Windows 95/98 forum: W98 fails to detect / set-up hardware

by: BobGeee December 9, 2012 8:33 PM PST

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W98 fails to detect / set-up hardware

by BobGeee - 12/9/12 8:33 PM

Wonder if someone would be kind enough to help me with this please - W98 won't recognise and set-up hardware.

From the begining:
ISA Sound card stopped functioning (no sound) - device manager suggested a problem - reinstall driver.
System then asked me about reconfiguring LPTs which I didn't want to do, so terminated.
System then lost all access to exp-cards (display, scsi, ethernet) - display was left functioning at VGA.
Managed to get display to function by swapping the display adaptor (AGP card) and re-installing drivers.
Unable to get W98 to recognise PCI Ethernet or SCSI cards - also USB connection gone. (LPT1 and printer still working).
Tried different Ethernet cards - no luck.
SCSI adaptor recognised at DOS level but not by Windows.
Have tried all the usual manual add hardware functions and have tweeked the registry setup flags (as per MS support instructions) to cause W98 to re-run hardware detection. It starts, gets to about 3-4% on the progress ribbon, that panel disappears and then the system just loads W98 still without hardware. (Tried lots of times).
If I try to manually install, it goes through the motions, but gets to 'Finished installing...' too quickly (and doesn't ask to re-start the PC). Nothing is achieved.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I can get W98 to find and install my missing hardware again? (Hopefully without having to run 'setup'.)
Thanks.

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