New drive new processor new problems!
Posted on 1999-01-20
I recently upgraded to a Pentium 400 MMX with 196mb of Ram. I am having nothing but trouble with getting the Windows 95 set up and staying that way without it crashing. I've installed a 6.48 GB Fujitsu EIDE drive as the main drive so far. I would like to install a second Maxtor 4.2 GB drive as a slave, (I attempted this will no success the BIOS would not even acknowledge that the drive existed no matter what pin settings I have set, my 1st. drive is on LBA as well as being on the same ribbon as the second drive was, tried using CS cable select mode, nothing works) Oh well,this second drive I will attempt after I correct the current conflict(s). The Fujitsu drive is new and has been partitioned with Partition majic.
Do I need a drive utility program such as eg. MaxBlast only one for a Fujitsu drive or is the Partition Majic sufficient? All in all I have managed to get Win 95 up and running for a short while only till the dreaded errors start appearing such as Explorer.exe has crashed and numerous general protection faults (blue screen) and errors like the system is extremely low in resourses (with 196mb in ram??). There is also the error saying that I am in MSDOS Protection mode paging, located in the system properties dialogue box. I also have had great difficulty setting up a USR Sportster Winfax 33.6 modem. Win 95 auto detect is not able to detect the modem or any other devices. I finally got an old modem (Zoom V.34I, 33.6) which worked, only very slowly!
So I decided to try and reinstall Windows which results in an error as so "Control Panel settings have changed since you last started windows, close all programs and restart to install"
I have since checked for any viruses on the system; negative. I am very frustrated at this point and don't know what to do next. Perhaps the drive itself is faulty? Hope not!
I am running the 1st edition of Windows 95 (a), and have added the Srevice release pack to upgrade it to version "b", this only seems to worsen the problems.
If there is one of you out there who has an idea(s) as to what I should do next please please let me know. I will be greatly indebted.
At this point I have totally cleaned the 'C' drive; formatted it with the command C: format /u. I have also tried to run the setup through DOS using the C:\setup /p I, command with no success at all
Please Help and thanks a mill in advance!