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Major problem with old comp:<

by Mandee / August 16, 2004 10:27 AM PDT

Hi. Can somebody please help me? I am having a disaster with my old comp! It is an HP[16MB] that was running on Win95a. When I turn it on now, it says "cannot load Win95." It then tells to go into safe mode and when I do, it says missing/corrupted files:
-(HMA)high memory are not available
-cannot find CS4232 Sound Card
-cannot find WIN.COM, unable to continue loading Windows.
From there I have no idea what to do. I tried loading from a boot disk, but it says it cannot read the drive. Is there any way to fix this, or is it basically usless now?

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Re: Major problem with old comp:<
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2004 10:37 AM PDT

Windoes 95 machines are bound to fail. Here's why. When the CODE LEAK from Microsoft occurred a few months ago, EXPLOITS were found in all versions of Internet Explorer in regards to bitmap handling. Except IE 6.0...

Since Windows 95 can't run IE 6.0, and Microsoft doesn't supply 95, then it's just a matter of time till someone hits a bad web site or gets an email with the exploit.

Not everyone will follow my advice about using ANY other browser and turning off the preview in Outlook Express so an OS wipeout is possing for Windows 95 due to the published exploits.


Since you can't boot a diskette, you not have to fix that issue. It's all of 3 parts to get a diskette to boot including a good diskette. The cable, drive and motherboard. Its a very simple conbination so you can fix it.

Loading Windows 95 is far from automatic. The OS installs pretty easily but many don't remember to load motherboard IDE drivers, video drivers and more.

Best of luck in repair and recovery.


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Re: Major problem with old comp:<
by billzhills / August 17, 2004 2:22 AM PDT


Configuration errors in win95 are a real nightmare.

Your H/D may have DDO (dynimac disk overlay) installed on it. You will need to find the correct DDO boot disk to access H/D in DOS.

In safe mode the missing/corrupt files can be extracted and replaced from the win95 CD. The Auto.exe and Config.sys files will also have to be checked.

Your will have to address what caused this issue first.

For Internet use IE5 is a disaster waiting to happen.
IE6 is bad enough but Win95 will not support it. If you have a virus it must be removed first.

Are your hardware components failing?

Once the cause is known then configuration repairs can be made.

Bill, Zhills

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