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Windows 95/98 forum: can only boot in safe mode or get blue screen of death

by: slanoue July 23, 2010 1:08 PM PDT

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can only boot in safe mode or get blue screen of death

by slanoue - 7/23/10 1:08 PM

I have a ten year old Dell pc with windows 98 (it is one of five computers, the only one that old and with windows 98). I have to have win98 on it because of this one program I use that will not work in XP.

I had this same problem last year and I tried various fixes as suggested by a friend, but none seemed to work, and then finally it just sort of fixed itself. So far it is not doing that.

The program I use is related to my video card, so it might be related to the error. I use a TV Wonder USB, which is a device that attaches to your pc and to your tv or vcr. It is a TV tuner, allows you to watch TV on your pc as well as make screencaps and other things. It is made by ATI. I usually leave the pc on and sometimes the program crashes. It's never been a very stable program but works fine for my needs.

Yes, I could probably get a more modern tv tuner card, but when I looked into that, ATI could not tell me which of their cards will make transcripts from the closed-captioning (which is what I use this for). I would have to pay someone to install a card, anyway. I don't want to have to keep buying and installing cards until I found one that does it, you know? Would rather stick with what I have.

I am getting the blue screen of death whenever I reboot, except sometimes it will load in safe mode. I tried running scandisk in safe mode but then it gave me the blue screen of death.

I also can't get the keyboard to work, only the mouse (probably has something to do with it being on USB or something - that has always been the case when I'm in safe mode, so I don't think it's related to the problem).

I also tried running regedit/ fix from run, but it won't work, says I can only do it from the command prompt (like when you boot up) but that won't work since the keyboard won't work...I can't get it out of "safe mode only".

The blue screen of death says: An exception OE has occurred at 0028:
C29E211F in VXD LSIPNDS (01) + 0000813F. This was called from 0028:
C001C3D4 in VXD NDIS (01) +

I tried going into device manager and removing the display adapter (I think that is the video driver?) and rebooted but it didn't help, still got the same error.

I would try doing a windows repair or reinstall myself if I had the 98 disk.... will have to take it to a repair person and pay money if that is needed.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Suzanne Lanoue

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