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Rebooted Windows 98 but it is still not starting!


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Okay, when I did that I got the following message:

The following file is missing or corrupted: scanreg\fix
Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.e. c:\window\command.com

(This is really bad...isn't it??)
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Hi Ciara,

When you boot from the floppy can you access the harddrive? try by typing at the a:\> c: if you can access it you will see C:\> Then type in cd mydocu~1
you will go to the folder my documents then type in dir and you will see a list of all the files in this folder. Just remember that when you copying in DOS you can only work with 8 characters as filename so if your EXCEL document has a longer name just type copy "the first 6 characters if the excel document without any spaces then type ~1.* a:\ if the file isn't found it will say so if there isn't enough space on the floppy you must.insered a balnk floppy so you can copy it .
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I can access the harddrive but when I type in C:\>mydocu~1
I am getting the message 'Invalid Directory'
I will try to copy the file again using the first 8 letters from what I remember.

It's unbelievable as the computer was working perfectly last week!!!

Thanks again & any other suggestions will be gratefully tried.

Ciara
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You must type at the c prompt I quote "cd mydocu~1" you will go to the folder my documents when your there you type I quote "copy" the first SIX characters of your filename followed by "~1.* a:\" it will try to copy the file when there isn't enough room at the floppy you must inster a blank floppy so the file can be copied
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Wait, wait, wait...

Slow down. You're getting off on a tangent

First, scanreg is irrelevent, this is not a registry problem.

This is a harddisk problem, and specifically it is likely a fouled up master boot record.

First, let's find the file

Old versions of DOS have no concept of long file names.

mydocu~1 = MY DOCUMENTS

So, we need to find the file...if you knew what it was, this would be easier, but it is still not that big a deal.

Reboot with the boot disk again and type the following

a:\>dir c:\mydocu~1\*.*


You will get a long list of files that are abbreviated so DOS can understand them. If the filename was longer than 8 charachers, it will be abbreviated like the folder

so

thisis~1.xls = this is my spreadsheet.xls

You will need to decipher which file it is you're interested in and use that in the above copy command.
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Sorry, I did type cd mydocu~1 after the c prompt. It was a typing error above. I am getting the message invalid directory.
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Okay Gerry - I'm back!
Typed the above but got the following message:

Volume in drive c has no label
Volume serial number is 374A-18DB
Path not found

Over to you!
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you don't need CD (change directory).

However, perhaps your Documents Folder is in a different place..was this a multi-user system?

Try this:

a:\dir c:\

This will give you a directory of the root and should help you see the mydocuments directory


If you want to work off the hard drive

type this
a:\>c:
your prompt will change to
c:\>

now just type

dir
(hit enter)
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From doing the above I've got the following - does it make sense?

Directory of C:\

Autoexec Dos 134 11-25-03 11:23q
Command Com 93890 04-23-99 10.22p
Frunlog Txt 1012 11-24-03 5.36p
Windows <Dir? 11-24-03 5.21

3 Files 95,036 bytes
1 Dir 26,248.63 MB Free
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Guys - just a quick note to thank you for all your help. I have to go now but will be back tomorrow so any other suggestions to help get out of this mess will be gratefully read in the morning.

Thanks again,
C.
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did you log into this computer with a user name and password?

I am going to guess you did, which would put your MY DOCUMENTS folder is a different place.

try this

a:\>dir c:\windows\profiles\[NAME YOU USED TO LOG IN]\mydocu~1
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I only had a password on my screen saver. I didn't have to log in to access windows. I've entered the password from my screensaver in the above command but the message I'm getting is:

Volume in drive C has no label
Volume Serial Number is 374A-18DB
Path not found

HELP!!
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I think you are getting to much info Listen to gerryf for now
What are you running with the problem 98se?
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Yep - Windows 98
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Boot with bootdisk, type

a:\>dir c:\windows\profiles\


Report back results
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