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Gerod Hall
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2002 - 10:48 am:   

When I start the computer, everything runs fine to a point! At this certain point (after the Windows 98 splash screen), it pops up a message and says "Data error reading drive C, Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?" After choosing an option is says "While initializing device VKD: Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer. Press any key to continue..."

Have you any idea what might be the problem and do you have a solution?

Thank you!
V. Virginia
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 - 3:07 pm:   

Gerod -
I don't know if you found a solution to your problem yet, but if not - maybe I can offer a suggestion or two. (I have had more than my fair share of computer problems.)

First of all, did you install/uninstall any programs or hardware just before you began having the problem? If so, Boot into SafeMode and try repeating the action. You did not note which device was trying to initialize but "VxD" files are famous for being deleted/over-written during 'install' processes. If the missing VxD file is from a Windows program, you can try replacing/repairing it by running System File Checker in SafeMode. It is also possible that the path to the file was corrupted somehow. By Booting into MS DOS mode / Command line only, you can run "Scanreg /restore" (no quotes) at the C:> prompt to restore your system to a stable registry which might also be a possible solution. Since I have no way of knowing how much computer software/hardware experience you have - I did not go into great detail. If you need a walk through on any of this, I would be happy to oblige. Hopefully, you've already found the problem and are up and running again.
v (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 - 4:53 pm:   

VKD error indicates a keyboard error. Check here.

For the error reading the c: drive it could indicate harddrive failure. Try booting with a boot floppy. At the a: prompt type c: to change to the (c: ) harddrive and see if you get access. By typing dir/p you can view the contents of the drive at a paused rate. If you can get into the drive it's probably a software problem. You can also go to the drive manufacturers website to download their diagnostic program to test the drive.
Gerod Hall
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 2:49 pm:   

Thanks for your help! I have deduced that the hard drive has gone bad!

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