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OK, you know way too much about everything and I want to come work for you but until then:

Can you provide me with the switches we were talking about in the Reload of Win98 thread?  I'm only offering 25 points but if it's really extensive, I'll.....umm, oh yeah, upgrade!!!
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dew_associatesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
BTW, I'll refer to the above as the answer.
Not a problem 1Cell. Just rememeber while working on your MCSE and CNE, experience is worth far more than paper certificates!

Windows 98 Only
/m  - This switch bypasses the playing of the Setup sound (.wav) files.
/na - This switch bypasses the program check and can use the following values:
         0: default
         1: No Windows-based program check, but MS-DOS-based program are
         2: No MS-DOS-based program check, Windows-based programs are
         3: No Windows-based or MS-DOS-based program check.
/nd - This switch ignores the presence of a Migration.dll file and is used
      to force Windows 98 to overwrite newer files.
      NOTE: Files that use the ",,,32" flag in the .inf file still
      force Windows 98 Setup to keep the newer files.
/nf - Do not prompt to remove the floppy disk from the drive (for bootable CD-ROMs)
       - Same as if there is a file named BOOTCD in the cabinet folder.<BR/>
       - Same as if there is a "BootCD=1" line in the Msbatch.inf file.
/nh - This switch bypasses running the Hwinfo.exe program at 0 percent
      files and RunOnce.
/nx - Do not check the version of Setupx that is running.
/ie - This switch bypasses the Windows 98 Startup Disk wizard screens. If
      this switch is used, the Windows\Command\EBD folder is not created.
/iv - This switch bypasses displaying the Setup screens during an upgrade
      within Windows.
Windows 98 and Windows 95
/?  - This switch provides a brief summary of the available Setup switches
      and the correct command-line syntax to use them.
/c  - This switch bypasses running SMARTDrive.
/d  - This switch bypasses using your existing Windows configuration
      (such as your current Win.ini and System.ini files).
/l  - Use this switch if you have a Logitech mouse and want it enabled during Setup.
/n  - This switch causes Setup to run without a mouse.
-s  - Use this switch to use an alternate Setup.inf file.
/t:<dir> - This switch lets you specify where Setup copies its
           temporary files. WARNING: Any existing files in this
           folder are deleted.
/ig - Allows Setup to run on some older Gateway and Micron computers with an early BIOS.
/ih - This switch causes Setup to run ScanDisk in the foreground.
/im - Causes setup to ignore the conventional memory check.
/iq - If you use the /is switch to bypass ScanDisk or ScanDisk fails,
      Setup checks your drive for cross-linked files. The /iq switch
      prevents Setup from doing this.
/is - This switch causes Setup not to run ScanDisk.
/it - This switch bypasses checking for the presence of "dirty" or
      "deadly" terminate-and-stay-resident programs (TSRs) that are known
      to cause problems with Windows Setup.
/p - This switch causes Setup to pass string(s) directly to Detection
     Manager (or Sysdetmg.dll). Setup does not interpret the content of
     the string. The string can contain one or more detection options.
     The /p switch is not used by itself. For more information on
     the /p switch, please see the "/p Detection Switch Option String
     Defined" section below.
/p Detection Switch Option String Defined
 - The string can contain one or more detection switches separated by a
   semicolon (;). For example, if you want to use "/p f" and "/p i" you type
   "setup /p f;i" (without quotation marks).
 - Some switches are simply On/Off switches. The absence of the switch implies
   Off; the presence of the switch turns it On. A minus sign (-) appended
   immediately after a switch turns it Off.
 - Some switches take parameters in the form of <c>=<params>. If
   there is more than one parameter to a switch, the parameters are separated by
   a comma (,).
 - There must not be any spaces in the detection option string.
Valid Detection Switches:
a - This switch enables safe detection. It tells each detection module
    to try safer detection methods. Safer detection methods may not
    detect devices correctly.
    The default during Setup is enabled. The default in other cases is
    Example: setup /p a
b - This switch enables Prompt Before mode. It prompts you before a
    detection module is called so that you can step through each
    detection module manually and decide if you want to skip it.
    The default is disabled.
    Example: setup /p b
c - This switch enables class detection. Class detection is a mechanism
    for finding hints for a certain class of devices. For example, adapter
    class detection looks for hints in the Config.sys and System.ini files
    for CD-ROM drivers. If it does not find any, Setup displays a CD-ROM
    check box asking if you have a CD-ROM drive.
    The default during Setup is enabled. The default when you use the
    Add New Hardware tool and docking/undocking detection is disabled.
    Example: setup /p c
c- - Setup /p c- disables safe class detection. For example, this switch
     tells Setup to always search on all network adapter cards, sound
     cards, and CD-ROM drives.
     Example: setup /p c-
d=<name> - This switch detects the listed detection modules only, where
           <name> is a detection module name or a device class name.
           Detection module names (such as DetectPIC and DetectAHA154x)
           are found in the Msdet.inf file. Device class names can be
           SCSIAdapter, net, and so on.
           Example: setup /p d=detectpic
e - This switch enables Setup mode detection.
    The default during Setup is enabled. The default in other cases is
    Example: setup /p e
f - This switch enables Clean Registry mode. It forces Detection to
    clean the root branch of the registry before starting. This switch
    is ignored when Setup is run in the Windows 95/98 graphical user
    interface (GUI).
    The default is disabled.
    Example: setup /p f
g=<n> - This switch specifies the verbose level, where <n> is 0 to 3.
        This switch controls how verbose the built-in progress bar is. At
        maximum level (3), it shows all the resources of the detected
        devices along with the progress bar. This switch can help to
        identify which detection module causes a certain problem. For
        example, if your mouse stops responding (hangs) during detection
        but the system continues, there is no way to determine from the
        log files which module hung the mouse. By turning this option on
        and constantly moving the mouse during Setup, you can determine
        which module is running when the mouse hangs.
        The default is disabled (0).
        Example: setup /p g=3
i - This switch tells Setup not to report the existence of a Plug and
    Play BIOS. It is useful on computers that have a Plug and Play BIOS
    that is not reported in the Machine.inf file
    Example: setup /p i
j - This switch tells Setup to undo the results of the "Setup /p i"
    switch. This switch should only be used after a computer that required
    "Setup /p i" has updated its Plug and Play BIOS.
    Example: setup /p j
    NOTE: In Windows 98, the "/p j" switch is required to enable ACPI
    support. Windows 98 maintains a BIOS list for ACPI computers, so as
    BIOS manufacturers create a new valid ACPI BIOS, this is the mechanism
    for causing Windows 98 to recognize it.
l=<n> - This switch specifies the logging level for Detlog.txt, where
        <n> is 0 to 3.
        The default is maximum logging (3).
        Example: setup /p l=0
m - This switch enables Mini-windows mode.
    This is enabled only when Setup is run under MS-DOS.
    Example: setup /p m
n - This switch enables No Recovery mode. This option can be used to
    turn off the Windows 95 Setup recovery mechanism (for example, this
    switch prevents the creation of the Detcrash.log file).
    The default is disabled.
    Example: setup /p n
o=<traceoutput> - This switch specifies the trace output. The information
                  is written to the Tracelog.txt file in the current
                  This option is available only in the Debug version of
                  Example: setup /p o
p - This switch enables performance logging. It writes performance
    timing information to the DETLOG.TXT file.
    The default is disabled.
    Example: setup /p p
r - This switch enables Recovery mode. It causes Detection to use the
    Detcrash.log file, if found, for recovery. If this switch is not
    enabled, Detection ignores and deletes Detcrash.log even if it is
    This switch is used if Safe Recovery is selected during Setup,
    otherwise it is not used.
    Example: setup /p r
s=<name> - This switch skips the listed detection modules or classes of
           detection modules, where <name> is a detection module name or a
           device class name.
           Detection module names (such as DetectPIC and DetectAHA154x)
           are in the Msdet.inf file. Device class names are SCSIAdapter,
           net, and so on.
           Example: setup /p s=detectpic
t=<n> - This switch specifies the trace level, where <n> is 0 to 9.
        The default is disabled (0).
        This option is available only in the Debug version of
        Example: setup /p t=9
v - This switch enables Verify Only mode. Detection has two stages:
    1. Verify existing devices in the registry.
    2. Detect new devices.
    This switch tells Detection to perform only stage 1. This switch is
    used by the PCMCIA Wizard to verify legacy devices in the registry.
    The default is disabled.
    Example: setup /p v
x=<res list> - This switch excludes the listed resources from detection,
               where <res list> is one of four possibilities:
                - io(xxx-yyy,xxx-yyy,...)
                - mem(xxxxx-yyyyy,xxxxx-yyyyy,...)
                - irq(x,y,z,...)
                - dma(x,y,z,...)
                This switch protects resources so that no detection
                modules can access them.
                Example: setup /p x=io(300-30f,240-24f)

