What is a full reinstall?


Lately when I start my laptop the following appears and I don't know what it means. I can get to Windows 98 by pressing any key and everything seems to work (sort of):

c:\>rem - by windows98 network - ndisbsan

" " " " - redirall

" " " " - c:windows\net start

" " " " - arswait

" " " " - z:login

ess pci audios dos device setup utility, vrsion 2.14c

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dma mode is ddma

current maestro pci irq5 pci 10 base:1400

current maestro-2e sbpro game settings:

sb id=220h irq=5 dma=1

mpu401 10=340h

game port 10=200h

too many parmeters

one or more of your disk drives may have developed bad sectors.

press any key to run scandisk with surface analysis on these drives.

(Before I can do anything, the following appears)

there was an error running scandisk.exe, or it was cancelled. run scandisk for

windows, as you may still have errors on your disk(s)

press any key to continue starting windows.


This question was answered on November 17, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you have a bad sector there is no way that you can fix it through your windows or even the DOS prompt so your best bet is reinstalling you OS and i guarantee no problem.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 17, 2003