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"vmm32.vxd missing/unable to load" when restarting in MS-DOS mode


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#1 lti

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:07 AM

If I try to restart my computer in MS-DOS mode, I receive the following message:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VMM32.VXD: Missing/unable to load.
Press any key to continue...

When I press a key, the computer turns off. The computer runs perfectly under all other conditions. I can start Windows in any mode, even Command Prompt Only. The message only appears when I choose "Restart in MS-DOS mode" in the Shut Down window. The computer is running Windows 98 First Edition.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:27 AM

have a read here: http://www.easydesksoftware.com/news/news10.htm

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:51 PM

95, 98 or ME Iti?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:21 PM

I am using 98. The only information I can find about this problem is that the file is required by Windows and the computer wouldn't boot at all if it was really missing or damaged. This computer boots with no error messages and runs perfectly until I try to restart in MS-DOS mode.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

I assume that you are clicking start - shutdown - restart in MSDOS mode.
What happens if you go to the startup options with F8 and try it there?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:25 PM

That is how I am getting to MS-DOS mode.

Command Prompt Only in the startup options works, but the Logitech mouse driver doesn't load. I don't know if it is supposed to load in this mode. I don't have any software that requires a mouse and can't run in the Windows command prompt, so it isn't a problem for me.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

Command Prompt only is for troubleshooting issues and system diagnostics like scan disk and also provides a true dos environment with no windows files loaded to perform stuff like bios flashing. So yes that is normal behavior.

did you have a read of my link above?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:19 PM

Yes, I read the article. It seems to show how to create the file if Windows is unbootable because that file is missing or corrupt. Windows boots properly and with no errors. System File Checker doesn't find any corrupt files.

Edited by lti, 09 January 2012 - 09:20 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:46 AM

Check to make sure the file exists in the particular location via Sysedit.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:43 AM

Yup the file usually is in the SYSTEM directory :)


Good luck!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:17 PM

The file is in the correct location.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:28 PM

Is there entry in the specified file via sysedit?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:04 AM

The file did not appear in Sysedit, and none of the files that did open in Sysedit contained any references to the file.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:46 AM

That is why you are getting that error. You need to reread my post and that link.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:10 PM

Sysedit on my other computer with Windows 98 shows the same files and no references to vmm32.vxd, but it can restart into MS-DOS mode.

Your posts are confusing me. What am I supposed to be looking for in Sysedit?




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