Windows 95/98 forum: Need to reboot but System can't find my CD-ROM.

by: TokioOkio November 3, 2006 12:42 AM PST

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Need to reboot but System can't find my CD-ROM.

by TokioOkio - 11/3/06 12:42 AM

Catch 22: I have multiple problems on an old Windows 98J system that I am not ready to give up on just yet. I have asked parts of this question in forums before but it problem isnt fixed yet.

Hardware/Software
IBM Aptiva 16J (IBM 216516J) Windows 98 Japanese (build 4.10.1998)
450MHz AMD K6-2 w/3Dnow!; 64kB primary memory cache, 512kB secondary
Main Circuit Board: SiS-530, Bus Clock 100MHz
Generic IDE HDD (8.43GB9 No SMART Driver Award Software International, Inc. BKBEN22A 11/03/00
Memory Modules: 252 MB Slot 0 128Mb, Slot 1 128MB.
I have only a "Product Recovery Disk".

My original HDD has about 1.5MB in bad sectors. I need to replace my HDD but my CD-ROM isn't working. I bought a new 40 GB HDD and a new internal CD-R/W (they didn't have a CD-ROM). Without a working internal CD drive, I cannot install my new HDD or reinstall Windows on my old drive.

I also have a Explorer.exe error whenever I boot up. The error message, in Japanese, translates:
Abort: this program performed incorrect processing
Please contact the manufacturer of the program when it does not abort"

"Page infringement of the EXPLORER"
Module: GDI32.DLL Address: 0167: bff26001"

After I click to close the warning, I can use the computer. Most programs work. Outlook Explorer doesnt work correctly. It has been so long now that I dont remember exactly what is wrong. The small icons in Outlook Express and on the Task Bar are blacked out.

If I could fix this Explorer.exe problem I could use the computer for a while without having to reinstall, but I am resigned to reformatting and reinstalling Windows to cure it, unless someone has a better idea.

My Catch 22 is, in brief, the hard disk in my IBM Aptiva 2165-16J (1999,
W98J) has way too many bad sectors (about 1.5MB of its 8.4GB total) . When I
boot up, it boots but gives me a warning that Explorer.exe is corrupted. I
press OK and the warning goes away. So I need to replace Explorer.exe I
think, which I think means reinstalling Windows.

Here is the catch. My CD-ROM drive doesn't work. Everybody tells me the drive is bad. I replaced it with a new CD-R/W (couldn't find a CD-ROM) but the system won't recognize it either. I also replaced the flat cable just in case it was bad. This seems to indicate to me that not recognizing the CD-ROM is not a hardware problem. (Another thing lead me to this conclusion. When new, the CD-ROM worked correctly, but after about two years it stopped working and I couldnt find it. I wanted a burner anyway so I bought a USB CD-R/W and used it. Another couple of years later, after a major crash and a GO Back I think, the CD-ROM started working again and worked for another couple of years. Then about a year ago I lost it again.) The CD-ROM drawer has always opened and the media is in a different position after I close the drawer and reopen it. I have tried all combinations of CD drive and flat cable with the same results.

So I have to reinstall but without a working ATAPI CD drive I can't. Catch 22 squared.

Misc.:
I have a working CD-R/W, but it is on a USB 1.1 connection. I have backed up the entire original drive (I think) onto my 250GB external HDD which is also USB 1.1 (I backed it up using a hard disk drive adaptor so Windows was not running when I backed it up. That would copy hidden files wouldnt it?)
I downloaded all the Windows 98 Critical updates before 98 was orphaned and have them on the Ext. HDD. The Windows running on the IBM also has all the updates.
I have made boot disk.
I have another copy of W98 on the hard drive from an eOne, but it is English. I can put that HDD in the adaptor and copy onto the big Ext.HDD.
I have a new legal copy of Windows 2000 English.
The cautions in the outside of my new internal CD-R/W say it will only run with a Japanese OS.

Under Other Devices in my Belarc summary, I have something called a Mitsumi CD-ROM Controller with double speed drive. I have no idea about it relationship to the missing CD-ROM.

Questions:
Is there a way I can replace the GDI32.DLL file? If so, where can I get a good copy? Is it language specific? (I have the English W98 on the eOne HDD..)

Suplimental Question: If I get the CD-ROM working and can install my new 40GB HD, should I partition it? If so, how many partitions of what size? What (free, I hope) software should I use for partitioning.

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