Win98 fails to boot, Error Loading OS
Posted on 2003-11-11
The other day I upgraded the Windows media player to version 9. I have Win98 Second Edition on my PC, this version should have taken. Rather than rebooting immediately I simply shut down. The next time I started the system it didn't boot cleanly, I went through a number of iterations with trying to boot, sometimes making it into safe mode, once I though I was in ok but the system froze. At this point when I try to boot I get the following msgs:
PCI Device Listing (with data after)
ISA/PNP Device Listing (with data after)
Verifying DMI Pool Data Update Success
Error Loading OS
I can get into setup, I cannot get into safe mode.
I can boot the system with the Windows startup disk (which brings me to a BAT file menu and allows me access to the CD readers and sets up a RAMdisk with various diagnostic programs). I can read my installation CD. I cannot "see" my C drive, this is a brand new drive that been working very well for 2 weeks, the drive is seen (identified) during bootup and under setup it is set to auto so I don't think the drive is failing. My gut feel right now is that my next move is to use the startup disk to get the system into DOS mode, then use an option on the menu to try to transfer the operating system (command.com and the 2 *.sys files) to the C drive but I wanted to check here first to see if that's the smartest thing. Suggestions?