Can not find a device file to run Win 3.1

January 30, 2011 at 12:32:16
Specs: Win 3.1, 133/4old mem banks
I saved this old Dos Computer from the recyling yard. I bought it for parts then found out it booted up. It is running DOS 6.22 with 3.1. It is an old server computer with a SCSI Device and a ASPI manager.. It is a 1994 American Megatrends 133mhz Pentium (TM) computer.

I get this error message "Can not find a device file that may be needed to run windows in 386 enhanced mode. You need to run the setup program C:LF90ED4W\SAIGPIPE.386. Press a key to continue."

I press the key and it goes into Windows just fine and everything seems to work ok. However, I can not get into windows standard mode. It locks up on me at the logo screen.

Can someone tell me what this is and what set up program are they talking about here? I do have some old windows 3.1 disks here, but nothing else. I believe it is a software problem so I categorized it as such. It is only a hobby computer and not really that important. thanks.


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#1
January 30, 2011 at 15:23:31
If this happens when you're starting Windows, there's likely something in the win.ini or system.ini files looking for another file or program that no longer exists. And you could find other "hiccups" later. If you do have a set of (working) Win 3.1 disks, it may be best just to delete the C:\Windows directory and reinstall clean. The lockup could be a misconfiguration on the video driver. It could be corrected by typing "setup" from the C:\Windows directory.

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#2
January 30, 2011 at 15:57:44
Thanks for the reply. I am still figuring out things on this old computer. finding stuff that I never even knew existed. It does have a ad on video card also and some old dos games like carmen and screamer.

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#3
January 30, 2011 at 18:19:11
Depending on what video card is in it, you may be able to run 65K color. Just make sure you have the proper driver installed. Let us know if you need further help.

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#4
February 1, 2011 at 04:31:35
On this old server computer there are several windows directories. I believe there are 17 active drive letters. A through S. A & B of course are the floppy drives. My question is do I have to do a new setup on each drive letter that has a windows directory. There seem to be several configsys.sys and autoexec.bat files. The config.sys files are actually numbered config.0S1 through config.017. Then there is one config.sys at the endof the listing. The same with the autoexc.bat files. Many of the problems on this computer are probably related, Yep, there are: boot up errors and SCSI errors also.

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