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Win98SE Startup Problem: C:> Displays

By ddturnerpetty ·
I am running Windows 98SE on a home PC (Intel Celeron 533 Mhz/128k/30GB DMA hard drive/128MB SDRAM/56K modem). On startup, a black screen appears showing only: c:>. When I hit the space bar the system will boot up. I have reinstalled my whole operating system, but this problem persists. I'll appreciate any help.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win98SE Startup Problem: ...

Someone or something must have altered the C:\msdos.sys file, which controls start-up parameters for loading Windows. To return things to normal, you must change the file's attributes and edit a few parameters within it. Because msdos.sys (the file you have to change) is a system file, you must change the attributes of the main file (and its backup file) so that it can be edited. To do this, click Start > Programs > Accessories > MS-DOS Prompt. At the DOS prompt, type CD\ and press Enter. Then type the following to remove the read-only, archive, system, and hidden attributes of the files, then press Enter:

ATTRIB -R -A -S -H MSDOS.>
(Make sure there are spaces between the -R, -A, -S, and -H; also, the hyphens are required.)

Use Notepad to open and edit msdos.sys. In the file, you should see these two lines:

BootMenu=1
BootMenuDelay=15

Change BootMenu=1 (one) to BootMenu=0 (zero) to get rid of the start-up menu. BootMenuDelay controls how many seconds the menu waits foryou to choose an option before it continues booting. If the BootMenu is turned off, the delay will not matter. You may see a line that says Logo=0; this prevents the Windows start-up graphic from appearing. Change the line to Logo=1 to restore the logo, if you're partial to it. Save the file and exit (you do not need to change the attributes back to what they were), then restart Windows to see the results.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win98SE Startup Problem: ...

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The msdos.sys file is normally a read-only, hidden system file; that's why I recommend that you use DOS to edit it. To access the file in Windows Explorer, select View > Folder Options from the menu bar and click the View tab. Under Hidden Files in Files And Folders, select Show All Files and deselect "Hide file extension for known file types." Click OK. Locate msdos.sys (and msdos.bak if there is one on your system). Right-click, then select Properties. Under Attributes, deselect Read-Only and Hidden, then click OK. Repeat for msdos.bak. To edit the file, right-click msdos.sys, select Open With and Notepad and click OK. Edit as above. For more info about the msdos.sys file and its parameters, check Microsoft's online guide.

For more information on msdos.sys, cut and paste this link:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q118/5/79.asp

(REMOVE SPACES if they appear in the pasted URL.)

Good luck,

Maxwell

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by ddturnerpetty In reply to Win98SE Startup Problem: ...

I actually couldn't get the MSDOS prompt to respond when I typed what was instructed, but for some strange reason the system is now booting up ok! Thanks!

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by tekguy610 In reply to Win98SE Startup Problem: ...

Did you format the hard drive when you did this? If so then with the clean install it should not happen. My guess is that it might look like it just sits there but is still working. Try letting it go for 5 minutes. Just to see if it goes by itself.My PC at home does this too but after 15 secs. or so it goes into w98se.

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by WanabeDrSean In reply to Win98SE Startup Problem: ...

Microsoft has a list of all the files in the tcpip stack you can obtain these from the knowlege base. Use sfc (system file checker)at the run command box to extract new files from your installation cd the most commonly corrupted files are wsock32.dll and winsock.dll I would replace these first. I would like to have more info on what problem you are having eg ping error 1000** type message or a winsock host connect failed error. please post a followup or email me for more specific awnswer I can be reached at sps77@home.com

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