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Background: My computer is acting wierd. First, memory test fails at start-up which I thought was due to a bad CMOS.  I replaced and no go. Second, I receive many illegal operation (close) errors and I thought by reinstalling win 98 it would clean the hdd and get rid of all the bad dll's.  After uninstalling win 98 I then reinstalled win 98.  Installation went fine, win 98 copied all the files correctly. After installation, nothing was clean.  All my files, directories, everything was still there.  

My Questions:
1. How can I reinstall win 98 and have it clean my hard drive?
2. At start-up I receive a memory test fail and I have to press f1 to continue.  What do you think the problem is? (I replaced the CMOS, that is not the problem)
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by:hewittg
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Kb,
I would try reseating your memory.  If that does not work, replace if you have another.

Reference the re-install;
make a boot disk or go top bootdisk.com to get one.
boot to the c:
format hard drive
reboot computer with bootdisk
run setup with your win98 cd.

I assume you have nothing on the hdd that you want to keep.

Hope it helps.

Glenn
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by:hewittg
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Quick comment,
the errors you are getting in windows are probably from the faulty memory
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Atreus earned 50 total points
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Well, if you want to nuke the drive, reboot your computer using the cd.
You may have to change your Bios features in CMOS to put your CDROM before your hard drive in the boot sequence.
Save and exit and choose boot with cdrom, and boot with cd support.

Last call, make sure that there is nothing on the drive that you want to backup, and type (this is the scary part) format c: /s
It's found in the \win98 on the cd.
the /s tells it to format as a system disk, and is neccessary. (not just subdirs :)

then just go to your root cd and type setup.
step back and enjoy.

Before that, I would adress the memory problem (don't want it interfering with setup).

Sounds like bad RAM. . . try removing the boards and putting them in one at a time, booting each time to see which one bombs.  If that doesn't work, post back.

Good luck!
-Atreus
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by:Atreus
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heh, man people are here 24-7 :)
didn't have prev. posts when I started :)
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Atreus changed the proposed answer to a comment
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by:curius
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I would be inclined to test your PC RAM, there are utilities at http://members.brabant.chello.nl/~a.vankaam/mbm/about.htm that can read your motherboard. Test to see if anything is overheating. Or http://www.passmark.com/ can test motherboards performance also. Try these they may solve your hardware problems.
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by:Kharmin
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If memory is good, it may be possible that the slots on the motherboard for the memory are bad.
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by:tafederek
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you may actually have bad memory, try borrowing a friend's RAM stick and remove yours.
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