This post has been edited by duffy98: 20 April 2012 - 09:59 AM
Safe Mode Recovery Help
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:57 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:31 AM
Maybe "Safe Mode with Networking" and uploading to an FTP server app running on another machine?
Or ... save another Ghost image and extract those files later from the Ghost image once you're operational again.
Or ... use DOS and USB drivers (and the 'doslfn' TSR if necessary) to save to your Flash drive.
This post has been edited by jds: 20 April 2012 - 10:32 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:59 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:33 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:51 PM
I found some information online about the System Configuration Utility and was able to get into Windows 98SE to start unchecking boxes. After reinstalling the vxd files I wasn't any better off ... as I said earlier, none of my registry backup programs fixed the problem ... after the 2nd day and with PROBLEMCHYLD so close to be finished with his project, I just decided to do a fresh install on this one computer using the new unofficial SP 3 update. Will test it out but it will probably be a week or more just getting all the settings fixed and software installed. I still think something got messed up in the msconfig area but I am not knowledgeable enough to have figured it all out. My backups failed me.
I will make a new Ghost backup at several stages and when I am finished I will make a backup of the Windows folder onto a DVD. Hope to never run into that nightmare again. The files are slowly being found again and being replaced from memory. I was just minutes away from burning them to some DVDs but everything went south from the night before.
This post has been edited by duffy98: 23 April 2012 - 03:52 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:52 AM
Or a virus (eg., perhaps those images are also infected).
BTW, what're the chances that Symantec Anti-virus can't scan Symantec Ghost images?
This post has been edited by jds: 24 April 2012 - 01:53 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:12 AM
When it comes to getting USB flash drives working in Safe Mode, it is possible to use DOS drivers, for such a task. But, it is a road full of thorns, as it is relatively difficult to get DOS level drivers to work correctly.
The easiest thing would be to enable BIOS USB flash drive support, if available.
This post has been edited by Sfor: 24 April 2012 - 10:25 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:03 PM
Not really. Just the other day I needed to bootstrap a system that wouldn't even do Safe Mode. I simply took a minimal boot diskette and copied two driver files into a suitable directory (to keep the root directory neat and tidy) and then created the following 'config.sys' file (the first few lines are probably unnecessary, I just cut down an existing file) :
BREAK=ON BUFFERS=30 FILES=45 LASTDRIVE=Z FCBS=16,16 REM - Panasonic's universal USB-controller driver (formerly Novac) device=A:\USB.DRV\USBASPI.SYS /v /w REM - Adaptec's ASPI disk driver (supports partition table) device=A:\USB.DRV\aspidisk.sys
Now I simply connected a USB hub (because this greatly improves compatibility with various Flash drives) and plugged a Flash drive into that.
So all it takes is a boot/recovery floppy with a little space for the two driver files and a simple 'config.sys'. Note the trick about using a USB hub, although a few (not many) hubs are incompatible with the Panasonic driver, so it helps to have a couple of different types in case their compatibility is unknown.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:16 AM