Microsoft KB Archive/247967

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Setup Hangs After First Restart with S3 Savage/MX or Savage/IX


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


When you try to install Windows 95 on a computer with an S3 Savage/MX or Savage/IX chip set, your computer may stop responding (hang) after the following message appears:

Preparing to start Windows 95 on your system for the first time.


This issue can occur if your display adapter uses an S3 Savage/MX or Savage/IX chip set. Windows 95 detects these chip sets as S3 Legacy chip sets.


To work around this issue, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart your computer, and then follow the instructions on your screen to resume Setup.

For unattended deployment of Windows 95 on computers using the S3 Savage/MX or Savage/IX chip set, you can work around this behavior by performing the following steps:

  1. Copy the Windows 95 Setup files to a flat folder. Create your unattended Setup batch file per the instructions in the Windows 95 Resource Kit, or by using the MS Batch file creation utility.
  2. Copy the Savage .inf file and associated driver files to the flat folder.
  3. Extract the Msdet.inf file from the file into the installation flat folder. Then, edit the Msdet.inf file and add the following lines to the bottom of the file, following the last line with a couple of blank lines:
  4. After saving the changes to the Msdet.inf, file run Setup from the flat folder you created. Use whatever unattended parameters you typically would. For example:

This prevents the hang of the video chip set on reboot due to the hardware detection scheme used by Windows 95, and allow the video adapter to be enumerated by Plug and Play on the first boot into Windows.

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbhw kbsetup win95
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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