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    Boot Error Win 98

    Having a problem with my kid's Win98 system. Installed a new FTP client today and after the install rebooted as requested and on boot up recieved the following errors (I can't duplicate the symbol, but each in each error line is preceeded by an O with a period in the center)

    The following files is missing or corrupted HIMEM.SYS
    The following files is missing or corrupted DBLBUFF.SYS
    The following files is missing or corrupted IFSHLP.SYS

    I know I need to reinstall at least the HIMEM.SYS file before the system will boot and I attempted to do that the easy way by reinstalling the OS. Got as far as the reboot after installation and got the HIMEM.SYS missing error again. Doing a dir command at c:windows indicates the file is missing. I'm not DOS literate, but am pretty sure that reinstalling the OS should have replaced these files. Could this be a bad memory stick or something with the motherboard ???
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    Re: Boot Error Win 98

    Doc, just for kicks, what FTP client did you install. OK, how about in the Windows directory, in a subdirectory called SYSBCKUP, might there be a copy of the three files there? You're right, on my Win98 machine, all three of those files ARE in the C:Windows directory, so the puzzle is, how or why might that FTP program wiped out those three files. You could of course go digging in the CAB files on the installation CD and manually copy the files. Something doesn't feel right about the fact that you DID a system OS re-install and the files still aren't there. Also, it would be helpful to know what that "symbol" is that you're seeing in those messages. It looks like it's supposed to be a subdirectory name, based on the presence of that backslash. While you're in DOS, can you do a DIR /P command at the root directory to see if you see any "funny" looking subdirectory names. It might also help if you could look inside the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT and see if you see something strange looking.

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    Re: Boot Error Win 98

    Hi Al !!
    Thanks for jumping in on this one. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I had tried most of the things you suggested and was getting nowhere fast. Having been there (nowhere) before, and not liking the accommodations, I chose to go somewhere and get the damn thing fixed !!! I ran the machine over to my local "Asian Wizard" (MS should develop and install one of these in every OS) and he fixed the problem in about 10 minutes with some DOS wizardry that he alone knows the incantations to !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    It turns out that either the FTP client's install process or some unknown virus erased the Master Boot Record !! The client was Fresh Download and I installed it because I couldn't find the CuteFTP beta I had installed on the system, even though it showed up in the Add / Remove Programs window. I looked all over and finally used the "Remove" function to remove all traces of it before installing something new. I have a feeling that I caused this mess myself because I am spoiled by my XP setup and neglected to shutdown everything but Explorer and Systray before I installed FreshDownload. It's unusual that this would have completely deleted the MBR but if I haven't learned anything else in all the years I've been foolin' with these infernal machines, I've learned to expect the unexpected !!!
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    Re: Boot Error Win 98

    Later that same day..........
    Hey Preston !!
    Thanks for the input. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I had found similar "fixes" doing a Google search on the problem, but as you can see from my response to Big Al, none of them would have helped (and I tried several) 'cause the MBR was MIA !!! Sometimes there is no substitute for for "just knowing how" !!!
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    Re: Boot Error Win 98

    Well Doc, I'm glad you got there! I don't think I would've suspected the MBR, but for your future reference one of the "switches" in DOS that I have used a few times is to run the DOS FDISK command with a /MBR parameter to repair the master boot record. I guess it wouldn't hurt to run a good virus scan and maybe even a spyware run to make sure the kid's machine is really clean. Anyway, glad you got it resolved!

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    Re: Boot Error Win 98

    Thanks Al !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'm glad too !!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> I'm in the process of running AdAware & Spybot S&D now and then will clean out the temp files, run scandisk, defrag, run a complete scan with Norton overnight and then tomorrow start a through scandisk run. The system's not worth all that trouble, really, but if I don't keep it running I'll have to buy them a new one !!!
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