|Posted on Monday, November 4, 2002 - 4:01 am: |
My computer was running fine until I attempted to install a new network card (Linksys Network Everywhere 10/100, model nc100u, ver2.0). Upon physical installation into the computer it began having problems starting windows. The first few attempts had to load a backup file of the registry in order to load windows. New hardware was not detected. When it finally was I inserted disk for drivers and computer did not recognize them. After this failed attempt my computer would no longer load windows and gave me the error message of "vmm32.vxd not found and windows could not load." I followed instructions on support site and the computer found no file by that name. Could it have been renamed? I checked my autoexec.bat and the path file was something long and foreign but did not look correct. I changed it to C:\windows\system and it still did not fix the problem. I can't load windows in safe mode but I do have cd-rom access through the start up disk.
I have a lot of stuff on that computer I don't want to lose so if there is anyway I can fix this or possibly reinstall win98 without erasing the harddrive please help me.
|Posted on Monday, November 4, 2002 - 6:42 am: |
Vmm32.vxd was created when win98 was installed. It's not an uncommon problem with vmm32.vxd becoming invalid.
Go ahead and use the boot disk and reinstall win98. No need to format the hard drive. The new install will not disturb any files you created.
Leave the nic in when doing this. It should pick it up on the new install.
One more thing, if the autoexec.bat and config.sys are not being used by a program such as a virus program just delete them. Windows doesn't use these files to run. It will cut a few seconds off the bootup time.