Posted on 2002-06-23
Hi, i need some help.
My mate gave me his computer to fix, this is the suituation so far, its a Win ME machine, and it will not boot up, we get a variaty of errors from 'Windows Protection Errors', 'VMM32.VXD' is missing (which is not, it is in Windows32/Sytem), Kernell32.DLL problems etc..Now it doesn't recognise the hard disk at all. So i booted up via floppy to inspect the hard drive, it was then that some weird stuff started happening, i did a directory listing of the Windows folder and sometimes it showed no files, and other times i got files with crazy names (just ascii like ╫o╧▀┬▀f╓♥o ), the file names were not consistent and the Win.COM (along with many many other files, dll's etc )file did not appear to exist.
SO i removed the hard drive and stuck it in my Win2k machine (set the hard drive as a slave), and ran a thorough virus scan - the results were fine, no virus's, the folders looked intact, there were no crazy filenames, nothing odd expect a file called '(square shape, i dont know the ascii for it)IS.Dll' - upon further inspection this file comes from MacSourcery Screensaver Utilities.
My question is what the hell is going on, and how do i make the WinME machine boot again - i dont have the WinME installation disks. I do however Win2k installation disks, if i neeeded to install Win2k can i just overwrite the WinME installation ?, will all the data files, internet dial-up setting etc.. be kept safe and not overwritten ???
Please help i dont know what the hell is going on ?