Hi to all of you,
yesterday I had the pleasure of trying to get a friend's computer out of
trouble. He has a 386 with 4,5 MB of RAM, and DOS 6.0 running. He had a
very old Windows version installed, Windows 2.1. But it wouldn't start
up. After the openingscreen which ran correctly, it displayed a lot
garbage and then returned us to the systemprompt, c:\.
He also had a regular floppydisk for his tax-returns. The program on
this floppydisk wouldn't run for exactly the same reason the Windows 2.1
wouldn't start: they both reported a 'incorrect DOS-version'. How about
When I checked the autoexec.bat and the config.sys, I noticed these two
were pretty well *ed up. Some commands I recognized, but since I'm
far from a DOS-expert, I couldn't tell especially from the config.sys
what was going wrong. After I made some changes in both files, command
lines that seemed to be unrecognizable anyway during booting, it got
worse. Only after we 'rem'med EMM386, SMARTDRV and some other memory
configuration lines and halted autoexec.bat from running, the
tax-program we installed on the harddisk would run properly if we used
the cd command first.
My question is: what are regular lines for the config.sys file in this
case, given the configuration I just gave you? And why seems
autoexec.bat to be a bottleneck in this case?
I got hold of the Windows 3.1 installation floppydisks, would it work if
I had these installed?
Thanx very much in advance,