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Booting Problems

I am having a nightmare with my laptop.  It refuses to load windows. I intially get a 'device file no longer exists' comment for nwredir.vxd and nscl.vxd.  This is followed shortly by 'cannot find NWNP32.dll' Finally, i get the message C:\windows\system\MSVCRT.DLL not found' and the computer tells me to reinstall windows.  When I try to install windows from the CD-ROM drive we have a repeat performance.  This is now a repetitive cycle and is a wee bit tiresome. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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war1Commented:
Greetings, Racywheels!
  Boot up to DOS first. Reformat the hard drive. Then reload Windows starting from DOS. Before you reformat the hard drive, back up your data if data if you can.

Best wishes, war1
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RacywheelsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for a very speedy reply, war1
I'm a techno biff but willing to learn. When my boot sequence starts how do I stop it to reformat my hard drive?  Is there an 'F' key or something I must press at an allotted part of the process? Do I type in 'windows.exe' or is there something else.
Regards
RW
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rayt333Commented:
What was you doing when problem first showed up?
adding or removing some software?
See if this MS article helps:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=166832
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rayt333Commented:
You can boot to a bootdisk and format the HD from there, or if your BIOS supports booting to the CD-Rom then you can boot up to a Win98 CD and run the format command from there and then start a new install.
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war1Commented:
Racywheels,
  To format the hard disk, type Format C:
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lokeshgm7Commented:
run a debug command first. to know how to do that follow this
http://www.firmware.com/support/bios/hdclear.htm
 
to do this u need a boot disk or a win 98 start up disk.
boot through this disk and run debug first.
after this is over, run format c:
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war1Commented:
Racywheels,
   We have not heard from you? Did any comment help you solve your problem? Do you have any more questions? If an Expert help you, please accept his/her answer and provide him with an excellent or good grade.

Thanks, war1
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mimicsuCommented:
Do you have the Novell Client installed under Netwk Neigh prop's?  Nwredir.vxd & Nwnp32.dll are Novell Netware files.  Looks to me like your pc is trying to connect to a non-existant server & is locking up trying to so.  You should boot into safe mode & uninstall Netware.

Msvcrt.dll is a Microsoft Runtime library

not sure about nscl.vxd
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mimicsuCommented:
testing 123, anyone there?
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mimicsuCommented:
testing 123, anyone there?
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rayt333Commented:
456 test complete yet???
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mimicsuCommented:
Did anyone's advice help you?  If so, plz grade & award the points.  Thanks.
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RacywheelsAuthor Commented:
I had to get into DOS and boot from the floppy only.  This then allowed me to reformat the HD and hey presto!
Laptop is now behaving normally.

Many thanks.
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war1Commented:
Racywheels,
 Did I not post your solution first?
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rayt333Commented:
Seems so to me, unless I missed something.
:>)
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war1Commented:
rayt333, thanks for the support. :)
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