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 (card) and re-installing drivers.
Unable to get W98 to recognise ethernet, scsi - also USB connection gone. LPT1 and printer still works. (LPT2 [card] not used, so not tried, but appears ok in device mgr.)
Tried different ethernet cards - no luck.
Device manager will either show no expansion hardware, or device with problem. (Most motherboard items, except USB, seem ok - e.g. Drives A,B, C,D, F, PS2 mouse, k/b.)
In 'safe mode' most things show as functioning in device manager and pretty much all looks present (whereas it isn't in normal mode).
Scsi devices show on boot-up and can access the scsi drive (Jaz) at DOS level using W98 start-up disk (but that doesn't help much).
Have tried all the usual 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).
I have a back-up, but it's on Jaz (via scsi), and I can't access it in W98. Loath to run W98 set-up if I can avoid it... (worried about intergrity of Jaz for a full HD restore).
Has anyone got any suggestions?
Edited by Jonssen, 30 November 2012 - 04:05 AM.