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  1. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hello all,

    I was just alerted by TDS that my config.sys file was misssing from my C: drive (not in any folder - root).

    There seems to be nothing wrong but of course this is one file I do not have backed up :oops: .

    So the question is, what is this file and do I need it (was one of the default files to CRC32 check that came installed with TDS) and how can I get it back?

    I have found other config.sys files on my system and they are all different.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  2. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    config.sys is largely required to support DOS applications.
    So it is not always required, although some programs create entries in it.
    Can you tell us if you're sure you had it before.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  3. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    I am positive it was there before from when I was adding to my CRC32 file list for TDS. It was there to be scanned several months ago, so I assume TDS was finding it with no changes until now.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  4. Paul Wilders

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    Kent,
    Did you perfom a full TDS system scan, and a full antivirus sysem scan? If not, perform both - if only to be on the safe side.

    regards.

    paul
     
  5. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Can you think of any reason how this file could have disappeared?
    Uninstalled or installed drivers or programs, cleaned up in any way.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  6. puff-m-d

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    Hello all,

    I just checked for updates on TDS and NOD32 then ran a full system scan that came up clean.

    I have played with a couple new programs right before this happened so I guess it is a possibillity that on the uninstall of one of them it deleted config.sys, but other than that I have not a clue.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

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    I noticed in your sig you're using Regrun Gold.
    I'm not sure if this program makes these logs by default.
    Maybe you could check?

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  8. puff-m-d

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    Hello all,

    I tried the BootLog Analyzer in RegRun and it uses the bootlog.txt generated by Windows, but evidently Windows on my system is not producing this log on my system as I cannot find it.

    I can narrow the disappearance down to a time frame:
    It was there on 10/30/32 @ 00:46 am EST and
    It was gone on 10/31/02 @ 00:10 am EST.
    I have this gap because the scan in TDS (where I got the log files to find this out) is not in real time but only on startup.

    So..... If I only knew of and/or had some other type of log file, I might be able to further narrow it down.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  9. Pieter_Arntz

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    Hi Kent,

    Do I understand correctly that it was already missing the last time you booted?
    In that case I wouldn't worry too much.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  10. controler

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    Did you do a find for

    config.*

    mainly looking for config.old or config.bak

    which is usualy what it gets named to by other programs to be safe.
     
  11. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hi Pieter,

    You are correct, it vanished from one boot-up to the next and my system seems to be fine without it. I just thought it must be important if TDS watches this file by default each time TDS is started.

    and controler, I did the search as you suggested but came up with nothing.

    Now another question, :D , how do I get Windows XP to do a bootlog.txt on each boot just in case I need to use Bootlog Analyzer in the future?

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  12. Pieter_Arntz

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    Oh boy, excuse me if this is not completely correct. I'm doing this from memory and my XP version is Dutch.
    Start > Run > msconfig > tab boot.ini
    On this tab check the bootlog option.

    Hope this helps,

    Pieter
     
  13. puff-m-d

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    Hi Pieter,

    Thanks a lot! I did as you told and on my next boot will let you know for sure that it works...

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  14. Pieter_Arntz

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    Hi Kent,

    Controler's idea was a good one as well. If you found a backup, at least you would have an idea of what was in it before.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
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    FYI

    Your CONFIG.SYS file is a text file containing commands that configure your computer's hardware components (memory, keyboard, mouse, printer, and so on). When MS-DOS starts, it carries out the commands in your CONFIG.SYS file first and then your AUTOEXEC.BAT file (which is a batch file) runs.

    This once was a very important file and still is for some versions of windows using DOS OS. I believe a lot of changes took place with Windows XP and (if I remember correctly) XP does not really rely on DOS. bob
     
  16. puff-m-d

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    Hello all,

    In a round about way, I have solved my problem due to everyones good advice.

    Once I did as Pieter said above to fix Window Xp to do a bootlog.txt (in msconfig) and did a reboot, RegRun suite was protecting the boot.ini file so it could not be changed without doing a selective restart (in msconfig). I had to go in and make all my copies of boot.ini (including the ones in C:\, the backup in RegRun, and the backup in the system) the same. I found the system backup in C:\windows\pss.

    Guess what 3 files I found there? boot.ini.backup, win.ini.backup, and YES!! config.ini.backup. For some reason when I did the config.* search, I found nothing (even tho I told it to look in system and hidden folders.

    Well, I have every thing back to normal now and have the bootlog working.

    Thanks to all for the help!!!

    Regards,
    Kent
     
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