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Bad or missing command interpreter

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  1. gdbiederman

    gdbiederman Thread Starter

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    I'm using WindowsXP home on a Fujitsu Lifebook. It's
    been acting a bit strange lately and suddenly it wouldn't
    load my favorite editor (Crypt Edit) so I decided to try to
    restore the original factory configuration.

    To do that I used Drive Image by PowerQuest
    which came with my computer. I had to make two
    floppy disks and then restart the computer with
    one of the disks in drive A. But when I did that I
    got the message:

    Bad or missing command interpreter...

    My computer works well enough for the most part
    so I don't understand what this message could mean
    or what to do about it.

    I called support at Fujitsu but they couldn't help either.
    Anybody have any ideas or suggestions about repairing
    the "command interpreter"?
    Jerry
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    First off, how did you "make" the two floppy disks? It sounds like you're generating a DOS disk, and it's missing some pieces. Also, where is the DriveImage backup stored?
     
  3. gdbiederman

    gdbiederman Thread Starter

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    >First off, how did you "make" the two floppy disks?

    Thanks for your concern.

    Actually I did it twice.The first time it was emailed
    to me from Fujitsu support with instructions which I
    followed while receiving guidance online. In that case
    I only needed one disk. The second time I used the
    software that came with my machine (whiich I hadn't
    been able to find previously) and followed the instructions.
    In both cases I got the same error message quoted previously.

    >Also, where is the Drive Image backup stored?

    On a separate partition, Drive D, which was preinstalled
    before I received the computer.

    Jerry
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Go to www.bootdisk.com and download a boot image for MS-DOS, see if you have the same issue with that one. That error is normally a screwed up boot disk.
     
  5. gdbiederman

    gdbiederman Thread Starter

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    Thanks I'll try it
    Jerry
     
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