From: Burt on 01/12/2002
I hope this will help others with this problem. It turned out to be the result of having Procomm Plus Ver4.5 in the computer. The fatal exception OE at 017F:whatever is an address pointing to a specific location in (RAM) memory. I had tried new memory andthen increasing the memory. Neither one improved or changed the problem. I spoke to HP, the manufacturers of the computer and to Microsoft. While I met a lot of good people who sincerely tried to help they admitted to being lost as to an answer and all eventually suggest a clean install of the windows 98. Initially I thought of this as a revolting development.
I do not know the exact mechanism that caused the problem but I do know this:
1. The problem had been there for some time. It was some time ago that I loaded Procomm Plus Ver 4.5. I cannot say that I was aware of the problem immediately after installing Procomm 4.5.
2. After much frustration I finally made a clean install of the hard drive in the computer. After that everything worked as it should. I started installing all of the programs that I need including 2 DOS programs that have shortcuts from the Windows 98se Desktop. Each time I installed a program I was asked to restart the computer, a normal installation step. After that step and after the installation was completed I manually shut the computer down all the way then brought it back up. I would go and test to see if I could get into the "display"; "setting" I could - until I installed the Procomm ver 4.5. Immediately afterwards I got the same fatal exception as before with the same exact address. The symptoms were exactly the same. I un-installed Procomm and the problem disappeared and everything operated properly again. I installed the rest of my programs going through the same tests after each install and there were no problems. I also installed a later copy of Procomm and there was no problem (that I have discovered yet). Just for the fun of it I tried installing Procomm 4.5 again and the problem re-appeared. Un-installing it - the problem went away.
I am not enough of a computer person to know what happens when I have the Procomm 4.5 installed. In 3 days of heavy use since Procomm was removed the computer has operated without a single glitch. By the way - the Procomm is a factory disk and not some bootlegged copy.
I hope this will offer some input and direction to those of you who have consistent fatal exception problems.
: I am runing windows 98 SE in a HP N3370. For whatever reason - If I go to "My Computer" by various methods and get into display and click on "SETTINGS" I get a blue screen of death that says "A fatal exception OE has occured at: 017F:BFF9DFFF. The current application will be closed." I cannot get out of this by pressing the any key or any other key. Control Alternate Delete will not get me out either. The only way out seems to be to shut the computer down. This seems to be a recent problem. I'm not reall