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using windows 98, i installed magmaram. Since then, during startup, i get a "windows protection error while initiating device ios, you have to restart your computer". i deleted the program and even formatted the computer. But windows still could not be started and received the same problem. However, windows works when i try it in safe mode. If it is a device problem, how do i solve it? Both windows 95, and 98 could not work but windows 3.x could.
icedevilAsked:
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shadowhaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
True programs can damage your hard drive.  And I wouldn't use anything that would increase anything that the computer requires like memory or hard disk space.  In the end, or the begining, it'll damage your hardware.  My best bet would be to remove and replace the memory 1st like what celtics said.  My 2nd bet would be to reset your BIOS/CMOS.  And don't install that memory upgrade software.  It's trouble for everybody that uses it.
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abragerCommented:
What is "magmaram"?  This information could help to get an answer.  Is it hardware; ie you put it inside your computer?  If not, and it's software, then you're formatting your drive incorrectly.  Let me know and I'll tell you how to proceed either way.
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icedevilAuthor Commented:
magmaram is a program that sort of increases ur "ram" in windows. It is a software program. Thanks. I formated normally by using format c:/s
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abragerCommented:
Okay; two things you should try:

1.  Boot from a disk.
2.  At the prompt, type FDISK /MBR
3.  Reboot without the disk.

If it doesn't work; try this:

1.  Boot from a disk.
2.  At the prompt, type FDISK.
3.  If it asks, enable Large Disk Support
3.  Delete all of your partitions and then make a new, fresh one.  Then boot up from your disk and reinstall windows.
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icedevilAuthor Commented:
i already tried to fdisk already.... but it still could not work...
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abragerCommented:
If you're completely formatting correctly and then reinstalling windows from a clean slate; you shouldn't get that message when you boot up.  I'm thinking there's something wrong with the actual hard drive.  do you have a spare one you could test it on?
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icedevilAuthor Commented:
no. i don't have a spare one. but how could installing a program damage a hard drive?
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celticsCommented:
This problem sounds like a memory problem.  Since you experienced this error in both 95 and 98 but not 3.11.  Newer versions of Windows are more proned to memory problems.  Remove all of your memory but one module and try running the computer.  If you still get the error replace with one of the other ones.  Be careful in doing this some motherboards require modules to be in pairs.  Bank 0 is where the memory needs to be located whether it is one or two memory modules.  If you have an odd numbet of modules then you can most likely have just one in the system.

Here is some more information from Microsoft :
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q149/9/62.asp
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rayt333Commented:
magmaram is a program that sort of increases ur "ram" in windows

Get rid of that program too, there is no subtitute for more RAM
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tibor_vnCommented:
Can you give me more about your hardware configuration. I afraid you have the problem with the BIOS setting.
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liewymCommented:
dear icedevil
i have face this prob b4 and i believe this is your memory module prob ... u have to change another memory module.
one more things ... try to believe ... program can damage hard drive.
hope it helps
liewym
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