I just built a new Asus A7V133a system (Win98 SE, t-bird 850, WD 15gig on ATA100,256 Cas2 RAM, HP cdrw, Toshiba DVD, SB Live, USR 56k sportster, Logitech Quick Cam,Acer USB scanner,Hauppage WinTV card, 300w PS).
Frequently it locks up trying to boot into windows and gives me a "The volume that was removed had open files on it. Next time please check first to see if the volume really can be removed. Press any key to continue" error message and the only way out is to reset the computer.
I have the same problem, I think it has something to do with
the CD-ROM that doesnt slow down and stop fast enough when I
reboot after an installation so that it is not ready when the
computer start again and it is not showing in device. So, the volume
that was left open after the reboot by the install program cannot
access the file it need to finish it.
I don't think that is the issue. In my case, whatever CD was in the drive has frequently been removed from the drive and the application that was accessing it, closed long before the occurence of the blue screen error message and the unavoidable lock-up. It seems to be somekind of software glitch probably from one of the add-on software programs on my computer. CD reader, DVD reader, jukebox etc. Been trying to uninstall things but haven't found the culprit yet ...
I have been getting feedback that it is specifically a driver problem with the onboard Promise ATA100 HD controller and that Promise has a temporary beta driver fix available. I just downloaded it but haven't installed it yet as it has no install program and must be done by file substitution. Oh well, that's what I get for living on the "bleeding edge"!
Not so sure that they will install properly in that way. In my device mangler, under promise ATA100 drivers, there are 7 files listed and the downloaded and expanded beta update also has 7 files but only 5 have the same names. the other two are completely different. Not sure that device mangler's wizard will no what to do with the the odd two ...
The install wizard wont let you install the files, but just
write to a paper the location of the 7 files.
Then after, you just have to open the dir where the system
files are and the one with the replacement files and drag&drop
them. say yes to replace the file. You only need to replace 5
After doing that, your system will take a little more time to load.
Surely to let all the boot task to end their process before attempting
to open an other. As I say, I have installed the patch and no more
error even after 50 test reboot!!!