SMARTDRV.SYS Reports "Bad or Missing Command Interpreter" (76831)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q76831
SMARTDRV.SYS may report "bad or missing command interpreter" and hang
during start up if there is a problem in extended memory. The symptoms
or possible causes are:
• HIMEM.SYS does not load properly.
• The following line in the CONFIG.SYS:
could give "bad or missing command interpreter" error message
if InitCacheSize is set to some value.
• Use a memory diagnostic program to check the memory and replace
memory chips if necessary.
• Check with the hardware manufacturer to make sure the motherboard is
compatible with HIMEM.SYS. Some motherboards such as GENE II or
HAWK from Gateway 2000 are not compatible with HIMEM.SYS.
• Load SMARTDRV.SYS with no cache size at all.
• Load other drivers that take up extended memory first, such as
RAMDRIVE.SYS. Because RAMDRIVE.SYS will not use the memory
immediately, it should work to use it to block the bad extended
memory. SMARTDRV.SYS should be loaded after that.
If the above workarounds or solutions don't work, you may want to use
another extended memory manager.
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