This is a weird series of problems
Posted on 1998-01-16
In 1995 I bought a new Pentium 90 computer to satisfy my craving for speed. I had a perfectly good 486/66 w/ 8 meg ram. The motherboard/processor was only two months old at the time. I put the unit away for a little over a year until a friend indicated that he would like to purchase it. As I was cleaning up files and attempting to reload software, I started running into a problem getting software to load.
Windows 3.1 kept reporting insufficient memory at the tail end of the installation process when trying to load ProComm for Windows and Quattro Pro for Windows. These had been loaded on the system at an earlier point and were removed.
I ran numerous tests on the memory itself and on the disk drives and could find nothing wrong. I tried tweaking the autoexec.bat and config.sys files, reformating the drives, and reinstalling everything, but nothing seemed to work. Finally, I gave up, and the system went back on the shelf until a few weeks ago.
Now, I not only have problems loading the software as before, but the computer is very erratic as well. Occasionally it will boot reliably, and other times it will not. CheckIt reports an error at a specific memory location in Extended memory. Swapping out with new memory did not solve this problem.
Through all of this, my C drive appears to have given out. Switching the power connections did not seem to do any good. So, I re-configured the bios, pulled the slave jumper off and formatted the new C drive (WD) which used to be D and E. Now, after loading Dos 6.0, I get an error saying "Missing Operating System" when I try to reboot. When I go to use Western Digital's utilities to scope out the drive, it ccasionally gives me strange information about the partitions.
Do you have any suggestions other than tossing this in the can? What if anything am I doing wrong here or missing. Is it possible that a bad power supply can cause these problems, and if so what is the likelihood?
Thanks again for your time. Any help you can provide will be most appreciated!