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Startup warning appears to be bad reference


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 2, 1998

Q. When I start my computer, the following message comes up: "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 setup 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\CYBERM 2\CMAPIENG.VXD." The same message repeats again, except it refers to: C:\PROGRA 1\CYBERM 2\CYBERKRN.VXD.

A. Apparently this is a bad reference created by Cybermedia's First Aid 97. Some people have corrected this problem by reinstalling it and immediately running the update routine, which will take you online via Cybermedia's Oil Change. The automatic download includes cyberkrn.vxd. Now, if you do not want to uninstall it, you need to find where the reference is being made and remove it. Drivers with a .vxd extension are usually found in the registry.

Before you continue, you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat). Use Registry Editor (Start, Run, REGEDIT.EXE) to delete the cyberkrn.VxD value in the Cyberkrn subkey under the following registry entry:


I'm not sure what the CMAPIENG.VXD refers to, but it should be found in the same general location of the registry that the other VXDs are listed. Find it and delete it.

Q. In the Documents menu, instead of going into the task bar to clear everything, is there a way to just clear one or two items? Also, I have saved something in Microsoft Works 4.0 and it shows up in Documents. If I delete it there, will it delete in Works?

A. Actually, removing individual items from the Documents list is very simple:

1. Using Windows Explorer, open the Windows\Recent folder.

2. Use the right mouse button to click the item you want to remove, and then click Delete on the menu that appears.

Note that this removes only the shortcut from the Windows\Recent folder. The actual document itself is not removed (which means that this will have no affect on Microsoft Works).

Q. I have seen a lot of ads for training to become an MCSE, but I have not seen any ads to hire MCSEs. What is the job market like for MCSEs, and what is the pay like for entry level and experienced people?

A. MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) is the designation given to an individual who passes a series of tests based on Microsoft operating systems and networking, along with various other areas such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, SNA Server, etc.

At the very least an individual with this certification is supposed to display some sort of proficiency in these areas. Although you may have seen direct references to the MCSE certification in the ads you have checked, you can be sure that it will carry significant weight when the job is relevant to the associated technologies (especially Windows NT).

Most surveys I have seen say it can account for anywhere between a 6 percent to 20 percent difference in salary. As far as what the pay is for entry-level and experienced people in this wide field, a check of the Sunday paper job classifieds should give you an idea -- but keep in mind that many times the more advanced jobs are unadvertised and are handled through professional recruiters.

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