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General crash errors involving GDI.exe file

Hello all,
I have a Win98se system with the following symptom. Every now & then the whole system either freezes without recupperation or crashes with a GPF that prompts of an error in GDI.exe file.
What can be done in this case?
It involves basically anything from browsing windows, to copying a file to anything...

Thanks.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Boot to safe mode

If you are using Active desktop then turn off Active Desktop Start > Settings > Active Destop > 
Deselect View as Web Page

Do this
Description of the System File Checker Tool (Sfc.exe)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;185836

Then this if still having problems

Start > Run scanreg /fix.

then run a THOROUGH scandisk
then defrag

If that doesn't do it then try this

boot to a ME or Win98 floppy bootdisk http://www.drd.dyndns.org/fr_index.html?/disks.html and run this command

scanreg /restore

If still not fixed then

Reinstall the operating system over the top of itself. This will retain most of you settings and programs and replace the system files.

How to Reinstall Windows 98
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;250928

or

If the CD is bootable and your system allows booting from the CD then boot to the CD and install.

Otherwise boot to a ME or Win98 floppy bootdisk http://www.drd.dyndns.org/fr_index.html?/disks.html
Put the CD in the CD drive
At the prompt run the following command

setup

If you don't have the CD then run one of these commands

C:\Windows\Options\Cabs\setup.exe

or

C:\Windows\Options\Install\setup.exe
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http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;259181

Note that reinstalling Windows does not alter your currently installed programs unless a program has previously replaced a Windows system file. If a program does not work correctly after you reinstall Windows, reinstall the program, but note that the program may be replacing one or more Windows system files.

http://www.drd.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/search2.cgi?searchterm=wboot98se.exel
http://home.csumb.edu/o/olsenwilliam/world/boot98.exe
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liordeAuthor Commented:
Hi,
Thank-you for the quick reply.
I have dual boot on  that machine, Win98se (C) and WinXP Pro (D).
When I choose the menu, by pressing F8, I do get the safe mode option (and many more options...) but actually the computer does not boot to safe mode, even though I chose it.
Why does this happen?
Also, I searched a bit about this GDI.exe issue, and it says that it has to do something with the 'Fonts' directory, missing or misplaced.
I checked and it is there, right in the original place. Any other ideas?

Thank-you.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Ok here is the problem when you have two Window's OS's installed only the newest will ever boot into Safe Mode. What you will probably have to is reinstall Win98 then to a Repair install on XP

How Do I Do a "Repair Installation"?
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm 

Repair
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Visual aid to the above procedure
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Click on How To Run a Repair Install

You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312369

Data Loss May Occur After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312368
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CrazyOneCommented:
Or instead of the Repair XP you could try this after reinstalling Win98

Boot from the XP CD, get into the Recovery Console, and type the following commands:

FIXMBR C:
FIXBOOT C:
Reboot


Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314058

To start the Windows Recovery Console, use any of the following methods:
Start your computer by using the Windows Setup floppy disks or the Windows CD-ROM. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10 or press R to repair, and start the Windows Recovery Console.
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liordeAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks CrazyOne...

I will try the procedure suggested.


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