I'm officially flustered and flabbergasted. HHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEELLL
Background: I installed the Install Program for my LINKSYS WPC54G Wireless PC card onto my IBM THINKPAD 600 laptop. WIN98SE OS.
Problem Statement: When I rebooted (as directed), a message box saying "MSVCRT.DLL is linked to missing export file NTDLL.DLL: RtlGenNtVersionnumber". I hit OK and a white message box pops up saying EXPLORER.EXE missing MUST REINSTALL WINDOWS. Program locks up.
Fortunately, I have a Norton Ghost image of the c drive partian..so experimenting with alternative solutions is going pretty quickly.
I reviewed similar solutions posted for this problem on the net and in Experts-Exchange:
1 ) I downloaded and installed this WIN98 update from MS:
to address some binary compatability problems. I thought this would be the solution...only partially. It seems to allow me to progress further into the download (I can load some requested WIN98SE files that LINKSYS requests) but ulitmately I end up with the ..REINSTALL WINDOWS message.
2) I tried SafeMode. Same message: error box pops up and I can't get in.
3) I tried installing WIN98SE over itself to fix it. Did not FORMAT, Did NOT FDISK. Ran the setup program from the CD.
4) I tried to extract the original msvcrt.dll file:
extract /a base4.cab msvcrt.dll from the WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS folder but nothing happened after several minutes.
5) From the c:\windows\options\cabs directory, I tried:
extract /a base4.cab msvcrt.dll
but got the following message: MS Cabinet Extraction Tool - Ver(16) 1.00.603.0 (8/14/97) Error: Cannot open file base4.cab
copy msvcrt.dll c:\windows\system
but got the following message: file not found - msvcrt.dll
when I searched for any *.cab files in the cabs file, it came up empty????
Why are there no cab files in the cabs directory?
Is there anything I can extract from the WIN98 CD?