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System.ini is looking for missing files

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© St. Petersburg Times, published July 5, 1999

Q. After the Windows 95 screen appears on my computer, the following message appears: "Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application. The Windows registry or system.ini file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists. If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or set-up program. If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.C:\PROGRA1\SYMANTEC\symevnt.386 Press a key to continue." This trouble started after I uninstalled my Winfax Pro 8.0 program and then reinstalled it. After I press a key, the computer works. I also have had trouble trying to upgrade several programs, including Netscape. I get the following message: "DLL file S32Stat.DLL was not found."

A. Since this is a .386 device reference, it is most likely in your system.ini file. Edit this file, find the line that refers to this file and prefix it with a ";". Save and reboot. I could not find any reference to S32Stat.Dll.

Too much RAM?

Q. I added 128 megabytes of random access memory to the original 32 MB (the maximum memory on my computer is 384 MB). Someone told me that Windows can recognize only 64 MB, and that too much memory can slow the computer. It seems to take longer to start up. I also upgraded to Internet 5. Could that be affecting it?

A. It is absolutely not true that Windows can recognize only 64 MB. Windows uses a flat, linear memory model that allows full use of the 4 gigabytes of addressable memory space for all 32-bit operating system components and applications. Each 32-bit application can access up to 2 GB of addressable memory space (the other 2 gigs are addressable by the operating system). Yes, there can be such a thing as too much memory, but not within the context of a Windows 9x operating system. As far as IE5 possibly adding to your start-up time, there is nothing specific that I know of that would cause this. But since IE spreads its tentacles across so much of the system, in your case this may be true. If you are referring to the memory test at the beginning of boot-up, hitting the escape key will stop the memory test and let you continue.

Security Content changes

Q. Someone gave me their old computer and I need to change their password on the Internet properties under Security Content adviser. I do not have the old password and my friend forgot the password.

A. This can be changed easily, surprisingly so. However, I think it would not be wise to publish this information. Microsoft recommends that you contact it at for procedures on disabling the content adviser.

Setting CMOS

Q. As my computer is booting up, the following lines show at the top of the screen:


I then press esc and the computer continues to boot with no problems. How do I eliminate this?

A. NVRAM is the non-volatile (doesn't change) portion of your CMOS that defines some of the parameters and settings of your system. Somehow it was cleared and needs to be set again. Press F1 to enter set up mode and then exit while saving the current settings (F10 on some systems). If the problem persists, it could be the result of a bad CMOS battery or even a faulty system board.

Hiding formatting marks

Q. I have tab marks and a period between words when I type letters or other documents. I would like to get these indicators removed from the screen. The marks do not appear when I print, but they are a nuisance.

A. You did not specify which word processor you were using, so I am going to assume Microsoft Word. The answer should be appropriate for most other word processors as well. What you are seeing are the formatting marks that are normally hidden. In Word, this option can be switched on and off by clicking the toolbar button that looks like a paragraph symbol, or from the menubar: Tool, Options, View tab, Non-Printing characters.

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