Cannot find device file...........(error messages @ startup)

Error message at boot up says..

Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.

The Windows registry or System.ini file refers to this device file, but the device no longer exists.

It goes on a little longer that this.

This started when I unsuccessfully tried to instal the drivbers for a new Ethernet card. I stopped at the part that asked me for my W98 CD to be inserted into CD-ROM drive. At the time I didn't have it with me so I cancelled the installation. After that I started getting the above error messages. The 2 files that the message is referin g to are:

vredir.vxd
dfs.vxd

Any help would be appreciated.
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gordmAuthor Commented:
Bad typing sorry :(
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Gordm, Try this

Start the computer to safe mode. Go to the device manager and remove any existing LAN card drivers in the device manager.

Restart the computer to command mode.
At the C:\ prompt, type “Scandisk” without the quotation, press <enter> to continue and fix any error detected.
Next, at the C:\ prompt type “Scanreg /fix” without the quotation and press <enter> to continue and fix the registry for previous errors.

Restart the computer into safe mode. Next, restart it into the normal window. During booting, the new LAN card will be re-detected. Go to the network in control panel and set the client, protocol and services, Primary window login, access control, computer name etc.

Then click [Apply] and [Ok]. Restart the computer.

Let me know if you have any queries.       Pslh
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Ginger_EdCommented:
try this:

to get rid of the dfs error, go into the registry and go to this key:

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\VxD\dfs and delete thekey under it that is called staticVxD

then also delete the staticVxD under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\VxD\vnetsup



if you get any problems accessing the nternet, then just uninstall dial up networking then re-install.

Ed
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dew_associatesCommented:
gordm, give this a try.

1. Insert your Win98 cd into the drive.

2. Click Start, Run and type in SFC and click okay.

3. Now choose extract one file and type in vredir.vxd and save it to \Windows\System.

4. Now repeat the process in #3 for the dfs.vxd file and save it also to the \Windows\System directory.

5. Now reboot the system.

Dennis
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celticsCommented:
Ginger_ed gets the points.  This is caused by changing network components.  I just went through the same thing yesterday.  If you want I can provide the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article.  Good job Ginger_ed!
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telebasicsCommented:
You can get rid of those massage's by removing the nw config and adapter reboot and install it again (with the CD at hand.
To prevent from running into this problem again copy the cab files from the CD (30 MB) to you HDD.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Celtics, how does that resolve the ethernet card issue?
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celticsCommented:
For the dfs.vxd error refer to this article from Microsoft(yes I know it says Windows 95, but the same apparently applies to Windows 95) :
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q137/4/54.asp

For the vredir.vxd error refer to this article from Microsoft :
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q166/8/32.ASP

Dew,
According to Microsoft the messages being received have to do with Microsoft Network components being removed, which does not clean up the registry for DFS.VXD.  The vredir.vxd has to do with a botched DIALUP Adapter installation.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Celtics, I aware of the KB articles, but rather than trash some, mys suggestion was to try and repair it.
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KimdaCommented:
why not. remove all items in..
control-panel->Network.

first protocols. then adapters.. then services.. if their still there..

reboot. and reinstall..

10 minutes..

should do the trick!
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gordmAuthor Commented:
Well were do I start people. Quick ? Easy one. How do I go into the Registry?
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gordmAuthor Commented:
Well where do I start people? How do I go into the Registry?
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Ginger_EdCommented:
gordm,

sorry I should have been clearer.  To delete the keys above just follow these steps.

1) Click on the start button, then Run

2) In the run box that opens up type in "Regedit"

3) After you click ok you will get the registry editor open up, it is very similar to windows explorer in the way that to get to a folder you click on the plus sign to the left of it, on the right hand side you geta  list of attributes, but we don't need to worry about that now.

4) Click on the plus next to where it says "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"

This will open up a list of other folders (usually about 5)

5) Then click on the plus sign by "System"

6) then the plus sugn by "CurrentControlSet"

7) Then by "Services" (this will open wuite a few!"

8) Then by VxD

9) Then by DFS

10) Now before we delete anything, we will make a backup so we can put it back as it was.

To do this click on the folder called DFS so it is highlighted in blue.

Then Click at the top where it says "Registry", it is where it usually says File, edit, view etc

one of the options is to export registry file.  Choose this and it opens up the normal save box, just save it as backup1 to the desktop.

11) Now go back to where it dfs and click on the plus sign and you should see something called "StaticVxD" if you right click on the static vxd and choose delete from the menu that comes up.



12)  when you have done that, repeat the same steps, except change dfs to vnetsup and save it as backup2




then reboot the pc, we may need to re-install dial up networking but that shouldn't be a problem.

If anything isn't clear then give me a shout (note after this you will have two files on the desktop backup1 and backup2, don't double click on them as it will put it back as it was before you deleted the files.  we can delete them later)

Ed
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telebasicsCommented:
Ginger_ED, your right that the error's are gone but you nw won't start working after this. Try the comments about delete all nw related drivers (adapter, client, protocols) reboot and reinstall.

If you don't know the registry don't mess it up. IF you want to learn about the registry, do it when everything works backup and try. Not now
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cmarks55Commented:
telebasics, you're right, if gordm follows Ginger_ED's suggestion, it will fix his error, but not make the card work.  

gordm, run through the install of the card with the 98cd in hand and all should work after a reboot.
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Ginger_EdCommented:
look i know that going through the registry and deleting things at random isn't a good idea but people should stop being so paranoid about it, especially win win98 and scanreg, if anything goes wrong we can fix it from a dos prompt using scanreg restore.

It is true that we will need to re-install the network card but i have seen these two errors quite a few times and without deleting the reg keys you just get errors further along the line.

Ed
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cmarks55Commented:
I'm in complete agreement with Ginger_Ed.

edit the registry.

export a copy of the branch first as your "backup".
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celticsCommented:
Read the articles I posted by Microsoft and you will see Ginger_Ed comment on editing the registry is the appropriate resolution of these two errors.  gordm has not ask about getting the card to work, he has asked about resolving the errors he is receiving.
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Ginger_EdCommented:
phew, i thought i was going to get slated
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Ginger_EdCommented:
phew, i thought i was going to get slated :)
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telebasicsCommented:
gordm asked for a solution to his problem not to create an other one
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celticsCommented:
Read the question, his problem was with the error messages and the only way to resolve them is to do what Ginger_Ed stated.  As far as reinstalling the drivers, tried this on same problem before and got no where.
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gordmAuthor Commented:
I went through the whole procedure outlined by Ginger Ed. It has eliminate the error message for the file (dfs.vxd)but I am still getting the error message for the other file (vredir.vxd)

There has been no problem with the dial up networking so far.

Any more suggestions?


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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
gordm,
Have you tried Dew_associates/Dennis’ the suggestion in his first comment or mine?       Pslh
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gordmAuthor Commented:
This got rid of the final error message. Thank you everyone!
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dew_associatesCommented:
gordm, you awarded the points to me, but I believe that Ginger_Ed helped you for the first part didn't he?

If so, I'll arrange for him to receive his points share.
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