Err Msg: While Initializing Device CONFIGMG: Windows...

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315854 Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center


When your computer restarts after you run Windows 98 Setup, you may see the following error message:

While Initializing device CONFIGMG: Windows Protection Error. You need to restart your computer.


This behavior can occur because Windows Setup flushes the L2 Cache as it initializes the PCI-to-AGP Bridge on a Micro-Star International MSI-5169 motherboard.


To resolve this behavior, contact your computer manufacturer to inquire about the availability of a possible BIOS upgrade. If you already have the latest BIOS version for your computer, you may be able to work around this problem using one of the following methods:

  • Disable the external (CPU or L2) cache in the CMOS. For information about how to do so, refer to the documentation included with your computer or contact your hardware manufacturer.
  • If you are using an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) video adapter, try replacing the AGP video adapter with a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) video adapter.

More Information

This error can also occur is the BIOS APM setting is incorrect. Use the following steps to resolve the APM issue:

  1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode.
  2. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Device Manager tab.
  4. Click the plus sign (+) next to System devices.
  5. Double-click Advanced Power Management support.
  6. On the Advanced Power Management support Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
  7. Click to select the Force APM 1.0 mode check box, and then click OK.
  8. Restart your computer in Normal mode.