Restart in MS-DOS mode hangs on Guest Driver

When I restart my Dell Dimesion XPS T550 in Windows 98 to MS-DOS mode, it shuts down then just waits at a screen with this text:

C:\>LH AU30DOS.Com

VORTEX DOX AUDIO DRIVER (2.000) Copyright (c) 1997,98 Aureal Semiconductor
PCI AUDIO PRO enable at ports 220-220Fh. Interrupt J,DMA 3, Joystick 201h.

Iomega Guest Driver Version 6.0

Finding a drive letter for your Iomega drive...

_ (blinking cursor)


This means I cannot restart my computer in pure MS-DOS mode - how can I fix this problem?
taras1701Asked:
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SmartGamerCommented:
READ EVERYTHING BEFORE DOING ANYTHING.


1. Go into either the AutoExec.BAT or Config.sys.
2. Find the line that talks about the Iomega driver.
3. Save the file as Config.old or Autoexec.old.
4. Put REM in front of the line which starts that Iomega driver.
5. IF THAT CAUSES MORE PROBLEMS, DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD, SAVE AUTOEXEC.OLD and CONFIG.OLD TO THER ORIGINAL SPOTS AS CONFIG.SYS AND AUTOEXEC.BAT SO THAT IT GETS RESTORED.

That should do it! NOTE: What this has done is disable that driver. If you really need to use it, reject this answer. All it does is turn that driver off so it won't look for a drive letter.

--SmartGamer
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taras1701Author Commented:
I rejected the answer because neither my autoexec.bat nor config.sys files have any reference to an iomega driver. Here they are:

(config.sys):
REM [Header]
                               
                               

REM [CD-ROM Drive]
REM DEVICE=C:\CDROM\ATAPI_CD.SYS /D:MSCD001 /PIO
REM DEVICE=C:\CDROM\TAISATAP.SYS /D:MSCD001 /PIO

REM [Miscellaneous]

REM [Display]

DEVICE=c:\windows\setver.exe
[COMMON]
DEVICE=C:\DELL\RTC.CLK +R

(and autoexec.bat):
C:\PROGRA~1\NETWOR~1\MCAFEE~1\SCAN.EXE C:\
@IF ERRORLEVEL 1 PAUSE
CLOKTEST GO1
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D3 T4
LH C:\WINDOWS\AU30DOS.COM
@ECHO OFF
REM [Header]

REM [CD-ROM Drive]
REM C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX /D:MSCD001 /D:MSCD001

REM [Miscellaneous]

REM [Display]



SET PATH=C:\COREL\VENTURA7\PROGRAMS;C:\COREL\VENTURA7\TRUEDOC\BIN;%PATH%
SET CLASSPATH=C:\COREL\VENTURA7\TRUEDOC;%CLASSPATH%
SET LD_LIBRARY_PATH=C:\COREL\VENTURA7\TRUEDOC\BIN;%LD_LIBRARY_PATH%


If I did find an iomega driver and typed "REM" in front of the line, would Win98 still recognize my Parallel Port Zip Drive?
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SmartGamerCommented:
I'm not sure. I think so, Windows has the registry. But anyway, I think there are also files called by .dos extentions of the same main filenaemes.

I.e. Config.dos, autoexec.dos

Try with that. Also, somewhere, you'll find something called MAXIMUM_DRIVE_LETTER or something like that. Increase the letter by five letters. You'll now have extra space for extra devices, and it may run without having to remove anything.

Again, before changing anything, save the originals to .ods (Old Dos) extention filenames, and restore if more problems pop up.
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ClareBuxtonCommented:
Try using msconfig.

You get the opportunity to select which files are loaded by placing a check mark against each line.

There is also the file DOSSTART.BAT in the windows directory.

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BoondockerCommented:
if the system starts in windows but not in DOS I'm wondering if you have a windows driver loaded but not a DOS driver
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BeavisandButtheadCommented:
You have separate autoexec and config.sys

Open C:\windows

There is a shortcut named exit to dos.

Right-click and properties.

Advanced button. There you will see you dos-mode startup files.  Now follow SmartGamer's procedure.

Good luck
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SmartGamerCommented:
Do we all get points after this?
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taras1701Author Commented:
The settings under the Advanced button were these:

[checked] MS-DOS mode

[checked] Use current MS-DOS configuration

Should I check "Specify a new MS-DOS configuration" instead? Will that do something? I'm still not finding any Iomega drivers in config.sys, autoexec.bat, or msconfig.
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tlikCommented:
Move the file : DOSSTART.BAT in Windows to another folder.
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AwmytieCommented:
  Since with WIN98 you have no need of autoexec.bat or config.sys, do what SmartGamer first suggested and get them both out of the way.
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taras1701Author Commented:
SmartGamer, I misunderstood your first response. You meant for me to not name copies but totally rename them? I didn't realize I could do that. I'll add another comment when I finish trying it.
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taras1701Author Commented:
I was successful, but I used a sort of "hybrid" of the comments to form the solution. None of you hit it on the mark, so I don't know whom to give the points to.

This is what I did:

I opened the file dosstart.bat in Notepad, just to see what it was. In the header I read that this file was accessed "every time the computer restarts in MS-DOS mode". There was only one line in the file with no "REM" in front of it: c:\tools_95\guest. I added REM and the computer restarted perfectly.

Now how do I do the points? Both tlik and SmartGamer deserve them...
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SmartGamerCommented:
For the points, do the following:
1. Cut the q-value in half.
2. Give either Tlik or me the points.
3. Put up another question, at the sam half value, that says, "Tlik, your points" or "S.G, your points" and just has us ring in for the answer. Accept nobody else's answer. That way, we share the points equally... but if you want it to be unequal, do it with unequal values.
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taras1701Author Commented:
I don't have that many points to give, that's why this question is worth so little. Both SmartGamer and tlik will receive an excellent rating and I'll try to keep the points at 10 for both. tlik, I will start a new question - respond to it and I'll give you your points.
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