Error in config.sys line 3

September 13, 2009 at 15:51:25
Specs: Windows 98
In boot up this shows on the screen:


with an error in config.sys line 3

Can I fix this myself?

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September 13, 2009 at 15:56:20
Here is the config.sys line 3:


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September 13, 2009 at 16:30:48
You don't need that line in 98 or 98SE unless you need to be able to use the CD drive in MsDos mode , e.g. for Dos programs or games, and it's a Compaq CD drive.
Windows auto installs it's own driver for IDE CD drives otherwise.

If you don't need to use the IDE drive for that...

Start - Run - type: sysedit (click OK or press Enter)
Access Config.sys

Either - if you're not sure - insert: rem, a space, at the beginning of that line
or - delete the line
File - Save (in Config.sys).

You won't get that error while booting from then on.

If you DO need to be able to use an IDE drive in MsDos mode...

CPQIDECD.SYS is an older IDE CD drive driver for a Compaq brand CD drive

You may be getting the error
- because the file CPQIDECD.SYS is not present in C:\Windows\System,
or because you no longer have a Compaq CD drive and that driver doesn't work with the IDE drive you're using.

If you need to be able to use an IDE CD drive in MsDos mode change the line to


OAKCDROM.SYS works for almost all IDE CD drives.

The label IDECD001 must be the same as in the line for mscdex in Autoexec.bat

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September 13, 2009 at 16:36:30
Unless you use DOS games or other DOS programs you don't need config.sys at all. You could just rename it to config.old

The same applies to autoexec.bat

Windows will boot fine without either of them.

some other bloke...

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September 13, 2009 at 21:55:57
Did you make any changes or delete some stuff prior to the error showing up? That cdrom driver isn't normally in the windows\system folder, although it could have been moved there. You could do a 'find files or folders' search for CPQIDECD.SYS and see if or where it turns up.

But, as already mentioned, there's no need to load a cdrom driver unless you want cdrom support if you shutdown and restart in msdos mode or you boot straight to dos via the F8 menu.

Edit It's possible the error isn't associated with that cdrom driver line. You may want to post back your config.sys file so we can take a look at it.

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