I have been struggling to get my 98se machine back to working after seeing a message
this morning along the lines windows has found an error in the registry and has corrected it.
The system now boots, then gets to the windows splash screen, some evidence that
something is happening as the bottom strip of the splash screen is moving, then after 30-40s all hard drive activity stops and the splash screen stays... only way out a reboot,
i have been able to start into safe mode, and have tried a few attempts to fix it, but
here are some clues on what may have happened before the problem:
I installed a new printer driver (Lexmark x5470 multifunction printer), this was not what i would call a clean install with several hiccups, messages such as windows has found new hardware appearing during the install, and i had to uninstall and re install a couple
of times (my feeling with the Lexmark driver is its a rather large program that maybe
wasnt meant for 98se? but aparently they say it should be ok). After finally getting
the printer working, i deleted an epson printer that i no longer use from settings > printers (C86).
Things i have tried ...
Running system file checker, this resulted in one file eEBRsvc.dll flagged as incorrect,
and the prompt to restore it (which i was unnable to, as i dont have the file), i think this is from an Epson C86 printer utility? see above I do have the printer CD though.
Using scanreg, i managed to load the registry with an older version, but this didnt make any difference.
Used msconfig and unticked almost everything in the win.ini tab, then re-booted in
normal mode ...again no difference after doing this.
As im unnable to access the cd on the laptop in safe mode, i dont have an easy way to get any files or utilities on it, although its on a network, starting safe mode with
network support didnt seem to show any network connections.
So im stuck, in desperate need of a solution other than completely reloading windows,
which i hope to avoid as i will then have to spend a day re installing programs some
of which i may not have, so im hoping someone might be able to give me an idea
on how to get this one sorted without resorting to that.
Hope someone can help !