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cmdninst error

by dbuss / July 15, 2005 5:06 PM PDT

I am running ME on a e-machines 633.

Was installing a DSL modem and had to reboot after resetting my ethernet card to get a DHCP address.

When the machine rebooted, it came up with the error

Cmdninst has caused an error in <unknown>
Cmdninst will now close.

I get this error even when I try to start up in safe mode. I can never get to the desktop. I have a CD that will allow me to boot to DOS (it says that it's version of ME is expired), and I can do most things a person can do in DOS (trying to remember the commands is the hard part) but what can I do in DOS to fix this?

From the research I have done, it appears that this error comes up because of a bad device driver. I look for *.drv files, but none appear to have any relation to the DSL modem (Actiontec) that I was installing.

Any ideas or guidance would be much appreciated.

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cmdninst error - did you ever resolve it?
by algarvekey / September 8, 2005 10:41 PM PDT
In reply to: cmdninst error


I am running Windows have the same error as you, but I am not very good in DOS.

Did you manage to resolve the problem and get to your desktop in safe mode?

Many thanks,
Algarve Key

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2 things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2005 10:55 PM PDT

1. At the time of this post, on the same page was an ongoing discussion and subsequent cure. So I left this post alone.

2. The issue is easy to research on Another reason to not dive in except to note


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