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System.INI file does not exist

by hbgowest / March 19, 2004 12:05 AM PST

when my computer starts up it always comes up with this message that says:
Windows cannot find a device file that may be needed to run windows.
The Windows Registry or System.INI file refers to this device file, but the file no longer exists.
press any key to continue(i press a key then the computer loads after a bit
Does anyone know how to get rid of this or how to reinstall whatever it is saying is not installed?
i'de appreciate any help.

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Misleading subject in your post
by Josh K / March 19, 2004 12:40 AM PST

Your system.ini file does indeed exist; the error message you are getting is being caused by a line in that file. .vxd files have to do with display drivers. Have you recently upgraded your video card?

Go to Start\Run, type SYSEDIT and hit ENTER. Find the offending line in system.ini and put a semicolon ( ; ) at the beginning of that line. Then save and close the file. The semicolon will cause system.ini to ignore that line. Does that resolve the problem?

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Re:System.INI file does not exist
by hbgowest / March 19, 2004 5:48 AM PST

thanks for the help. you mean i have to put the semicolon in front of the vxd thing right? the only problem is now the file that comes up when the computer starts isn't in the system.ini thing. the only vxd file there is. device=TURBOVCD.VXD
im leaving for the weekend but if you could give me any advice it will be appreciated. thanks for ur time.

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How about reading the error message?
by Kees Bakker / March 20, 2004 4:39 AM PST

From your first post, it reads like this:

The Windows Registry or System.INI file refers to this device file, but the file no longer exists.

From your second post, it's not in System.INI.

I leave it to you to find out where else it could be.
If you need removal instructions then (it's not a semicolon!), please post again.

Hint #1: use regedit.
Hint #2: be careful when modifying the registry!

Hope this helps.


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Re:System.INI file does not exist
by w0bjh / March 20, 2004 11:45 AM PST

The vxd extension indicates a Virtual Device Driver. Also called Value-added Drive. A .VXD file is a helper file used by one or more program (.exe) files. You don't run vxd files; the program it is designed to work with uses the info in the file. I do not know what the heck that file is or used for. No info can be located for it

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