March 30th, 2000, 01:37 PM
error in config.sys file
I'm working on an old 486 system and have re-formatted the hard drive...copied the mscdex.exe file to the C: directory...and re-installed the cdrom drivers but after all that I receive the message 'error in the config.sys file'. The cdrom drivers have completed installation but the system still won't recognize the cdrom and I can't go any further with Windows95 installation with this error message. Does anyone have an idea what could be the problem and what would I try next?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance.
March 30th, 2000, 01:58 PM
You say the CDROM installed. When you boot press F8 before or when you see "Starting Windows 95". Select Step-by-Step from the menu. See at which point you get the error. When the CDROM driver loads, make sure it doesn't report the drive as missing. If that works, make sure the MSCDEX line of the UATOEXEC.BAT has the identicle /D: name as the CDROM driver line in the CONFIG.SYS file.
For more info go to CDROM.
March 30th, 2000, 02:01 PM
How far in the installation are you? When you reboot do you see "Starting Windows 95"?
How did you copy the MSCDEX to the C: drive.
MSCDEX /d<driver> /L:<drive letter>???
Ryan Morse, A+
[This message has been edited by rmorse66 (edited 03-30-2000).]
Ryan Morse, A+
March 30th, 2000, 02:06 PM
What you may have is simply a typo or a refference to the wrong drive in Config.sys or a missing file.
Look at the files on the boot disk - you should find at least your system files, Mscdex.exe, Himem.sys, Autoexec.bat and Config.sys on the disk.
Open Config.sys (Right click on it while holding SHIFT and select OPEN WITH and then Notepad or Wordpad) and Autoexec.bat.
A representative Config.sys file
where XXXXX.sys is the CDROM driver. Note the A indicating the files are on a floppy in A drive and the final D:MSCD001 indicating the CDROM will be assigned drive letter D and given the name MSCD001 by Mscdex.exe in the Autoexec.bat file. I mention that as if that part of the DEVICE line is different - say E:MSCD001 that could be the error just as well as a typo that you might find.
A representative Autoexec.bat file;
If you still have a question post your Autoexec.bat & Config.sys files so we can look at them along with a list of the files on your boot disk.
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