Cannot use Win95

Hi there,

just a couple of days ago my Win95 started to have an
unusual behaviour
When booting windows95, everything seems to start the right way,
but after the desktop is loaded the mouse cursor remains in the
clock shape as if it were waiting for some action to be completed.
The only way to stop this is pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL. This pops up
a dialog specifying that it is not capable to activate a certain
application. If I click on "Finalize task" or "Cancel" then the
dialogs disappear but then I am not able to do anything
else.

Booting Windows95 in fail safe mode, I get a dialog upon
initialization
saying that some hardware or network  problem has occurred.

Afterword I discovered that the port COM2, to which my modem is
attached, is not recognized by Win95.

Well, I don't have enough experience with win95 to know how to
solve this, so I'd appreciate your help and/or  
pointers to places where I can find help.

Many thanks,

-- Antonio Scotti

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spadeCommented:
try running the new hardware wizzard, and see
if he finds the com port.
If he doesn't find boot up to dos using f8.
And run msd or similar program and look for the com port.

If you can't find your com port on both (win and dos), it probebly broken.
If your mainboard is a new type (pentium, late 486) the i/o is on board and you have to disable your second com port via the bios.

Buy yourself an 16c440 comport card with one or two comports, plug it in and ready.
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