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John Henry
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 9:44 am:   

Each time I start booting up it stops again a few seconds later, and asks me to type either 1,2 or 3. I think No.1 is Normal No.2 Test and No.3 Other. I type 1 and Enter, and it continues booting up ok, but it wont continue untill I have typed one of the numbers ( it doesnt seem to matter which number I choose as it always ends up the same) Please can you help me to get it to boot up automatically as it did before.
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 10:15 am:   

sounds like you have the boot menu selected first up before it loads windows. i have that on mine only because i don't have to hit F8 whenever i want safe mode or dos. i also set a 13 second delay so that it goes automatically into normal mode if i don't hit a key. in Win9x, you change the properties of the msdos.sys from *read only* by unchecking the box then clicking ok. then you open it in notepad to edit it. here's is my config for your info:



see where it says BootMenu=1; and also BootMenuDelay=1? if either of those lines are there in any form, you have to delete those lines and then save the file. you can then change the properties back to *read only* and then reboot. it should automatically go right into windows
John Henry
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 7:55 am:   

Thanks for help Win, but I made a mistake in last message, I should have said 1. Original Configuration 2. Test Configuration or 3. None of the above.
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2002 - 11:59 am:   

either way, taking out those 2 lines will solve the issue.
John Henry
Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2002 - 11:02 am:   

Sorry to be a pain, but I can't find anything looking similar to the lines you have written. Can you head me in the right direction please as I'm quite a novice with dos. I managed to find dos prompt, but all it said was C:\WINDOWS> and that was it.
Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2002 - 1:35 pm:   

in the root directory of your C:\ drive, there is a file called MSDOS.SYS it's read only and a hidden system file. that's the one, if you don't have your computer set to see it. then you can access it through windows explorer, and then going to the view menu; click it, then go down til you see folder options. click that too. on the view tab, click that, then where it says *display full path in the title bar, check that. on *hidden files*; check *show hidden files*. on *hide file extentions for known file types*; uncheck that one. then click ok til you are out of that. then you explore to C: drive. MSDOS.SYS is there. you will be able to use my previous instructions to modify it if it is indeed changed.

you can also access it in a command prompt. once there, type *attrib c:\msdos.sys -r* without the * of course. once it's done, it will send you to a command prompt again and you will type *edit* which is a command line editor in which you will need to use only the keys. once open press and hold the Alt key then press the F key. release the keys. then you press and hold the Alt key then press the O key, then release. you will now be at a menu to open a file. type in the search line MSDOS.SYS and hit *enter* which will open the file. you can modify the file the same as in windows there. once done. you can exit and save your changes by hitting pressing and holding the Alt and X keys then release. you'll get a screen that asks if you want to save the file and you say yes, or no, depending on what you did. you will now be back to a command prompt in which you will return the msdos.sys file back to read only. type *attrib c:\msdos.sys +r* to do so and then once it's done, you can press the reset button which will reboot the machine. see what happens.

that's it.
John Henry
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 11:14 am:   

Thanks again, I managed to follow the first paragraph, and got to a similar reading as yours plus an UNINSTALL DIR=C under paths, and under Options
plus the same as you had,but no BootMenue=1 so I deleted BootDelay=2 and BootMenuDelay=0 rebooted, but no improvement.
I attempted to try your second paragraph, but I dont know how to find command prompt.
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 11:34 am:   

well, you did it already in windows. my second paragraph was to do it from command prompt. so it doesn't matter. it looks to me as if it's been changed. so.... if you can get to system information in windows. check out what's there. there may be a line somewhere in the win.ini or system.ini doing it. but for all purposes, it seems to have been set up to go to the menu before booting. anyone fooling with your computer lately? or did this come this way for a reason?
John Henry
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2002 - 10:21 am:   

Yes your right about fooling about. I was having a lot of trouble a few months ago with windows refusing to shut down. I then found one of several articals on this problem on the net. I followed the advise of one of these ( I cant remember the name of the one) and all I can remember is having to press F8 at startup and then it gets a bit foggy. This advise solved the problem, of shuting down, but ever since I get this other problem. I'm sorry I cant be more helpfull.

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