View Full Version : data error reading drive c....oh uh

05-08-2002, 06:14 PM
my friend booted up her computer this afternoon ( Pentiurm-s, 75mhz, Win95, 2gig hd ), it sed "starting windows 95", which it proceeded to load and the splash screen came up, then it came back to dos (well not in windows) saying:

"Data error reading drive c, abort,retry, fail", after abort was selected anothing screen came up saying:

"A device file that is specified in the system.ini file is damaged. It may be needed to run windows. You may need to run the Windows Setup programme again to reinstall vcond press key to continue..."

After finding the "any key" (lol) this came up:
"vmm32.vxd, this file is not in your PATH, you may need to reinstall windows. Windows has stopped"

Any ideas? She mumbled something about an attachment in her email last night which could have been a virus...it did make me laugh, "windows has stopped". Altho this isnt a laughin situation, a girls Bursary year hangs in the balance!!! :)



Elwin Way
05-08-2002, 06:44 PM
Chances are, reinstalling windows will fix it, until it happens again. Could be a buggered hard drive, could be a virus.

Basically, if vmm32.vxd won't load, you will need to reinstall windows to fix it.

05-08-2002, 06:45 PM
Check for virus first, but try here:


05-08-2002, 07:59 PM
ok, thanks for the advice. ill let you know how it pans out.


Heather P
05-08-2002, 08:41 PM
You could try holding down the control key whilst starting the computer. If you can get to a dos prompt and c: is available then you can use DOS commands to back up important data.

Or start with a system boot disk.

Read the other stuff first but this may help.