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02-Jul-2002, 11:14 PM #1
direct disk access lockout
Good evening. I have never witnessed this message before.
Windows has disabled direct disk access to protect your long filenames.

to override, see lock/? command in DOS

Ok. What is this? How do I override this?

The system is Windows 95 and on Aptiva. Not my system thank God but a good friends. Is buying a new whole set-up but wants to save a few things first before getting rid of old package.

CPU locked up, will not open up Windows, and has a screen showing every time which shows a dotted visual of a cpu and a keyboard. Double arrows point to F1 and another arrow points to floppy disk drive.

Never seen this before. All input is appreciated.

Thank you!

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02-Jul-2002, 11:50 PM #2
Here's a couple of "whasups" from MS, don't know if they will help any...;EN-US;q143281;EN-US;q140372

Might be a good idea to try a DOS antivirus scan; be sure to write protect any floppies before loading them.


There is a free version of F-Prot for DOS which can be copied to two floppy disks. It creates a "ram" disk and runs from there, not needing an install to the hard drive directly. It should be able to find and repair many, if not most boot sector viruses:

Q: How can I run F-Prot™ for Dos from floppy disks?
A: You need two floppies:

Copy on diskette 1 f-prot.exe, english.tx0 and macro.def

Copy on diskette 2 sign.def and sign2.def

To Run insert diskette 1 of F-Prot™ and type:

f-prot /loaddef
Follow instructions on the screen.
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