September 5th, 2000, 02:40 AM
Windows 95 Startup Freeezes
I have a Packard Bell 1700 CDW, With a Win95 OS. Running on 20 RAM. It's modem was kicking me off right after signing onto my ISP. I took out the Packardbell Combo card, and replaced it with a 56k modem, and an cheap sound card. I could not get those cards to work until i wiped the hd and reinstalled win95. After loading the drivers for the new cards I got on the net just fine. No problems. But, I then downloaded FreeInet and the system refused to boot into windows after that. I have checked my IRQ's, and addressing but, with no conflicts to report. I have wiped the hd and reinstalled win95, but now even before installing the drivers for the new cards it refuses to boot into windows. I can use safe mood, and I have tryed the step through feature. Any help on this one?
September 5th, 2000, 03:54 AM
Your problem sounds like it may be a lack of RAM-Microsoft recommends at least 16 MB RAM to even open Windows, and FreeI recommends at least 16 mb RAM to run its client, try hitting F8 while booting up and try opening Windows in Safe mode, if it does, you most likely do not have enough resources to run win95 with all your drivers loaded, you should try to invest in some more RAM since it is relatively inexpensive
September 5th, 2000, 04:26 AM
This sounds more like a resource arbitration conflict to me. Especially since you say you formatted & reinstalled 95.
Heres what I would do:
Take all cards out of the system but video
boot into 95 & load the drivers for video
physically add the sound card & load the drivers
then add the modem & the drivers for it
Physically adding the devices one at a time will allow 95 to arbitrate any resource conflicts much easier than if the devices are present & some resourcwes have already been allocated to them, even if the correct drivers arent loaded
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September 5th, 2000, 12:25 PM
You must be working on Johns PC again. Doesn't PackardBell use maufacturd specific hardware, and software? You might need a download from their site to fix this one old boy.
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