View Full Version : Severe TR2 installation problem

20-11-04, 14:55
Well, bad luck to me :( . I tried to install TR2 this afternoon, and everything went fine, until I tried to run it. The PC crashed immediately, and when I rebooted it started up Win98 as usual, but instead of showing the login screen it said 'You can turn off the computer now' (sarcastic Micro$oft http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif ).

I booted in safe mode, and ran about all diagnostic programs, and it concluded that a recent installation (probably TR2) had installed an erroneous driver, which forced Windows to switch to MS-DOS compatibility mode, and it suggested that the problem was in the config.sys or autoexec.bat files. Has anyone experienced this problem before, or can anyone help me fix it? Thanks in advance http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

here's my system info (or atleast, what I could gather...)

Device=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\display.sys con=(ega,,1)

mode con codepage prepare ((850)C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\ega.cpi
mode con codepage select=850
SET GMAXLOC="C:\Downloaded\Gmax"

System Info:

AMD Duron ~1,3 gHz
Windows 98
384 MB RAM

Control Panel ->System->Performance gives 3 messages:

-Drive A is using MS-DOS Compatibility Mode
-Drive C is using MS-DOS Compatibility Mode
-Switching Compatibility Mode lowers the general system performance.

Well, that's about it. Can anyone help me here? I'm going crazy - I haven't made a backup in months and a lot of important data is on that PC :(

20-11-04, 16:17
That is ugly news, Wizz. Have you logged in and posted your message from another pc, i understand well? :confused:

20-11-04, 16:36
I am somewhat at a loss with Windows 98, but perhaps THIS (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;130179) article may help you? Hope so.

20-11-04, 20:37
Your config and autoexec look all right, but the easiest thing to do is just delete all the lines out of both files. Try rebooting again and if that is successfully replace the lines one by one.

20-11-04, 20:52
Joseph, I'm using my father's computer ATM http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Thanks for the link Neteru, it's very helpful. I'll check it out in the morning, too tired now (11:00 PM) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-4.gif

Simulation, I already tried that, to no avail. It didn't work :(

21-11-04, 14:49
Neteru, I checked through the site and followed all the guides, but it didn't help :( . Any more advice?

21-11-04, 15:38
Wizz, why don't you post your question in the dutch microsoft newsgroup community here (http://support.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.aspx) ? :( I am sure there are windows98 experts around.

21-11-04, 15:54
OMG thank you Joseph :D

I did some reading around in that newsgroup, and found someone who had exactly the same problem. He was told to revert his register to a previous version, with the following DOS command:

scanreg /restore

I restored a previous register version, and everything is working great again! Thanks a lot!

21-11-04, 16:01
I am so very happy for you Wizz! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif
Did you have to use the Win98 startup floppy, or did you use Safe mode, to enter the restore menu? Please the exact steps in short... it could help other people here. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif
Again: congrats! :cool:

[ 21. November 2004, 17:02: Message edited by: joseph ]

21-11-04, 16:09
First I tried the win98 boot disk, but my disk drive started to make some horrible noises, so I quickly removed it http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif . After that I used Safe mode and MS-Dos boot mode, which works just as well http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

21-11-04, 19:37
oops! only read half of the above

[ 21. November 2004, 21:16: Message edited by: mattioz ]

21-11-04, 19:43
mattioz, please at least read previous posts, and see the problem is already solved, and had nothing to with the disk. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

*edit: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif ;)

[ 21. November 2004, 22:52: Message edited by: joseph ]