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1cellAuthor Commented:
Wow, that's a lot of info.  I'll give ya 50 for that.

Also, Being in Salt Lake City, I more than realize the value of my paper or lack of value I should say.  I moved up here from AZ with some tech experience and then went to school for the certs.  This town is the most educated city in the US with more tech schools than any other city.  Basically, job hunting here is pointless if you don't know somebody.  Since I know no one here, I am forced to work at PB/NEC supporting end users in our commercial division over the phone.  I'm waiting for my baby to be born in Dec and then leaving to God knows where but possibly back to AZ where I get job offers daily for twice the money I make here.  

As for web sites, my first is which I made about 1 year ago.  They are a small comp company that I worked for back then and unbelievably, the only thing that they've changed since my departure is going from tables to frames.  They haven't even changed the products and prices and haven't updated anything!!

Right now, I'm working on a web site for the Olympics which is dedicated to the contruction of all the ski jumps, bob sled runs, etc. which have been going on here.  I have two friends who are high up in the company that is doing the work and they bring me about 50 photos a week.  I got the web space and domain free but it's not up yet.  Should be another 3 months or so.
Send me an email at and we'll talk about some other things you may be able to do while waiting to become a dad!
1cellAuthor Commented:
Thanks you ever so much.  You are by far the expert of experts.
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