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Hi,


I am running Windows 3.11, and it appears to halt on loading win.exe or win.com.  What should I do?

Here's what my autoexec.bat says:

C:\Windows\net start
C:\DOS\Smartdrv.exe /x
@echo off
Prompt $p$g
path c:\windows; c:\dos
set temp = c:\Dos
set path = %path%; c:\cdrom
LH C:\windows\mscdex.exe /s /d:12345678 /L:d
LH Mouse
Set Path = %path%;c:\CDrom
LH Mouse

I haven't troubleshot systems this old in a long time.  Any elder geeks want to take a shot?

Thanks!
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nowhere in your batch does it load windows 3.11.. also need your config.sys
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Surely no one needs or uses Windows 3.1 any more.

Here is an old Autoexec.bat

LH c:\windows\smartdrv   <--- not necessary
LH c:\mouse\mouse
PATH c:\;c:\windows;c:\dos;
c:\cdrom\mscdex /d:ibmcd100 /m:10  <--- I did not understand your settings.
C:\WINDOWS\net initialize
LH c:\windows\msdlc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\net start  <--- This comes after setting things up, not first.
win


Why do you have duplicate Load High Mouse commands (could cause a conflict) and duplicate path commands (no harm).

Then, even before this, you would need some setup in Config.sys

DEVICE=C:\DOS\himem.sys
DEVICE=c:\dos\emm386.exe noems ram x=a000-b0ff i=b100-b7ff x=b800-c7ff i=c800-c9ff x=ca00-cfff i=d000-e9ff x=ea00-ebff i=ec00-efff x=f000-f7ff h=64 a=7 d=64  <-- to fit your computer
dos=high,umb    <--- the commands above are to provide space for the network drivers.

DEVICEHIGH=C:\CDROM\ibmidecd.sys /d:ibmcd100   <-- to set up the CD rom
DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS  <-- part of Windows networking IIRC

Good luck, but
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Once quick thing to do is to REM out the net start statement. It is trying to start the network before anything has been set up. Remark it out and then try again and see if Windows starts.
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could be a bad disk, or bad sytem files on the drive
you can test the drive, or do a fresh install
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Windows 3.11 is so old, you probably have a driver that is too old to run on that pc. It old about 20 years past it's end of life....

I'll bet 1/2 of the experts on EE have never seen Windows 3.11.
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@epichero22 - Please let us know about remarking out net start. It was in the wrong place (too early in the startup) and has no underlying support drivers loaded. That is likely the problem.

Do you really need Windows 3.11 at this point?   I ditched my Windows 3.1 virtual machine because it was useless.
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I'm actually revisiting Windows 3.1 for nostalgia purposes and the fact that the second PC I owned ran this version of Windows.  Of course, back then, you had no real support, outside of books sold at Egghead Software (which I'm sure you remember), but anyways, for some reason, I always wanted to go back to check things out.  

So thanks for your help, but I already deleted and reinstalled Windows, so it's actually working fine :D
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Egghead... Now that goes back a long way. That was a favorite of mine.
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don't forget to close this
i believe i gave that answer  : you can test the drive, or do a fresh install
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@epichero22 - Thanks, and I was happy to assist you with this.
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