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By Dunkitdown2000 ·
I am working on a dell laptop that will only boot to a dos prompt (c:) It will not continue the boot process.What can I do to get it to boot all the way?

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by tuqan In reply to Boot issues

While at the DOS prompt type "Dir /a /p" without quotes of course. The first switch grants you access to all files in that directory including those that are attributed as being Hidden which the MSDOS.SYS file is and the other switch is to pause the screen allowing you time in which to see everything before it whizzes by. Having found it now you must alter its file attribute which is READ-ONLY and I believe SYSTEM as well before you can successfully edit the file. To accomplish this type thecommand "ATTRIB MSDOS.SYS -s -r". After this you merely type in the command "EDIT MSDOS.SYS" which should then bring you to the Qbasic editor. Now that you are into the MSDOS.SYS file check for the Bootgui line and make sure it is "=1". You can save the file, exit and try rebooting at this time or if you would like to get rid of the Windows Splash screen altogether now is a good time to do it. To accomplish this add the line "Logo=0". This will enable you to see some of the commands that are being executed behind the scene so-to-speak as Windows is starting. If you want your beloved Windows Screen back just re-edit the file and remove the line. Oh, and don't forget to ATTRIB the file back to it's original status when you are done with it....Good Luck

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by george.lostia In reply to Boot issues

have you tried booting to safe mode. to do this you will need to hit F8 just as the starting windows message appears in the uper left corner then you should be able to view the files mentioned earlier

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by bww5195 In reply to Boot issues

I have seen this twice.

Check the CONFIG.SYS for a line that says:
DOS=SINGLE

Rem out the line and reboot. Other than that I agree with the guy that said to rename the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS to see if it is either of those causing theproblem.

(When I saw this, the impatient user had double-double clicked a shortcut to a dos app. That supposedly caused the o\s to add the line mentioned above to the CONFIG.SYS. I've tried to duplicated the double-double click to reproduce theproblem but was unsucessful. The DOS=SINGLE line does cause the same thing that you are experiencing though.)

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