> Anyone know what these symptoms mean on startup of Windows 98 on a Compaq
> Presario 1020 laptop? The splash screen shows with the rolling bar at the
> bottom and the rolling seems to go on and on but the start up goes nowhere
> Is this Windows looking for some critical file which has become corrupted
> or a hard drive failure as the sound of the symptoms suggest? I can boot
> to Dos and run scandisk or chkdsk without incident but cant get into
> windows or safe mode.
I have a Compaq Presario 1246 running Window$ 98. That start-up jam happens
to me as well once in a while. I always solve it by going into safe mode
and then shutting down. This somehow solves the problem.
Also to try: remove the battery for a while, leaving the computer completely
out of power.
In the worst case, you can back up all the files from DOS and then use the
Compaq quickrestore CD.
> There MAY be insufficient memory to run windows but
> woudl THAT give these symptoms?
No, unless you took some memory away. Even then, there's swap space...