Rather odd problem with a Win98SE install on a Compaq Prosignia 340.\n\nIE, OE, VET and firefox all crash very quickly after starting them.\n\nEverything else works fine.\n\nThose that do crash are all attempting to use the net.\nFirefox was installed after first seeing the problem and\nis the evidence that there is some fundamental problem\nwith net access somewhere.\n\nThe system file checker did replace a couple of files, made no difference.\n\nIt was running IE and OE 6, repairing IE 6 made no\ndifference, uninstalling that back to 5 made no difference.\n\nSame result with the internal modem and an external router.\n\nClean install of 98SE fixes the problem completely so its\nclearly SE thats got screwed up somehow. Reasonably\nclean install of SE, tho its been installed quite a while now.\n\nMain problem is that I cant get the Compaq QuickRestore\nto even start, it just whines 'restoration cannot continue',\n\nThis is caused by one of the following conditions :\nThe QuickRestore disk is not in the drive\n\ncant be that, the CD is in the drive and the floppy makes no difference\n\nThis QuickRestore disk is not designed for this computer\n\nthats a real possibility, as far as I know its never been used\n\nThe system board has been replace\n\nnot as far as I am aware\n\nThe Flash BIOS is corrupt or has been rewritten\n\nno evidence of either\n\nA hardware error has occurred\n\nno evidence of any hardware problem.\n\nIt comes with a diskette too which appears to write the serial\nnumber to the hard drive and diskette. That runs fine with no\ncomplaints and it makes no difference if thats in the drive when\nthe QuickRestore CD is booted.\n\n\nSo I'd like some way of actually fixing the problem in the current\nSE install thats causing the crashes in IE, OE, VET and firefox.\nPresumably it must be a problem with one of the dlls or something,\nbut the system file checker doesnt see any problem with any of them.\n\nOr some way of getting the QuickRestore to work.\n\nI can obviously do a clean install of SE from a normal OEM CD\nand the product key on the SE manual works fine. But thats quite\na bit different in detail to the original SE install, no drivers etc and\nit looks like there is a problem with the drivers from\n[url]http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/DesktopProsignia/us/family/134.html?lang=en&cc=us&prodSeriesId=96448[/url]\nno obviously suitable video driver for starters, this one has an intel\nchipset video. The original SE install has got the supplementary\ndrivers on the hard drive too, so you dont have to fart around\nwith a CD when say adding a NIC etc either.