America Online AOL Command Hangs with MS-DOS 5 and later (74930)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22
This article was previously published under Q74930
If you log on to America Online and type AOL
to load the service's terminal program, your system may stop
responding (hang) or it may display the following error message and
then return you to the MS-DOS command prompt:
System error - bad handle passed to system
This problem occurs because AOL.BAT loads a program called GEOS.EXE,
which checks the version of MS-DOS on your machine. GEOS.EXE does not
recognize MS-DOS version 5.0 or later.
To correct this problem, you can use the MS-DOS 5.0 or later SETVER
command to change the version number that MS-DOS reports to GEOS.EXE.
To change the version number, type the following at the command
setver c:\dos geos.exe 4.00
After typing the above command, restart your system to make the new
SETVER active. MS-DOS now reports version 4.0 to GEOS.EXE when it
requests the MS-DOS version number. When AOL is executed, GEOS.EXE
loads and functions correctly.
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