Windows 2000 Startup System Error: "Cannot Read from drive F:"

Ever since installing Win2K with/SP2 i've been experiencing an annoying system message at the end of startup with the desktop loaded. The messageBox: "Cannot read from drive F:" appears with an "Abort or Cancel Button." After aborting or cancelling the message disappears and I'm loaded with no problem...drive F:, which is my DVD CdRom works fine. I've checked the registry, Boot.ini, win.ini, system.ini, MS Knowledge Base etc...; but have had no luck in determining why this is happening.
dolphin203Asked:
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gidds99Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Or possibly a shortcut in either All Users\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or in the same folder under your own profile?
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gidds99Commented:
Have you checked HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run ?
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dolphin203Author Commented:
gidds99, i've checked HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run and there is nothing referring to the F: drive...the only entries there are to the c: drive involving systray, realplayer, and adaptec's cdCreator...All Users\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp has an empty startup folder under my profile which is the administrator. I also checked the other two users and their startup is also empty. There is a possibility that one of the .exe's in the administrator startup may be the cause; however, i've executed all of them without the error.
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gidds99Commented:
Is it possible that the reg key pointing to adaptec cd creator is causing the problem?  Try temporariliy removing the reg key to test this.  Or rather than removing it use TweakUI - http://download.com.com/3000-2341-2830963.html?tag=lst-0-1 - or StartUP Cop - to temporariliy disable it on start.

Try disabling this and see what happens when you boot.
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hnminhCommented:
you did check HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run, how about HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run?
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pjknibbsCommented:
What about the RunOnce key? If you installed SP2 from a CD, have you tried booting with that CD in the drive to let its installation finish cleanly?
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dolphin203Author Commented:
hnminh, HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run, how about HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current
Version/Run? is an empty folder.
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dolphin203Author Commented:
pjnibbs, Win2K Prof is on an OEM Disk which included SP2...I installed Win2K over Win98SE. SP2 was not a separate disk...However I will try putting the OEM disk back in that drive and let you know.
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dolphin203Author Commented:
gidds99, I'm sorry, I left out of my response to you that the cdCreator files were in the "run-" folder and the run folder was empty.
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hnminhCommented:
could you open task manager when the error dialog appear? Sometime, such a message caused by an process which might be terminated after you click OK... System Information with Loaded modules session might also help
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dolphin203Author Commented:
gidds99, I deleted the references to cdCreator in run- but it had no effect on the problem...Also the problem existed before I installed cdCreator 5.0...I downloaded Tweakui and tried to install...it went throught the motions but no icon in Control Panel...I thought this was designed for Win95/98?? Will it work in win2k?
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dolphin203Author Commented:
hnminh, I put the original OEM CD which incorporates SP2 in the F: drive and the system came up with no errors. I tried it with a blank CD and still received no errors. It's apparent something is trying to read from the drive. I restarted without the CD and same problem. I then restarted with F8 and asked for a bootlog...Bootlog.txt had about 5 entries that indicated no problems during load. I'll log off now and try your latest suggestion.
By the way, I'd like to thank everyone for their help and great suggestions.
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dolphin203Author Commented:
Problem is solved. hnminh last suggestion having me check task manager at the time of the error pointed me in the right direction. I noticed in the "Processes" that everything loaded except "PoPup99.exe" a program I use to autoanswer AOL. Upon cancelling the error, PopUp99 loaded in Processes. I found the PopUp shortcut in "documents and settings\allusers\startmenu\programs\startup" along with the AOL tray. I removed Popup from startup and the problem disappeared. As gidds99 suggested: "I looked in "All Users\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or in the same folder under your
own profile?" as well as other profiles," but failed to look under "documents and settings." I apologize for over-looking this. As far as awarding the points, gidds99 and hnminh both contributed equally in helping me solve this problem. If the Experts-exchange monitor agrees, I would like to split the points equally between the two of you.
Thank you so much,
dolphin203
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dolphin203Author Commented:
As an after-thought, I will have to contact the author of PopUp99.exe to determine why it is looking for the F: drive after installing Win2K. I had no problems with the program under Win98.
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pjknibbsCommented:
dolphin203: Maybe the version you're using isn't Windows 2000 compatible, so it's looking for some install media to install a version that IS? Just a guess, anyway.
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dolphin203Author Commented:
pjknibbs, I believe you are correct in that guess. I tried loading a scanner program called InfoCenter and received the same error. I haven't validated all the applications I have installed. There are probably others. At least I have an Idea now as to what's happening.
Thanks a lot for your help.
dolphin203
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dolphin203Author Commented:
gidds99, hnminh...After loading the scanner program and getting the same error, the same cenario re-occured. I used task manager-Processes again to determine why. It appears when I loaded the Infocenter scan program, it automatically loaded the registry hku\default\software\microsoft\windows nt\windows\ noload,norun with a reference to c:\infocenter\pagerun.exe...removing these entries again corrected the problem. There were also references to pagerun.exe in hkcu\software\microsoft\internet explorer\{cyee31fe..etc}\filenamedMRU??? It appears if a program is not compatible, it will react differently depending on the mfr. I'm still not sure why the apps want to load F:
I'm trying to close out the question, with a moderators help. I will be awarding each of you 25 points which I believe is fair.
Thanks,
dolphin203
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MindphaserCommented:
dolphin203

Here is the process:

I reduced the points of your question from 50 to 25 points and refunded the rest.
Now you can accept one experts comment as an answer and post a dummy question in this TA for the other expert with a title like :"Points for xxx" and a body:"For your help in http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?ta=win2k&qid=20312132".

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dolphin203Author Commented:
Shared points for hnminh where posted in a dummy question at: http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?ta=win2k&qid=20313355
Moderator will take care of dispursement.
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