Windows Protection Error
Posted on 2000-03-12
Ok....I installed a new vid card and got this error on the reboot after detection. I've reinstalled Windows twice now and read through many other threads on related issues here.
I guess I'll start with my original config....I had an S3 Savage Pro 4 vid card (AGPx1x2x4, 16 MB) and yanked it for this card. I uninstalled all S3 drivers first, shutdown, removed the card, replaced it with the Creative card, and loaded the TNT2 Ultra drivers that came with the Creative card. Rebooted ok, but my max colors was 256 so I thought i should update the drivers. Did that and flashed the BIOS....everything went fine. Got into Windows and the was quite pleased with the card. Next, I started loading in the software that came with the card....the other stuff on the CD: Colorific, 3Deep, etc. I can't remember which program it was, but one of them asked me to calibrate the colors on screen with what I could see (ie. which shade of blue fades into the background shade best?). After answering a series of questions it wanted to reboot....so I did it...and then it happened; "Windows Protection Error. Please Reboot Your Computer.". Argh.
It came up with a blue screen, giving me a VXD error and when I hit enter it gave me the Win Protect Error. Unfortunately, thinking that this was just a little bug, I didn't have the presence of mind to write down which VXD it was. I believe that it was vdd.vxd though.
Here is what I have:
AMD K6III 400
Epox MVP3C2 Motherboard
Creative 3D Blaster (nVidia TNT2 Ultra 32MB w/TV out, AGPX1 or X2)
128 MB PC-100 Ram (2X64 MB)
AOpen 56K ISA modem
ancient 16 bit Soundblaster Clone ISA sound card
Creative 52X CD Rom
No NIC cards
No SCSI devices
Win 98 final
Here is what I've tried thus far:
1) updating drivers for all hardware (except VIA Chipset, I'm doing that today)
2) Renaming smartdrv.exe and adding Himem.sys and emm386 noems to Config.sys file.
3) Deleting Windows directory and reinstalling. (twice)
4) trying nVidia Gold drivers rather than Creative's set.