So I'd better enter the right lines of setup in the CONFIG.SYS AND A.B as well?
If anyone can confirm this I'd very much appreciate it.