Virtual Device eXtension
If you can get into the Windows environment, then it’s not a “fatal” or pressing issue, and you have time to deal with the situation.
If your computer came with W95 installed on it, go through everything that came with it–all CD-ROMs, all floppy disks, all documentation. Don’t forget those goodies that you may have installed after the initial purchase of the computer (DVD ROM Drives, Sound Cards…you get the picture) and re-install those as well.
Now, what I’m going to say may not make sense, but trust me on this one: wait a little while before doing anything else, if the above doesn’t take care of the problem…boot the computer before every occasion of use, and when you’re through using it, turn it off (after shutting down the User Interface, of course). This allows the automated features of W95 to attempt to resolve the conflict without your having to do much more. A weeks worth of this should give W95 enough time to resolve things, if it’s going to ever do it.
While I don’t have specific information about the file you mentioned, it is possible that it is associated with an application that you use–in that case you’ll need to re-install the program from the original distribution media.
Once you have the problem out of the way, establish a routine of the following three actions:
Run ScanDisk regularly.
Run Defrag regularly.
Backup your hard drive(s) regularly.
Make sure that you have at least 32MB of system memory for Win95, and 64MB for Win 98.
Don’t allow free hard drive space to fall below 10% of the total drive capacity of the drive that actually contains the Windows Swap File. Delete unnecessary files from the drive, and purge internet caches frequently–I do this last part daily.
Don’t be paranoid about it, but DO run a virus scan on your system once in a while.
Don’t download files from the internet indiscriminately.
Don’t download e-mail attachments from individuals you don’t know personally.
Make sure that you have the latest revisions of all software drivers. Check manufacturers’ web sites for these.
Don’t allow multiple users to access your computer–use password protection of the boot process, if necessary. I recommend the boot protection offered by System Commander by VCom Software, Inc. Don’t rely on Windows passwords or ROM BIOS passwords–they’re too easy to bypass.
I wish you the best of luck in solving the problem and, if you need further assistance, send me an e-mail through PhastPhix@fcmail.com and I’ll dig a bit deeper for solutions for you–no charge.
Common ¢ for all ages…
Doncha just hate word problems?
“If it takes a four-month old woodpecker, with a rubber bill, 9 months and 13 days to peck a hole through a Cypress log that is big enough to make 117 shingles, and it takes 165 shingles to make a bundle worth 93¢, how long will it take a cross-eyed grasshopper, with a cork leg, to kick all the seeds out of a dill pickle?”