Failed Tribes Patch - Win98 caught in a boot loop.
Posted on 2000-03-13
My Kung Fu isn't strong enough for this one. Who is stronger?
I applied a new patch for Tribes on my Win98 partition, but
the install program hung during the patch. The patch needed
to run something in DOS mode at startup to complete the
update, but now it's stuck in a continuous reboot mode
somewhere after Win.com is called.
It boots through to win.com, then writes "Win98 is now
You are currently in MS-DOS mode. Do you want to return to
normal mode, to run Windows applications again [y/n]
y - reboots and it goes through the whole process again.
n - loops the same question without rebooting.
ctrl-C breaks the batchfile and brings up a command prompt.
Any idea where this batchfile is called from?
My autoexec.bat wasn't restored on reboot, and there isn't a
copy of autoexec.wos anywhere. Commenting out the extra
lines in the autoexec.bat doesn't change anything.
Forcing Safemode with win.com /d:m does the same thing.
Bootlog.txt isn't created, even when forced with /b
Ok, I'm too tired to look at this anymore, but I believe that
Win.com starts loading things referenced in the registry next.
Can I hack the registry from DOS or Linux?