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reinstall compter software with CD recovery disk not functioning.

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When turning computer I get beeping sound as it goes through its boot proccess. So,I reformatted my 4 year old HP Pavilion 3265, thinking I can clear any virus.

I installed all software with CD recovery disk, but I get the same beeping sound when turning on the compter, and I can't get to windows 95 desk top to appear as before.

I only get to the safemode dos screen. I reboot on safemode and I get windows 95 screen for a few seconds reverting back to a dos screen. Saying cant error #1 Cant find device VPF.
Enclosed is the config.sys Please advise if not correct.
config.sys
REM To make a DOS Boot Diskette; See the file C:\DOSBOOT\DOSBOOT.TXT

REM Configure the PNP devices
device=c:\icu\dwcfgmg.sys

DOS=HIGH,UMB
buffershigh=10
fcbshigh=4
fileshigh=30
lastdrivehigh=Z
stackshigh=9,256
Device=C:\WINDOWS\Himem.Sys /testmem:off

rem The following line will get you more ram, but no EMS
rem Device=C:\WINDOWS\Emm386.exe RAM NOEMS
Device=C:\WINDOWS\Emm386.exe RAM
DEVICEHIGH=c:\cdrom\FDATACD.SYS /D:IDECD000 /C:170,15,376

 






 
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Normal working pc's will go through the post and give you a breif text display on the screen.  then there will be one beep before it goes on and continues to boot.

you say beeping  like many beeps  if it is many beeps then this is a warning that something is not correct.  Also one long beep for more then 2 seconds is not good.

So with that in mind what is the beeping  describe it and try to figure out is it pattern of beeps.

The above files look ok but there is a device that is trying to load and needs to be on the C:\ drive.  Look in dos and see if it is there and in the proper directory.

device=c:\icu\dwcfgmg.sys

I don't recognize that file right off the bat and you might see if by editing the config.sys file with REM space in front of it helps things boot better.

I think it is part of a application for maybe one of your cards to upgrade the PnP status of your computer.  You may have to take out the extra cards and put them back in one at a time with the correct software to get things working.  

Hope that helps some.

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how are you doing over there?  Any feedback?  Was this helpful?

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My computer was missing the os operating system.

I managed to reinstall it and got my computer to boot properly again.

I am a little baffled,I dont know how my computer out of the blue lose its operating system.

Thank you.
Jose

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hmmmm

Well there are a few ways that you can lose the OpSys

1. Boot virus - this would be a virus that hits the boot sector, which then makes it look as though all is gone but what really is gone is the starting sectors that say where everything is.  Vigorous scanning with an up to date virus checker would be a solution, along with setting up the boot sector lock in the bios (a feature that prevents boot sector writting once the OS is installed, see motherboard manual.

2. Bios reset - this would be where the bios has been reset to settings other then those actively in place.  A weak battery might give this kind of reaction, or maybe someone was peaking around and didn't leave it as it was.
Similar to above, check battery or install new and control access to machine by others.

3. Loss of drive overlay - some harddrives, particularly large ones, or large on old systems, use a startup piece of software that helps translate the big drive's capacity to that which the computer can recognize.  Sometimes the result of a virus but most often a deletion of unknown files by the user.  If used then a backup emergency disk is part of install and should be done.

4. Lastly, well the hard drive may be having some problems and this may be a warning of it going bad.  Best bet is to get the diagnostic disk from the particular drive makers web site and run it.  A thorough scandisk may indicate pending failure, ie lost clusters, bad clusters, but the diagnostic will be more complete.

Glad you were able to identify and solve your problem and hope these additional thoughts help you towards protecting it in the future.

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