Hello fellow experts,
I am having some rather annoying problems with my system. I won't go into the details (CPU, RAM, etc) because I am almost positive they are not the problem, as my system was working fine until a few days ago. Here is what has happened:
0. I was trying to create a multi-disk RAR archive onto floppy. After the first disk, I got the "Blue screen of death" telling me that there was an error writing to the floppy, data may be lost, yadda yadda yadda....This of course hung Win95, and I had to hard-boot. Received message that IFSHLP.SYS was corrupted or missing.
1. I believe I somehow contracted a virus, despite constantly running NAV 2.0 Autoprotection w/ the latest updates. This apparent virus completely trashed most of my Windows directory, down to about 15 files, one of which was NOT win.com. Anyone know of a virus that deletes the Windows directory??? After re-installing 95, NAV startup scan said that my MBR had been changed, but it said this could be caused by installing 95....I chose to repair it.
2. I ran McAfee (just bcs I already had a boot disk with it) from DOS, and it didn't find anything in my system, or in the MBR. I tried to use Norton Utils Unerase, but that turned up over 450 files deleted in my WIndows directory alone, so I decided it would be better/easier to just re-install, which I did because I didn't know the first letters of many of those files.
3. Now Windows doesn't see my CD-ROM (BTC Generic 4x) drive. It saw it well enough in the BIOS (Award), Setup, and in safe mode it is there, but not in normal operation. I have tried loading the DOS drivers and MSCDEX, but that doesn't help. Add New Hardware doesn't find anything.
4. I have also discovered a cool and much-desired effect of this screwup. Now, many of my desktop icons, if their name is more than 1 line long, show up with the remaining lines having a transparent background! Admittedly, its cool, but the letters stay there once you move the icon, and normal operation can only be acheived by changing the Icons' font properties. I have re-installed all the latest drivers for my card, an ATI VideoXpression.
My main goal here is to not have to fdisk and reinstall my whole system again, it was working so beautifully (well, as well as 95 ever does...). So any solution would be appreciated, getting the CD-ROM back being a priority. Thanks in advace for your help, and sorry for being so long-winded, but I wanted to avoid having to clarify what I had already done at a later point.