Recently my Pentium 450 with Windows 98 (first edition) decided to give me the blue screen of death every time I booted up as a result of removing components from my Network Neighborhood properties.
I had little choice but to reinstall Win98 from the original CD. However, since the CDROM drivers were not being loaded from C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT I had to boot from the Win 98 emergency boot diskette.
Once I got to a A:> prompt, I was able to access the CDROM drive and Win98 CD, and went ahead and started the re-installation.
However, I noticed something odd. The installation screen would display the "estimated minutes" for the installation on the left side of the screen, and it was showing 90 minutes during the first 10 minutes of the installation process.
I also noticed that my hard disk was THRASHING real bad. As if there were no disk cache active. Since I had other things to do, I left the PC to do it's thing while I went into the other room. 1.5 hours later, I came back, only to see the progress bar at 98%. It was taking 90 minutes afterall!
My question is, this does not seem right. 90 minutes? And why all the disk thrashing? It sounded horrible - the hard disk, i.e..
Here's the config.sys on the emergency boot disk. I suspect Microsoft forgot to put something in the config.sys/autoexec.bat files which caused the hard disk to thrash, and which caused an abominably long install.
Can anyone spot the problem?
menuitem=CD, Start computer with CD-ROM support.
menuitem=NOCD, Start computer without CD-ROM support.
menuitem=HELP, View the Help file.
devicehigh=ramdrive.sys /E 2048
------- autoexec.bat ------------
set LglDrv=27 * 26 Z 25 Y 24 X 23 W 22 V 21 U 20 T 19 S 18 R 17 Q 16 P 15
set LglDrv=%LglDrv% O 14 N 13 M 12 L 11 K 10 J 9 I 8 H 7 G 6 F 5 E 4 D 3 C
call setramd.bat %LglDrv%
copy command.com %RAMD%:\ > NUL
copy extract.exe %RAMD%:\ > NUL
copy readme.txt %RAMD%:\ > NUL
IF EXIST ebd.cab GOTO EXT
echo Please insert Windows 98 Startup Disk 2
%RAMD%:\extract /y /e /l %RAMD%: ebd.cab > NUL
echo The diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive %RAMD%.
IF "%config%"=="NOCD" GOTO QUIT
IF "%config%"=="HELP" GOTO HELP
LH %ramd%:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 /L:%CDROM%
echo Your computer will now restart and the startup menu will appear.
echo To get help, type HELP and press ENTER.
rem clean up environment variables