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Offline Vincent

Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« on: March 22, 2003, 09:53:59 PM »
This isn't urgent, it's just really annoying.  I occasionally get this error:


16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem

SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDrivers.  VDD.  Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid.  Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.


I can either close or ignore this.  If I ignore everything usually works ok.

When I looked in the registry there is one entry in the VirtualDeviceDrivers bit:

Name: (Default)
Type: REG_SZ
Data:


I am assuming that there should be an entry in the Data bit.  Does anyone know what should be there?

If you need more info, just ask.

Cheers guys :-D
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Offline T_Bone

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2003, 11:33:14 PM »
It's safe to just delete the key, the only thing listed there on my machine is the Symantec Norton Antivirus VXD driver. Maybe an uninstall of norton left the empty key on your system?


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Offline Vincent

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2003, 01:00:17 AM »
We've never had Norton on this machine, so it's not that.  If I delete the key will that stop the error coming up?
Xbox360
"Oh no. Everytime you turn up something monumental and terrible happens.
I don\'t think I have the stomach for it." - Raziel
 

Offline T_Bone

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2003, 01:42:23 AM »
Only one way to find out  :-D

Seems on google the only problems I've found with that error in Win2k were norton Antivirus related, strange.


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=16+bit+MS-DOS+Subsystem&btnG=Google+Search
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Offline jeffimix

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2003, 04:36:30 AM »
Not strange for windows. I upgraded my computer to Windows Xp, from Windows ME because of my DSL software. Several programs cannot install correctly in Windows ME if you have a DVD reader installed.  Its kind of sad really.
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Offline seer

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2003, 09:38:24 AM »
@Vincent

SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDrivers. VDD. Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.


I can either close or ignore this. If I ignore everything usually works ok.


Had this on a machine once, found this with google;

(Use at your own risk)

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Locate and click the following value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Virtual
DeviceDrivers\VDD
On the Edit menu, click Delete.
On the Edit menu, click Add Value.
Type VDD in the Value Name box, click REG_MULTI_SZ for the
Data Type, and then click OK.
The Multi-String editor appears. Leave this entry blank
and click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.

For more info

Here or here

@jeffimix

Not strange for windows. I upgraded my computer to Windows Xp, from Windows ME because of my DSL software. Several programs cannot install correctly in Windows ME if you have a DVD reader installed. Its kind of sad really.

Never heard that one, tho everybody seems to agree that WinME is the worst Windows release since 95. Still, always fun to bash windows eh ?
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Offline Vincent

Re: Win2k Virtual Device Drivers
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2003, 01:46:41 PM »
@T_Bone

Cheers for the pic and links.

I didn't have the VDD entry in the registry at all, so I had to try and create it.

I had problems creating it until I was using regedit instead of regedt32 :-P  What is the point in having regedit if you can't do much with it.  Mind you, it is Windows after all :-P

Anyway, got the VDD entry in there now and so far it seems to be working - mind you, it's only been there for 20 mins, and 5 mins of that was because I had to hit reset after it crashed and let it do the scandisk - but that was my fault, not connected to the regedit thing - I only remember that PCs can't multi-task AFTER it crashes. :-P

@seer

Cheers for the post of instructions, I read them on the other sites last night but couldn't be bothered to fix it then.  When I came on just now I just used your post instead of looking at the links again.  Cheers.

@jeffmix

Nothing is strange for Windows when I'm using it :-P
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I don\'t think I have the stomach for it." - Raziel