the computer will not start up past "starting windows 95" on a black screen.
This question was answered on March 12, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
There are different reasons why Windows 95 may not boot properly, ranging from hardware problems, to viruses, to corrupted hard disks, to network settings to bad software Listed are some troubleshooting tips that will help you solve your problem:
1 Try to start your computer in “Safe Mode”, to try eliminate some of the hardware conflicts.
2 Scan the system for viruses
3 If you have recently worked inside the PC or added any new hardware to it, that is likely the cause of the problem, even if it seems unrelated
4 If you just added any new software to the system, it could be causing the problem In particular, any software that includes items that are automatically loaded when Windows starts should probably be considered suspect
5 If you just installed Windows 95, and you installed it over top of a previous installation of Windows 3.x, there may be a conflict or problem being caused by settings inherited from the old installation I recommend only installing Windows 95 clean to a new hard disk or directory
6 Check your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files for extraneous programs or drivers being loaded Disable anything being referenced there that you do not absolutely need
7 Check the file system of the boot drive for errors File system errors in the wrong part of the hard disk can cause the system to not boot
8 The Windows 95 registry may be corrupted Rebooting using the backup copy of the registry may help
9 There could be a bad driver on the system Try updating or changing to a system-standard driver and see if this helps
10 Double-check your BIOS settings Try resetting to default settings after making a record of the current settings
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Posted by Kera of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 12, 2005