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You'll need to reformat your hard drive for Windows 95 to recognize all 4.3 gigabytes


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 1998

Q. My computer has a 4.3-gigabyte hard drive. The BIOS says that it is 4.3 gigs, but my Windows 95 version B shows only 2.0 gigs.

A. Even though the BIOS sees the whole drive and you have Windows OSR2 (B), the drive needs to be formatted after running an FDISK to delete the old partition and create a new FAT 32 partition. The FDISK and FORMAT must be done with a startup disk that has been made from a Windows OSR2 system. You will also need to copy your CD-ROM drivers and MSCDEX.EXE to your startup disk in order to see the CD to install from when you boot from the floppy. Of course this means that you will need to completely restore your hard drive. Windows 98 will allow you to do the conversion in-place without having to reformat and reload.

Q. On June 15, you gave directions for determining whether Video for Windows was installed in Windows 95. I am running Windows NT 4, but thought your directions might work with the NT OS, so I tried them. I didn't find any .avi files in Media Player. There were quite a few folders containing files that I did not examine. Is the Video for Windows likely to be installed in one of these folders? Your directions said not to install Video for Windows in Windows 95 because it would already be installed. Does this apply to Windows NT as well?

A. Yes. Video For Windows is included with NT 4.0. You will find the Media Player under Start/Programs/Accessories/MultiMedia. If it is not there, you can install it from: Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Windows NT Setup, select MultiMedia, click Details and select Media Player. You will then be prompted for the NT install CD.

Q. I am trying to open a file named anim1.gi. However, I get an error message that says: Media Player MMSYSTEM281 This file could not be played. Check the file name or install a driver that supports this type of file.

A. This behavior can occur if the proper entry is not present in the [mci extensions] section of the Win.ini file for the type of file you are trying to play, or there is an incorrect Media Control Device association for the file type you are trying to play. First check the Win.INI file: Make sure that the [mci extensions] section exists in the Win.ini file, and that the proper entries are present. For example, .avi files are played using the AVIVideo MCI device.

The following is a sample [mci extensions] section:

[mci extensions] mid=Sequencer

rmi=Sequence wav=waveaudio


In the case of an incorrect Media Control Device Association: You will need to remove and then reinstall any devices that are not working correctly. To do so, follow these steps

1. In Control Panel, double-click Multimedia.

2. On the Advanced tab, double-click the Media Control Devices.

3. Click the device(s) that are not working properly, click Properties, and then click Remove.

4. In Control Panel, double-click Add New Hardware, then click Next, click No, and then click Next.

5. In the Hardware Types box, click Sound, Video, and Game Controllers, and then click Next.

6. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft MCI.

7. In the Models box, click one of the drivers you removed in step 3, and then click Next.

8. Click Finish and then restart the computer.

Q. Our computer turns on by itself. How can I stop it?

A. Some computer BIOS have a power management option that will allow the computer to "wake up" at a specified time of day. Check your motherboard documentation under the Power Management section to see where this setting is kept. At power-up time, you will see a message to the effect of "Hit DEL to enter setup" (or something similar). This is how you enter into the BIOS setup program. From there follow the menu options to the appropriate area where you can disable to the wake-up feature.

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