Win95 booting failure

Error Msg:
error loading gdi.exe

History:
1. Somehow some files are corrupted, so Win95 couldn't boot.
2. I ran ScanDisk.exe, then found system.dat, system.da0, system.cb,  user.dat, win.com, win.ini, himem.sys, ifshlp.sys are missing.
3. So I copied win.com, himem.sys, ifshlp.sys from Win95 CD to proper directories on hard disk, and copied system.1st to system.dat.
4. When I rebooted, I got the above error msg.

I tried safe mode, command prompt only, step-by-step, and safe mode command prompt. Booting succeeded only in safe mode command prompt. In step-by-step, if I choose not to run win.com, there's error msg. If I then type WIN /D:M, the above error msg shows up again. Same error msg for safe mode and command prompt only.

I also tried with a boot disk downloaded from bootdisk.com. Same thing! I noticed that system.ini has the line "display=pnpdrvr.drv". But I couldn't find the file. All system files and hidden files searched. So I changed it to vga.drv. But the error msg is the same!

Anyone have any idea? I'm offering high points cuz I think the chance the problem could be solved is very slim. I don't want to reinstall Win95 unless I have to.

Shawn
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shibaiAuthor Commented:
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spojCommented:
hi.... i guess your last option is the only solution (Reinstall).....

Reinstalling Windows on your hard drive will only overwrite all the system files needed by windows, and will not harm the settings you had before, like your current destop walpaper, etc... (this would work as long as you don't format your hard drive....)
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shibaiAuthor Commented:
I would wait for a while before I resort to reinstallation. Anyone who agrees with spoj please post a comment instead of answer. Thanks!
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swwelshCommented:
What were the last hardware/software changes that you made before the problem appeared? Also I would try running scandisk with the surface scan to see if your hard drives is OK.
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rayt333Commented:
With that many errors I would reinstall Windows over top of itself.
When you run Windows 95 Setup from within Windows 95, the Restore Windows Files option (also known as the Verify Install option) should be available, this will fix your current setup without any loss of data in other installed programs.

If you would have done this earlier you would already been done long ago
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cmarks55Commented:
I agree with rayt333.  This should keep you from having to reinstall all other apps (which is your main concern, right?)
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spojCommented:
rayt333 is right.  installing win95 over an existing would fix the problem.... =)
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Cy HDesktop Support AnalystCommented:
Add me to the reinstall side of the debate. Reinstalling will have win95 properly configure your registry as well.
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Banyan99Commented:
I have that same problem with my laptop. According to microsoft it's the graphics device interface. They tell me the only way to fix is to re-install. If this is a toshiba laptop that is having the problems beware because I get a GPF in this file almost everytime I try to do anything.
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ergmiesterCommented:
When reinstalling windows 95 on top of itself first "un instal IE4" back to the version on the cd. see q174265 and q166313
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shibaiAuthor Commented:
Hi! Thanks to all of you. I reinstalled Win95. And now it boots fine. But the modem doesn't seem to work properly. When I dial to my ISP, I always get the msg "The computer you are dialing doesn't respond". I checked the IRQ assignment. Both COM2 and COM4 are assigned IRQ3. The modem uses COM4 and nothing uses COM2. Could this be the problem?
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Cy HDesktop Support AnalystCommented:
check your dial-up setting within internet options in control panel..the connection tab..how is it configured?
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rayt333Commented:
This is most likely a Dial-up setting problem, instead of trying to figure it out just go to the Dial-up Networking folder and setup a new one following the instructions you should have received from your ISP, if you don't have any from them then contact them and tell them you need detailed instructions for the setting to connect to them.
After you get this working then delete the first one
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shibaiAuthor Commented:
It's really hard for me to decide whom I should give the points to since so many people contributed to the answer. It would be more reasonable to allow points to be distributed among all the people who contributed. I have just made a suggestion to ExpertsExchange about this. But for this question I could only give points to the one who I think contributed most at my discretion. It may not be fair. But this is life. Thanks to all of you.

Shawn
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spojCommented:
that's ok, we're here to help each other....... points don't matter, coz i know that when the time comes that i would also need help, someone out there would be willing to help too.... but i think your suggestion's nice..... good luck =)
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