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Windows 98 boot up problem

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May 10, 2014 12:59:42 PM

So, today I found a Compaq pc with Windows 98 laying around. I tried booting it up, but shortly after it's booted up, the screen becomes completely white, and when the screen turns compelety white, there's absolutely nothing I can do. The only thing I can do, is turn off the pc. Sometimes, I get into the pc, but around a minute later, the pc hangs itself, lines begin appearing, and the screen becomes totally white again. What causes this, and how can I fix this? (I'm not very pc technical).

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May 13, 2014 5:53:28 AM

I would say it sounds either like a driver issue, or a hardware issue. try booting into safe mode by pressing F8 as soon as you see the windows 98 screen when you power on the computer. If the white screen does not happen in safe mode then it is a driver issue. If the white screen still happens then I would try another video card. But depending on the age of the computer you will need a PCI or if it has an AGP slot then a AGP video card will work. But finding drivers for a newer video card for Win98 might be a big problem.
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May 21, 2014 12:42:56 AM

Mikito98 said:
So, today I found a Compaq pc with Windows 98 laying around. I tried booting it up, but shortly after it's booted up, the screen becomes completely white, and when the screen turns compelety white, there's absolutely nothing I can do. The only thing I can do, is turn off the pc. Sometimes, I get into the pc, but around a minute later, the pc hangs itself, lines begin appearing, and the screen becomes totally white again. What causes this, and how can I fix this? (I'm not very pc technical).


Hiya, this wont do much but, I'm new! YAY! :-P. Anyways, I have a Dell Latitude CPi (absolutely brill laptop) but I've just been informed by mum that it used to get this. I didn't know that and it's apparently why we stopped using it. This happened just this morning and I was really annoyed cos I thought it was the first time this had happened, and there's loads of childhood memory stuff on there which I want to backup on a floppy. (Long story).

Anyway, the solution I got is that if your Hard Drive is accessible from the outside (mine came out with a couple of screws), take that out. Obviously when there's no power supply. There was loads of hair and dust and fluff in there so I cleaned it out with a knife a few blows of air. (from my gob lol) Then after a couple of boots it worked and there was no white screen (which I originally thought may have been the notorious White Screen of Death) and no weird lines. Hope this helps. :-D

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