Whyy doesn't my computer let go from MSDOS to WIN98SE?


Using WIN98SE. When I go into MSDOS, and then return to WIN98 with "exit", the next time that I cold boot, or if I try to re-start, my system automatically comes up in "Safe Mode". Then when I shut down normally, under "Safe Mode", with Start, Shut Down, and then cold boot, WIN98 starts up normally.

One constant symptom: After going to MSDOS and "exit" to WIN98, and then cold booting into "Safe Mode" or re-starting from "Safe Mode"; as the system progresses through the boot process, a line on the screen for the first hard drive is changed to "Ultra DMA Mode-2" when normally it reads: "Ultra DMA Mode-4". The second hard drive does not show any such change in what is printed on the screen.

There are only one or two MSDOS programs that make the transition back to WIN98 O.K., and the re-start or cold boot do come up in normal WIN98 mode. However, EVERYTIME that I use the MSDOS shortcut, returning to WIN98 with "exit", and then re-starting, or cold booting, the problem of coming up in "Safe Mode" ALWAYS occurs.

What's going on? How can I correct the problem?

Thanks, Bob


This question was answered on October 15, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

How about instead of typing, “exit” At the DOS prompt type “WIN” that might just take you back to WIN98 with out all the hassle If that doesn’t work there is something wrong with one of your files and you might need to fix MSDOS

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Posted by julie of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 15, 2004