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Your program caused a divide overflow error

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Hey folks, today I was working on a clients Micron-Win98 se. machine. After formatting his C drive, I Put in the Win98 CD in and also the start-up floppy and restarted. At the command prompt I typed setup as I have done many times. I got an interesting error (Your program caused a divide overflow error) Needless to say I could not reload his operating system. Not sure what to do. Thanks in advance
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"Divide overflow" is equal of a number being divided by zero. Thus I would suspect that you should reformat, and then reinstall win 98. If this does not work, I would suspect a bad cd rom disk, or worse a cd rom drive calibration problem which would mean a replaement of the cd rom drive.

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The divide error messages are caused when the computer or software attempts run a process that attempts to perform a mathematical division by zero, which is an illegal operation. This error message could also be caused by a computer or software limitation or conflict with computer memory.

It is possible that your computer may have a hardware issue. Generally when a Divide Error is encountered because of hardware it is caused by a issue with the computer Processor (CPU).

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000396.htm
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caza13:

After reading your comment about the cpu, I went back to my 'troubleshooting and Maintenance manal' and checked another source and your comment about a failure of the CPU causing a divide by zero error should be on the money.

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