Incomplete DEVICE Line in CONFIG.SYS Causes Screen Garbage (78846)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q78846
If random characters, symbols, words, and half sentences are displayed
and the machine beeps when booting MS-DOS 5.0, an incomplete DEVICE
statement may exist in the CONFIG.SYS file.
This problem can be solved by removing this line from the CONFIG.SYS.
For example, the following CONFIG.SYS file would exhibit the problem
Shell=c:\dos\command.com c:\dos /p /e:512
(Note that the third line, Device=, is incomplete.) Incomplete
sentences and other partially readable output may be displayed. The
expected error message for this line would be:
The above message may or may not be part of the erratic output.
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