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MemMaker Error...

Posted on 2000-03-17
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This problem is funny, The computer (very old 386) spits this message out on boot:
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Starting MS-DOS...

MemMaker cannot proceed because it cannot find the correct MEMMAKER.STS file.
To continue starting your computer, press ENTER.

MICROSOFT Expanded Memory Manager 386 version 4.45
Copyright...

Size of Expanded Memory pool adjusted...
Press any key when ready.
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So then I press any key and it works fine...
Why is this message occuring, and how do I fix it???

Thanks,
James.
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Question by:jimbob2000
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oldgreyguy earned 120 total points
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MEMMAKER did not get to finish properly sometime in the past. Try this:

at the DOS prompt, type MEMMAKER /BATCH

this will run MEMMAKER in an "automatic mode", it will reboot your system a couple of times, then the issues should be resolved

bill
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by:jimbob2000
ID: 2630919
will this jeapordize any of the files on the system? the person who owns the machine tells me they are very important, and i have backups, but i still like to be cautious...
-james.
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by:gazzareth
ID: 2630976

Memmaker does not directly affect the files on the system - it purely works out the "BEST" RAM configuration for the software that is loaded on the machine at boot. So any file on the PC should be completely safe.......

Must admit that Memmaker never seemed to be of any use whatsoever !!!
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by:jimbob2000
ID: 2630984
did i mention that it's not my computer...=o]
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by:oldgreyguy
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as GAZZARETH stated, MEMMAKER doesn't mess with the file system........................BUT........... On older systems, you may have some sort of other memory mangler installed (QEMM for one), MEMMAKER can fight with it. I never found much use for the other utilities, If this continues to concern you, if you can post the contents of the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT here, we can guide you thru the cleanup.

bill
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by:jimbob2000
ID: 2632323
i tried the memmaker /batch & /batch2 commands which worked fine, but then every time the computer is shut down it reverts back to the original messge. is there an easy way to kill of memmaker completely?
also on my machine i have a burner. i want to copy the entire 121Mb on the 386 to my machine and burn it as a backup. i've tried putting the hdd in mine but all i can see then is about 10 system files, the directories just don't show... is this because of some sort of drive compression utility?
here is the contents of autoexec.bat and config.sys...:

AUTOEXEC.BAT--------------------------
@echo off
path c:\dos;c:\menu
prompt $p$g
set temp=c:\dos
LH /L:1 , 14880 mouse
MOUSE
DOSKEY
cd menu
main menu
main
C:\DOS\MEMMAKER.EXE /SESSION:21762
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CONFIG.SYS----------------------------
DEVICE=C:\DOS\CHKSTATE.SYS /S:FR1 /21762
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS 3072
buffers=15,0
files=40
DOS=UMB
lastdrive=H
fcbs=4,0
DOS=HIGH
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Adjusted points from 100 to 120
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by:jimbob2000
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i've increased the points a little, not because it's hard, but because i appreciate the (very hard to find) help.
-James.
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by:jimbob2000
ID: 2632784
computer goes back to the original owner in about 30minutes, so oldgreyguy can have the 100pts for answering my original question.
thanks all,
james
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by:oldgreyguy
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the next time you get a hold of this bugger, change the following:

AUTOEXEC.BAT--------------------------
                   @echo off
                   path c:\dos;c:\menu
                   prompt $p$g
                   set temp=c:\dos
                   LH /L:1 , 14880 mouse
                   MOUSE
                   DOSKEY
                   cd menu
                   main menu
                   main
 remove       C:\DOS\MEMMAKER.EXE /SESSION:21762
                   --------------------------------------

                   CONFIG.SYS----------------------------
remove        DEVICE=C:\DOS\CHKSTATE.SYS /S:FR1 /21762
                   DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
                   DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS 3072
                   buffers=15,0
                   files=40
                   DOS=UMB
                   lastdrive=H
                   fcbs=4,0
                   DOS=HIGH
                   -----------------------------------

reboot the system, and run MEMMAKER /BATCH again

bill


sorry I wasn't there while you had the puter
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by:jimbob2000
ID: 2633849
took a stab in the dark and did the same as what you said just before i gave it back, it worked just fine. i also cleaned up that menu crap in autoexec.bat. it was set up so that every time the computer started they would get an error message!...=o]

thanks again,
James.
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